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Sailing on Symphony of the seas June 18th.  Does anyone know the bourbon situation?  I know they have buffalo trace, my personal favorite.  I'm hoping they have other offerings from the Buffalo Trace family. 

I found Blanton's on my 2018 honeymoon cruise.  There is nothing better than drinking Blanton's neat out of a plastic cup on the pool deck.  FOR FREE!!!!!

If anyone knows shops in St. Thomas or St. Martin let me know.  I will update my findings once I'm back.

 

Cheers.

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Was on Harmony a few weeks ago and the bartenders at CK and Suites Sun Deck were very open about supply issues.  I was discussing scotch and bourbon and they shared that supplies were low and very hit or miss on re-supply.  Some bars were out of specific brands but others might still have something you are looking for.  My guess the situation will remain very fluid.  The suites sun deck was the only place the had a couple of items, likely the whole ship got re-stocked at the same time and that location just didn’t have the same demand as other spots on the ship.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get off the ship in St. Thomas since we had been there a number of times before but my friend found and got a few bottles Blanton’s in St. Kitts.  They were a little higher in price than ideal but it was there at  least.

Good luck with the bourbon situation and have fun,  

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The standard list of bourbon that is usually onboard is Buffalo Trace (My go to brand!) Bulleit, Maker's Mark, and Four Roses. There may be others, but I generally stick with Buffalo Trace unless the onboard bar I'm at is out.

There are many other brands of whiskeys and scotches available, too.

I doubt Blanton's will be available onboard anytime soon. It's hard to find and currently retails at about $150 a bottle. (I know this because I just bought a bottle!)

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54 minutes ago, ScooterScott22 said:

Was on Harmony a few weeks ago and the bartenders at CK and Suites Sun Deck were very open about supply issues.  I was discussing scotch and bourbon and they shared that supplies were low and very hit or miss on re-supply.  Some bars were out of specific brands but others might still have something you are looking for.  My guess the situation will remain very fluid.  The suites sun deck was the only place the had a couple of items, likely the whole ship got re-stocked at the same time and that location just didn’t have the same demand as other spots on the ship.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get off the ship in St. Thomas since we had been there a number of times before but my friend found and got a few bottles Blanton’s in St. Kitts.  They were a little higher in price than ideal but it was there at  least.

Good luck with the bourbon situation and have fun,  

Thank you for the info.  I guess I will have to try all the bars on the ship (for research purposes).  Its a tough job but someone has to do it. 

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56 minutes ago, SPS said:

The standard list of bourbon that is usually onboard is Buffalo Trace (My go to brand!) Bulleit, Maker's Mark, and Four Roses. There may be others, but I generally stick with Buffalo Trace unless the onboard bar I'm at is out.

There are many other brands of whiskeys and scotches available, too.

I doubt Blanton's will be available onboard anytime soon. It's hard to find and currently retails at about $150 a bottle. (I know this because I just bought a bottle!)

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You have some good taste.  Thanks for the info.  I know one thing finding a good drink on a cruise isn't hard.  Blanton's by me is now 200+.  Plenty of other good bourbon out there. 

Cheers

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3 hours ago, Do you love it said:

If anyone knows shops in St. Thomas or St. Martin let me know.

Shop in St. Martin: Gulmohar's (Whisky Paradise), http://www.gulmoharsxm.com/

Back in April the had the Black and Red versions on Blanton's... $225 and $250

My purchase, Willett Rye (4y) for $55 Michter's Straight Rye for $40

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1 hour ago, CGTLH said:

Shop in St. Martin: Gulmohar's (Whisky Paradise), http://www.gulmoharsxm.com/

Definitely worth a visit if you have the means to take your purchases home with you. They will bag up your purchases and deliver them to the ship if you buy early enough, so you don't even have to carry them around all day if you go in the morning.

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15 hours ago, Do you love it said:

You have some good taste.  Thanks for the info.  I know one thing finding a good drink on a cruise isn't hard.  Blanton's by me is now 200+.  Plenty of other good bourbon out there. 

Cheers

You're welcome. I visited the Buffalo Trace Distillery back in October. (My wife gifted me a Kentucky Bourbon Trail weekend for my 50th) No Blanton's was available, but I did bring home a delicious bottle of Eagle Rare.

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We were on Independence last month. We drank a L O T of Buffalo Trace, I dont think we ran into any supply issues on it.  It is my go to, since it was readily available I didnt pay much attention to what else they had. I know they had Makers. I didnt see any Eagle Rare. I also really like Four Roses small batch and single barrel.  The Viking Lounge had single barrel pre pandemic but I didnt see any Four Roses at all last month.

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On 6/9/2022 at 12:52 PM, SPS said:

The standard list of bourbon that is usually onboard is Buffalo Trace (My go to brand!) Bulleit, Maker's Mark, and Four Roses. There may be others, but I generally stick with Buffalo Trace unless the onboard bar I'm at is out.

There are many other brands of whiskeys and scotches available, too.

I doubt Blanton's will be available onboard anytime soon. It's hard to find and currently retails at about $150 a bottle. (I know this because I just bought a bottle!)

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Plentiful in St. Maarten if you happen to have a port call.

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on a slightly (un)related topic, I have never been able to get a decent old fashioned on a RC cruise. Last couple cruises they all either had soda, muddled fruit, were shaken or some other similar crime against humanity.

Last month I was in the viking lounge and no one else was there. The waiter seemed to want to chat (and I didn't see a bartender) so I asked him if he could put some buffalo trace, angostura bitters, and simple syrup in a rocks glass and stir it.  He looked puzzled and said sure.

He came back with a nice cocktail. I slipped him some cash and told him I had more guys on the way who would want same. My son and son in law came and we drank several of them. Idk how much we tipped him but he didn't get 10 feet away from us the rest of the afternoon.

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2 hours ago, brdjnr said:

on a slightly (un)related topic, I have never been able to get a decent old fashioned on a RC cruise. Last couple cruises they all either had soda, muddled fruit, were shaken or some other similar crime against humanity.

Last month I was in the viking lounge and no one else was there. The waiter seemed to want to chat (and I didn't see a bartender) so I asked him if he could put some buffalo trace, angostura bitters, and simple syrup in a rocks glass and stir it.  He looked puzzled and said sure.

He came back with a nice cocktail. I slipped him some cash and told him I had more guys on the way who would want same. My son and son in law came and we drank several of them. Idk how much we tipped him but he didn't get 10 feet away from us the rest of the afternoon.

Know what you're getting at. Using the menu description from the Pub for a Classic Old Fashioned:

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No where does it say "mashed fruit salad". Yet somehow when I order one it ends up being borderline tasting along the lines of fruit cake.

One trick that seems to work is clearly saying don't mash anything and make it as the menu describes.

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3 hours ago, CGTLH said:

Know what you're getting at. Using the menu description from the Pub for a Classic Old Fashioned:

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No where does it say "mashed fruit salad". Yet somehow when I order one it ends up being borderline tasting along the lines of fruit cake.

One trick that seems to work is clearly saying don't mash anything and make it as the menu describes.

Unfortunately their classic old fashioned is way too sweet.

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3 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

Unfortunately their classic old fashioned is way too sweet.

To me any drink that calls for a syrup is too sweet. I find the bartenders have a very bad habit of free pouring syrup.

Trick on the Classic Old Fashioned might be asking to hold the simple syrup and letting the juice left on a maraschino cherry doing any sweeting.

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I was in St. Martin in October and there was a wonderful liquor store there off the beaten path that had so many types of Bourbon, including several types of Blanton’s (they told me some of them aren’t even sold in the US-just exported). The prices were good on all the other Bourbons as well.  I would have bought more for my husband if I hadn’t been flying back from Miami. I found the liquor store selection in St. Thomas to be very disappointing.  

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