What SAQ has the best selection of rums? And do you have any recommendations on rums in general. I have liked rum Barbancourt from Haiti, but it seems the price has been rising over the last few years. Do any other Carribean rums merit a taste?
My question has four other parts.
Second, what exactly does the different designation of SAQs mean, e.g. Classique, Select (?).... etc. about its size and general selection?
Third, is there any particular location or kind of designation that has or likely to have a good choice of rums?
Fourth, are special promotions and reduced prices implemented throughout the chain or do they vary from branch to branch?
Fifth, do hours vary from branch to branch or are they uniform?
I have generally felt that prices at the SAQ because of taxes and monopoly control are higher than the lowest prices for the same product in the US. For instance the New Hampshire State liquor stores regularly offer a sale price of Laphroig Single Malt in the low $40 range. I doubt that the SAQ would match that. On the other hand the SAQ does offer local products that are unavailable or rarely available in the States, e.g. ice cider. And the price of ice cider seems to have dropped since Pinnacle ceased to be the only major provider. Moreover for various reasons they may carry other products that are simply unavailable in the US. Can anyone suggest such products?