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Old 02-11-2016, 07:24 PM   #426
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Wow...I got mine for $200 CAD roughly at duty free in Tokyo a few months ago...The limited edition one as well.
Lucky you lol, should have grabbed a few more
My friend in SoCal just texted me yesterday and said the cheapest one he found in a private store was $520.70 USD
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Brother got this in japan for me last year, was $60 CAD at the time.
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Just came back from Japan and managed to cop out on a few Japanese whiskeys after raiding through at least a dozen liquor stores.

I wish I can keep 'em all but only the 2015 Yamazaki and miniature bottles are mine.

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How much is it now?
12,960 yuan or $158.50 CDN for the Hibiki 17 based on today's exchange rate.

I was surprised that prices are sort-of uniform across the board whether it's being sold in a big department store or in a small liquor store.

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not whiskey related but know where I can get this locally or online if possible



whole collection looks sick

http://royaldragonvodka.com/en/index.php
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I bought one of those Superior Vodka at HK Airport Duty Fee 2 years ago.
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I remember watching a documentary where they were discussing marketing vodka, where most are used for shots or mixers, and consumers can easily pick up a bottom-shelf product and it gets the job done. In many cases, manufacturers had to work really hard to dress up the bottle to make it look cool to increase sales. There was another example where a tequila company tried to sell their product in Dubai, a country where very few gave a damn for tequila..What they did was created an exotic looking bottle to help project an image that screams money and exclusivity.

Not to digress from this thread, but sobieski and stolichnaya branded vodka are great sippers if you are interested in this spirit.
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Vodka is vodka is vodka, with no aging involved, you will be hard pressed to tell the difference between vodkas in a blind taste test. Sure Absolut finishes slightly differently than Stoli, but not much. Grey Goose was very smart to launch a vodka twice the price of regular vodka pricing 20 years ago.
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Wow you scored a bottle of 21 Hibiki! Super jealous! How much was that?
IMO the Nikka 21 pales in comparison to most other Japanese whiskeys. I have that Yamazaki sitting in my collection too, haven't opened it yet!

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I wish I can keep 'em all but only the 2015 Yamazaki and miniature bottles are mine.

Grey Goose is so over-rated lol. It's not even in my top 3 regardless of price.
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grey goose is hella marked up here. heard people in France dont even drink that shit lol

I think Titos is the best bang for your buck vodka.

another great value is iceberg or Alberta vodka. cant remember since I always get the 2 mixed up since they both have icebergs on their labels lol

Im still waiting for Ciroc pineapple+green apple to come here. not sure why its taking so dam long.

Im gonna throw in E-40's new beer as well lol. been wanting to try it!



u guys try east van vodka yet? made with Vancouver tapwater lol

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^ East Van vodka is.....how do I say....has a very unique taste profile, since they don't filter it at all! get ready for some serious bite!
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A good read if you are interested in the history behind Grey Goose (and jagermeister), or just good marketing in general:

Sidney Frank - The Man Behind Grey Goose Vodka

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At 5:20 on a Sunday morning in the summer of 1996, Sidney Frank—liquor baron extraordinaire, dapper elderly gent, CEO of the Sidney Frank Importing Co.—picked up his phone in a fit of inspiration. He dialed up his No. 2 executive, who listened in a groggy daze as Frank proclaimed, “I figured out the name! It’s Grey Goose!”

And so was born one of the most astonishing brands in the history of distilled spirits. Grey Goose vodka, invented from thin air that summer morning, had as yet no distillery, no bottle, and—perhaps the most pressing order of business—no vodka.
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^ Sidney Frank was a visionary. He was a brilliant marketer, he turned Jager from a deli digestive drink to what it is today. When he first marketed Jager, he only promoted it in Ivy League School bars.....Goodwill hunting anyone? He understood Ivy League bars are aspirational for common folks.....
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Just came back from Japan and managed to cop out on a few Japanese whiskeys after raiding through at least a dozen liquor stores.

I wish I can keep 'em all but only the 2015 Yamazaki and miniature bottles are mine.
tomatogunk where did you find the 21? I'm in Japan right now as well and I'm having a hell of a time finding it for a reasonable price. I found it in a small liquor store marked up quite a bit, it was being sold for 39,000JPY (about 500CAD) and the one store that a friend said had Yamazaki 18 for 25,000JPY was sold out.

So far I only managed to grab Hibiki 12 and 17, for what I consider fairly reasonable prices. Still on the hunt for other stuff... The Yamazaki distillery had lots available for tasting but none for sale.
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Wow you scored a bottle of 21 Hibiki! Super jealous! How much was that?
27,000JPY or $330 CDN

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tomatogunk where did you find the 21? I'm in Japan right now as well and I'm having a hell of a time finding it for a reasonable price. I found it in a small liquor store marked up quite a bit, it was being sold for 39,000JPY (about 500CAD) and the one store that a friend said had Yamazaki 18 for 25,000JPY was sold out.

So far I only managed to grab Hibiki 12 and 17, for what I consider fairly reasonable prices. Still on the hunt for other stuff... The Yamazaki distillery had lots available for tasting but none for sale.
Where in Japan are you right now? I found the Hibiki 21 by stroke of luck in Ikeda near the Hankyu Takarazuka Line. They were being sold at that store for 27,000JPY (taxes inclusive). Later that day I was strolling around the department stores in Umeda and found a gold mine of Japanese Whiskeys still in stock and being sold in Hanshin: Yamazaki 12, Yamazaki Limited Edition 2015 and several Hibiki 21's; they were 9,500, 10,000 and 25,000JPY respectively (duty-free prices, just make sure you bring your passport along for a tax refund). Hope you can still score some.

Kansai airport also had plenty of Yamazaki 18 Limited Editions in stock for 50,000JPY, but thats too rich for my taste

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The prices of the Japanese whiskies are pretty high-up, wow.

I recall that 6 years ago, down over at Costco in Bellingham, I spotted bottles of Yamazaki and Hibiki side by side on the shelves. At the time, I didn't gave much thought to them, one of it sported a price of $68 or something. If only....

Might have taken a photo of it, I'll see what I can find..
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^ East Van vodka is.....how do I say....has a very unique taste profile, since they don't filter it at all! get ready for some serious bite!
My friend had a bottle at his house... I did not like it all. It's got a funky aftertaste.
Some other high priced vodka I did not like are Uluvka and that Crystal Head Skull vodka. I'll take Stoli and Ketel One over those 2 any day and they are less than half the price.

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Where in Japan are you right now? I found the Hibiki 21 by stroke of luck in Ikeda near the Hankyu Takarazuka Line. They were being sold at that store for 27,000JPY (taxes inclusive). Later that day I was strolling around the department stores in Umeda and found a gold mine of Japanese Whiskeys still in stock and being sold in Hanshin: Yamazaki 12, Yamazaki Limited Edition 2015 and several Hibiki 21's; they were 9,500, 10,000 and 25,000JPY respectively (duty-free prices, just make sure you bring your passport along for a tax refund). Hope you can still score some.

Kansai airport also had plenty of Yamazaki 18 Limited Editions in stock for 50,000JPY, but thats too rich for my taste
Wow for $330 I would have tried to clean house haha outside of Japan those would be like 300% mark up. Nice score!
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Where in Japan are you right now? I found the Hibiki 21 by stroke of luck in Ikeda near the Hankyu Takarazuka Line. They were being sold at that store for 27,000JPY (taxes inclusive). Later that day I was strolling around the department stores in Umeda and found a gold mine of Japanese Whiskeys still in stock and being sold in Hanshin: Yamazaki 12, Yamazaki Limited Edition 2015 and several Hibiki 21's; they were 9,500, 10,000 and 25,000JPY respectively (duty-free prices, just make sure you bring your passport along for a tax refund). Hope you can still score some.

Kansai airport also had plenty of Yamazaki 18 Limited Editions in stock for 50,000JPY, but thats too rich for my taste
Ah, I'm in Tokyo and was in Kyoto last week. Didn't spend much time in Osaka sadly. Oh well, at least I got Hibiki 17!
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My friend is flying in to Canada from the Bejing Airport soon, can anyone chime in with any knowledge of good pick ups from the Duty Free (Whiskey)?

I am thinking a bottle of Moutai, but I am unsure what whiskey selections they have over there..
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Ever since one of my good friend's wedding I have been scarred by Moutai
Don't think I will ever like it.

For Duty-Free Whiskey, depends on which airport but they often carry some "Limited Editions", which would be a good pick-up. Personally I've been really into Asian whiskeys, the Kavalan Soloist might be a good one at the Beijing airport.
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