Maybe age is catching up with me, but I would swear that the Jack Daniels that I was selling back in the early '90's was 92 proof. I could very well be wrong on that, it might only have been 90.
My point though, is that Jack Daniels proof has been reduced twice in the last 15 years, and I think that's a shame. It's like they are turning their back on their own heritage. I'm sure that they would claim that they are "adjusting to the times", but if you are proud of your product, then why compromise?
While taxes may be a factor, I think a bigger reason to lower proof from 90 to 80 is the 17% increase in inventory without making more whiskey.
The change from 86 to 80 proof drops an extra $17 million a year to the bottom line in tax savings alone, which dwarfs any savings in production costs.
Col. Charles K. "Crotchety" Cowdery
"Whiskey Don't Keep."
I think that George Dickel and Wild Turkey have the same affliction, a seriously outdated website. A web check of Whisky Exchange(London) and Whisky Shoppe(Germany) confirm that Dickel in fact is being sold overseas. If its not export, it must be smuggled contraband. Seriously though, why would a company like Diageo, being a multinational with a large global reach in the scotch and Canadian whiskey business choose not to promote and export Dickel? Then again, they had the bright idea to to shut Dickel down for several years to begin with due to a "oversupply" of whiskey. Maybe their whiskey shortage that resulted in the #8 label being mostly withdrawn from the market was due to some actual export/smuggling!
As far as the Whisky Exchange, they do a damn good job of getting their hands on bottles that aren't normally available in the UK..Japanese WT Tribute and FR Premium and such. In no way would I use them as a guide of what is distributed in the UK.
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There will be some amazing prices if that confiscated JD whiskey in Tennessee gets to market.
"One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943
It is a shame that they don't keep it a little more up to date!
"everybody defamates from miles away
but face to face
they haven't got a thing to say"
I said "Don't count on it mate, it hasn't been around since 2004, which is probably the last time WT updated their website"
And he thought he knew so much.......
"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day" - Frank Sinatra