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Visiting friends in Toronto, any liquor I should bring them that is not readily available in Toronto?

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  1. California wines have really low representation in our liquor stores. So a great wine from one of the smaller wineries would be a treat.

    And in answer to your other question (which I can't find anymore), the omakase at Yuzu is a good bet for downtown. There are mixed reviews on JaBistro.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Thanks! turns out JaBistro won't do omakase for one person so will try Yuzu instead...

      1. re: TorontoJo

        TOJO is on the right track here.

        If you can find a bottle of Williams Selyem Pinot (or even their Chard's) grab as many as you can (some for you of course).

        Sadly the LCBO has never had any of the WS products, thats why I joined when I was out west years ago!

        Some of the best Pinot's you will find.

      2. Rye from Tennessee or Kentucky, small distilleries only, is a trend waiting to happen in Ontario.

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        1. re: jayt90

          hmm, maybe some Hudson 4 grain or 100% corn whiskey (white dog). any cocktail ingredients? looking on LCBO site, it appears items like punt e mes (closest would probably be averna or amaro nonino), cardamaro, gran classico bitter, swedish punsch, amer nouvelle (closest, but not the same, would probably be ramazotti) are not listed

          1. re: barleywino

            Definitely Carpano Antica - still can't buy it in Ontario.

            1. re: CarNut

              ok thanks

        2. Tip, do not tell the customs agent that what you are bringing is a gift, there is no personal exemption for gift so if you make that mistake it becomes instantly subject to taxes and duties. The booze you are bringing with you is for your personal consumption while you visit Canada, stick to that story.

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          1. re: bytepusher

            thanks!

            1. re: bytepusher

              Also make sure you know how much you can bring.
              I can't tell you what the limit is but it isn't much.

              1. re: sumdumgoy

                2 Bottles of Wine or 1.1 Liter of Liquor/Liquer or 8.5 liter of Beer if I recall.

                1. re: elvisahmed

                  good to know, thanks!

            2. Sake.

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              1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                ha! when i lived in Toronto 20 years ago, i used to buy sake (Sho Chiku Bai nigori, pretty basic stuff) from this guy from the trunk of his car in a deserted parking lot...maybe things have not changed that much since then

                1. re: barleywino

                  That's right, I remember you mentioning that! Haha!

                  Things have changed for the better but are still not that great.

                  I would also agree with small batch whisky.

                  1. re: barleywino

                    No, things have changed a lot, now instead of buying California made sake out of the trunk of some guys car, over 40 Japanese sakagura have distribution deals in Ontario and they have started having an annual tasting event, so now you buy Japanese sake out of the trunk of some guys car (and pay the LCBO fees and taxes for the pleasure). Aside from a few of the stores (full list stores and ones where a product consultant decides to specialize) and the occasional vintages release the selection is the LCBO is still pretty weak.

                    1. re: bytepusher

                      i still have to make the trip down to NYC (Astor wines) if i want some unpasteurized (nama) sake

                      1. re: barleywino

                        I'd go to Sakaya instead, Astor Wines seems to have really cut back on their Sake selection.

                        1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                          thanks for the tip!

                2. any small batch whiskey would be a lovely gift!

                  1. Pappy van winkle, if you can get your hands on some!

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                    1. re: GeeDee

                      if you ever get to San Francisco, stop in at Cask store and pick up some Charbay R5 whiskey distilled from bottle-ready IPA! only available at that store and from the distillery, iirc

                      1. re: barleywino

                        I actually have access to that shop in a week but I'm going to go with an Amrut Portonova or a Yoichi 15...

                        How would the Charbay stack up to those two out of curiosity?

                        1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                          couldn't say...