It’s true! And
Santa the PLCB is treating them to some great prices. And for those of us that might be travelling to Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, there are great opportunities for buying whiskies at great prices, or for finding great whiskies unavailable in Ontario, or both!
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has cut prices on a ton of whiskies, and compared to LCBO prices, the Islays in particular are a steal.
PLCB prices shown do not include 6% PA sales tax but savings calculations do. Prices valid until Jan3 2016. Currency conversion uses 1 CAD = 0.74 USD.
Whisky PCLB (USD) LCBO (CAD) Savings
Kichoman Machir Bay 59 104 $19/18%
Laphroaig 10 46 81 $14/18%
Laphroaig 18 75 179 $71/39%
Ardbeg 10 48 100 $31/31%
Ardbeg Uigeadail 75 171 $63/37%
Ardbeg Corryvrekan 90 189 $59/31%
Looks pretty good! And I should also point out that even though it appears as an active item on the LCBO website, for the last year or more there has been zero inventory of Laphroaig 18 in Ontario. No supply and a great price make this the clear pick of the litter.
And speaking of no supply, here are a couple additional non-Islay whiskies that are not -and probably never will be- available in Ontario that merit serious consideration as adds to the collection.
Whisky PCLB (USD) Price (CAD) LCBO (CAD)
Macallan 12 58 78 n/a
Yamazaki 12 85 115 n/a
There’s very little Yamazaki 12 left in PA so as I’ve written before, I’d consider it a last call of sorts. Regarding Macallan, as they phase out their core age statement expression, just as what happened with the Yamazaki age statements, we should see the prices rise. But for now, $US 58 is a great deal.