Generally, I go to a shop that has a good selection and simply browse 'n' buy. But when I'm in Boston, I try to stop in at Federal Wines & Liquors on State Street to have a blether with Joe Howell. After wasting a half hour of his time, I usually feel some obligation to buy something (which is what I wanted all along, anyway). I can get better prices closer to home, but I try to buy something I can't get here, without breaking the bank. Joe gives good advice and usually cuts me a bit of a break on his listed price, but I think he does that for about anyone who isn't an idiot (and at least one, you may add, who is).
Or is it youir niese working there
When I go to my favourite shop some of the staff usually say hello. To outsiders that's not necessarily a good thing!
They are also very helpful and some time ago they told me to call them directly instead of using the webshop to save a little money on each order.
Nice and very professional with wine and very nice and slightly professional with whisky - I become so happy and satisfied when you get the feeling that the people taking care of you are sincerely enjoying what they do!
As far as i know he can get his hands on everything there is on the market.
For 20cl bottles i order trough the internet to another belgian whiskyshop. no discount there but when I meet the owner on a festival or tasting he usually gives me a dram "from behind the counter"
All in all it is my opinion that it matters if you have a good relation with your liquorist. He can then alert you the second he has something special or have a chat about malt. Sometimes they know things before you do.
I almost never get discounts, though. I think the discounts tend to be given on the more mainstream and relatively cheaper bottles. For example, I never normally get a discount at RMW - although I do get offered samples - but when I bought three bottles of A'bunadh for a Gaidhlig class outing (with group money, for the tour guides) I did get a discount. But for that rare Glen Craig, I guess the shop knows it will go to a whisky enthusiast and price it accordingly in the first place. I don't mind this.
On the other hand, a friend of mine buys his wine at the Bordeaux Direct showroom outside Reading. Every customer seems to get a loyalty discount of anything up to 25% and free bottles on top of that. To me, this just suggests a shop where prices are meaningless and customers get ripped off. My friend thinks its brilliant, though, and talks only of the money he saves and not the money he spends.
I think I have a strong relationship with my whisky supplier, LOCH FYNE WHISKIES in Inveraray. I have decided to make it my almost only supplier. I write to Mr Richard Joynson and in return he (or his lovely staff) send me the goodies we all like so much. I am often in Scotland on holiday (there's a damn good reason why!!) and it's kind of a must for me to visit this shop. The staff there is very efficient and reliable (and, last but not least, very friendly). I spend a lot of money for shipping cost but for this special relation I am willing to spend "that bit" of extra money.
JUERG GLUTZ-KURMANN wrote:I spend a lot of money for shipping cost but for this special relation I am willing to spend "that bit" of extra money.
Hi Jürg, good to read that!
I do confess, of course, I look out for a bargain from time to time myself - but enjoying whisky is not really about bargain-hunting.
And I would love to visit Loch-Fyne-Whiskies one of these days!
JUERG GLUTZ-KURMANN wrote:Grüss Dich, Bernstein!
You wouldn't regret to go there! And if you have made it to Inveraray why not go a bit more south and take the ferry to Islay?
That's a whisky lover's paradise with the possibility to visit all of the working distillieries (7 at the moment).
Prost and Slàinte mhath,
Should be eight by now, or soon, anyway--Kilchoman's website says "by the end of June". (They're doing cask offers, by the way.) And Jura next door makes nine. Allow at least three full weekdays, probably four, if you want to tour them all. Well worth it.
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