Not the cheapest it's been, but a decent price for a good quality Japanese Whisky. Was $199. Available for collection in store only it seems.
IMHO all japanese whisky are overvalued
LOL rewind 10-12 years ago and see the prices of Japanese whiskies then.
Cheapest I got a 12YO Yamazaki was for $60 (usual price was about $80) back in the day. Very much undervalued back then but definitely not worth what it’s trading for now. It’s a good whisky for $130 at most
Agree with these comments. Being an avid Japanese whisky fan, I thought I'd never see the day where I would have more Scotch whisky in the collection…but the ripoff prices and discontinuation of aged whisky for the moment has given me a new appreciation of Scotch whisky and if it takes another 10 years before Japanese whisky returns to what it was so be it.
unfortunately like most commodities, everything is overvalued/overpriced. Over 5 years ago i read an article about investing in Whisky rather than Gold/Silver in which i did. Has paid off. Would i pay this much for what i know its worth for this bottle? no. But many out there with spare cash are willing to pay the price even though they may not have tasted it before or will even open it ever :(
Btw, it is a nice drop but my preference is Yamazaki Distiller over this at a similar price point as a comparison Japanese Whisky :)
it's the supply and demand thing! keep supply low, do some clever marketing & win an award then prices increase.
Strictly speaking I don’t think low supply is intentional, even with Scottish whiskies. Whiskies started to become cool 15 years ago and it exploded in the last 5-10 years. Which is why you started to see no age statement whiskies come up. Japanese whiskies were an undiscovered gem until 10 years ago chiefly because they were so hard to get out of Japan.
To some degree there is truth behind the ‘age doesn’t matter’ argument but for the most part it’s marketing to get around the fact that supplies are dwindling (conversations I’ve had at many a Scottish distillery). NAS became the new ‘12 YO’ and age statement became more exclusive. The thing with supply Of an age statement whisky is there is no way to accelerate the ageing process; that 12 YO whisky needs to wait at least 12 years to make (depending on how the distilleries blend their casks).
It's crazy - I have 2 bottles of Yamazaki 2016 edition. Bought them for $100 each - cheapest anywhere now is $1400 a bottle and rising.
I can't afford to open the other one!
Same.. have a hibiki 12. $100 bottle now at least $1k
Why people pay such a rip off price for age listed Japanese whiskey? With that exorbitant price I'm sure they can get something better with that price.
Anyone know the best spot to sell some of these aged / rare Hibiki’s?
I do like Japanese whisky but agreed many are way overpriced these days. Even the origin for some of them can be murky. Even Nikka From the Barrel uses primarily Scottish whisky in its blend apparently.