Sorry Tom, you may have got the wrong impression.
Most of the major OB brands and distilleries are available in Australia.
What I was referring to was that independent
bottlings of Bowmore
are hard to come by.
The only independent bottlings we get in Australia are MacKillops Choice - and even then, less than 5% of liquor stores would actually have any of these.
There is the one store in Adelaide which I mentioned above (which now has a sister store in Sydney) that acts as an agent for Gordon & MacPhail, but other than that, independent bottlings are virtually non-existent
However, all the usual OB bottlings - Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Macallan, Bowmore, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Glenmorangie, Glenfarclas, Bunnahabhain, Aberlour, Ardbeg, Talisker, Glenkinchie, Benriach, Cragganmore, Oban, Highland Park, Strathisla, etc, etc are available in the better quality outlets around the country.
You were right....Australia is very fond of scotch and bourbon, and we make sure you can easily get it in one form or another!
I'm also proud to say that - per capita - we are the world's biggest beer drinkers!