Buying Spirits Online

Buying Spirits Online

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Drink Up NY
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On of the unfortunate things about living in a state with extremely tight liquor control is that there are spirits which you simply can’t find for sale. There was a period of time in Oregon when green chartreuse wasn’t being sold because the Oregon Liquor Control Commission had thought that yellow and green were basically the same thing and filled orders just for yellow.

In Oregon we also pay fairly high liquor taxes so it is often less expensive to order premium spirits online (even when you have to pay shipping).

Given all this and based on a recommendation from whiskey maven Lance Mayhew, I decided to give DrinkUpNY.com a try to pick up three premium spirits on my wish list:

Drink Up New York offers free shipping on orders over $100 and with an order of three premium spirits I hit that threshold pretty easily.   My order was shipped via Fex Ex ground and took seven days to reach me in Portland. Everything was packed very well, which helps when Fed Ex brutalizes the package (as they did with this one).

The shopping experience at DrinkUpNY is pretty straight forward and they stock a number of hard to find spirits at prices which are extremely competitive.  Drink Up NY has an Oregon whiskey – Clear Creek’s McCarthy’s Single Malt, Pot Distilled Whiskey which is absolutely impossible to find in Oregon and they’ve got it for $10 off the selling price.

It would be really nice to have more speciality stores locally that sold spirits, I’d love to benefit from the knowledge and experience of someone who sells spirits day in and day out, but with such good prices on top quality spirits it’s hard to pass up ordering it online.

I’d love to hear reader’s thoughts on other places online to order spirits. What is your favorite?

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  • AboutChoice

    A comment on ordering spirits online: I have had pretty good experiences online from GarysWine, WineChateau, WinesAnywhere and GrandWineCellar (all in NJ). Often, it turns out that an item is not in stock, and they need several more days to get the item for you. Most ship FedEx Home Delivery (good), one was via UPS (good). It pays to manage your order, and call them frequently, if you are unsure of your order status. Some prices are very attractive.

    I’m thinking of ordering from MasterOfMalt in England … anyone have any experience ordering from them in USA?

  • Brian

    I’m a fan of Binnys.com, the web-site of a chain of stores in Chicago. The website is not terribly user-friendly. It does, however, have a lot of rare and unusual beverages, including a wide array of specially-bottled single-cask whisk(e)ys – both bourbon and scotch.

    • http://www.drinkspirits.com Geoff K

      We love Binny’s, wish they’d have stores closer to Portland :)

  • Kristina P

    BountyHunterWine.com has a fantastic western themed tasting room/BBQ restaurant in Napa and a great line of rare spirits online.