Thanks for the review, independant. Certainly the tasting sounds top notch. And the only thing that matters in the end is that you got your money's worth. However, your post raises in our minds the concern that you got the SPECIAL $50 tour. It sounds like they were saying from the get-go that the normal tour would not have been so inclusive/expansive.
That aside, follow up question - if this tour was worth $50 fairly priced, how would you price the complimentary tours you have done? Speaking to the earlier post, the 4R breakfast was fairly priced at $20, and, given that there was a new product roll-out and sampling associated with it, $30 or $40 would have been reasonable. Heck, we would have probably paid $20 for a Jimmy Russell WT tour based on value.
But, in the end, the real issue is that the attitude used to be that if you cared enough about bourbon to want to learn about it, the producers were happy to give you their version of the VIP treatment for free. It seems that is changing, or, at least, the marketing strategy is.
Dave & Tina