- Apr 9, 2013
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Its price control. Pappy sets their MSRP but then is heavily constraining their supply. Its forcing the retailer/end user to think that these bottles are worth much much more. But this only works for a limited few. It just so happens with bottles like the Van Winkle product because they scored 98, 99 and 100 at the BTI annual reviews. It sucks because it forces retailers to up the price because everyone in the supply line is taking their "premium" for handling such bottles. And retailers can just sell to themselves (and claim they did so at MSRP) or employees and then resell for 5-10x what they paid. Its a crappy situation. Much different times then 10-15 years ago.it's not inflation - that's price gouging. retail is like 10% of that.
PA state stores usually had it for $29.99, but that wasn't a barrel pick. That said, IME, barrel picks might sell at a slight premium, since you're really only paying for the tiny increase in costs (i.e. the distillery's time working with the store, store's time, slightly premium labelling) that come with the pick. I've seen it in Houston fairly regularly, again, $30 range. While most stores limit to 1 or 2 per purchase, I wouldn't call it rare by any means. I think the most I'd pay for ER 10 is pretty close to that retail price.
the barrel pick is pretty cool but you commented about someone paying MSRP for Yamazaki yet you paid at least $60 premium here and want six more!
As gifts. I'm going to say this is different but I'm sure it wont matter. I cannot get Eagle Rare in my area let alone for the $60 premium I paid. Period. Bourbon premiums around here are even more insane than one can think. Only place where one can even sniff getting Buffalo Trace is the same price I paid for the ER and I can tell you that ER is much better.the barrel pick is pretty cool but you commented about someone paying MSRP for Yamazaki yet you paid at least $60 premium here and want six more!