Why Scotch Prices Have Gone Up (Atlas Obscura)

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It’s not your faulty memory: prices for scotch have increased, and the ongoing production shortages are unlikely to faze out anytime soon. According to Jessie Guy-Ryan in Atlas Obscura, the problem of scotch and other whisky shortages is simply time.

By law, scotch must be aged for at least three years, with better tasting scotch being aged much longer. Given the temporal commitments that must be made in advance, distillers have to make predictions on the popularity of the drink—which can be off the mark, and lead to either excessive supply or shortages.

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