By @HP12 on 13th Mar 2011, show post
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@BlueNote I agree. I would TRY (before I buy) any of the 12, 15 or 18 if they were 46% or higher, NCF and no colour added. What s the point of "darkest" if you're adding caramel?
Sadly, I haven't seen Tempest or Laimrig in stores in a few years. I still have a fairly healthy supply given the rate I am going through the bottles. If you ever venture to Ontario...
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@Nozinan My nephew and his wife live in the Hamilton area. They have had two children since we last saw them at their wedding about 4 years ago. We are definitely overdue for a trip east. I might surprise you (and the Ontario whisky brotherhood) one day.
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@BlueNote, be careful what you wish for...
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@BlueNote I agree and I wish Bowmore would handle their standard releases better. When I was at the distillery I got to try some of their hand-filled single casks. WOW those were impressive. One cask in particular caused me to fall in love with Bowmore in a new kind of way. For me the 15yo takes me back to that moment. The 15yo is about 70% of what that single cask was (both in flavor and ABV). I was gifted one bottle of the Bowmore 18yo. I will never re-buy that one. Bowmore has such potential. There is a reason that some of the old desirable casks go for so much on the secondary market.
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Well, the Virginia ABC Liquor Control board continues to flabbergast me. It appears to me that they have decided that Single Malt Scotch simply doesn’t sell. When I moved here 8 years ago there was typically twice as much scotch on an ABC store shelf as there was bourbon. Today, that number has flipped. And because the stores have not grown in that time that means they are sacrificing Scotch offerings to have more room for bourbon. I already told you about Bruichladdich the Classic Laddie. And then on the 1st of November it was Bowmore 15yo. Just this week they listed a whole host of closeout whiskies. This means that the prices have been reduced by 50%. The following is not exhaustive, but gives you an idea:
Ardbeg 21yo was $499.99; now $250.09
The Macallan Edition No. 4 was $99.09; now $50.09
Glenmorangie Spios was $99.99; now $50.09
Highland Park Full Volume was $99.99; now $50.09
Highland Park Valkyrie was $79.09; now $39.09
Highland Park Fire Edition was $399.99; now $200.09
In the world of American Whiskey closeout
Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye was $64.99; now $32.59
Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye was $44.99; now $22.40
Whistlepig Farmstock Rye Crop 2 was $74.99; now $37.59
Ya . . . look on that list a drool. I wish I could buy it all. Here is the problem with the Virginia. All of these bottles have been removed from the online system. So there is simply no way to know which stores have any of these bottles. And the stores themselves have no idea which stores might have these bottles. Basically, you needed to know which stores had these bottles last month . . . and then rush over to buy up their stock before the prices changed on the shelves.
Yesterday I hit 8 different stores in my area looking for any of these bottles. I managed to find two bottles of the Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye for $32.59 each. The were on the shelf still listed at $64.99. That is why they hadn’t sold yet. But that was it. I have given up on finding the Ardbeg 21yo. I would have bought 3 bottles at that price if I could have found it.
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@Nock those are astonishing prices and worth searching out. It's a pity that it is so difficult working out which shops still have any stock left. Surely those prices must be at a loss. I've never seen alcohol discounted by more than about 20%. Crazy stuff there
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@Nock Reminds me of the 2-3 bottles of Amrut single cask (bourbon) that were reduced to $40 - I kept chasing them on the site...never caught up...
Redbreast 12 is £10 off (£36) at Waitrose currently.
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