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Cheap supermarket drams that have impressed

tomjcollins85
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 01-09-2018 at 21:29 pm

I've always been a little ignorant of anything from the supermarket, but a few days ago I purchased a Laphroaig 10 miniature from the local Sainsbury's, and I was pleasantly surprised.


I'm curious to see if anyone has been surprised by a readily-available, off-the-shelf whisky, that they assumed would be poor? And if yes, what were they?!

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 01-09-2018 at 22:57 pm

Not sure what you mean tom. The Laphroaig is from the distillery. Don't you mean supermarket own brand?

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 01-09-2018 at 23:43 pm
karloff wrote:

Not sure what you mean tom. The Laphroaig is from the distillery. Don't you mean supermarket own brand?


I think Tom means just standard selection supermarket stuff so the usual suspects of malts and blends???????

  Edited on 01-09-2018 at 23:45 pm
Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 02-09-2018 at 01:36 am

Trader Joe's and Costco (under Kirkland) bottle a lot of stuff.  You sometimes know the distillery, most of the time not.  The last couple from Trader Joe's have been pleasantly surprising (rum finish, bourbon finish) and the recent Kirkland Speyside 18, sherry finish was quite good.  


For me, distillery bottlings tend to be too expensive at the grocery store.  Liquor stores are almost always better.

tomjcollins85
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 02-09-2018 at 13:15 pm

lincolnimp wrote:

karloff wrote:

Not sure what you mean tom. The Laphroaig is from the distillery. Don't you mean supermarket own brand?


I think Tom means just standard selection supermarket stuff so the usual suspects of malts and blends???????


Yes, sorry. I should have been clearer. Effectively I'm talking about core range malts, that the supermarkets tend to sell by default (your Glenfiddich12's, Macallan Gold's, Glenmorangie Original's et al). Essentially, I've always looked for older, age statement and usually limited run releases, but I enjoyed the Laphroaig more than say the Spingbank 21 I purchased last month.

holborndrinker
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 02-09-2018 at 13:50 pm

Try Booths supermarkets in NW England - they have an impressive range including Kilkerran 12, Springbank and Octomore!

Nunc est bibendum - mine's a double!
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 02-09-2018 at 13:58 pm

You reminded me that I bought a Tamdhu 12 at Mark's and Spencers for £28. I forgot to add it to my collection. I haven't opened it yet and I am hoping it will be nice but for £28 you can't really go wrong.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
peatbogger
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 02-09-2018 at 23:21 pm

If anyone came across anything with more than 4,7% in a supermarket around here it would probably be instantly  shut down.


But in UK I have found many COOP to have a surprisingly affordable choice of IB's.

In Dufftown I picked up a very nice Balblair 10YO G&M for £32.

ian63david
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 16-09-2018 at 21:32 pm
karloff wrote:

You reminded me that I bought a Tamdhu 12 at Mark's and Spencers for £28. I forgot to add it to my collection. I haven't opened it yet and I am hoping it will be nice but for £28 you can't really go wrong.


Trust me you will enjoy it.


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