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Single malt whiskey (Scotch), best Boston Cambridge sources for?

bsrh Jul 15, 2011 10:43 AM

Our scotch maven friend suggests the new whiskey store in the mall OPPOSITE Whole paycheck, that is on the Trader Joes side of Alewife/Freshpond parkway.

We are looking for a
Highland Park
Macallan 12 year old.

and cannot wait to get it on web.


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  1. viperlush RE: bsrh Jul 15, 2011 12:22 PM

    I like Charles Street Liquors. http://www.csliquors.com/ because they will special order bottles w/no additional cost. And their prices and selection are comparable to other places.

    1. EvergreenDan RE: bsrh Jul 16, 2011 04:43 PM

      I think that store is Sav-Mor, as I recall. They are pretty good, with an eclectic selection, particularly if you look up high. Discount liquors by Whole Foods also has a good selection. Also worth visiting is the liquor store in Porter Square. Depending upon who is working, the clerk may be very knowledgeable.

      For single malts, you might visit Atlas Liquors. I go to the one by I-93 in Medford. They have a very good selection of scotches. They are weak in some areas (amari and vermouth for example), but very strong in scotch. I think they are good for brandy, too.

      The three scotches you mentioned should not be hard to find, I'd think.

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      You might also try Marty's in Newton. They are very good in most areas, including scotch.

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        tdg RE: bsrh Jul 24, 2011 10:09 AM

        The best source in Boston for single malt scotch is Federal Wine and Spirits, particularly if you're looking for something less standard, more interesting, independent, etc. Ask to speak to Joe. Any decent liquor store would carry standard bottlings of Talisker, HP, and Macallan, though.

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          bsrh RE: bsrh Jul 24, 2011 10:22 AM

          Thanks all. Choice was Highland Park, based on consensus of views here in past year: only one without a mark against it in its price category, and it was a great success. Purchased at Save-mor for IIRC c. 45.00.

          1. StriperGuy RE: bsrh Jul 24, 2011 02:13 PM

            The scotches you mention are pretty easy to find stuff. Nothing to hard to find there.

            The one right next to Whole Foods has a FAR better collection then the one near TJs. Also, Martignetti's, Marty's in particular, and Gordon's in Waltham.

            1. Beachowolfe RE: bsrh Jul 24, 2011 02:16 PM

              Also, Boston Wine Exchange on Devonshire had a pretty good selection last time I was in there.

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                Milliezz RE: bsrh Apr 16, 2012 07:53 AM

                None of those are hard to find. Federal Wine and Spirits has everything. In Cambridge Wine and Cheese Cask is probably your best bet.

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                  EvergreenDan RE: Milliezz Apr 17, 2012 05:32 AM

                  Holy old thread revival.

                  This might best be under the hard-to-find ingredients thread, but Atlas Wine (several locations) specializes in whiskies. Giles Wines (several locations, including right by me in Arlington) currently has single malts on sale. Not a huge selection.

                  Marty''s in Waltham has an excellent selection.


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