Could we maybe tone down the SES tension a little? I mean, I know that this site kind of exists to perpetuate a 'whose 750ml d--k is more expensive?' contest, but "Peasant" seems a little over the line.
Back to the topic:
On some level, I sympathize with savagehenry's reaction, but overall I would concur that this particular case of potential-whiskey-shortage-hyping is negligible in the grand scheme of things.
First of all, it is obvious that whiskey salesman David's motives are not snow white innocent. From what I have read - and I do catch up on his KL journal occasionally - David is earnestly devoted to customer service and is accordingly a great source of genuine inside information. But that customer service and inside information necessarily involves self-interested salesmanship, and this message feels like an example of the latter (as it did to savagehenry). It has already been pointed out that the basis for a Lot B driven shortage of Weller 12 is shaky at best, and the coincidence of a purchase of 200 Weller 12's and this message doesn't make me feel any better. While probably not directly concerned about money or even moving his product, David is at least clearly trying to make KL look good. ('Hey guys, we are the kind of smart place that sees your needs coming before you even know that you have them. This is a time of bitter whiskey shortages, and KL is there to guide you through the wilderness.' etc.)
But really, if there is a crime here, it is obviously a small, small one from generally reliable people, their totally understandable self-interest notwithstanding. This was a message sent to a circle of already loyal KL customers about a product that KL was going to sell easily and was not going to make much money on. If the real point of the message was a commercial to confirm KL's image as a consumer advocate in a harsh market, then they were preaching to the choir anyway. There was no moment where David schemed this up in some dimly lit KL backroom, villainously twisting his handlebar mustache.
But still, I feel you savagehenry. This whiskey market works in an environment of shortage-hyping, and sometime it feels like someone should be blamed for it.
The "peasant" comment was way out of bounds, certainly. However, it was your sarcastic belittling of Rockefeller's opinion that precipitated it. He even prefaced his comment that Weller 12 is mediocre by saying that it was his opinion only. I have no idea why you would have been offended by that and reply in such an unwarranted manner.
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My opinion is that you are all nuts.
No no no. It's pretty clear that I called him a "peasant" because he is a simple mid-western farmer who can only afford to drink Weller 12 and has to save Lot B for special occasions. When a fancy yankee (who uses PHC6 to scrub out stubborn dish stains) turns their nose at that top-shelf Weller 12, he goes on the attack!