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How Fucked-up is the LCBO?

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By @paddockjudge @paddockjudge on 25th Jul 2018, show post

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Astroke replied

@paddockjudge Well according to HelloLCBO the ETL is allocated (err, bullshit lottery), online June 6th. Won't be long now until WT 101 is a lottery bottle. Well maybe we can score one of those Blood Oath #4's coming to a Kenora store and Summerhill soon at $150.

19 days ago 2Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood replied

@Astroke the day WT101 is a lottery item it might be time to stop buying bourbon

19 days ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

I scored a Blanton’s Gold, but I’m “selling” it (at cost) to a friend who’s done me far more whisky favours than I deserve. Gotta put some of that good karma back out into the WhiskyVerse.

19 days ago 3Who liked this?

@fiddich1980
fiddich1980 replied

WTF, I scored an EHT small batch on a "Wait List Notification"

15 days ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@fiddich1980 I have scored 2..... I found a home for one but no one wants the other one.

15 days ago 0

@talexander
talexander replied

@Nozinan I'l always take an EHT off of anyone's hands if they want....

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@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@Astroke Happened to me too. Some people who won bottles let them go and then they offer them to the people who didn't win.

14 days ago 1Who liked this?

Astroke replied

@Nozinan you mean the ETL allocation has come and gone?

14 days ago 0

Astroke replied

@Nozinan Apparently I need to get my acronyms right :)

14 days ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

To clarify, it was EH Taylor.

13 days ago 0

@OdysseusUnbound

Just for fun, here are some varying levels of "the LCBO really sucks" for perspective.

  • Laphroaig Quarter Cask: Ontario 750ml, 48% abv, $90 CAD, The Whisky Exchange (UK) 700ml, 48% abv £36.75 ($64.35 CAD, or $68.72 CAD when adjusted for difference in bottle size)
  • Lagavulin 16: Ontario 750 ml, 43% abv, $130 CAD, The Whisky Exchange 700ml, 43% abv, £60.95 ($106.73 CAD, or $113.98 CAD when adjusted for difference in bottle size)
  • Highland Park 18: Ontario 750 ml, 43% abv, $200 CAD, Master of Malt 700ml, 43% abv, £83.32, ($145.90, or $155.82 CAD when adjusted for difference in bottle size)
  • Springbank 15: Ontario 750ml, 46% abv, $149.99 CAD, Master of Malt 700ml, 46% abv, £49.92 ($87.41 CAD or $93.35 CAD when adjusted for difference in bottle size)
  • Ardbeg Corryvreckan: Ontario 750ml, 57.1% abv, $200 CAD, Master of Malt 700ml, 57.1% abv, £52.42 ($91.79 CAD, or $98.03 CAD when adjusted for difference in bottle size)

Now the UK may have cheaper prices through Amazon, and some places in the US of A may have cheaper prices too, but this is just some perspective for Nontarians

6 days ago 4Who liked this?

@talexander
talexander replied

@OdysseusUnbound Thanks for this. There are many times the LCBO is cheaper than retail prices in other countries, though unfortunately most of the time they are not.

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@dloewen
dloewen replied

@talexander I think Weller Antique may be the only example I can think of... laughing

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@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@talexander, I concur, over the years some of the bourbon prices at the LCBO have raised my eyebrows and not because they too high. The 2013 Ltd Edition Four Roses Small Batch Barrel Proof hit the shelves the week before Easter at $80 CDN. Not a drop was sold below that price in its country of origin.

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Astroke replied

@paddockjudge Also, the cost of most Irish Whiskey at the LCBO is cheaper than in the US. Bushmills 21 is in the $250-$300 US range and 160 pounds in the UK vs $240 Cad , Yellow Spot is over $100 US and Tyrconnell 16 is over $100 US, both are the same at the LCBO.

Four Roses and Buffalo Trace seem to be fairly priced at the LCBO. Cannot say the same for Heaven Hill stuff which is in the Ardbeg/Balvenie/Springbank range of disparity.

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Astroke replied

@OdysseusUnbound , I would add ZYN from Alberta, their pricing pretty much matches the UK comparison prices. One to add, Balvenie 15 SiB LCBO $280 vs $168 + 5% at ZYN. Of course we in Ontario must ship it, but there are ways to keep that cost down.

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