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Jun 17, 2008 06:02 PM

Scotch in Boston

I'm moving from Philadelphia (where liquor stores are state operated) to Boston. Does anybody have any recs for liquor stores with (a) the best selection of scotch, and (b) the best prices on scotch? Interested in anywhere around Boston, but especially Brookline or Brighton.


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  1. Selection: Downtown Liquors, Davis Square Somerville
    Price: Anywhere but Downtown Liquors, Davis Square Somerville

    1. I'm not a huge scotch buyer, but Martignetti's in Brighton has my Lagavulin 16 for a reasonable price, like 53 I think... it may have gone up though with the crappy dollar, I haven't had to refill for a few months. Cambridge wine and liquor in fresh pond has a bigger selection, but their prices are slightly higher, though by no means overpriced; I got a Macallan 12 there a few months ago for like 30 bucks on sale.

      Meanwhile, Brix in the south end has a more unusual selection, though much more expensive.

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      1. re: bza

        Went to Martignetti's. It definitely has a nice selection, but many of the products were expensive at least compared to the state owned liquor stores in Pennsylvania. The Lagavulin 16 was a good price at $64, however. Personally, I went with the Clynelish 14, not because of the price (not sure whether $45 is a good price for it), but because it was not something I saw in PA and I've liked another Clynelish bottling that I once had.

        1. re: tdg

          Not in Brighton, but Gordon's on Main St. in Waltham has a fairly large scotch selection. I'm not a big scotch drinker, so I'm not sure how the prices compare, but other spirits are usually priced well.

      2. I'm not from the area so I can't compare them to anyone else in Boston, but Federal Wine & Spirits is the only US importer for my favorite independant bottler - Blackadder. They bottle some beautiful scotches, alway un-chill-filtered, usually single cask bottlings and a lot of cask strength bottlings - and, for what it is, usually pretty reasonably priced.

        Federal Wine & Spirits
        29 State St, Boston, MA

        1. brookline liquor mart on comm ave in allston excellent selection of scotch not sure how the prices are

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          1. re: bowmore36

            It's out of the way, I know, but there's a liquor store in Rockland called Lukes (probably 40 minutes south of the city) that stocks upwards of 100-150 different single malts- all the typicals and some harder to find, sometimes independently bottled malts. Prices are good for some malts, less so for others. If you're a real big scotch drinker like I am, you won't mind the drive. The place is the size of a supermarket. It's booze heaven..... on a recent visit they were selling the Craggamore 1992 distillers edition for $39.99.

          2. I'd second both comments on Downtown - I love 'em, but the prices are not a deal. Marty's in Allston has a fairly decent selection, as does Blanchard's - probably nothing too obscure, but as I said, decent. For best price, we usually make the haul to NH, which has state-run liquor stores like the ones you describe. However, I feel like the selection isn't huge - I think you can find their stores online and check it out if you were feeling like a journey.