To kick things off I'll mention Constantine Stores in Constantine, Cornwall. A fantastic Aladins cave of all things alcoholic, not just whisky but rum, vodka, cognac etc. This is from their website:
A family business for over 48 years, Constantine Stores in the tiny village of Constantine, just six miles from Falmouth, draws customers to its doors from all over the country. Home to one of the largest ranges of wines and spirits in the South-West, this remarkable shop should be on the itinerary of all lovers of grape and grain.
Shop opening Times:
Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm (closed for lunch 1 to 2pm)
Sunday 9.30am to 12pm.
i like to go to the whisky exchange not for its ambiance but for its selection of whiskys i havent been to the new shop that opened
Richard, I know exactly what you mean, it's not the warm welcome that you get at places like Loch Fyne, but as we spend quite a bit of time in Cornwall it's very handy for me and they do have a very good selection of whiskies, but I do often come away feeling that something was missing. So I will recommend them as somewhere to shop if your in the area, but don't expect a typical Cornish welcome or a convivial host.
I hope this will not stop others from telling us about any whisky shops they have in their area or they find when they are out and about.
r900p wrote:I find the Wright Wine and whisky certainly cheaper than royal mile, whisky exchange and whisky-online, plus there new collector to collector area is working very well, most bottles only seem to be in the shop for a week before they are bought.
I suppose it will depend on what you are buying. For standard stuff, RMW seems to beat Wright on price in almost every case--of the ones I picked out at random, below, only Ardbeg 10 is lower at Wright (and the other Ardbegs were more in line with the other malts):
Talisker 10 £29.95/31.95
Talisker 18 £37.50/42.95
Rosebank RM 1981 £69.95/86.95
Ardbeg 10 £28.99/27.50
Laphroaig QC £23.99/29.95
Lagavulin 16 £37.99/40.95
Of course, if you are ordering for delivery, shipping charges will be another matter. Wright will despatch 1 to 6 bottles for £8.50 within the UK. For six bottles, RMW quotes £17.00, but they also deduct VAT, so I think they think I am asking for delivery to the US. Perhaps someone in the UK can confirm their charges.
He always has something interesting on taste (okay, quite a few somethings) and he organises several tastings each year, as well as outings to Whisky Live and breweries.
The shop has lots of interesting single malts, local beers, even local wine and cider as well as the usual odd stuff like liqueurs and other spirits.
The shop is in College Court, near Gloucester Cathedral, an excellent location. I can recommend a visit, and I do visit, all too often!
Was thus seduced into buying a 16 YO "Vintage house" Macallan to celebrate the birth of my daughter 2 years ago...and which was being drunk in my studio when the term "bleggae" was coined by an american guitarist friend who was enjoying both the dram and my reggae take on Hendrix...so fond memories.
I enjoy dreaming and drroling over the locked glass cabinet t the back...in which no whisky retails for less than a few hundred quid, and in the centre of which, in dusty box, sits Black Bowmore!!
I always deal with Keith. They seem especially generous on a friday afternoon...weekend approaching, and loose with the samples.
Told a story on another thread about my escapades a week last Friday...involving as many samples of the delicious new Bowmore 18 as I dared to pour myself(among other rare delights) and a pretty italian waitress who dropped in from the restaurant next door to brazenly ask for a bottle of ...Bells!
...at which three slightly inebriated whisky connoisseurs chorussed "Bells!?!" in loud, incredulous unison, and almost fell over laughing...
Poor girl didn't know what to think...
The Dazzler wrote:Mustardhead,
is this the same Tim who worked for Potstill before their demise?? Does he have some Loch Dhu? Is this from the same store as Potstill used to be and does he still have a large selection of Irish whiskey??
Yes, the same Tim. He no longer works for Potstill, he is now self employed. Same premises and a different stock.
A range of Irish whiskies but not huge. I assume he's expanding it but it's not really my thing so I don't look Want me to check?
As for the Loch Dhu, I just think it's worth winding him up
Its interesting that apart from the small price printing with the Vat element to the cost of a bottle. I have not seen anything bad said about LFW.
Does having a good website make a good whisky shop?
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