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Where do you buy your scotch single malts?

By Alex Mason - 23 September 2011 56

I’ve been getting into scotch lately, and wondered whether any of you fellow scotch drinkers knew of quality distributors to buy a new malt from. The selection available at places like Dan Murphy’s, Liquorland, Vintage Cellars and Candamber Wines is pretty limited; are there smaller sellers who have a larger range or specialise in fine spirits in Canberra?

I’m also interested to hear what your favourite scotches are, and where you like to go to order a dram. It seems from previous RiotACT posts that there are quite a few scotch drinkers in Canberra and I’d like to have a list compiled of great places to purchase from.

What’s Your opinion?


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Where do you buy your scotch single malts?
smiling politely 12:36 pm 23 Sep 11

+1 First Choice at Phillip. I’m with everyone who says Islay whiskies (I shall forever be a Laphroaig man) but recommend starting off with some Speysiders if you’re new to the game. Get to know your regions and start exploring.

Inevitably the issue of ice gets raised in these threads, with the usual answer of hell no. A little bit of water is quite acceptable and can help to bring out the flavours.

jk_142 12:30 pm 23 Sep 11

From memory, Cox Kelly in Civic on University Ave across from Uni Pub had a collection of scotches that you wouldn’t normally find in the bigger shops. Good beers as well!!

I’d recommened giving Tasmanian whiskey a go. Bought a bottle of single malt from Lark Distillery when I was in hobart and I love it. Not sure if you can buy it in Canberra though. Pretty expensive as well…

Ben_Dover 12:24 pm 23 Sep 11
BallOfMonkey 12:13 pm 23 Sep 11

The bottle shop in Campbell has some nice bottles, and the owner is quite passionate about his single malts. Vintage Cellars in Manuka also has a good range of some of your more traditional single malts, as well as a variety of Bruichladdich. If you’re after a bit of a tasting evening, I could also recommend an evening at the Pheonix as their Wall ‘O’ Scotch is fairly impressive.

From a personal perspective, I would recommend not going towards the older Scotches (18yr plus) until your palate has come to terms with the 12 and 15 yrs. As a relative newcomer to single malts I’ve found that I haven’t been able to truly appreciate the older malts yet.

Give Glenfarclas 15yr a go, it’s a fantastic drink

Jim Jones 12:12 pm 23 Sep 11

tiliqua said :

Mmm Lagavulin, that salty seaweedy iodine flavour is very distinct, very much a love it or hate it proposition. I’m also very fond of Glenmorangie port and sherry cask aged malts (Quinta Ruban and Lasanta) if you’re after a more mellow and almost sweet whisky.

plus one billion for the Glen Morangie – I reeaaaallly like the Lasanta.

Tallisker still the big fave though, particularly nice with a fat cuban cigar and some classy jazz: Ornette Coleman’s ‘A Shape of Jazz to Come’, or mid-period Miles Davis.

tiliqua 12:01 pm 23 Sep 11

Mmm Lagavulin, that salty seaweedy iodine flavour is very distinct, very much a love it or hate it proposition. I’m also very fond of Glenmorangie port and sherry cask aged malts (Quinta Ruban and Lasanta) if you’re after a more mellow and almost sweet whisky.

Onceler 11:42 am 23 Sep 11

Recently I’ve enjoyed some Dalwhinnie and Glenmorangie. (I haven’t developed a taste for the smoky & salty yet.) I’ve got a bottle of Glenkinchie on the go at the moment, but it’s a bit uninspiring.

StarW 11:39 am 23 Sep 11

Glenkinchie – just noticed it on Liquorland Direct online for a decent price.

Jim Jones 11:34 am 23 Sep 11

Thumper said :

I’m partial to Chivas Regal.

And do you drink it with Coke or Ginger Ale?

Thumper 11:32 am 23 Sep 11

I’m partial to Chivas Regal.

Snoman 10:49 am 23 Sep 11

Online, though First Choice and Dan Murphy’s in Phillip are both great.

I’m new to Scotch but enjoying Dimple15 or Glenfiddich18 which seems a little softer. Kingos, Phoenix and a few other places in the city don’t charge too much for some decent nips, head in on a quiet afternoon with some whisky-drinking friends, buy a few different ones and share some opinions.

poetix 10:44 am 23 Sep 11

Jim Jones said :

I’ve had a massive amount of awesome different scotches from Dan Murphy’s – not sure what you mean by ‘limited selection’:

Ardbeg
Aberlour
Glenfarclas
Glenfiddich
Glenlivet
Glenmorangie
Glen Moray
Isle of Jura
Laphroaig
Speyburn
Talisker

as much as I can remember right now anyway

Surprised you can remember anything at all after that lot!

Jim Jones 10:33 am 23 Sep 11

I’ve had a massive amount of awesome different scotches from Dan Murphy’s – not sure what you mean by ‘limited selection’:

Ardbeg
Aberlour
Glenfarclas
Glenfiddich
Glenlivet
Glenmorangie
Glen Moray
Isle of Jura
Laphroaig
Speyburn
Talisker

as much as I can remember right now anyway

2.0 10:27 am 23 Sep 11

First Choice in Phillip FTW

johnboy 10:27 am 23 Sep 11

First Choice in Braddon is my go-to for quality booze.

As for which malt? Islay is the bomb if you want smoke and salt.

Lagavulin for mine the king, but many other solid contenders some of them quite affordable.

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