Some may have less options, depending on their location, but I thought it would be interesting to see how this turns out.
Willie - I think I would also pay extra to pick it up at the distillery. I'd be a bit sentimental too!
I've been to:
K&L Redwood City (picking up a sample of laddie "First Born" tomorrow)
Bevmo - all over the Bay
Supermarket - prices don't seem to get close to the previous two stores.
Beltramos - Redwood City (going tomorrow)
Willie JJ wrote:I have to say I'm keen to come over and visit a few of your better stores, because I think there are bottlings available that are either targeted at the US market or that are no longer available here.
Stupid really. As if there's not enough to buy on this side of the pond.
funny isn't it...there are litteraly thousands of bottles i could buy in the states and for some reason i want the bottles from the UK i can't get. well, that's not true, there are some stores that do ship overseas, but i think it is just natural instinct to want things you can't (or aren't supposed to) have...
D&M - SF
K&L - SF/Redwood City
Wine and Liquor Depot - LA
Wine Specialists - Washington DC
Loch Fynes - UK
Royal Mile - UK
Binny's - Chicago
Sam's - Chicago (occasionally)
Various small stores near me: The Cork Screw, Finest Liquors & Friar Tucks.
Also various distilleries while in my on-going adventures of the whisky trails.
shulaw05 wrote:...i think it is just natural instinct to want things you can't (or aren't supposed to) have...
Exactly...I want to order an Ardbeg Still Young and an Almost There from the distillery, but it says they can't deliver to the US because of our laws.
I'll keep watching out for those online.
Time for a dram...
Muskrat Portage wrote:I picked the closest one to "A Government-run bootlegger store", the Corner liquor mart. Ours is sited on a corner and sells liquor. Most Canadians and all Ontarians are obligated to purchase from the Provincial government run outlets. You probably could have put LCBO as an option as it's the largest purchaser of alcohol in the world.
I consider my local LCBO a specialty store, I love the large "vintages" section. The LCBO is the local legal drug dealer.
Whiskyslijterij de Koning - 's-Hertogenbosch - Holland
Jan van Breda - Rotterdam - Holland
Bottelier Zonneveld - Maassluis - Holland
Verhaar Whiskyhandel - Utrecht - Holland
Gall & Gall - Rotterdam - Holland
and occasionally tax free at Route 66 in Luxemburg!(very cheap)
DI Blasi: I've been meaning to ask, does Vinmonopolet translate to "wine monopoly", or a similar derivative of alcohol in English?Di Blasi wrote:Locally, or in Norway anyway, we all have to buy alcohol above 5% at the government shops, Vinmonopolet. Not ...
I like the idea of free shipping 'though. The postman must be a very popular fellow in the village! As we all know, Norway isn't the only place where you can't ship alcohol to naughty drinkers, Canada and certain 'States have similar archaic laws. (I learned that here on the forums!)
And as opposed to Canada it's not going to be illegal to import alcohol through post anymore. But it will be expensive because the same taxes and duties will be slapped on top of the retail price.....
I have to say I hope the Wine Monopoly here will stay as it is. It really is a brilliant system because the wine and spirit agents sector has been privatised hence you have an enormous selection in most categories. The availability is very good with a shop nearly all over Norway and the ones which doesn't have can order it through the mail - and as Jonathan said, it costs nill. They also have an excellent webshop where everything is available. From being quite unpopular with most Norwegians it now turns out that a clear majority favours it.
Collector57 wrote: Hmmm, I wonder if I can order online and have free shipping to the UK?
With our prices you should be glad they don't However, if you're also into clarets and other fine wines then Norway is probably the place to visit for good deals. Because our taxes and duty on alcohol is fixed to the alcoholic percentage and won't increase after being applied in the first hand. When the auction prices increase in England and on the continent it stays the same here in Norway.
What are prices like, anyway? Do you guys have to pay a premium?
Johnnie Walker Red Label - GBP 29,-
Ardbeg Ten - GBP 46,-
Laphroaig Cask Strenght - GBP 62,-
Bruichladdich Xvii - GBP 77,-
I too am one of those that agree with the system, it serves us well. Cheap alcohol is expensive because of the taxes, but expensive stuff is cheap, because of that same flat tax, so quality is affordable luckily. And good question there Collector57, I wonder if you can order from the UK? I doubt it, or that you would want to, unless it's something like the 1974 Ardbeg single cask you're after, going for just 3,599kr, just a little over 350£ I guess with the current exchange.
Check out the site's whisky selection to compare prices....
http://www.vinmonopolet.no/is-bin/INTER ... r26=Whisky
Collector57 wrote:This would seem to be Scandinavia only so I have no price comparison point!
Ah well, just have to live with the UK releases
I was just trying to make the point those super special and valuable Single Cask Ardbeg 1974's, going for about 450-500£, one is going for about 100£ less than that.
Very hard to find many malts!!! mostly Glenfiddich 12y.o. Glenmorangie 10y.o.in the stores and at Duty Free they have a better range but not much opportunity to visit! the bars have few malts available but at a price. I have had Macallan 12y.o. and 18y.o.Highland Park 10y.o. Glenfiddich 12y.o. at Hard Rock Cafe.
What's a man gotta do to get a fine Whisky??
My special stuff comes from contacts in the trade I've made over the years, eBay, duty free (if not me most of my friends know to call when passing through DF) and occasional booze cruises to Calais.
And of course the usual online retailers.
But it's not where you buy it.........................................
Yes I have thought of buying online, but it's the exchange rate and the duty plus tax that Philippines put on everything that comes into the country that does not make it worth while. I ordered something from U.S.A. last year and was delivered via DHL they would not hand over the parcel until I paid them the duty and tax for the item!!
I wait until a relative arrives in the country then I put an order thru them. problem is most of the whisky I'm interested in are not available at Duty Free? just have to settle for Macallan, Glenfiddich, I like the Speyside malts so far, had Highland as well, don't like the ones from the islands, Talisker etc, don't care for seaweed and peat.
I'll be traveling to Orlando, FL and Northern Maine this year, and I might spend a little time looking for whisky on my trips. Anyone have any good ideas for shops in those areas?
Used to do a lot on line from the UK and Europe as awell as Ebay.
And locally in the super market for my fave Irish regulars and of course Irelands only proper specialist shop in Ireland ... http://www.celticwhiskeyshop.com/
That I suppose cover quite a few options
I can by a bottle of 10 from Auchentoshan distillery for about £30, or I can go to the super market round the corner and pay £20.
I think that for standard expressions supermarkets are great value for money.And a fantastic way to try different things.
I want to Islay and Visited ardbeg which I Belive is bottled and aged in Glasgow and payed £30 for a 10 I could have bought a less traveled bottle cheaper in Glasgow.
So the question i would ask is... is there to much snobery among whisky drinkers ?
greg1394 wrote:So the question i would ask is... is there to much snobery among whisky drinkers ?
I haven't come across any snobs yet, but I think you'll find less in whisky drinkers than in wine drinkers. At least I have so far...lol.
Cheers...and have fun running about in these forums.
Also, I voted for domestic oninternet sites rather than UK internet sites although in my case they are the same thing.
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