Originally Posted by NJT
Ended up grabbing the Speyburn 10yr as it was the only recommended one under $40.
For being so inexpensive, I was surprisingly impressed.
Do you all visit special liquor stores for these purchases? I go to Binny's (large retail chain here in Chicagoland area) as they are only one with such an expansive selection. Is there anywhere else I should look into?
That's a great question, and this is what I do.
I live in Western Colorado. Not as much selection or competition around here, so I have a system.
My local favorite liquor store in my town is where I buy my day to day stuff (My favorite Irish blends), and an occasional single malt.
The nearest decent sized town is Grand Junction, about 70 miles away. They have a nice liquor store there with decent selection, so when Iím in town Iíll run by there if they have something specific Iím looking for.
Denver is about 225 miles away. They have 2 liquor stores I visit Ė one always has Balvenie 12 year at a great price ($35), so if I need some Iíll buy it there. Another has a huge selection, so Iíll stop in there if I want to try something new.
Thereís another liquor store between work and home that carries a couple of single malts I really like at a great price, and will rotate a few on ****. They also have my favorite Tequila (Cabo Wabo yummmmmm) for a great price.
The moral of the story is find what liquor stores carry at a reduced price Ė it seems like some stores just have a much better price on a specific brand or product than everyone else. Keep a list of who has what (on paper, on your phone, in your brain, wherever), so you can plan ahead. This strategy has saved me quite a bit of $$$ while allowing me to keep a decent supply on hand.