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    Re: Ohio: Bourbon desert or home of unappreciated brands?

    Ebo, the Giant Eagle at Market and Easton in the Washington Square center is an excellent store too. Had some BTAC earlier as well as E.H.Taylor rye. Also some nice scotch too. If you order online, most places ship Fedex. As soon as they email you a tracking number, go to their website and have the package sent to a Fedex office location. They will notify you when its delivered. There is one on whipple across from Belden Village mall. I am the king of missed deliveries as I work 25 miles from home. The Fedex arrangement works brilliantly. order away!

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    Re: Ohio: Bourbon desert or home of unappreciated brands?

    If it can be ordered, your local store can get it. If an independent doesn't want to bother, a local Giant Eagle will. A few mediocre stores around here got bought out by Giant Eagle and now are top notch!

    Thomas
    Quote Originally Posted by callmeox View Post
    How close are you to the Fishers store that ThomasH raves about? They seem to have a good reputation and are happy to hook up special orders.

    WTKS was on the list as recently as two years ago. It didn't sell, so they dropped it. WTAS met the same fate.




    Funny, as I was grocery shopping after my earlier post, it struck me that the OGD 114 was missing from my 'entire Beam line' statement. It hit me when I took a call from a guy at work asking for help finding a good, cheap bottle of bourbon. I steered him away from Old Crow and to the OGD BiB. Missing the 114 is big hole, as well as the HH BiB.

    I picked up a case of Ritt BiB in Stark Co. a number of years back after DeanSheen tracked it down via phone. He and I split it up after I muled it back north. May be worth a special order reqest.

    I saw the JTS 100 on the shelf at a great store in Mentor over the summer but there are jut 14 stores with either the 750 or handle listed on the state site, so you may be correct that it is on its way out. I put a few away after Parker Beam signed them for me in Bardstown.

    I'm not a corn fan, but it would be cool to have a reasonably priced option. 13th Colony corn is available at a premium.




    I feel the same way, but it is available in PA at a good price. That's where I've been known to cure my "burnt corner of the brownie pan" bourbon jones.

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    Re: Ohio: Bourbon desert or home of unappreciated brands?

    How close are you to the Fishers store that ThomasH raves about? They seem to have a good reputation and are happy to hook up special orders.

    WTKS was on the list as recently as two years ago. It didn't sell, so they dropped it. WTAS met the same fate.
    I go there often. It's one of the "good" stores around here. Sill. they really don't have a big selection, IMO. They have a better selection, but still nothing out of the norm.

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    Re: Ohio: Bourbon desert or home of unappreciated brands?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasH View Post
    Ebo, the Giant Eagle at Market and Easton in the Washington Square center is an excellent store too. Had some BTAC earlier as well as E.H.Taylor rye. Also some nice scotch too. If you order online, most places ship Fedex. As soon as they email you a tracking number, go to their website and have the package sent to a Fedex office location. They will notify you when its delivered. There is one on whipple across from Belden Village mall. I am the king of missed deliveries as I work 25 miles from home. The Fedex arrangement works brilliantly. order away!

    Thomas
    Thanks for the info. I'll try that.

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    Re: Ohio: Bourbon desert or home of unappreciated brands?

    I go the Giant Eagle on Raff Rd. If they can order stuff for me, I'll definitely go that option.

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    Re: Ohio: Bourbon desert or home of unappreciated brands?

    First trip i ever made to TPS on way to family gathering in Ohio, stopped only to see a tour bus full of folks stopping. Watched as they FILLED carts with what to me were common brands/products (as i'm based in Louisville, bourbon and whiskey are plentiful). Was just dumbfounded until i learned later of the control state in Ohio and such different rules. Had to laugh that for all the efforts to control, all they were doing was losing tax revenue to bordering states.

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    Re: Ohio: Bourbon desert or home of unappreciated brands?

    Thanks to a tip from Thomas, I called pretty much every store in a 50 mile radius for both VW and BTAC. I located just one store that had either. One lonely GTS.

    I drove 30 miles one way to discover it was CEHT SB, not GTS. I passed but was shocked they had the Taylor. They did have Baby Saz, which I bought. That shocked me also.
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    Re: Ohio: Bourbon desert or home of unappreciated brands?

    I hit all the stores in Stark county. I basically go by each on the way home from work except one, and that one my parents live near. I can send them to get bottles at that store!

    Thomas

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    Re: Ohio: Bourbon desert or home of unappreciated brands?

    Quote Originally Posted by theglobalguy View Post
    First trip i ever made to TPS on way to family gathering in Ohio, stopped only to see a tour bus full of folks stopping. Watched as they FILLED carts with what to me were common brands/products (as i'm based in Louisville, bourbon and whiskey are plentiful). Was just dumbfounded until i learned later of the control state in Ohio and such different rules. Had to laugh that for all the efforts to control, all they were doing was losing tax revenue to bordering states.

    It seems that way, but the state netted $251 million dollars in profit on $825 million in sales for the most recent fiscal year so I don't think they are worried about cross border sales. Prices are not out of line compared to the neighboring states, it's the selection that tends to suffer.

    If folks like ebo won't make the drive for specialty stuff, will the average consumer bother when the top 10 sellers are as listed below (from 2011)?

    (that's over 168,000 cases of Kamchatka and over 147,000 cases of Jack)

    From: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/....html?page=all

    Top 10 selling liquor brands in Ohio

    1. Kamchatka Vodka – 401,148 gallons
    2. Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey – 349,589 gallons
    3. Bacardi Superior Light Rum – 291,559 gallons
    4. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum – 284,606 gallons
    5. Absolut Vodka – 274,549 gallons
    6. Smirnoff Vodka – 271,679 gallons
    7. Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey – 271,497 gallons
    8. Jagermeister – 257,774 gallons
    9. Korski Vodka – 231,916 gallons
    10. Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey – 192,244 gallons
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    Re: Ohio: Bourbon desert or home of unappreciated brands?

    Quote Originally Posted by callmeox View Post
    (that's over 168,000 cases of Kamchatka and over 147,000 cases of Jack)

    Astonishing is the word. Can't say i'd even heard of that vodka brand until now. Which goes back to your point about "why sell higher quality goods when cheap brings in same profit". Can see why each state is highly protective of it's current laws (i.e. massive tax revenue for little effort) but have to think it hits critical mass in coming years.

 

 

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