View Full Version : Scotch price increases!

11-24-2012, 16:32
Was at a local store today and the Price of Macallan Cask strength SMS went from 63.00 to 83.00. that has to be a record around here!


11-24-2012, 16:48
Forget that. I like it well enough, but not that well.

Pretty soon, the Scotch guys are going to cut their own throats. If it wasn't for the price of Scotch 3-4 years ago, I might never have given Bourbon too much thought. As it is, I rarely purchase Scotch anymore. All I can figure is, there must be enough six figure salaries around to keep the single malt flowing. I'm sure out of the game.

11-24-2012, 17:51
I pick up bottles mostly when on sale. Have bottles from about half the distilleries in Scotland!


VT Mike
11-26-2012, 02:07
Macallan Cask strength made the same price jump here in Vermont recently. Laphroaig 18yr has been pretty consistently priced around $85, but I saw one in MA last week for $125. With price jumps like that and a shaky economy, it's going to be the 80's all over again for the scotch industry before long.

11-27-2012, 16:23
With price jumps like that and a shaky economy, it's going to be the 80's all over again for the scotch industry before long.

I believe you are right.
The industry, however, is operating with the assumption that demand from emerging markets will keep on growing exponentially ...

11-27-2012, 17:03
I was standing in my local the other day and calculated I could buy four bottles of 86 proof Barton for the price of one bottle of an 80 proof Balvenie expression that we used to buy regularly, but decided it wasn't four times better than the Barton.

11-27-2012, 17:08
I too have noticed scotch prices going up here in Lexington, KY. I thought it was just an isolated thing. I've seen Laphroaig 10yr go up a few bucks and I noticed the entire Balvenie line all go up quite a bit. I've never been a big fan of any of The Balvenie expressions but the price jump was enough for me to notice.

11-27-2012, 18:24
It's crazy these days. I find myself standing there considering high end bourbons in the $60-$70 range, right next to standard issue scotches that are only $5-$10 cheaper. Forget everyday pours, it's almost not possible for me to have a scotch in that category at all times. Plenty of $30 bourbons I can (and do) happily drink regularly.

11-27-2012, 20:40
Same here, two really good Bourbons for the price of one single malt of equal quality.

11-28-2012, 01:00
I just bought a bottle of Macallan Cask Strength a couple months ago for around $63 at a BevMo in Santa Clara, California. I went back a week later and they were all sold out (in fact none of the nearby BevMos had bottles either). Why are other parts of the country so expensive?

11-28-2012, 10:30
Here's how much it is in Washington state.


(Note the tax & bottle fees we pay)

11-28-2012, 21:52
I guess the price increases hasn't reached Atlanta yet. Was looking for something else but noted that the Macallan CS was $56.99

01-26-2013, 14:16
Don't look for the prices to go down anytime soon.


01-26-2013, 15:12
Scotch whisky prices seem to follow some inverse function where the only direction they can go is up.

01-26-2013, 16:17
I think it is driven by the fashion for single malts. One can still buy carefully and get good values though, e.g. the Glenlivet 15 year old French Oak Reserve is excellent and is half or less than many malts not as good. One has to spend more carefully, that's all. Bourbon is partly going that route but there are more lower cost options available. Perhaps one can argue that 15 and more years ago, premium Scotch whiskies were underpriced; the opposite is the case now IMO.


01-26-2013, 17:36
If the US would switch to 700 mL bottles, we'd see a much better Scotch selection, and at better prices. In fact, one would think that would even help the US whiskey companies in terms of product availability.

01-27-2013, 07:53
My Scotch buying has almost come to a complete halt. I came to Bourbon because Scotch was getting out of hand, pricewise. I see the same thing starting to happen with Bourbon.

Maybe I'll just become strictly a beer drinker. Nah! :grin:

I never thought this would happen, but I'm finding that I would rather drink Bourbon over Scotch, now. I will always love Scotch and have a few bottles on hand, but.....................

01-28-2013, 19:38
The latest increase here is Aberlour 12 up 7.00 to 43.00+and Laiphroig up 3.00 to 49.00+. Laiphroig has gone up almost 12.00/750 in the last year!


01-28-2013, 20:28
Laiphroig was $40 the last time a bought a bottle. Now it's $60. I'll stick to my bourbon and beer.

T Comp
01-28-2013, 22:01
The latest increase here is Aberlour 12 up 7.00 to 43.00+and Laiphroig up 3.00 to 49.00+. Laiphroig has gone up almost 12.00/750 in the last year!


See we always go for more, in everything we do here in in Chicago ;)...got you beat by .99 on the Aberlour 12 at $43.99. The a'bunadh in now $74.00 :bigeyes:. You get the consolation prize on Laphroaig at $49 as it is still a modest $46.99...all Binny's prices.

The a'bundah at $74.00 (a malt that appeals to many who generally drink much more bourbon) is good at demonstrating the still relatively good value of bourbon. I like a'bunadh and generally have a bottle open but it seems, even with it being cask strength, on a level of depth and complexity with many $25 bourbons such as Buffalo Trace, Old Weller Antique, Knob Creek and Evan Williams Single Barrel.