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    Re: WalMart / ASDA own brand Bourbon

    This thread seems to have (appropriately) been split up. But I'd like to know just how many states allow spirits to be sold in stores such as Wal-Mart, drug stores, etc. I've spent some time in places with "state stores," but mostly in states with what I consider the "normal" arrangement; private liquor stores as the only place to get spirits, with beer and wine available in grocery and convenience stores.

    Just how many places (in the US) can Wal-Mart sell its house brand?

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    Re: WalMart / ASDA own brand Bourbon

    I particularly remember being thrilled to be able to go pick up some whiskey and beer on sunday to watch the NFL with.
    Good news in Ohio. Restraunts have been able to sell beer, wine and liquor on Sundays. The package stores have not. They fought this as unfair to restrict their sales when the restraunts were not under the same restrictions. They won!!! If any store has a restraunt nearby which serves on Sunday, they can be open as well.

    Ohhhh Yeeahhhh.....!



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    Re: WalMart / ASDA own brand Bourbon

    In St Louis, all the major food chains sell liquor. Their top shelf items tend to be middle shelf in most dedicated liquor stores though. Outside the city though it's not so prevalent. Package liquor stores in most small towns are being replaced by the convenience stores who carry a limited selection. Regular Walmarts in the city don't carry liquor but Super Walmart Stores in the small towns carry a very limited selection. Not too long ago, the WalGreens drug stores carried liquor but they have discontinued that practice here. In some places, volume beverage retailers like Lukas Liquor Superstores are opening with huge volumes of wines, beers and liquors but few of what we consider top shelf brands. For the most part though, small package liquor stores are still around and will at least try to order bottlings they don't carry.

    The nice thing about the grocery stores carrying liquor is that I can walk into a 24 hour Schnucks or Dierbergs at 8am and pick up a bottle of EWSB or WTRB and not bat an eye. Except on Sunday morning of course.

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    Re: WalMart / ASDA own brand Bourbon

    Thanks for all of your comments with regard to the ASDA (WalMart) brand of Bourbon, we don't seem to be any closer to finding out who the maker may be, but the attached pictures of the label of a bottle I just bought may be of interest. Are there any clues on the label?

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    Re: WalMart / ASDA own brand Bourbon

    And here is a picture of the label on the reverse of the bottle

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    Re: WalMart / ASDA own brand Bourbon

    Moby,

    I can't help.

    However, I am fascinated by the term "blended bourbon". I don't recall seeing it before.

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield

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    Re: WalMart / ASDA own brand Bourbon

    Dave,
    I imagine that it means the Bourbon comes from more than one distillery and blended for taste, as per most scotch's - the regular brands like Teachers, Bells, Cutty Sark, Johnnie Walker Red etc are all blends, unlike the more expensive labels such as Glenfiddich which are single malts from one source.

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    Re: WalMart / ASDA own brand Bourbon

    Well as defined in the U.S., it would mean a blend of which 51% at least is bourbon (the rest neutral grain spirits or other non-bourbon). Kentucky Gentleman is put out in that iteration and called Bourbon: A blend on the label, but there is also an all-straight Kentucky Gentleman as Bobby Cox once pointed out on the board (see, Bobby, I'm solicitous for real whiskey too and noticed you pointed this out some years back ). But as used in the U.K., I am not sure what the term means, i.e., "blended bourbon" might be used in a different sense (e.g. a mingling of all-straight bourbon whiskeys).

    Gary

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    Re: WalMart / ASDA own brand Bourbon

    Well I can't be of any help here. Seems they don't have to conform to U.S. labeling laws as it is bottled in the EU.

    However I do find the label quite interesting as it seems to break quite a few of those laws.

    -Seems that you can't label anything that may be misleading as to the fact that it may be made by or with the support of the government or armed forces, and I'm quite sure that that eagle with the snake and sheaves is a rip-off of a symbol of the armed forces, maybe just a division, but still...

    -must state the distiller (or whatever fictitious name they are using for the product) as well as the registered distillery number...(I think I need to check some of my bottles as I don't remember seeing numbers on all of them)

    So while it is interesting to see a purely non-USA bottling, I can't tell you a thing about it. But I do find it interesting that without those label requierments, I would be wary of buying a lot of liquor there, as I couldn't find out anything about what I was drinking. This could be particularly problematic with scotch, as there are a lot more scotch distilleries than there are bourbon.

    Of course there is always the option of just drinking whats best for the price and enjoying mindlessly. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

 

 

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