Monday, August 10, 2009

A Never Ending Supply?

Unfortunately, over recent months I have reduced my stockpile of whisky to below acceptable levels (this is an often-unreported feature of fatherhood for those of you considering it). In an effort to combat this vexing problem, I went down to my local Dan Murphy's on Friday afternoon. Those of you who aren’t aware should know that DM’s is the Bunning’s of the bottle shop world. Each store has literally acres of booze to choose from, usually at quite cheap prices.

Whilst there, I purchased a Laphroaig 10yo which I opened last night (yummy, review to follow). While I was in the store though, the number of different whiskies available to purchase amazed me. So much so that I went back on Sunday to count them (Mrs Colonel was quick to tell me not to buy another bottle). In all, there were more than 80 different expressions of Scotch whisky in the store from over 25 different distilleries. This doesn’t include the Irish whiskies or bourbons, just the Scotch. I found that quite incredible.

Only last week the Secretary and I were discussing this matter. We both recall heading down to various DM’s several years ago and there seemed to be only a very small selection of quality Scotch. There has been a large expansion in the supply of good Scotch available and this is a good thing for us connoisseurs, we should take advantage of it. The Secretary points out that this expansion of whisky supply and demand in Australia was mentioned on the WhiskyCast he listened too about week ago (subscribe for free through iTunes here, see Episode 207) and is the reason events like Whisky Live are now being held here.

I will be the first to concede; about half of the whiskies at DM’s were varieties of cheaper blends, made to be mixed with coke and other drinks. We can discount them as suitable for consumption by D.T.W.C. members. Still, that makes roughly 40 single malts, or good quality blends available in one store for us to choose from.

Here are some highlights:
Obviously, I can’t vouch for all the whiskies I’ve listed above, but I am sure they are worth a try. Post if you have tasted any. Regardless, there will be no excuses for not bringing a good whisky to the next D.T.W.C. meeting.