Yahoo! I was in NYC earlier in the week and had achance to go to Park
Avenue Liqours. I have to thank everyone here who recommended it.
This place was great. Here in Florida there is no place like it. Park
Ave was loaded with all kinds of stuff-I felt like I had died and gone
to malt heaven.
I picked up a 12 year old Rosebank and a 19 year old cask strength
Port Ellen. Man, that was fun.
I've never been to Park Ave Liquors so I have no idea how good it is.
However, I do live in FL and up until recently I would have said that there
are few if any liquor stores that have even a reasonable selection of SMS.
That is, until recently. I live in the Ft Myers area (southwest FL) and
finally a liquor store open recently that has a good (albeit, not great)
selection of SMS and a great selection of Wine as well. Also the owners also
seem very interested in doing all they can to accommodate.
I was looking or Ardbeg Uigeadail and asked about it. The owners took all
appropriate information and in two days called me to say it would be there
in 2 days if I wanted it. I've tried having someone order it for mew many
times before with other liquor stores in the area and have never received a
call back. In this case I picked it up two days later as promised. On top
of that they have a very good selection of SMS on their shelves.
The name of the store is Liquor Store at Fiddlesticks, 13650 Fiddlesticks
Blvd, Ft Myers, FL.
If you're in the area, give it a try. I think you'll like what you see.
bottle, and make it last, it won't be around for ever. I rate it joint
third with Laphroaig behind Lagavulin (which I love for its superb dryness)
and Ardbeg in Islay malts.
The distillery was owned by the people who make Lagavulin and Caol Ila. I
too have a bottle of 19yo Port Ellen, distilled in 1982 under the McGibbon
Provenance label. It was matured in a full Sherry wood cask. It is a treat
yet to come after I finished off my old Gordon & MacPhail 40% Port Ellen
from the 70's.
There have been a couple official Port Ellen releases in recent years
(I've seen three so far but a fourth is due). They're not cheap at 100
Pounds a bottle but if your budget will handle that I recommend the
series 2, it seemed to have a more rounded body, holding the peat smoke
longer and not souring at all.