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Why can't I find Plymouth gin at local SAQ's??

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OliverB Dec 29, 2011 04:54 AM

I picked up a bottle of Hendrick's yesterday out of frustration but tried 2 different SAQ Signature shops before checking their online db to find they don't even stock Plymouth... ?!?!?

I was gonna throw a little pre-NYE martini soiree tomorrow. I picked up some of those sensational green olives from Les Douceur that only come in once a year, some meyer lemons, and the home bar is fully stocked... but is there no way to find good gin in town?!

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  1. Peaches to Poutine RE: OliverB Dec 29, 2011 06:30 AM

    I believe some SAQs on the island have finally started carrying Victoria Gin from BC, which for my money, is a very very good gin. I used to pick up bottles at LCBO on the way back home but thankfully, some stores here now carry it. (Most of the nine small batch gins I have at home I have had to pick up in the US or Ontario, sadly.)

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      OliverB RE: Peaches to Poutine Dec 29, 2011 08:11 AM

      Plymouth should just be mandatory stock everywhere.

      It's ridiculous that Hendrick's and Bombay are the two best options at the two largest Signature liquor outlets in the whole of Montreal.

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        Peaches to Poutine RE: OliverB Dec 29, 2011 08:15 AM

        Well, unless you're willing to make a car trip to procure some, a sharp note to the SAQ will have to suffice!

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          OliverB RE: Peaches to Poutine Dec 29, 2011 08:22 AM

          I wonder where all my old bottles came from... did they not used to carry Plymouth regularly? I still have a tiny and depleting stock in the cabinet. I'm sure it used to be widely available.

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            Peaches to Poutine RE: OliverB Dec 29, 2011 08:42 AM

            I feel sure that I had seen Plymouth at some point at the SAQ, but I don't remember!

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              Maximilien RE: OliverB Dec 29, 2011 08:43 AM

              that's what I tought, I seems to remember seing Plymouth gin everywhere.

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                EaterBob RE: Maximilien Dec 29, 2011 08:57 AM

                The SAQ is notorious for running out of stock. They consistently under order and do not re order before it is way too late. Currently, beyond the usual suspects, they are carrying Victoria, Zuidam, Blue Ribbon, Magellan, Citadelle and Ungava gins. I would strongly counsel talking to the manager of your local outlet. After two discussions with mine I was able to get the carry just about the complete set of bourbons

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                  OliverB RE: EaterBob Dec 29, 2011 09:08 AM

                  Thanks, I already picked up the Hendrick's but I'll definitely have a word with the Atwater manager next time I stop in (prob this weekend) and request that they get some orders in..

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        BarackHObama RE: OliverB Dec 29, 2011 09:43 AM

        check out the saq selection at rockland. they now have a nice gin selection.

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          OliverB RE: BarackHObama Dec 29, 2011 10:12 AM

          Does the SAQ stock items not listed online in their database though?

          Switching subjects slightly -- does anyone know where I can find quality small batch bitters for the cocktail connoisseur locally? Stuff like cucumber-celery, mint, lavender, etc?

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            BarackHObama RE: OliverB Dec 29, 2011 10:19 AM

            no - i was pointing out that rockland carries a lot of what is in the database. better than bombay is easy enough to find. at the very least, tanqueray is everywhere

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              EaterBob RE: BarackHObama Dec 29, 2011 10:37 AM

              The database is comprehensive and live. The quantities listed are what they have (although sometimes the stock is not on the shelves). If it's not in their database, they don't have it. Items that they carry but are not in stock do not show up in the results.

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              BarackHObama RE: OliverB Dec 29, 2011 10:24 AM

              i think you may be able to find bitters at gourmet laurier. there was a small selection a while back.

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                OliverB RE: BarackHObama Dec 29, 2011 10:41 AM

                Thanks, I'll swing by tomorrow aft and shelf-shop...

                Last cocktail related question: where can I find long non-decorated toothpicks for martini olives?

                Cheers!

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                  BarackHObama RE: OliverB Dec 29, 2011 10:46 AM

                  have you ever gone to Aux Plaisirs de Bacchus on Bernard? I was recently surprised by this store recently. I bet they would have. I bet stokes, deco-decouvert, linen chest and those sorts of stores would also have. You could also try Mona's on du parc or some other restaurant supply store.

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                    OliverB RE: BarackHObama Dec 29, 2011 10:49 AM

                    Nope, I've never been but thanks for all the suggestions -- I'll call and ask.

                    Happy New Year,
                    ~O.

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                TheSnowpea RE: OliverB Jan 2, 2012 06:07 PM

                For bitters, your best bet may be Douceurs du marché, at Atwater Market. They do have several of the Fee Bros collection. I am unsure about others (a few weeks ago, I was at Kalustyans in NYC... their bitters collection had me reeling)

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                  OliverB RE: TheSnowpea Jan 2, 2012 06:42 PM

                  I went to Douceurs on Saturday afternoon and picked up a few bottles of Fee - orange, celery, rhubarb, mint, and lemon. Thanks!

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                    TheSnowpea RE: OliverB Jan 2, 2012 07:00 PM

                    Celery bitters! :) If you have Peychaud's in your collection too, you're now ready for a Fourth Regiment Cocktail!
                    http://www.drinkboy.com/cocktails/Rec...

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                      BarackHObama RE: TheSnowpea Jan 2, 2012 08:46 PM

                      i never gave bitters much thought until this thread and then i read about Sazerac. is there any hope in hell in finding this cocktial in montreal?

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                        TheSnowpea RE: BarackHObama Jan 3, 2012 02:37 PM

                        ooof I dunno, it seems unlikely. I have not seen it offered in town. But then I don't go out to bars that much, since I prefer to mix my own. Maybe at the Griffintown café? They seem to have a decent cocktail list, but I don't recall their entire bar menu offhand.

                        If you can get your hands on Peychaud's and Absente, along with a good rye, you could mix it at home!

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                          BarackHObama RE: TheSnowpea Jan 4, 2012 10:49 AM

                          i am going to try at le lab. that place always impresses and surprises

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                            TheSnowpea RE: BarackHObama Jan 5, 2012 02:13 PM

                            Please let us know if you locate a Sazerac in Montreal!

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                              EaterBob RE: TheSnowpea Jan 5, 2012 03:30 PM

                              You can get a Sazerac at The Sparrow, Lawrence, Le Lab, Baldwin Barmacie, Dominion Square Tavern, Koko, Le Chien Fumant, L'Assomoir, and probably a couple of other places as well.

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                                OliverB RE: EaterBob Jan 5, 2012 04:08 PM

                                Yeah, it's really not that rare... although I have to say that I find the drinks at Sparrow to be way overrated. I ordered a Dark & Stormy last weekend and it was a pretty poor excuse.

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                                  BarackHObama RE: OliverB Jan 5, 2012 06:18 PM

                                  i find cocktails here to be exceptionally stingy on the booze - except at le lab

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                                  TheSnowpea RE: EaterBob Jan 5, 2012 06:52 PM

                                  Ah, I had wondered if Dominion Sq. had it. I am a gin girl, so I don't pay much attention to rye cocktails ;) And I'm very fond of Dominion's Royal Gin Fizz (even if it is "un tant soit peu pas très généreux")

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