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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.

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Thoroughly Smashed 7:10 pm 31 Mar 12

I-filed said :

Jim Jones said :

Thumper said :

I’m partial to Chivas Regal.

And do you drink it with Coke or Ginger Ale?

And are you happy to be blind-tested on whether you can pick a single malt from a blend?

I’m not sure anyone suggested that blends (particularly pure malt blends) can’t be as good as (or better than) single malts, just that Chivas is not an example of a good blend. Having tasted the stuff (12yo) since my last comment on the topic, I have to agree.

Ko. 7:01 pm 31 Mar 12

Just on that website…

If you haven’t had this you are really missing out

http://www.nicks.com.au/Product/View/Suntory-Yamazaki-12-Year-Old-Single-Malt-Japanese-Whisky-%28700ml%29/481661

I-filed 4:38 pm 31 Mar 12

Jim Jones said :

Thumper said :

I’m partial to Chivas Regal.

And do you drink it with Coke or Ginger Ale?

And are you happy to be blind-tested on whether you can pick a single malt from a blend? Dodgy managers made me decant cheap whisky into posh bottles in a bar in one of my early jobs. Just ONE client picked up the ripoff – a Scotsman: “This is nae scotch”.

Thoroughly Smashed 12:57 pm 31 Mar 12

Found another one that looks to be pretty comprehensive: http://www.smwhisky.com.au

Diggety said :

Apologies for bringing up an old thread, but I just tasted Smokehead single malt…. And Iove it.

I think anyone who enjoys a pipe or cigar will also enjoy this too. Too drunk to tell you where to get it at the best price though, sorry!

Peat isn’t just for smokers 😉

Diggety 10:37 pm 28 Feb 12

Apologies for bringing up an old thread, but I just tasted Smokehead single malt…. And Iove it.

I think anyone who enjoys a pipe or cigar will also enjoy this too. Too drunk to tell you where to get it at the best price though, sorry!

Thoroughly Smashed 9:16 am 01 Dec 11

Jethro said :

I only drink Vat 69.

Of course, I only drink whisky when I’m pretending to be a disillusioned World War Two Captain.

Hahaha.

To answer one of the original questions, I can tell you where I won’t go any more to order a whisky; PJ O’Reilly’s in the City. They charged me almost 50% of the bottle price for two glasses of Hellyers Road (quite a good Tasmanian whisky) last time I was there.

ex-vectis 8:58 am 01 Dec 11

PS. Wife (Scots, born bred and dragged over here – but loving it! 🙂 has pointed out it is called ‘Whisky’, not ‘Scotch’. Touchy cow 🙂

Jethro 10:11 pm 30 Nov 11

I only drink Vat 69.

Of course, I only drink whisky when I’m pretending to be a disillusioned World War Two Captain.

ex-vectis 9:32 pm 30 Nov 11

As some before have mentioned, how much do you have to spend? My favourite is from a small distillery near Pitlochery, Edradour. But I rarely get it as it’s a small fortune a bottle.

I got married near the distillery and the whisky we gave as wedding Favours. Its made by two guys (with a third doing tours and teaching how to drink Whisky ‘properly’. IE. NOT straight but with 1/2 again of room-temp water and no ice – and by jove he’s right :-)) and a righ ramshackle looking barn. The Whisky is actually really good and not ‘peaty’ or ‘smokey’ or any of the Islands tastes – just a great tasting whisky.

For every day Whisky (well, not every day….lol) I go for either Dewars or Grants – Bells if scraping the barrel. Probably goes with saying, but Jonny Walker is just a Marketing thing; most Scots have never heard of it (Just as ‘Fosters’ is marketed in the UK as the beer ‘every Aussie drinks’…. uck!).

Ok, thats my tuppeny bit. Off to down a VB….

Thoroughly Smashed 9:18 pm 30 Nov 11

Blimey, the Laphroaig Quarter Cask gets almost universally excellent reviews on Connosr. Is the peat as in your face as it is in the 10yo?

beh1972 8:52 pm 30 Nov 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Dan Murphy’s currently has a couple of gift packs (among others) that contain a selection of single malts in 200mL bottles. They’re a little more expensive by volume but more convenient for tasting, especially if you find a particular style or malt not to your liking.

Yeah baby! I’m getting some of those!

Deref 2:18 pm 30 Nov 11

Ben_Dover said :

Whenever you have a spare ton to throw about, I can heartily recommend this;

http://danmurphys.com.au/product/DM_916600/laphroaig-quarter-cask-scotch-whisky?CAWELAID=857484676

Wipe the drool off my toga!

Thoroughly Smashed 1:39 pm 30 Nov 11

Dan Murphy’s currently has a couple of gift packs (among others) that contain a selection of single malts in 200mL bottles. They’re a little more expensive by volume but more convenient for tasting, especially if you find a particular style or malt not to your liking.

Muttsybignuts 7:39 pm 26 Sep 11

+1000 000 for the Laphroaig quarter cask. It will put hairs on your chest.

poetix 5:03 pm 26 Sep 11

krats said :

My Wife’s Favorite is Fighting Cock.
We bought some back from Heaven Hill Distillery, Louisville-on our last trip.Have not been able to find to much in Canberra.

Not as smooth as Kilt’s Mellow Cock.

Ben_Dover 4:21 pm 26 Sep 11

Whenever you have a spare ton to throw about, I can heartily recommend this;

http://danmurphys.com.au/product/DM_916600/laphroaig-quarter-cask-scotch-whisky?CAWELAID=857484676

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