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Johnnie Walker Blue 375ml

rosielucchesini Dec 5, 2008 11:18 AM

Does a 375ml of Johnnie Walker Blue exist and does anyone know where I can find it? Thank you v. much.

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  1. sku Dec 5, 2008 12:26 PM

    The closest I've seen is a 200ml.

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      rosielucchesini Dec 7, 2008 06:55 PM

      Thank you-this is for a gift. Do you know of a website where i can find the 200ml size?

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        davis_sq_pro Dec 7, 2008 07:32 PM

        http://www.google.com/search?q=walker...

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      zin1953 Dec 6, 2008 12:46 PM

      To the best of my knowledge, it is available in the United States ONLY in 750ml and 200ml sizes.

      BevMo in Sac has the 750ml size available for $169.99. I honestly do not know if they carry the 200ml size; it is not shown on their website. On the high side, I've seen Johnnie Walker Blue for as much as $199.99 -- again, for the 750ml.

      Sorry I can't be of more help, but a phone call to the BevMo on Arden should at least answer if they carry the 200ml . . .

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        davis_sq_pro Dec 7, 2008 06:18 PM

        More importantly, is it worth $169.99? I've not yet tried the blue, but I've had red, black, green, and gold, and wouldn't pay anywhere near that for any of them... Is blue really that much better? Given, of course, the totally subjective nature of this question!

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          zin1953 Dec 7, 2008 08:10 PM

          For me? No. It's not worth the price. But is it really, really good? Yes. (But I'd rather buy a bottle of Macallan 18, or better yet, some really great Cognac, Armagnac, or Calvados!)

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            sku Dec 8, 2008 06:16 AM

            I agree completely - it's very good but overpriced. I'd rather buy two bottles of Lagavulin 16 or Clynelish or Highland Park. Heck, for the price you could even get a Port Ellen or Brora.

            http://recenteats.blogspot.com/2008/1...

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              tdg Dec 8, 2008 10:01 AM

              Add me to the list of people who would much rather have a couple of (excellent) bottles at half the price.

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            tmso Dec 8, 2008 03:34 AM

            I've tasted it before, and it is really really good. Much better than their others. But I'm with Jason here: for the price, there are other things I'd rather have.

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          phantomdoc Dec 8, 2008 02:31 PM

          I have tried it on a cruise ship liquor tasting. I am no connoisseur of Scotch but I know I did not like the JW Blue.

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            ed1066 Dec 9, 2008 10:34 AM

            Just on the JW note, my local Costco has JW Green Label for 40.99 right now, in a wood gift box. At that price, IMO it's worth it.

            1. jspear Dec 10, 2008 06:54 AM

              Blue is a showy priced sip, good to the taste but out priced compared to other great scotches....

              1. HaagenDazs Dec 11, 2008 06:21 AM

                Go to your local liquor store and one that is willing to order for you. If the liquor is available, they will be able to order it through their distributor. It may take about a week, but it's nothing that will put a burden on them, they order liquor anyway, right? So if the distributor carries it, they can get it.

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                  invinotheresverde Dec 11, 2008 02:50 PM

                  True, but there are usually order mimimums. Call me crazy, but I doubt other customers are beating down the door for small bottles of Blue Label. If so, they'd already carry it.

                  Some places might be willing to do it, though. Happy hunting!

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                    zin1953 Dec 11, 2008 05:04 PM

                    You can quite EASILY order a single 200ml bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue. The "order minimums" to which you refer have to do with the minimum dollar about of the invoice. No one is ordering "Blue" by the case!

                    1. re: zin1953
                      HaagenDazs Dec 12, 2008 04:09 AM

                      Yeah, exactly. For standard weekly orders stores often order a bottle of this and a bottle of that depending on what they need (or think they need) for the following week. It will all come mixed and matched together in one or 2 boxes. No way that a distributor will require a store to make a huge order of Johnnie Blue.

                      1. re: HaagenDazs
                        invinotheresverde Dec 13, 2008 09:52 AM

                        I've been unable to order specific items in the past, not because the distributors didn't carry the product, but because there were minimums. YMMV.

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                          zin1953 Dec 13, 2008 10:50 AM

                          I don't know where you live, but I have *never* been prevented from ordering ANY product because of a "minimum." The minimums have always been a dollar amount or a quantity -- such as "3 cases or $300." So, yes, that may be a problem if a retailer wants to order ONLY one 200ml bottle of cheap Vodka -- but it's not a problem to "tack on" a bottle of cheap Vodka (or a 200ml Johnnie Walker Blue) to an order from a liquor wholesale company that distributes so many "must have" items like Bombay Gin, Absolut Vodka, Johnnie Walker Scotch, and so on . . .

                          Cheers,
                          Jason

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                            davis_sq_pro Dec 14, 2008 09:20 AM

                            I've had problems with special orders, in the Boston area, but not due to stated minimums -- just laziness (I think).

                            I was trying to order some bottles of a wine that my wife and I had on our honeymoon (around $75/bottle, last time I checked). For a period of around two years I talked to several liquor stores, and each time they looked it up in their "book" from the distributor and there it was. Each time they told me that they would call in a few days... and never did. Following up was useless. I tried this with at least seven stores (that I can remember), and finally gave up. I was never quoted any kind of minimum; they just never did it for me. I don't think most stores are interested in doing any extra work for the customer; they do quite well without the extra effort.

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                              zin1953 Dec 14, 2008 10:06 AM

                              Keep n mind that my comments were not directed to consumers, but rather the retailer obtaining the product from the wholesale/distribution company.

                              That said, given my experience with Boston wholesalers -- AND retailers, for that matter -- you may be right. About the laziness, I mean. As the National Sales Manager for a California-based wine importer, I have more problems with distributors in Boston and New York than anywhere else in the country! Even getting my phone calls returned was problematic.

                              OTOH, in California, it IS a piece of cake for a retailer to special order a bottle from a wholesaler -- presuming, of course, that the desired bottle is in inventory.

                              Cheers,
                              Jason

                              1. re: zin1953
                                invinotheresverde Dec 14, 2008 10:45 AM

                                I'm also in MA. I was looking for Grand Marnier 150 for a gift. No one would order it for me, because they 'didn't want to order more than one bottle because it didn't sell well'.

                                Perhaps it was just laziness, but that was the reason given.

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                                  TonyO Dec 15, 2008 05:40 PM

                                  Jump the border into NH. I find they are very helpful and have the extra benefit of nat taxing alcohol. Yes, they are state run but I think the sate does a good job. I travel through NH from VT and have made special requests with no problems. MA on the other hand is not so great....

                                  1. re: invinotheresverde
                                    alanbarnes Dec 21, 2008 09:17 PM

                                    Years ago I worked for a liquor wholesaler in Boston. Old info, but it's presumably still accurate.

                                    Your local retailer can order a single bottle, but will have to pay a surcharge for a "broken case" (that is, anything other than a full, sealed case of liquor). The problem is that individual bottles are easier to steal, and are therefore more likely to "fall off the truck." So the wholesaler imposes a surcharge to cover those losses.

                                    Find a friendly, customer-service oriented local retailer and you can get what you want. But expect to pay an upcharge. Most places, though, will tend to ignore you.

                            2. re: invinotheresverde
                              HaagenDazs Dec 14, 2008 12:58 PM

                              In tune with the other posts here, I'm willing to bet it's just laziness on the part of the store owner. Pretty much sucks but some people are a$$holes more than others. Frankly it's a load of crap and if they want to serve their customers better, they will order a single bottle for you. Same goes for the distributors actually. They should be more willing to provide single bottle orders. Oh well... move to Georgia, order and buy all the liquor you want... in single bottles! Otherwise see what you can find online.

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                                zin1953 Dec 14, 2008 01:38 PM

                                In California, wholesale companies quote $X per case, with a "Broken Case Charge" of anywhere from 25¢ to a $1.00 -- meaning that if one case of ____________ is, for example, $240.00 for twelve 750ml bottles, and a store orders less than a full case, the cost of each bottle would be $20.00 PLUS the broken case change (in this example, anywhere from $20.25 to $21.00 per bottle).

                                That's typical of most (non-control) states.

                                1. re: zin1953
                                  HaagenDazs Dec 15, 2008 05:19 AM

                                  And as a customer, I would fully expect to pay that extra .50 cents for a bottle I couldn't find elsewhere.

                    2. porker Dec 14, 2008 01:32 PM

                      On a slightly different note, I've seen the 200ml blue as part of a gift set in the SAQ - Quebec's monopoly store. I think there's a red, black, green, and blue for $100. I only see it at Xmas time and I don't know if its available elsewhere...

                      1. rosielucchesini Dec 21, 2008 04:58 PM

                        Thank you to everyone for your replies. I did find the 200ml size at a wine shop in Costa Mesa (Hi Times Wine) and I received it within 2 days of my ordering it. The gift went over fabulously.

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                        1. re: rosielucchesini
                          invinotheresverde Dec 21, 2008 08:32 PM

                          Excellent! I'm jealous of your ease of ordering!

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