I know Whisky Barrel has made more than one appearance here already. However they've earned the right to be here for as many times they earn the distinction at being the best at trying to lift prices to new heights. Here is a perfect example; Springbank 21-year-old https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/84230/21-year-old There are already 4 available (not that hard to find) to purchase in the WB market place with a price range of €475,00 - € 675,00, if that is not already on the high side there is Whisky Barrel with the only online link asking £899,99 which seems to me obscene; nothing extra special about this particular release, yes it's cask strength with a limit of 702 bottles, but I believe this is annual release from Springbank. If you missed it at retail last year get the next release instead.
This thread could be re-named "Whisky Barrel shamed".
I beg to differ.
In the price bracket you quote; yes they are at the top.
But for general new releases around and below the £100 mark, they are on par or below the average.
They practice the same policy as I ranted about on the Danish shop Juul's, which was defended by mrgood and to some degree elaborated on here as well.
As the shop stock for a bottle with limited availability to restock decrease, they raise the price accordingly regardless of offers from other shops, knowing they soon will be the last option.
This is more or less unique to whisky, as most other consumable commodities goes on sale when stock is getting low, to clear space for new inventory.
A year ago I bought a few newly released GM Connoisseur Choice bottles from them. Both really affordable and great value at the time. £32 for a Teaninich and £28 for an Arran, both 2007 vintages.
Looking at them now, the same bottles are both priced at £99,95.
Definitely not worth that much and with several shop links still showing around £45.
I agree with mrgood, as a customer you have a choise to buy or not.
My problem with this is that after all other sources are depleted and shop links removed, some nitwit will come along and buy it anyway. Thinking they made a bargain on a rare bottle, when in fact they paid 3 times the value of an average bottle.
I can't blame a shop for pricing it's inventory according to what people are willing to pay.
But I can blame ignorant people willing to over pay and in that manner cause an escalating inflation where there should not be a need for it.
As a foreign customer I find Whisky Barrel to be amazing. They deduct UK VAT for shipping outside EU and charge a minimal shipping fee.
Their web shop is up to date and accurate. I've ordered more than 20 bottles from their site the last year, everything delivered at the door, usually within 48 hours. Unlike my local store, where 3 out of 5 orders have been canceled due to incorrect logistics, and those that I did get took 8-10 days before the prepaid order could be picked up at the store.
The 20+ bottles I have bought from them have cost me less than half of what I would have had to pay if they were available locally, and hundreds of £ less than the average WB value.
And why chase those hyped bottle releases you know will be in high demand?
For my latest order I got two more bottles of a first fill sherry SC CS that I scored 94 points for £86 each. Bottles that would have been priced £180-200 locally.