Nothing, Nada, Zilch, Zero.
Added on Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Other
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  Price: N/A Availability: Wide
Usually the Must-Try box features the most recent, readily available whiskey that's been highly rated by our members. But....
Member Ratings and Notes
There just hasn't been an excellent, recent, readily-available must-try whiskey. It's a shame, but that's the way it is. If you click the "What's This" link in the must-try box, you'll see how this designation is usually calculated. Maybe the other guys can add their thoughts...

I love me some great whiskey. 


Even in my pre-LAWS days, I would watch this section turn over with regularity and shop against it. What's it been lately? Balvenie 1401/3 (long gone and now fetching almost 2x original asking price when you find it) and Longmorn 20 (an excellent pick by K&L but LONG gone)?


Unfortunately, there's just very little these days that arrives without Royal-Baby-level hype, no matter how mundane the bottle contents are. And unfortunately, the "value for the money" thing has been out of whack for ages. 


I doubt we'll see another value along the lines that the Balvenie provided, and the IBs are pricing high lately (one need only follow K&L to undersand that). Distillers and bottlers: I love your stuff; no way in hell am I paying what you're asking these days for too-young or overoaked stuff, and by extension, absolutely NO WAY am I paying what's being asked for the non-young or non-oaked stuff. Maybe there are enough saps out there, but I question how long it can last. 


Another sign of the end of the golden age of whiskey.  There isn't much great whiskey out there, and the little there is carries a hefty price tag.  I've written "decent but not worth the money" more times than I can count.  Check this space again in ten years when the next glut hits.


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