There’s not many places in Sheffield that specialise in selling Whisky. Here’s a couple of our favourite local stores, I’m sure if you ask they’ll try to source stuff that you are after. Also included are a couple of whisky specialists and internet sites too.
StarmoreBoss – 257 Sharrowvale Rd, S11 8ZE. 0114 4534087
Great independent drinks shop stocking unique beers, wines and spirits. Lots of interesting lines. Around 150+ whiskies, including a lot of rare items. Great American and Japanese selection. Whiskies from all over the world. A lot of single cask, independent bottlers and generally stuff you don’t see elsewhere. Amazing knowledge. Run a few tasting events in Sheffield that are worth seeking out.
The Dram Shop – 21 Commonside. S10 1GA. 0114 268 3117
Over 130 whiskies in stock. Including American Bourbons and a selection of Irish. Also stock a wide range of bottled beer, wines and other spirits. Been running for 25 years. Open 7 days a week.
Mitchells Wines – 354 Meadowhead. S8 7UJ. 0114 274 5587
Family run business since 1938 (when it was a butchers). Winner of best independent drinks retailer amongst many other awards. Superb collection of over 700 wines, craft bottled beers and one of the best ranges of cigars outside of London. Also some top quality single malts and American Bourbons too. Over 300 whiskies to choose from. Run by John Mitchell, a legend in the industry and a thoroughly nice man.
Wee Dram – 5 Portland Square, Town Centre, Bakewell. DE45 1HA. 01629 812235
Independent specialist whisky shop in Bakewell, Derbyshire. Over 400 whiskies, mainly Scottish single malts but plenty of Irish, American, Japanese and stuff from around the world. They also bottle single malts themselves. Also run very successful tasting events and a yearly whisky festival in Bakewell. Open 7 days a week. Essential when visiting Bakewell (along with a look in at the Bakewell Book Shop too).
whiskys.co.uk – 7 The Square, Stamford Bridge, York, YO41 1AG. 01759 371356
Established as a specialist whisky shop in March 1995 whiskys.co.uk is Yorkshire’s oldest specialist whisky merchant. A core range of over 600 quality whiskies including single cask and cask strength whisky by specialist bottlers. Specialising in vintage or rare malt whisky the selection includes whiskies dated from 1959 onwards. Also stocks Irish whiskey, American Bourbon, Canadian, Dutch, Indian, Japanese, New Zealand, South Africa and Welsh Whisky.
Wright Wine Company – The Old Smithy, Raikes Rd, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1NP. 01756 700 886
Around 800 whiskies. Also a lot of wine and other spirits. Selection of whisky from all around the world, including a lot of the Amrut Indian Whisky bottles. Expect to find rare malts, independent bottles, distillery bottles and some hard-to-find vintage grain whisky. Friendly knowledgeable staff and fantastic customer service. Run tasting events. Internet ordering available but no where near as much fun as actually visiting the shop!
Whisky Exchange – Vinopolis, 1 Bank End. London SE1 9BU. 0207 403 8688
If you’re on a day trip to London, worth calling into the shop in Vinopolis. Start off at Borough Market, quick pit stop to pick up some whisky and then onto the Tate Modern. Perhaps the biggest selection of whisky in the country – the shop in Vinopolis carries around 1000 whiskies whilst there are more than 4000 available online, some of which are very, very rare indeed. Also a stack of other spirits including some very nice rums and mezcals/tequilas. Owned by industry legend Sukhinder Singh. They bottle their own malts and also run their own whisky festival which is well worth attending.
Top online retailer. Mainly (a lot of) whisky but also other spirits, wines and champagnes. They sell samples – which are 30ml – so you can get to try before you splash out on a whole bottle. Which is a neat idea. So you can try a sample pack – such as a selection of Speyside or Japanese whiskies, or you can get a 30ml sample of a very expensive bottle that you’d usually not splash out on anyway. They bottle their own whisky under That Boutique-y Whisky which are small batch release and usually pretty darn fine. Master of Malt bring a touch of humour and fresh air.