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"Right Place, Right Time"

Postby PoppaMitch » Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:30 pm

To balance the rather somber topic of the whiskies that we regrettably failed to purchase, how about stories of the great finds that we've made? Any memorable deals you've run into? Maybe a flier you took on a bottle that worked out really well?

I recently walked into what used to be a fairly run down liquor store that had changed ownership. The former owners had a decent selection of dusty malts, but the place was so cluttered it was difficult to find anything. It was clear the new owners were a lot more organized. In fact, they were offering a lot of old stock on sale to make room for their new displays...including 3 bottles of Springbank 21 at $70 each!!! :shock: The fact that they were selling the current Springbank 15 for $120 made the offer even more amusing. This was an easy purchase to explain to the wife...
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby ClubSmed » Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:23 pm

I managed to get a bottle of HP18 for just £30 in the Threshers closing down sale just before Christmas
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby adogranonthepitch » Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:19 pm

Laphroaig 27yo 1980 for GBP250 from well known chain of whisky shops. I thought ..... :iwbrnt:
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby johan brugge » Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:59 pm

Well, I've got a few. Last year I bought an Oban 1969 32yo at only 180 € and an Ardbeg 1993 15yo at 79.99 €. The second 'cheapest' price I could find is 119.99 €. This year I managed to buy a Lagavulin 2002 2nd edition and 2003 at only 65.99 € each.
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby johan brugge » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:04 pm

I forgot to mention that I've bought some rare bottles of Ardbeg and Port Ellen for a bargain on various websites.
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby dramtastic » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:25 pm

OMC Macallan 21 1985 for AUD$64 and it's a fantastic whisky to boot.

Yeh I bought a couple.
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby Ganga » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:15 pm

Sig dumpy Benrinnes, 1979, 21 for $70! Score. Beautiful sherry matured whisky.
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby Bulkington » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:30 pm

PoppaMitch wrote:To balance the rather somber topic of the whiskies that we regrettably failed to purchase, how about stories of the great finds that we've made? Any memorable deals you've run into? Maybe a flier you took on a bottle that worked out really well?

I recently walked into what used to be a fairly run down liquor store that had changed ownership. The former owners had a decent selection of dusty malts, but the place was so cluttered it was difficult to find anything. It was clear the new owners were a lot more organized. In fact, they were offering a lot of old stock on sale to make room for their new displays...including 3 bottles of Springbank 21 at $70 each!!! :shock: The fact that they were selling the current Springbank 15 for $120 made the offer even more amusing. This was an easy purchase to explain to the wife...


You lived one of my recurring fantasies. :(
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby johan brugge » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:48 pm

Sorry. I forgot one. Early last year I managed to buy a Lagavulin at only 178.95 €. I wish I bought some more.
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby johan brugge » Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:00 am

Oops. Yes indeed, a Laga 21 Nick.
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby PoppaMitch » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:54 am

This thread motivated me to stop back at the same store where I found the Springbank, and I was able to pick up a very dusty Longmorn 15 for under $40. They also had a couple bottles of George T. Stagg bourbon, which I've never seen in a store. After allowing myself to be talked into a Compass Box Hedonism and Spice Tree, I left a very happy man! :D
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby lockejn » Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:02 am

PoppaMitch wrote:This thread motivated me to stop back at the same store where I found the Springbank, and I was able to pick up a very dusty Longmorn 15 for under $40. They also had a couple bottles of George T. Stagg bourbon, which I've never seen in a store. After allowing myself to be talked into a Compass Box Hedonism and Spice Tree, I left a very happy man! :D

Nice haul! :thumbsup:
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby sinclair » Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:33 pm

Last year in a small off licence a Laphroaig cask strength Green Stripe for £33 and a Glen Elgin 12yr Flora & fauna label for £27.Don't you just love the hunt for hidden gold?
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby Sherried Malt » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:07 pm

PoppaMitch wrote:
I recently walked into what used to be a fairly run down liquor store that had changed ownership. The former owners had a decent selection of dusty malts, but the place was so cluttered it was difficult to find anything. It was clear the new owners were a lot more organized. In fact, they were offering a lot of old stock on sale to make room for their new displays...including 3 bottles of Springbank 21 at $70 each!!! :shock:



:shock: :shock: :shock: I hope you bought a lottery ticket that day! :P
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby Sherried Malt » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:14 pm

My best intentional purchase was the old HP 3-pack (333 ml each) with the 12, 18 and 25 for $100. Yes, I bought a few... :iwbrnt:

My best unintentional purchase was a Bruichladdich 1970 125th Anniversary. I paid $225 and got delivered the 44.2% 1970! :shock:
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby johan brugge » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:19 pm

Sherried Malt wrote:My best intentional purchase was the old HP 3-pack (333 ml each) with the 12, 18 and 25 for $100. Yes, I bought a few... :iwbrnt:

My best unintentional purchase was a Bruichladdich 1970 125th Anniversary. I paid $225 and got delivered the 44.2% 1970! :shock:

You lucky sod! That must have hurt when they checked their inventory.
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby Sherried Malt » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:20 pm

Collector57 wrote:Now that's what I call lucky. My favourite malt at £50?? :shock: :shock:


Nick, I thought your favorite was the 53.5% HP 25. What happened?? :D

If I paid $70 for a Springer 21, I'd want to share it with all my friends on the forum! :P :P
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby Sherried Malt » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:27 pm

johan brugge wrote:
Sherried Malt wrote:My best intentional purchase was the old HP 3-pack (333 ml each) with the 12, 18 and 25 for $100. Yes, I bought a few... :iwbrnt:

My best unintentional purchase was a Bruichladdich 1970 125th Anniversary. I paid $225 and got delivered the 44.2% 1970! :shock:

You lucky sod! That must have hurt when they checked their inventory.


Nope, they said that was the only 1970 Bruichladdich they had in stock. Their inventory system just got overridden by their distributor's latest listings somehow... Don't you just love computers?? :D
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby Sherried Malt » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:32 pm

Collector57 wrote:
Sherried Malt wrote:
Nick, I thought your favorite was the 53.5% HP 25. What happened?? :D

If I paid $70 for a Springer 21, I'd want to share it with all my friends on the forum! :P :P

Well, my favourite HP25 is the 53.5% and when asked I usually forget the S21 as I can't afford it any more...


Maybe this belongs in the "regrets" thread, but boy, do I wish I was involved with single malts before prices got crazy! Some phenomenal deals, in hindsight... :o
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby dramtastic » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:12 pm

Just picked up 3 Nikka pure malts, Black, Red and White for AUD$18 or about 10 English pound for the lot.

Not bad considering they go for GBP30 each at TWE. :D
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby jazz lover » Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:47 pm

A dusty case of Bruichladdich 31 yr. 44.2%
for under $200. a bottle.
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby jhershauer » Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:38 am

Just a couple of months ago...three bottles of Glenfarclas 17 for $42 each at a local "big box" liquor store. The same price as they were selling the 12 year for.

The manager told me he knew it was a pricing error, but they don't have security rights in the computer system to change it locally; only at the main office. So...Merry Christmas!

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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby Chef! » Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:39 pm

2 bottles of Triumph for $46 at Total Wines. They were labeled at the regular Nadurra Price and the store manager gave them both to me at that price no questions asked. Pays to know your labels.
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby TroyM » Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:39 am

I have been lucky a couple of times

2 Glenfarlas 1974 for $100 Aus each
2 PC5 for $120 Aus all up
1976-2006 GM CC Banff for $90 Aus
1993 OMC Ardbeg for $60 Aus.

and a stock pile of 1974 Hirsch 16 year old at $80 Aus a bottle.
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby Bulkington » Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:43 pm

I found a few samples packs of minis of Diageo's Classic Malts with White Horse Lagavulin in them. That and a bottle of George T. Stagg for $25 are my best finds. Would have been better if I cared as much about bourbon as I do about scotch.
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby Jimmy321 » Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:02 am

Got a 30yo 2004 Brora for under £120.00 on Ebay.
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby Bulkington » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:09 pm

TroyM wrote:2 Glenfarlas 1974 for $100 Aus each


Holy shit
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby pkt77242 » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:15 pm

Bulkington wrote:
TroyM wrote:2 Glenfarlas 1974 for $100 Aus each


Holy shit


I will second the Holy shit :o
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Re: "Right Place, Right Time"

Postby Bulkington » Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:59 pm

I saw that earlier and didn't think to look at the exchange rate till later. :shock:
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