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

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. 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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    1. re: Peaches to Poutine

      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.

      1. re: OliverB

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

        1. re: Peaches to Poutine

          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.

          1. re: OliverB

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

            1. re: OliverB

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

              1. re: Maximilien

                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

                1. re: EaterBob

                  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..

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

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        1. re: BarackHObama

          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?

          1. re: OliverB

            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

            1. re: BarackHObama

              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.

            2. re: OliverB

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

              1. re: BarackHObama

                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!

                1. re: OliverB

                  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.

                  1. re: BarackHObama

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

                    Happy New Year,
                    ~O.

              2. re: OliverB

                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)

                1. re: TheSnowpea

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

                  1. re: OliverB

                    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...

                    1. re: TheSnowpea

                      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?

                      1. re: BarackHObama

                        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!

                        1. re: TheSnowpea

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

                          1. re: BarackHObama

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

                            1. re: TheSnowpea

                              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.

                              1. re: EaterBob

                                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.

                                1. re: OliverB

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

                                2. re: EaterBob

                                  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")