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What Is Happening With The Price Of Whisky - And Is It Telling Us Anything?

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I have noticed in recent weeks loads of whisky deals on hotukdeals. Amazon, in particular, seems to have loads of reduced whisky deals daily now.

I thought that the whisky firms could not make the stuff quick enough due to booming demand out in China.

Just wondering if whisky is telling us something about the global economy?

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Maybe the world is waking up to the fact that a lot of whisky's are nasty rubbish with awful nose and taste? Never ceases to amaze me what people will buy from mass producers when you can go to a specialist shop and get an amazing small run single malt for the same sort of money.

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I have noticed in recent weeks loads of whisky deals on hotukdeals. Amazon, in particular, seems to have loads of reduced whisky deals daily now.

I thought that the whisky firms could not make the stuff quick enough due to booming demand out in China.

Just wondering if whisky is telling us something about the global economy?

Seems to be a misconception in the media that the anti-corruption measures in China have hit the industry hard, but in reality China was never a huge market anyway (think it's currently the 20th largest export market). Indeed Cognac has always been more popular there.

Demand for blended whisky in general has dropped a little from historic highs over the last few years, perhaps leaving companies with more stock than they'd anticipated, so this may be leading to the discounting you're seeing now. Malts, on the other hand seem to be flying at the moment so I wouldn't hold your breath on seeing too many bargains there.

As for looking for a good sub-£50 smoky malt, the consensus seems to be that Lagavulin 16 is your best bet.

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I have noticed in recent weeks loads of whisky deals on hotukdeals. Amazon, in particular, seems to have loads of reduced whisky deals daily now.

I thought that the whisky firms could not make the stuff quick enough due to booming demand out in China.

Just wondering if whisky is telling us something about the global economy?

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Maybe the world is waking up to the fact that a lot of whisky's are nasty rubbish with awful nose and taste? Never ceases to amaze me what people will buy from mass producers when you can go to a specialist shop and get an amazing small run single malt for the same sort of money.

Most people drink it with a mixer, and once you've had the first glass your palettes numbed and you'll drink anything.

Never ceases to amaze me to the extent people are so far up their own backsides regarding alcoholic drinks.

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Interestingly, Japan where there is a very high demand for Whisky (and local competition) prices are very good on the mass market stuff. Also due to a distinct lack of tax.

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At the risk of taking this off topic, has anyone tried mead?

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I've got 28 litres of mead fermenting in the kitchen right now....

Urgh!

I grew up in he NE. The local, touristy shop always had quite a few bottles of Lindesfarne mead.

Being totally broke til my 20s, I never had any.

Then, with my well-paying job and busty, posh southern gf, I went in and said, 'Why not grab a bottle of mead?'

Fermented diabetics piss.

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France is the largest export market (I know this without the help of Mr Google) - If demand is dropping they will probably be involved.

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At the risk of taking this off topic, has anyone tried mead?

I tried making it once....all that is required is honey, raw honey holds abundant yeasts, once water is added above 17% the yeasts become active. 1 part honey to 4 parts water is a good balance....... ;)

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Most people drink it with a mixer, and once you've had the first glass your palettes numbed and you'll drink anything.

Never ceases to amaze me to the extent people are so far up their own backsides regarding alcoholic drinks.

Nice of you to jump to such a statement - I presume you're equally objectionable to anyone who expresses a preference or enjoyment of something specific? There's always a cheaper (sometimes worse) alternative - doesn't matter whether it's whisky, wine, consumer goods, clothes etc.

Most people I know who genuinely like whisky drink it solely with a little room temerature water to dampen the alcohol harshness, and to ensure you can actually taste what you're drinking. Mixing it with coke / lemonade / ginger etc - well, just buy the cheapest junk you can get because you won't be able to taste it anyway. You wouldn't be drinking whisky - you'd be drinking a whisky flavoured mixer.

- hope you enjoy getting sloshed on Lambrini whilst lambasting the poor fool who spends 10 quid on a half decent bottle of wine that they may actually enjoy

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Most people drink it with a mixer, and once you've had the first glass your palettes numbed and you'll drink anything.

Never ceases to amaze me to the extent people are so far up their own backsides regarding alcoholic drinks.

There is a sliding scale with these things where a well chosen £30-40 bottle will be far far nicer than anything available for £20 - but you won't find a £60-80 bottle that is orders of magnitude nicer than the best £30-40 ones. If you're going to stick a load of coke in it, there's no point spening more than about £25.

I drink whiskey, rum, and cognac in relatively small quantities, but I do drink them straight - ice in the rum in the summer, thats all. Best compromise between taste and price is at £30-£40. At the end of the day, 8 pints of gassy lager costs about £38 in the pubs around where I work, so I don't see it as particularly extravagent to spend £40 on a bottle of spirits to enjoy over a number of weeks.

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Start a thread in OT with the best deals.

I'm looking for a smoky single malt, think Ardbeg/Lagavulin, upto £50ish.

Going to be tough to beat Lagavulin 16 in that price bracket.

(Edit - I see that Maroonaldinho already made this point, so +1 to that)

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Some of the smooth single malts are very nice.

Stuff like Laphroaig tastes like vile medicine to me though. :(

Laphroag's medicinal notes are part of its appeal!

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Nice of you to jump to such a statement - I presume you're equally objectionable to anyone who expresses a preference or enjoyment of something specific? There's always a cheaper (sometimes worse) alternative - doesn't matter whether it's whisky, wine, consumer goods, clothes etc.

Most people I know who genuinely like whisky drink it solely with a little room temerature water to dampen the alcohol harshness, and to ensure you can actually taste what you're drinking. Mixing it with coke / lemonade / ginger etc - well, just buy the cheapest junk you can get because you won't be able to taste it anyway. You wouldn't be drinking whisky - you'd be drinking a whisky flavoured mixer.

- hope you enjoy getting sloshed on Lambrini whilst lambasting the poor fool who spends 10 quid on a half decent bottle of wine that they may actually enjoy

I was more of a Thunderbird man as a kid, Lambrini was for girls .... I stayed in a London backpackers about 10 years ago and there was a young Ozzy drinking this rocket fuel with a young girl obviously he wasn't aware of its social standing .... then to charm her knickers and to show his sophistication he turned to her and expertly stated how it was a really good wine, to which she agreed!

My betting is if you blind tested most self proclaimed Whiskey experts they wouldn't go for the most expensive one, however if you told them which one was the £200 bottle and which was the £20 they'd go for expensive one every single time.

Regards your wine comment, the extent people are so far up their bcksides these days with regards to wine is a national disgrace and is funny to me, such people are to55ers ... when my friends go on like this i just want to knock them out ... not that i drink much of the stuff but a good wine is one that you like, not one the connoisseurs tell you is a good wine ... maybe one day the dumfux of England will learn this.

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Saw a very interesting show years back with some of the Worlds top wine experts. Basic blindfold test of various wines - ages - types - cost etc..

When it came to the best ones and the most expensive ones ? They were so off the mark it was rather amusing. Not seen this again. Not surprising. These people don't want to admit that much (Not all) of what they do for a living is just subjective made up nonsense.

I think their favourite one was some bog standard £10 bottle or similar.

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Saw a very interesting show years back with some of the Worlds top wine experts. Basic blindfold test of various wines - ages - types - cost etc..

When it came to the best ones and the most expensive ones ? They were so off the mark it was rather amusing. Not seen this again. Not surprising. These people don't want to admit that much (Not all) of what they do for a living is just subjective made up nonsense.

I think their favourite one was some bog standard £10 bottle or similar.

Think we have discussed this before, the one I saw a long time ago involved wine buyers for Buckingham Palace, they were so off the mark when putting prices to the bottles it was painful, any punter who drinks supermarket plonk could have done a better job.

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