Matt wrote:Binny's has been out across the board (Pappy/Family Reserve and ORVW) for a while now, but I believe the spring allocation has made its way to Illinois, although when it actually makes it from the distributors to the stores is an whole other matter. Anyone have any intel on the likely pricing? I imagine it is due a bump and was told as much by one of the whiskey folks at Binny's last fall, but I would be curious how much. I am in Louisiana for the week and came across a whole bunch from this spring's allotment at $55 for the 12/Lot B, $70 for the 15 and $120 for the 20 year, which seems a bit steep and is a fair bit more expensive than the last go around in Chicago, at least at Binny's ($45 for the Lot B, $50 for the 15, and $100 for the 20). Not sure if that is indicative of the new pricing we will see in Chicago or just the pricing of a market that, for whatever reason (regulatory regime, scarcity, etc.), is different.
Thanks, Matt, for the intel. As sought after and highly regarded as these products are -- and have been for the past few years -- it's surprised me a bit that they haven't gone up in price. The demand seems to be there to support substantial increases. I too, wonder if what you saw in Louisiana was reflective of what we'll see here in IL.
Julian and Preston Van Winkle were at WhiskyFest last Friday. If this post had come up before then, I would have definitely asked them about it. Interestingly, there was no 15-year to be had at their stall, not even during VIP the hour. There was some 23-year, though, even a couple hours in. However, by then, most of what was being poured was the 12-year Lot B.
$70 for the 15-year might keep it on the shelves a little bit longer but I don't imagine it will come close to pushing supply past demand. At that price, I'd call it a value rather than a steal, which is what I considered it at $50.
Anyway, thanks again for the information.
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