Finding an excellent, readily-available whiskey is a rarity and a challenge these days. Typically these still come along in the form of single casks, but they vanish from shelves so quickly that it's not fair to call them "readily-available."
We’re talking about truly great whiskies, not ones that are good, or okay. There was once a time when you used to be able to walk out and buy one. But now, great releases sell out in a matter of hours.
That's why this box is mostly empty these days.
We'll probably replace this feature with something else when we get a moment to rework the code.
It was July 2013 when “Nada” first spent a lot of time in this box. Some comments below remain from then.
Even in my pre-LAWS days, I would watch this section turn over with regularity and shop against it. What's it been lately? Balvenie 1401/3 (long gone and now fetching almost 2x original asking price when you find it) and Longmorn 20 (an excellent pick by K&L but LONG gone)?
Unfortunately, there's just very little these days that arrives without Royal-Baby-level hype, no matter how mundane the bottle contents are. And unfortunately, the "value for the money" thing has been out of whack for ages.
I doubt we'll see another value along the lines that the Balvenie provided, and the IBs are pricing high lately (one need only follow K&L to undersand that). Distillers and bottlers: I love your stuff; no way in hell am I paying what you're asking these days for too-young or overoaked stuff, and by extension, absolutely NO WAY am I paying what's being asked for the non-young or non-oaked stuff. Maybe there are enough saps out there, but I question how long it can last.
Another sign of the end of the golden age of whiskey. There isn't much great whiskey out there, and the little there is carries a hefty price tag. I've written "decent but not worth the money" more times than I can count. Check this space again in ten years when the next glut hits.