Saturday, June 18, 2011

Customer Service

Just in from the local likker locker (Alliteration Я Us) where the following transpired...
20-Sumthin' Cashier:  Hello!
YrHmblScrb:  Hiya!  Where are yer single malts?
20-SC:  Right here. (Takes me to the beer cooler and points out the Country Club, Schlitz Malt Liquor, etc.)
YrHmblScrb:  Ummm... no.  Whiskeys.
20-SC:  (Leads me to the bourbon rack.)  Here.
YrHmblScrb:  Ummm, no, again.  Scotch.
20-SC:  Oh.  Here.  (Shelving full of Johnny Walker, Cutty, Chivas, etc., and five lonely single-malt brands, none of which are older than 12) 
20-SC:  I've never had Scotch... izzit good?
YrHmblScrb:  Would I be buyin' it if it wasn't?
Sigh.  One of the downsides of small-town livin', I suppose.  Just as an aside: the Cannon Class VI is no better, if not worse, as far as selection goes.  I see internet liquor purchases in my near future, even tho I managed to score a nice 12-year-old Glenmorangie.


  1. At one point we had a delightfully well stocked bottle shop here. It could'nt compete with the chains (major drug and supermarket), but it stocked stuff unavailable elsewhere and the owner was had a tremendous knowledge of wines, as well as stocking many better wines. Unfortunately, she retired and sold the shop to a family who turned wine room into a sleeping area. They don't stock much of anything now and the only question they can answer is, "How Much is this?"

  2. It could be worse - you could live in OK where it is illegal to ship in booze or at least wine.

  3. Le merveilleux Wine-O18 June, 2011 19:22

    Gallo Merlot here. Big jug under the sink, and two glasses make my colon think the exit light just came on.

    The three phases of Air Force TDY Life over 20 years:

    1) You want to know where the fabulous girls are.
    2) You want to know where the fabulous restaurants are.
    3) You just want to be regular, and know where all the fabulous bathrooms are.

  4. Yeah Buck, life is tough.

    Then you DIE!

    To be honest, I'm not sure I've ever had any Scotch Whiskey. In fact, I'm pretty sure I haven't. (I understand it's distilled by the Scotsmen.)

    I'm more of a Tennessee kinda guy myself.

  5. Buck --

    In my opinion, the best:

    In comparison to other single malts, very reasonably priced. The distillery is the northern most in Scotland.

  6. I would say that the hired help does not have much background on what is sold there....
    The Class VI store here at Eddie's Airplane Patch is about the size of my living room and garage!
    If it is variety then it is off to Bev Mo in Palmdale.

  7. I guess I am fortunate in that I have a number of places around me that are well stocked with beautiful Single Malt Scotch.

    Glen Livet, Glenfiddich, Laphroaig, Aberfeldy, Aberlour,Dalwhinnie, Macallan, Ardburg, Glenkinchie, Oban, Talisker, Inverleven Duncan Taylor, Longmorn, Ledaig, Mannochmore, Scapa, Springbank, Balvenie.

    Just a few of those I have or recently finished off. There are a number of varieties within each of the "brands" as well, aging, finishes such as the casks they are aged in. I have a discount store near me that has a good selection of the above, and offer nice specials regularly.

    I do enjoy some bourbon brands as well, but that is usually dependent on the mood and desire for a change up.

  8. Moogie: Indeed.

    Skip: Most civilized places have good likker stores. The better ones are staffed just as you've described the former owners of yours.

    Lou: I STILL remember what a hassle buying booze was in OKC. The perfect object lesson about why gub'mint should stay the hell out of places they don't belong.

    Andy: Next time you're at the bar (or a nice eating place) order one of the brands listed by Anon below. Drink it neat or with just a splash... no more... of water. You might be pleasantly surprised.

    J.R.: Thanks for that link. I've bookmarked it and will give 'er a go when I hit bottom on the Glenmorangie.

    Glenn: "Not knowing much" is my understatement of the day, vis-a-vis my young friend.

    Anon: You are indeed fortunate! I only have Glen Livet, Glenfiddich, Balvenie, and Glenmorangie available locally... and nothing over 12 years old. Small batch bourbons are pretty rare, too.

  9. Dang... forgot ya, Wine-O. One thing I noticed in MY days on the road is all three of the items on your list are seldom, if ever, in close proximity to one another.

  10. Anonyous mentions the Scotch "Scapa."

    Historical note: It is named for the anchorage Scapa-Flow where the distillery is located on the banks at the head of Scapa-Bay where the German fleet was scuttled after WW I and where the U-Boat U-47 Captained by Gunther Prien torpedoed and sank the British Battleship Royal Oak at the onset of WWII..

  11. You're just FULL o' historical footnotes, VX! ;-)

  12. I bet the clerk thought single malt meant a can of Colt 45 and a paper bag.

    I am relieved you didn't mention the "Military Special" scotch sold at finer Class 6 stores.


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