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Scotch Shortage

2005-06-23 15:59:51.510889+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

In a blatant effort to run up prices and build a "collectables" market, distillers announce a shortage of single malt scotch stocks:

But that is the problem facing many scotch distilleries, due to a lack of foresight in laying down sufficient vintages in the past, coupled with increasing demand for older single malts. So, while you may be able to find the heavily peated Ardbeg 10-year-old, you can pretty much forget about snagging a bottle of the more subtly smoked Ardbeg 17-year-old scotch -- the distillery ran out of it a few years ago.

I guess it's a good thing I'm not drinking much these days, 'cause Ardbeg 17 is one of my favorites.

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-23 18:39:20.482945+00 by: petronius

The Great Scotch Shortage is an obvious incentive for Monsanto to develop a GMO-based fermenting bug that will convert turnip juice into 12-year-old-tasting Highland liquor. The Greens will give up their opposition to genetic modification and we will all march into the radiant future, since we will be too sloshed to drive.