Exciseman wrote: what business is it of Ardbeg's or of RMW's why a purchaser is buying a particular bottle?
None, of course, but their marketing story needs an evil character.
jsaliga wrote:Frankly I think the shop owner should do whatever he pleases and thinks is fair and not worry so much about what the whisky geeks think about it.
Absolutely. I just can't stand the hypocrisy.
Daz Quinn wrote: As for loyal customers I have spent well over £50k with the main internet sellers and yet none of them have ever replied to one of my emails when I have enquired about forthcoming new releases!!
I can imagine a large retailer would have to hire a full-time person to answer emails like that. In order to avoid being an anonymous customer, establish a relationship with one of the people in the store. A pm to Tim F (TWE) on this forum typically gets you a quick response.
Arthur Motley wrote:"they'd break the seals of the bottles before ringing them up (what legal issues?)"
I've checked now. Opening bottles on the shop floor either before or after purchasing is a breach of licensing. Selling open bottles is illegal as we are an off license not an 'on' license.
There are plenty of other ways to make the bottle unattractive to 'non-drinkers'. For example, by gluing on a sticker on the label.
enzot wrote:12,000 bottles.No age statement.An assembly of 2 vintages matured in bourbon casks and finished in sherry barrels for 6 months.Cask Strength 56.7% vol.Perhaps not the most exciting Feis Ile Ardbeg bottling.
Aaah, now I get it. An unlimited limited release. Then, obviously, you need some trick to get rid of all the bottles at double the price. Maybe I should go to the Ardbeg Day here in Costa Mesa...