out of stock Yamazaki 12 Year Old Japanese Whisky $239 + $15 Post @ Whisky Direct

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This is one of my favourite Japanese whiskies. Just bought a couple for xmas as they're usually sold out. Thought I'd share the love for those looking for last minute gifts :)

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  • +7 votes

    wow that's expensive…

    don't get me wrong, I really like it and have a couple at home but I aint going to pay that much for it

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    Yeah thats like $100 too much, at least.

    Feels like an ad?

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    Holy smokes too expensive. $150 is about as much as I'd pay.

    • +7 votes

      Good luck finding the 12 year anywhere near that price. The non aged one is currently $120 at Dan Murphy's.

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        Easy.

        Suntory's Hibiki. Locally, in Aus, $110. Fantastic whisky.

        Age isn't everything, our locals are starting to prove that with some high quality results in a non aged format.

  • +2 votes

    Japanese Whiskey - so hot right now

  • +3 votes

    I know everyone commenting on how expensive it is, but the price of Yamazaki (not aged and 12 year old) has skyrocketed the past few years. The cheapest on Amazon Japan was 17000 yen (about $210), and Dan Murphy's has it on their website for $250/bottle but it's currently unavailable for delivery and no stores in Brisbane have any stock.

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      Do you know the reason for this escalation in price of Yamazaki?

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        Scarcity and speculators.

      • +1 vote

        Scarcity and demand in Japan and worldwide. Also, Yamazaki won Best Whiskey in 2015 (Sherry cask variety). Suntory Chita is also a great Japanese whiskey but is still rather cheap for their non-aged one in Japan (around $40AU) whereas Yamazaki non-aged in Japan is over $100AU.

      • +1 vote

        Discussed regularly in these deals. Applies also to other Japanese Whiskey.

        Basically no one years ago realised Japanese Whiskey would be so popular now. So not enough barrels were laid down then for demand now. As older stock is also used in Non Age Specified blends, bottling of 12 year old etc was ceased to preserve supply.

        Lack of any new supply + increasing demand = rapid price increase.

        Solution - time travel & convince producers to make more whiskey years ago. Good luck!

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        Because of Pewdiepie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfjgISRI5E4). The video was released 1 year ago! Coincidence? I think not!

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          Lol. Discussion about high price has gone on here for much much longer😉

          18 months ago, I provided a link to a 2015 article discussing the issues - disappearance of age statement on bottles of Japanese whisky. Yamazaki followed with a similar strategy.

          By your thinking, his recommended Nikka from the Barrel should be a very expensive drop, but is still well priced.

          I love aged Nikka, Yamazaki, & others - but too expensive for me😞

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            @Infidel: Indeed Infidel, I concur with your speculation and it is a DAM shame that these wonderful spirits are becoming unobtainable for the average man. However, it would have been impossible for the manufacturers to predict how popular it would become. I hope they have increased the number of barrels they produce and in 10 years or so the prices may hopefully stabilize.

            There is a pretty good whiskey bar in Brisbane where I've had the chance to sample a lot of Japanese whisky before i buy a bottle (however its pretty pricey at $12.50 a shot on average). My only regret is buying a bottle of Nikka from the Barrel before sampling (i prefer a single), surprisingly it was in stock at my local BWS, I think the reason Nikka is easily kept in stock is because its a blend and the majority of it may not have been aged for that long.

            unfortunately its becoming too expansive for me also.

            Thanks for the links to your findings, it was a goods read.

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              @GGF6T: I posted the link while in Japan… drinking Whiskey😉
              Single Malts are best, but now very expensive.

              Which whiskey bar in Brisbane - might drop in. Usually leave my serious drinking until next visit to Japan.

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    It is the norm for now. Suntory has suspended production on a lot of their lines, demand exceeding supply.

    I picked up a couple bottles for around 220 a few weeks back and was happy.

    Dan Murphy haven't had stock online for the past 6 months + well not that I can remember.

    I didn't jump on the bandwagon earlier, only started purchasing them when they were hovering around the 140-180 mark.

  • +1 vote

    Should have bought a dozen when it's worth $99.
    Also the 18yo when it was just $199.

    • +1 vote

      The problem is how to flog em off. I have several bottles just sitting there because it has become too expensive to enjoy.

      • +1 vote

        I would of thought enjoying them would be rather pleasant and easy knowing you are sipping a $300 whiskey that you bought for $150… I know I am.

        by the time I go through all the different Japanese whiskeys I have, hopefully the production and supply will come back to normal.

  • +1 vote

    One of my favourites, it is a beautiful whiskey.

    I think the complaints about price are because people (me included!) remember when you could get it for around $100 pretty easily, albeit a few years ago.

    It happened to Bourbon, then it happened to Japanese whiskey.

    I have never followed Scotch as much, but to me it seems to be more stable price wise, possibly due to the higher supply maybe?

  • -1 vote

    My son lived in Tokyo for many years and we used to buy Yamazaki in the little supermarket down the road when we visited him…cheap as chips.But as others have indicated,the word got out and demand outstripped supply,thus inflating prices.It's the only Whisky I ever liked and I do miss it….

  • +9 votes

    If its 12 years old, shouldn't it be cheaper being old stock?

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      That's unfortunately not how whisky works.

      12 years old is referring to it's aging within the barrel, not it's shelf life.

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    Great whisky but still abit too expensive for me

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    I'm from Scotland , and this is probably the best whiskey I've ever tried.

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    Username checks out.

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    OP works for this website.

  • +1 vote

    Ouch price is a bit dear… Might just settle with the distillers reserve.

  • +1 vote

    Postage kills it. $250 is my limit for booze.

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    Is it just me or is this store GROSSLY overpriced compared to other 1-2 years ago? I understand that @Infidel has mentioned that supply is low. However prices seem to be crazy compared to what I was paying elsewhere not even 1 year ago. e.g.:

    • Suntory Hibiki 17 Year Old Miniature 50ml = $99 - WHAT!!!!

    • Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old 700ml = $349 - I paid half that like 1.5ish years ago

    • Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Old 700ml = $749 - I understand stock is low but who would pay that much. I like Japanese whiskey as much as the next guy but NO ALCOHOL is worth that much! At that price i feel like you would be disappointed no matter what it is! At the end of the day after 3-5 it all starts tasting the same anyway.

    Not trying to knock Japanese whiskey but i think the store needs to calm down with their pricing! This is OzBargin after all!!