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Good place to buy scotch in the east bay ?

kungful Oct 25, 2011 03:00 PM

I'm looking for a place along the lines of Beltramos or K&L in the east bay. Somewhere with a good selection of unusual single malts and a knowledgeable staff. Preferably towards Hayward/Oakland area.

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    Pius Avocado III RE: kungful Oct 25, 2011 03:03 PM

    Wrong direction but Ledger's fits the bill otherwise. FYI, they're sponsoring a tasting at Club Anton tomorrow night.

    Ledger's Liquors
    1399 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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      ...tm... RE: Pius Avocado III Oct 26, 2011 02:49 AM

      Agreed that Ledger's is likely your best bet. The staff is quite knowledgeable and helpful. Unfortunately I don't know of anything in Oakland.

    2. wolfe RE: kungful Oct 25, 2011 03:17 PM

      Good selection Bevmo. Knowledgeable staff at Bevmo, perhaps but bring your googling device.
      For a really unusual gift see Kermit Lynch.

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        Robert Lauriston RE: wolfe Oct 25, 2011 03:40 PM

        There's no hard liquor at Kermit Lynch. klwines.com = K&L. kermitlynch.com.

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          wolfe RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 25, 2011 04:45 PM

          Thank you for the clarification.

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            budnball RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 26, 2011 11:58 AM

            Are they not 2 different places? K&Lwines has liquor, Kermit&Lynch does not

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              drewskiSF RE: budnball Oct 26, 2011 12:30 PM

              yes. that's what Robert was saying.

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                budnball RE: drewskiSF Oct 26, 2011 01:03 PM

                Ok ,I got confused. LOL

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                  drewskiSF RE: budnball Oct 26, 2011 05:45 PM

                  his post could have used a bit of editing for clarity ;-)

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                    wolfe RE: drewskiSF Oct 26, 2011 07:22 PM

                    He was just explaining it for me. I misread the link I posted which had been split off from a Kermit Lynch thread and you all know how easily I get confused.

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            Mission RE: wolfe Oct 25, 2011 08:31 PM

            Bevmo is the last place I go to buy booze!

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              Spenbald RE: Mission Oct 26, 2011 09:00 AM

              So, where DO you buy your liquor if you're so quick to dismiss BevMo? Sure, it's a box store, but it offers a decent to incredible selection, depending on what you're looking for, with fantastic prices. Sure, you won't get someone who curated the whiskey selections with whom you can have a decent conversation and get a good recommendation, but if you know what you want and you know they have it, what's so bad about it?

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                drewskiSF RE: Spenbald Oct 26, 2011 05:46 PM

                2nd. especially when they have their 5 cent sale. basically half off.

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            chocolatetartguy RE: kungful Oct 25, 2011 03:39 PM

            Although I am not that much of a drinking man, I would think Ledger's would be your best bet. Never shopped for Scotch there, but they have a good selection of Flor de Cana rum.

            1. Robert Lauriston RE: kungful Oct 25, 2011 03:44 PM

              Despite the name, Wine on Piedmont has a selection of mostly unusual and high-end liquor.


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                ML8000 RE: kungful Oct 25, 2011 04:43 PM

                You might check out Costco. Not sure about the knowledgeable stuff on scotch but the prices can be very good. If you can search the internet, you can get a good deal on some stuff...$10 bucks off a decent bottles, that sort of stuff. 18yr Macallan for $60.

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                  bbulkow RE: ML8000 Oct 26, 2011 08:27 AM

                  Do not buy the house brand bourbon. For $40 it's stuff that is undrinkable. Other than two sips, I poured the rest down the drain. Some people on the internet like it. For the first few second in the mouth it's OK, but a little after swallowing the mouth develops this sour metallic taste which is very unpleasant and you'll want to never ever taste again.

                2. kungful RE: kungful Oct 26, 2011 10:12 AM

                  Thanks for the responses,
                  I'll check out Ledgers, it sounds like what I'm after.
                  I agree that both BevMo and Costco carry a good selection at a good price, but I'm after more rare and unusual bottles that Costco doesn't carry and BevMo only carries in seemingly random short supply.

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                    DavidT RE: kungful Oct 26, 2011 10:22 AM

                    I recently was at the San Francisco Wine Trading Co. (Taraval & 14th St., SF) and was very impressed with the selection of rare single-malts they had in stock. It is not a large inventory, but they are carrying items I have never seen before. Granted, it is not in the East Bay, but it is worth a look if you are ever in the area.

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                      Spenbald RE: DavidT Oct 26, 2011 12:01 PM

                      Seconded. With some surprisingly good prices on some things as well.

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                        mrs bacon RE: Spenbald Oct 26, 2011 12:09 PM

                        Yes. This is the former Mr. Liquor. Quite a nice selection.

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                      wolfe RE: kungful Oct 26, 2011 11:38 AM

                      Not to beat a dead Bevmo but check what the might have in Scotch for shipping and not on the shelf. I saw a 37 year old Bowmore for only $1400.
                      Bowmore 37 Year Old
                      The color is rich deep mahogany. Aromas are delicate with candied fruits, cinnamon and warm smokey undertones. Palate is lightly smoked with exotic fruits and vanilla. Warm, delicate and soft finish. $1,419.99
                      Not as sexy as the one at K&L but cheaper

                    3. twocents RE: kungful Oct 27, 2011 10:53 AM

                      It's been a few years, but Jackson's Wine and Spirits in Lafayette has a good selection, about a 15 min drive from Rockridge. IIRC, I got some independent bottler's offerings there.

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