Nothing, Nada, Zilch, Zero.
Added on Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Other
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: 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

Finding an excellent, readily-available whiskey is a rarity and a challenge these days. Typically these still come along in the form of single casks, but they vanish from shelves so quickly that it's not fair to call them "readily-available."


We’re talking about truly great whiskies, not ones that are good, or okay. There was once a time when you used to be able to walk out and buy one. But now, great releases sell out in a matter of hours.

That's why this box is mostly empty these days.
We'll probably replace this feature with something else when we get a moment to rework the code.
It was July 2013 when “Nada” first spent a lot of time in this box. Some comments below remain from then.


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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