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What does 1.75 liter bottle of Markers Mark cost in your City/State

Just curious what people pay across the country for 1.75 liter Markers Mark.

We have state run liquors stores, might be a couple bucks cheaper if you were to catch it on sale which is never.

Bozeman, Montana $59.99

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  1. Holy moly man! 60 bones for makers 1.75? Sheesh, I feel lucky paying $34.99 for a 1.75... I've given up on makers since I've found buffalo trace for $23.00 per 750ml. Not as cheap but twice as good!

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      1. re: rcspott

        That's for here in green bay wi

    1. $54.95 in the state stores in Oregon.

      1. $58.95 here in NC. $53 in PA. $42 at Total Wine in Orlando.

        Looking forward to going to Orlando in July so I can finally try some Maker's 46 for $26, vs $39 here.

        1. $47 at Surdyks in Minneapolis, MN (on sale this week for $37).

          1. You can view a lot of these on-line:

            $38 at Hi-Time in Costa Mesa, CA; $60 at K&L in Los Angeles.

            $40 at Binny's in Chicago.

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            1. re: sku

              Huh, I was going to post that you must be wrong about K&L as I'm a regular shopper there and they don't even carry 1.75L bottles which is why whiskey is the one thing I don't buy from them. I went to verify that though and sure enough the 1.75 for $59.99 came up as a special order item. They carry the 750ml bottle for a much more reasonable $22. I guess they really just don't like selling 1.75 bottles! $60 certainly isn't reflective of the going rate for Makers Mark or in LA or of K&L's pricing in general though. I find them to be competitive on almost everything else.

            2. New Hampshire State Liquor Store price: $47.99.

              1. Up in British Columbia, it costs me $35 for a 750ml.

                I miss living in the US.

                1. Bot one on sale here in Boston for I think $39.99.

                  1. Wow. Here in Los Angeles it's $33.99 on sale at the megastore, $38-39 regular price. Currently not on sale at my favorite cheap place but I estimate that they might drop it to around $30.

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                    1. re: tinnywatty

                      $38 here in Montreal, QC for a 750ml bottle. You guys in the States are incredibly lucky. :-)

                      1. re: estilker

                        $41.77 for the 1.75 on sale in Smithtown LI NY

                    2. I forgot to say no sales tax in MT...

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                      1. re: rcspott

                        no sales tax, but 59.99..ouch

                        the other store I go to in Huntington now has it on sale for 39.74

                        I never realized Ca prices were that good; are they as good for all 'spirits'?

                        1. re: imhungryletseat

                          it's hit and miss, judging by online retailers I shop (mainly hi-time wine in CA) - they are higher in general for Bourbon than the east coast, but cheaper on most things (with a few exceptions.) PA's sale prices make them very competetive with anyone in the US and I always grab a few things when I go up to visit.

                          1. re: imhungryletseat

                            CA liquor prices are generally pretty good, especially since liquor can be sold in grocery stores (unlike my birth state, Minnesota)- which means that you can use your club card/get grocery sales on the liquor they sell there. Ralphs, a grocery chain here, has a 30% off 6 750ml bottles deal that they run frequently (stocking most of the standard brands, not too many fancier or more rare labels), and apparently they can special order other bottles. I like to get my Cointreau there because it's $22 for a 750ml bottle.

                            1. re: tinnywatty

                              I base my results on Cali prices on what I see at hitime wine, since they ship to my state - and MOST of their prices are excellent - it is the standard to which I compare prices when I am shopping online or planning a trip. (I am familiar with in-store prices in NC, PA, Atlanta and orlando). But there are a few that are way out of line - like Elijah Craig 18 yr Bourbon, which is $49 there but I can get in state-controlled NC for $40, $35 on sale.

                              And though they have the best price I have seen on laphroaig 10 yr Scotch - $36 - the 18 year is $120, the highest I have seen. By contrast the regular price on laph 18 in state-run PA is $60, $55 on sale, and Merwin's in Minnesota has it for $68. In most other places it runs from $80-100. Hitime's price on Laph triple wood is $70, whereas I have seen it several other place for $55-60.

                              Those of you who live in cali can most likely shop around for much better deals than we who can only order online. $22 for Cointreau is an amazing price, it is $35 here and the best I have seen elsewhere is $26-28. Even Hitime has it for $36, though oddly enough they sell a liter bottle for $33.

                              1. re: ncyankee101

                                Sounds like it definitely pays to shop around! I miss the days when you could check a bag for free on the airplane now.. if I purchase liquor in MN when I visit (where tax is always lower) I have to pay an extra $15-$25, which likely negates the savings :)

                        2. $48 (on sale) right now in Boulder, CO. $55 not on sale (but you can usually find it on sale somewhere).

                          1. In Quebec, state monopoly:

                            750ml : $38

                            For 1.75 I assume it would go to about $80-ish.

                            All tax included.

                            1. $33.98 @ Beverages, and more in California

                              1. normally $52.99, currently on sale for $48.99 (PA)

                                1. The 1.75 L costs around $43 at my liquor store, down here in Florida.
                                  A regular 750 ml bottle of MM runs about $25.

                                  1. I just bought my 1.75L for about $29 at costco, oxnard CA

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                                    1. re: malibumike

                                      Finally, a reason for me to move to California. $44 at ABC in Florida.

                                    2. Living in the Midwest, my friend and I have been having a discussion about the cheapest all around State to buy liquor. And believe me, we have done considerable research on the topic.

                                      Considering OH, KY, MI, WI and IL, it seems like WI has the cheapest prices. Discount Liquor is a good example of all around good prices. See their ad here:

                                      KY has cheap prices, but Ohio and MIchigan do not.

                                      Some stores, like the Party Source across the Cincinnati border in KY, gives a 5% discount for a mix and match cases, which pretty much pays for the 6% sales tax.

                                      Binny's in Chicago is cheap too on some things, except that you have to add in 10% sales tax if you purchase in the city.

                                      California has never seemed cheap when I have looked at prices. I saw Green Chartreuse for $68 in SF, which you can get in KY for $55.

                                      I'm interested in other people's thoughts / findings. Thanks,

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                                      1. re: signofthefourwinds

                                        Ohio is state run so not likely to have very good prices, I stopped in a store when I was up there a few weeks ago and the only thing I saw with a good price was Laird's 7 1/2 yr apple brandy for $25. .

                                        California is privatized and prices can vary a lot. Hitime wine (where I just placed an online order) has both green and yellow chartreuse for $50. Their prices on some things are really good, such as Laphroaig 10 yr for $36, Redbreast 12 yr for $40, Bluecoat Gin for $18, and Campari for $19. On the other hand their price on laphroaig 18 yr is the highest I have seen, $120 - state-run PA has it for $60, and normal price is in the $80-100 range.

                                        1. re: ncyankee101

                                          I'm curious to learn more about your mail order experience. Do you generally find it cost effective to order online and pay shipping rather than buy at your local store, or are there other benefits to ordering online?

                                          1. re: signofthefourwinds

                                            If the savings are enough to justify it, and you order enough to spread out the shipping, the savings can be huge - especially when you live in a state-controlled area with fixed prices, and limited selection of some things. My average shipping cost per bottle was $3.33 on my last order, and most of that was offset by not paying sales tax (though of course I will claim that later ;-)

                                            In the past i got lagavulin 16 yr for $48 a bottle, it is $90 here.

                                            Out of 12 items I ordered this time, only two are available in NC - i saved $11 on Campari and $9 on Bluecoat gin. If I had ordered laphroaig 10 yr the saving would have been $19 vs the price here, the savings on those three alone would have paid shipping for the entire order.

                                            I also got several items not available here, after shopping several other sites -

                                            El Tesoro 70th anniversary tequila $140 (for a friend I am splitting shipping cost with)

                                            4 copas tequila $30 (same)

                                            Muchote reposado tequila $25

                                            Don Cuco repo sotol $31

                                            beefeater 24 $19

                                            Ron matusalem 15 yr rum $20

                                            barbancourt pango rum $16

                                            Alesmith speedway stout $11

                                            and a couple of oddball closeout items I took a chance on, Dooley's toffee liqueur for $8 and la tradicion horchata liqueur for $7.

                                        2. re: signofthefourwinds

                                          Signofthefourwinds. OK........., But what does a 1.75 liter of Makers Mark cost in your City/State?

                                          1. re: rcspott

                                            Here in metro Detroit a 1.75 liter of Maker's sets me back $56.98. That's it! I'm moving!

                                        3. $43.75 in Bethesda, MD. Montgomery County controls all the liquor stores (and wholesaling) here, but I'm not sure that's the case anywhere else in MD.

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                                          1. re: The Big Crunch

                                            Reg $ 43.75 at the MoCo store in Germantown.

                                            On Sale $36.99 5/30/2012 to 06/26/2012

                                            Plus a 9% County Tax!!

                                          2. Regular Price in St Paul, MN for 1.75 is $34.34

                                            1. Last week, $56 or thereabouts in the Washington state monopoly stores that hadn't yet sold out of it. This week, you'll pay between $70 and $75 after taxes at private stores in Seattle. Privatization has been a disaster here so far.

                                              1. $44.99 at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach, DE. No tax.

                                                1. I just saw in an email from Owen's Liquors in Myrtle beach, SC - $39.99 on sale.

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                                                  1. Wow some of those prices are STEEP! I live in Kentucky, the bourbon capital of the world, and I usually pay about $23.00 for 750ml, and about $35 or so for 1L. Of course, it's more expensive if you buy from Liquor stores, rather than discount outlets or drug stores.

                                                    1. $30 at Costco / $35 at BevMo in Los Angeles.

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                                                      1. re: Johnny Pastrami

                                                        $39.99 in Delaware at Total Wine.

                                                        By Comparison a 1.75L of Jack Daniels Black is $36.99
                                                        Jack Daniels Green is $39.99 (someone explain that to me)
                                                        Gentleman Jack is $46.99
                                                        Wild Turkey 101 is $42.99
                                                        Wild Turkey 81 is $39.99
                                                        Knob Creek 100 is $59.99
                                                        Woodford Reserve is $68.99
                                                        Buffalo Trace is $47.99

                                                        Did I mention no sales tax?

                                                        1. re: Ariadanz

                                                          $35-39 at the local Bevmo in San Jose higher pricer for non club members

                                                      2. At the risk of causing a riot, I'm going to ask this question. Is Makers Mark as good as W.L Weller (Buffalo Trace)? I just read a pretty good article about a taste testing of Bourbon and also Bourbon and Coke and they had Makers Mark and Weller very close at the top, with Weller best neat and Makers best with coke. Also, how do they compare to Woodford Reserve, which I get on Delta Airlines all the time and is very good? I started off drinking Jim Beam (yep, here comes the riot...) and obviously found out that it was not the best one out there, by a long shot. In fact, in the tasting it came in last. Oops, in line with the thread, I used to pay about $18 for 1.75 of Jim Beam, pay about $30 for Makers now. I've not seen Weller, which is why I am asking about it.

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                                                        1. re: jordjb

                                                          No one's advice or tasting is going to tell you how much you will like something. Try some of each and see for yourself. If you don't want to pay for full bottles, belly up to a bar and have a glass (alternatively, Maker's and Woodford are available in mini bottles).

                                                          There are four different Wellers. The basic Weller Special Reserve, higher proof Old Weller Antique, older W.L. Weller 12 and ultra-special release William Larue Weller. They can be hard to find as Buffalo Trace is experiencing shortages (the William Larue Weller is only released once a year and is near impossible to find). I'm a big fan of the Weller Antique and 12 year old. In my opinion, they are head and shoulders above Maker's. They go for around $25 for a 750.

                                                          And if you enjoy Beam, good for you. Don't let the fact that it came in last in some random tasting change your mind.

                                                          1. re: sku

                                                            sku it is great that with all your knowledge and comments here and other places (lawhiskey) you encourage folks to like what they like. I like Islay Mist for 14.99 and don't care what others think!!

                                                          2. re: jordjb

                                                            I agree with everything sku has said, and merely want to add one thing.

                                                            Whenever I want to see which ___________ is best (or how ________ stacks up against ___________), I tend to go to a bar/restaurant . . . For example -- let's keep it simple -- if I wanted to see which was "better," W.L. Weller 12 or Maker's Mark, I'd ask the bartender to give me two shots, one of each, so that I could do a side-by-side taste comparison for myself. Keep in mind, one isn't necessarily "better," but rather such a tasting would show me what *my* personal preference is . . .

                                                            Bourbon and coke? Order two. Gin & Tonic? Order two. and so on and so on and so on . . . .

                                                            It's definitely cheaper than buying two bottles, and it's the only way that you will know what YOUR "Personal Palate Preference" is . . . who knows? You may find you prefer Jim Beam!

                                                            >>> I started off drinking Jim Beam (yep, here comes the riot...) and obviously found out that it was not the best one out there, by a long shot. <<<

                                                            LOTS of people drink Jim Beam, and the question is why? Do they drink it because it's less expensive than, say, Woodford Reserve? Sure, some do. But there are many, many, MANY people who *prefer* Beam, period. As sku said, "And if you enjoy Beam, good for you. Don't let the fact that it came in last in some random tasting change your mind."

                                                            1. re: zin1953

                                                              I also agree with all of that as well. Oh, and BTW, a 1.75 of Maker's is currently going for $44.95 in Bethesda, Maryland.

                                                              A few things... A contest comparing bourbon and coke is ludicrous IMO. It's going to taste like bourbon and coke. The similarities in flavor between bourbons are far more numerous than their differences, and when you add coke to the equation, well, there just isn't going to be much difference. The drink will taste like Coca-Cola with some bourbon, and that's going to be about the same no matter what bourbon you use.

                                                              Also, I love Beam. I think their standard bottle is a terrific deal and it is without a doubt one of my favorite bourbons to drink on ice. Sometimes I want to ponder a whiskey neat in a glencairn, but sometimes on a hot summer day when hanging out in a backyard with some friends, I just want an easy drinking bourbon on ice and based on cost and flavor, I haven't found anything better than Beam white label for that purpose. Also worth noting is that noted whiskey critic F. Paul Pacult has written favorably of all the Beam products, so it's not as if the rarefied world of bourbon connoisseurs collectively sneers and gags at Beam. To be perfectly honest, I've always felt the online reaction by a lot of so-called whiskey geeks towards Beam is more an attempt to look like some vaguely held idea of a "real" connoisseur simply by talking about how revolting you find the world's best selling bourbon and because...you know...it's not as good as the dozens of bottles of Pappy that that most of those folks claim to own. In many cases, when I see someone claim to despise Beam but, for example, love lower-end Evan Williams for it's quality and value, all I can think of is that person is a total poseur.

                                                              Also worth noting is that in this day and age, there is some new spirits competition nearly every week. Whether it's an industry sponsored event to draw attention to brands, or done by some media source as clickbait for the afternoon, or just by some blogger, spirits competitions need to be taken with a healthy grain of salt.

                                                              Finally, I am 100% in favor of trying at a bar, if you can, over buying an expensive bottle you've never tasted. There's a whiskey bar a block over from my apartment in DC that specializes, to a degree, in American craft whiskey. I've goe through at least a dozen different drams there and it's allowed me to experience a number of buzzed about whiskeys without ever having to buy a bottle...which is good because most of them are pretty pricey and IMO, have been somewhat underwhelming. I'd take Beam Black over many of them. It also allows me to support a cool local bar :)

                                                              1. re: The Big Crunch

                                                                "when I see someone claim to despise Beam but, for example, love lower-end Evan Williams for it's quality and value, all I can think of is that person is a total poseur."

                                                                Just as I don't think it makes sense to criticize someone for what they like, I don't think it makes sense to criticize them for what they don't like. Everyone has different tastes. I actually dislike most Beam products. It's one of my least favorite distillers (and yes, I much prefer Evan Williams to Beam), but that doesn't mean someone who does like it doesn't have a valid opinion or good taste, and hopefully that doesn't make me a poseur, though I've certainly been called worse.

                                                                1. re: sku

                                                                  I think in your case it's a bit different - most folks who are well travelled in the world of online spirits commentary know your blog, and even if they disagree with you, no one with any sense would call you a poseur. Full disclosure, I've read and enjoyed your blog for quite a while, even though I know I'll probably never get around to trying half he things you discuss.

                                                                  My point is more towards the anonymous commentators or newbie bloggers out there who, I believe, often focus on having exceptionally negative or very strong favorable opinions, with little in between, on spirits that often have far more in common than they do epic differences. It could be completely wrong speculation on my part, but the spirits writers I tend to find the most reliable, knowledgeable, and trustworthy are the ones who speak about kindred spirits in terms of gradations, rather than, "this absolutely sucks and tastes like ass, but this very similar product is the nectar of the gods." I honestly chalk it up to the trendiness of whiskey, and to a large degree, other spirits at this point in time, the fact that it's become very "cool" to talk about booze in a critical way, and the assumption from some people that extreme opinions are the best way to sound authoritative.

                                                                  1. re: The Big Crunch

                                                                    As an aside, this is why I insist on tasting blind when evaluating wines for publication. Indeed, even in bars (if it's slow enough that I can explain to the bartender what I'm trying to do), I try to taste blind if I'm tasting two whiskies neat.

                                                                    1. re: zin1953

                                                                      Zin, blind tasting is absolutely the best way to taste. It's always enlightening.

                                                                      BigCrunch, gotcha. There is a definitely a lot of trend chasing in the whiskey world these days.

                                                                2. re: The Big Crunch

                                                                  FWIW, I don't drink Bourbon & Coke, but I have done it with gins in a martini. Bourbon and/or Rye, I tend to drink straight, or in a Sazerac (sometimes a Vieux Carré or Boulevardier). But I certainly take your point that the cola would dominate any subtleties between Bourbons . . .