A large part of enjoying whiskey is actually finding it. Now I love a good whiskey hunt as much as the next guy, but some of you actually have to work for a living and can’t spend time running all over town looking for the perfect dram. So I thought I’d share the best establishments I’ve found for buying whiskey in Tucson. If all you are looking for is a Glenlivet or Johnny Walker, then any supermarket or corner beverage store will fill the bill, but if you’re looking for something new then check out these stores.
Total Wine and More (4370 North Oracle Rd, south east corner of Wetmore and Oracle). You can see my review of this store by CLICKING HERE, so I won’t rehash what I’ve already written. I really like this store and for sheer selection they can’t be beat. I’ve never seen so many Irish whiskies in one place. What more needs to be said?
Bevmo (locations at 4646 N Oracle and 6228 E Broadway). This is another large beverage chain store and, like Total Wine and More, their selection is quite good. They carry some of the smaller American distilleries, such as Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, which is a definite plus. I think Total Wine has a larger selection, but I didn’t do a label count so I reserve the right to be wrong about that. Nevertheless, you will be a long time sample all of the expressions they have to offer!
The Beverage House (locations in Tucson at 6250 N Oracle, 6880 E Broadway, and in Pinetop at 857 E White Mountain). This is a local business so they can’t compete with the box stores for selection, but that is not to say that their selection is poor. On the contrary, they carry several dozen of the most popular Scotch single malts. More than enough to keep the casual Malt warrior content. However, if you are looking for a smaller label or something a exotic, you may need to head over to the big chains. If you prefer supporting local businesses then The Beverage House will not disappoint.
The Rum Runner (3131 E First St). By far the smallest store on my list, The Rum Runner also houses The Dish bistro. This is a bit of a boutique selection, and what they lack in size they more than make up for in atmosphere and friendliness. If you want to talk about spirits then this is the place to go. Plus they have a decent selection of whiskies from around the world.
So there you have it, my top four whisky stores in Tucson. Now it’s your turn. If I’m missing your favorite store, or you just want to pipe in on my selection, then share your comments below.
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