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Good place to buy scotch in DC?

mdudu Feb 3, 2011 06:07 PM

Hi Folks,

Where in the DC area can one find a good place to buy scotch? I am in Virginia and the selection at the ABC stores is decent but boring. I'd like to try one from some place unique.

I've heard that there are some good one's from Japan? And "Amrut" from India is supposed to be very good as well. Anyone know where I can get either?


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  1. DanielK RE: mdudu Feb 3, 2011 07:44 PM

    Ace Beverage (http://acebevdc.com/) on New Mexico Avenue near American has a great selection, and a really knowledgeable staff. You can call ahead to see what they have in, and they can even do special orders sometimes.

    But I'd argue that while some of the other countries produce some "interesting" drinks, the best whisky is still made only in Scotland.

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    1. re: DanielK
      flavrmeistr RE: DanielK Feb 4, 2011 04:37 AM

      Eddie Bassin's on Mac Arthur Blvd. has a large selection of single-malt Scot's whiskey. I'm not sure about "scotch" from countries other than Scotland, though. Hell, give 'em a call.

      1. re: DanielK
        MDBBQFiend RE: DanielK Feb 4, 2011 06:01 AM

        Big second on Ace Beverage! Excellent selection and a very knowledgeable staff that always has time to discuss and assist. Beyond scotch, they have a fascinating selection of rums, american whiskies, mezcal...the list goes on.

        1. re: MDBBQFiend
          agarnett100 RE: MDBBQFiend Feb 4, 2011 06:28 AM

          Ace has great customer service and their delivery service is great for special events and parties. I used to work for a catering company on weekends for 10 plus and Ace always provided great on time service

        2. re: DanielK
          SandyCat RE: DanielK Feb 4, 2011 08:04 AM

          Another vote for Ace Beverage. They're really knowledgeable, friendly, and accurate with their recommendations. All the other things people said about them I've experienced positively as well.

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          katecm RE: mdudu Feb 4, 2011 09:16 AM

          I don't know about Indian, but Schneider's is an excellent liquor store on the Hill and they say they carry Japanese: http://www.cellar.com/inventory_categ...

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