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Postby bscepter » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:21 pm

using a couple of benchmarks, i'm curious as to the cost of these common expressions where you live.

for omaha, ne:

Laphroaig 10: $44
Lagavulin 16: $79
Macallan 12: $50
Balvenie DW: $50
Ardbeg 10: $52
Glenmorangie 10: $39

it seems as if those of you in sunny california can get these for much less than we can here in the midwest. is that a tax thing? so, what do these whiskies cost in your part of the world?
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby Ganga » Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:36 am

It's a distribution thing.

Laphroaig 10 is around $50 now
Ardbeg 10 is $46 to 60
Macallan 12 is $43 to 50
Balvenie DW is $40 to 45
Lagavulin 16 is $66 to 110
Glenmorangie 10 is $33 to 40 (However, Costco sells the 1.75L for $56)

Now there are things we get SCREWED on like Laphroaig 18 which runs $110 to 140.
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby bscepter » Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:57 pm

interesting. i asked because when i google a particular whisky for information on it, i often get vendor sites that carry it but only ship within california. and they're often waaaay cheaper than they are here.
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby Ganga » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:54 pm

I give a range because shop to shop varies some. I did not include any sales prices as I can get some of these cheaper upon occasion.

Pennsylvania used to carry Laphroaig 18 at $70. State liquor stores though.
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:07 am

Ganga wrote:I give a range because shop to shop varies some. I did not include any sales prices as I can get some of these cheaper upon occasion.

Pennsylvania used to carry Laphroaig 18 at $70. State liquor stores though.


Some of the Minnesota stores had it at $60-65. Crazy price.
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby AdamMY » Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:01 am

for Lansing Michigan:

Laphroaig 10: Not Sure will report back after I am next in the store.
Lagavulin 16: Not Sure will report back afterI am next in the store.
Macallan 12: $56 (Apparently a state mandated Minium).
Balvenie DW: $68
Ardbeg 10: I need to check but I believe it is around $60
Glenmorangie 10: $43


Throwing another one out there that I have heard is insanely high in Michigan:

Glenlivet 18: $98.
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:41 am

AdamMY wrote:for Lansing Michigan:

Laphroaig 10: Not Sure will report back after I am next in the store.
Lagavulin 16: Not Sure will report back afterI am next in the store.
Macallan 12: $56 (Apparently a state mandated Minium).
Balvenie DW: $68
Ardbeg 10: I need to check but I believe it is around $60
Glenmorangie 10: $43


Throwing another one out there that I have heard is insanely high in Michigan:

Glenlivet 18: $98.


Holy Shit. It is around $50 here
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby bscepter » Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:44 am

AdamMY wrote:for Lansing Michigan:
Macallan 12: $56 (Apparently a state mandated Minium).
Balvenie DW: $68
Ardbeg 10: I need to check but I believe it is around $60
Glenmorangie 10: $43


Throwing another one out there that I have heard is insanely high in Michigan:

Glenlivet 18: $98.


whoa. maybe i don't feel so bad. :shock:
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby Ganga » Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:44 am

Not sure where Sean is shopping but Livet 18 is 55 to 70 in LA. :mrgreen:
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby whiskgeek » Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:18 am

I'm in the Milwaukee area, but I forget what these things run. I often buy from Binny's in Chicagoland, and their prices are online, so here they are. My guesses for Milwaukee prices are in parentheses.

Laphroaig 10 is $50 (50?)
Ardbeg 10 is $50 (55)
Macallan 12 is $50 (less)
Balvenie DW is $50 (40)
Lagavulin 16 is $80 (80)
Glenmorangie Original is $30 (more)

Laphroaig 18: $100 (?)
Glenlivet 18: $100 (same?)

Binny's lists Macallan 18 for $200! It's $160 at at least one place in MKE.
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby Ganga » Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:46 am

whiskgeek wrote:I'm in the Milwaukee area, but I forget what these things run. I often buy from Binny's in Chicagoland, and their prices are online, so here they are. My guesses for Milwaukee prices are in parentheses.

Laphroaig 10 is $50 (50?)
Ardbeg 10 is $50 (55)
Macallan 12 is $50 (less)
Balvenie DW is $50 (40)
Lagavulin 16 is $80 (80)
Glenmorangie Original is $30 (more)

Laphroaig 18: $100 (?)
Glenlivet 18: $100 (same?)

Binny's lists Macallan 18 for $200! It's $160 at at least one place in MKE.


Mac 18 is weird. I have seen it for $130 to over 200 in LA. Not sure why Binny's has Livet 18 for $100. Even at little mom n pop's it's no more than 80 here.
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby whiskgeek » Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:01 am

I thought the Mac18 had been $150 forever.

I like Livet, but $100 for the 18 is just too much.
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby Ganga » Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:47 pm

whiskgeek wrote:I thought the Mac18 had been $150 forever.

I like Livet, but $100 for the 18 is just too much.

Forever would be around 2005.
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby whiskgeek » Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:31 am

That probably is about the time I started paying attention to it. :)
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby Ganga » Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:50 am

whiskgeek wrote:That probably is about the time I started paying attention to it. :)

Aye, when I first started in with Mac 18 the expensive side was $60 and I could get it for $48. That would have been circa 1996. Stayed that way until around 2002. Then the excellerated creep came in. Wen to $70, then $80, then $100 before settling in around $140 to 150.
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby whiskgeek » Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:42 am

Wow, no wonder you old-timers complain about the state of whisky these days!
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Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

Postby bscepter » Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:17 pm

our local trader joe's just started carrying spirits. unlike their wine prices, their liquor prices seem to be pretty good. i picked up a laphroaig 10 yo there for $42 and a glenmorangie 10 yo for $37. i haven't tried any of their house brands. there's a "lismore" single malt for $17(!), but i'm guessing it tastes like arse.
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