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Good places to buy whiskey in San Jose?

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I'm having a hard time finding a store in San Jose (and neighboring vicinities) with a good selection of scotch/whisky. Would also like to help others who are trying to find scotches like Ardbeg, Bowmore and Highland Park at reasonable prices.

The Wine Rack was one place that had what I wanted, but the price they quoted for a bottle of Ardbeg was nowhere near the prices on K & L and Beltramo's websites (trying to avoid a trip up the peninsula).

Saratoga Bottle Shop's price was equally high.

Coach House Wine & Spirits in Cupertino was the closest winner, but still $15 more than Beltramo's.

Also tried Maplewood Market & Liquors but they didn't have what I was looking for.

There have to be other whisky enthusiast-hounds in San Jose who can't get their fix from Costco and Bevmo! Can anyone recommend a good store with competitive prices?

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  1. I live in MV, so K&L and Beltramos are fairly close to me; the BevMo! in Sunnyvale actually carries a huge variety of scotches (Ardbeg 10 was ~46, Ardbeg Uigeadail for around ~60?).

    Costco does carry Highland Park 12 (occasionally) and usually have Glenlivet 12, Glenfiddich 12/18, and Laphoraig 10 and MacAllan 12.

    Trader Joe's is not too bad either in selection and price, carrying a small selection of scotch: Dalmore, MacAllan 10, Glenfiddich 12/18, Laphoraig 10, Balvenie 12.

    Generally, K&L and Beltramos is about $1-3 higher than the prices from Costco or BevMo! if they are not on sale, but can be cheaper if they are having a sale. K&L's selection is mostly hidden from sight in Redwood City, so you may need to just ask the counter.

    Beltramo's is still the widest selection I've seen of Scotches on hand on the Peninsula; nowhere else have I seen some of their offerings (such as Murray McDavid bottlings -- K&L carries them too, but I've never seen it displayed) . I would say that it is worth the trip if your local shops aren't cutting it, or you can order online -- both (K&L and Beltramos) will ship it out to you.

    1. Unless you have a reason for not shopping there, I would check out the Bev-Mo stores and I think there are 4or5 in the south bay. Always able to find the Ardberg and Bowmore.

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      1. re: budnball

        BevMo will usually price match to Costco or any other stores(if it's within a reasonable amount). If the price difference is more than $15-20 they won't do it. Usually Beltramo's and KL Wines has a good selection, in SF, the stores to check out are San Francisco Wine Trading Company(www.sfwtc.com) or D&M Liquors(www.dandm.com)

      2. >>> The Wine Rack was one place that had what I wanted, but the price they quoted for a bottle of Ardbeg was nowhere near the prices on K & L and Beltramo's websites (trying to avoid a trip up the peninsula) . . . Coach House Wine & Spirits in Cupertino was the closest winner, but still $15 more than Beltramo's.<<<

        I don't know where in SJ you live, but from San Jose's City Hall on E. Santa Clara to K&L in Redwood City is 38 minutes . . . is the $15 or so worth the -- let's round it off and say "one hour" round-trip (presuming you do nothing else but there-and-back). If it is, then make the trip. If not, then buy it elsewhere . . . .

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