I've become pretty disenchanted with the trends in whisk(e)y, particularly American whiskey. I don't buy EW black, won't buy any 1783, won't buy the NAS version of Beam black if it appears, etc. Am I boycotting myself out of enjoying whiskey? Maybe. But, hey, if the problem is all on the supply side, then a few of us not buying the stuff should right the ship and we'll be back to age statements and higher proofs, right? In the meantime, I have dusties and some nice current-production bottles to sustain me.
Of course I'm particularly put off by the thought of Beam doing this. Not a single age statement over 9 years and there's not enough whiskey? Ugh. From what I've ascertained on other whisky forums, Beam global has recently decided that Canada doesn't need Laphroaig 10, and will get the Quarter Cask instead: higher price, younger whiskey finished in small casks. It's fine stuff, but it's part of a range of options, and the 10yo is the regular distillery bottling (for how much longer?). Which one oughta be the more available? And when do you think Beam Global will decide we don't really need Laphroaig 10 anymore, either?
It's all a lot of nonsense. I love whisk(e)y, and I want to love the distilleries, but the conglomerates that own them make it damned hard. Stagg sounds like a great thing, until we're told that there's not enough aged whiskey to sustain older age statement bottlings. Ditto WLW. I'm having a hard time talking myself into running all over town like a madman this fall begging BT to screw me up front on the price of the bottles and in the rear by pulling age-stated products off the market.