I'll be in the windy city next week, and look forward to visiting the
esteemed Sam's. One thing I want to pick up is Uigeadail. What's a good
price for it, assuming Sam's has it? Also, any idea of who might carry
Never having been to Binny's (or Sam's), is there a particular outlet
that has more than others, like Lee's in Las Vegas? Or are they all
stocked pretty well? I'll be downtown, with no car. Have desire for
whisky, will travel.
Sam's is just off of the Butterfield exit from hwy 355. The single malt
aisle is excellent, and their beer assortment is varied and interesting.
Had a Lee's harvest ale aged in Lagavulin casks. Much like the bourbon
aged stouts that crop up from time to time but a bit peaty and a bit
smoky. Going back at lunch to buy several more. Decided that rather
than buy a bottle of single malt, I'd buy a bunch of different beers I
haven't seen. This is only a few hours from home so I can always come
back next time I'm coming through Chicago.
Just visited Sam's on Marcy St. last weekend. Two Talisker's
(Distiller's edition + 175th Anniversary version), two Signatory 1979
Port Ellen's, and a pair of CompassBox Peat Monster's (vatted malt,
but I thought I'd give those a try) came home with me. You can
probably figure out I like Islay from the above! The Peat Monster is
surprisingly good, considering I think it was priced in the $30+
range. Not real complex, but definitely peaty & smoky. You can check
out Sam's stock on their website and also make a purchase that they'll
hold for you for pickup, if you like.
Sign up for their club, or whatever it is, before you go (look on the
website for details). You just have to fax your name & address to
them and they'll send you a card within a few weeks that'll let you
get 15% off on your first purchase after you get the card. There's no
charge for the club thing, so this one's a no-brainer!
Do I like LV? I love it! We just spent 6 years in Park City (UT) prior
to moving back to Ohio for my doctoral work :-( I was just in Tucson
last week, where the skies were blue and the air was dry. I almost got
lost in the backcountry on a solo mountain bike excursion. Oh, how I
miss the West.
Take Care, and enjoy the weather (until it's scorching!),