Best Single Malt Whisky Selection???
We are Bourbon lovers. Last year we found some Buffalo trace at Blanchard's on Harvard St at North Beacon.
But, our favorite place to explore and learn is Federal Wine and Spirits on State Street.
Joe also introduced me to Red Breast Irish Whiskey--my current favorite.
I don't know from singlemalt, but I've been keeping close watch on Bourbon for a while. As you'll read, I spend most of my time north of the river.
Downtown Liquors in Davis Square has the most complete Bourbon collection I know, and as per usual, very-long-goatee-guy knows them front-to-back. He spent a couple of months in touch with me, searching for A. H. Hirsch 20-year, and when he said it's not to be found, I believed him (the 16-year is still available). Somerville's Wine and Cheese Cask also carries the Hirsch, but their total collection is a little smaller.
As for Bourbon in restaurants, it seems that Boston's main suppliers sell to restaurants in two categories: the basic Maker's Mark, and the upgraded package, which includes (in order of my preference) Maker's, Woodford, Knob Creek, Bakers, Booker's, and sometimes Basil Hayden. If you find a place with Jefferson Reserve or Black Maple Hill (Chez Henri and Clio both come to mind), do enjoy!
Gargoyle's on the Square, in Davis, home-makes an infusion every season; this Autumn it's apple, cinnamon, and some other stuff. I like my own blueberry-vanilla better, but it's very good.
Eagle Rare can be found across the border in the New Hampshire State stores.
The only place I've found Hirsch 20-year was Seattle's Mistral, where they politely and firmly refused to sell me a bottle at any price (not that I had the money, but they said "not for ten times that.")
And Les Zygomates, the winebar in the Leather District, has Hancock Reserve, which I adored for its apple-y goodness.