Long term readers will know that when a monthly UABC post is this late, it usually means that there is not much to write about. That is usually the case in February. The number of marked down items at the Utah DABC State Liquor Stores this month has increased only slightly from January. This month the number of items on SPA rose from barely over 200 to around 230, barely half of the over 550 items marked down in December. Obviously, this is not the time to stock your bar, but there are still a few quality cocktail ingredients available.
The number of Tequilas on SPA this month has been generously increased from three to five! Discerning Tequila lovers may want to eschew the Tortilla Gold Blend® at $7, but the Herradura® Añejo (CS# 003656) marked down $5 to $47 might be worth the investment. Regular readers will know that a good Silver (or Plata or Blanco) is an essential ingredient in the El Diablo, this month the best bet looks like the Espolon Blanco. For those who love Cosmopolitans or Vodka Martinis, there are six Vodkas on SPA in a range of prices Monopolowa Potato Vodka, down 7.4% to $25, may interest some of you.
If you’re into Bourbons, you’re almost out of luck this month. The pick of the lot is the Evan Williams Single Barrel, marked down $2 to $26. There are only two Scotch Whiskies marked down this month: Cutty Sark is marked down $3 to $18, so if you’re looking for a blended Scotch to put into a Rob Roy give it a try, and there’s a MacAllan Ten Year Old marked down a generous 5% to $40. If you need some liqueurs, Di Saronno and Di Amore Amarettos have both been marked down a little over 10% this month.
There’s no excitement in the Rum shelves this month. Bottles of Bacardi 8® are marked down around 16% to $16, and that’s it! Let’s hope for better pricing next month. As to any other sale or clearance items, if you see anything at your local state store that other cocktailians might enjoy, post a response to this article. See the following list “Suggested by the author” for information on how to use the Utah DABC website. You can check out what else is on sale (e.g. the wines etc.) by clicking through to the “SPA Product List” to open a price book in PDF format that shows all of the markdowns for the current month.