I was in a local store today and they wanted $139 for Lot B! :cry:
They also wanted $89 and $99 for the 10/90 and 10/107 respectively and $229 for the 20 year!
Outrageous prices man. I paid $33 for ORVW 10/107, and $42 for LotB.
Here in central Kentucky the 10/90 goes for a little under $30, the 10/107 for a little over $30, the Lot B for about $45-50, the 20yr for right around $100 and the 23yr for about $220. And this is Kentucky, where everybody and their mom is looking for anything Pappy!
I bought a few bottles of the Lot B this year and I think for the price, the 10/107 is a better deal. The Pappy 15 is in a different league imo and isn't much more than the Lot B in retail pricing. I passed on an offer for Lot B for $60 but am buying as much Pappy 15 as I can for under $70.
Retail in Montgomery County, MD:
VAN WINKLE BOURBON 10YR 107P $24.89 750MLVAN WINKLE OLD RIP 10YR - 90P $23.19 750MLVAN WINKLE REY - 13YR 95.6P
Pappy 15 is also $45, I think. The 20 year old is like $80-90, and the 23 is pretty expensive, close to $200.
You'll never find these, of course, unless you are on a list, but it demonstrates just how much of a markup wholesalers and retailers are charging. It's insane. I know they complain about how much they have to deal with, but retailers must be making a huge, huge profit per bottle.
I think at the prices this store wants that they are going to sit for a while.
I found the 10/90 and 10/107 for $39 at Total Wine in Phoenix while home for the holidays and thought that was cheap, but you guys sure have some better deals.
The cheapest I found the Lot B for in San Diego is $79, the cheapest for the 15 is $99 and the 20 years for $129, plus add the high CA taxes on top of that.
For me the Lot B didn't represent a good middle point between the ORVW 10/107 and the Pappy 15.
ORVW 10/107 was $40, Lot B was $55 and Pappy 15 was $70 here in LA. The Rye was $70 as well. Tried each one and the Lot B was very underwhelming relative to the others.
Pappy 15 was amazing, ORVW was really good, as was the Rye and Lot B tasted watered down and muted. It must not just be me, because I have still seen 5-6 bottles of Lot B sitting on the shelf for the past 4 weeks after I got mine. ORVW 10/107 is gone (though 10/90 was still there), VWFRR stayed for a few weeks, but the straggling bottles disappeared over the course of 3 days in early Jan. Guess I should have bought another...there's always next season/year.
Haha. I have a feeling there might have been a different set of responses had I said the 90 proof instead of the 107.