Originally posted by Tik-Tok
Those are good prices, but at the same time, why are they comparing them to prices in other provinces that have much higher liquor tax rates?
Personally, I look at other markets for relative value. I read a lot of reviews, and often the overall score is based on the price paid. I like to compare AB pricing to US and other Canadian provinces to see if we can get better than normal value, or if the product is priced way higher here than other markets. A good value example is the Bruichladdich Octomore, I bought the 7.3 at Highlander for $120 as compared to $170 USD at a couple of US vendors I looked at and $270 at the LCBO. Given the praise it has received at US/Ontario pricing, that was a no brainer to me. On the flip side, Aberlour A'bunadh, while delicious, is now meaningfully cheaper basically everywhere else ($120 here vs $100 tax-in in Ontario), so I tend to look at other sherried scotch with more value in our market as a substitute (Glenfarclas 105 or Glendronach 15 are both well priced at zyn).
I don't know that they do have higher taxes after the double hit we took from the NDP/Conservatives back in 2015, or whether the higher cost on scotch at the LCBO, etc is due to simplistic markups by the provincial monopoly. Most whisk(e)y under $50 is now cheaper at the LCBO and other provinces, while higher priced whisk(e)y is mostly cheaper here. I'd kill to still be able to grab Four Roses Single Barrel for $46. When it left our market it was closer to $55, and the last bottle I found in a small shipment was $66.
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