Monday, January 7, 2008

Grand Old Parr - The Unknown Blended Whisky


A lot of whisky drinkers feel that blended whiskies are the backwash of the rest. I agree that when looking for truly unique whisky/whiskey experiences, single malts are the way to go- but sometimes I just want a reliable and tasty drink, and I want to drink it until I get drunk.

Enter: the Grand Old Parr...

Named after the "oldest" (supposedly the oldest) man to have lived in England, Thomas Parr, the Grand Old Parr was an unknown whisky for me until I got to Costa Rica. In fact, it was so unknown that for a long time I figured it to be flat out bad. That is not the case at all.

Just to give you a point of comparison, searching "Grand Old Parr" in Google results in about 20,300, searching "The Famous Grouse" results in about 74,300.

The Grand Old Parr is a 12 year blended whisky that is as good if not better than any of the other mass market blended whiskies out there. It's presentation is totally unique. It is generally sold in a gold box and always in a square brown bottle with an interesting texture on the outside. Side note: I have often thought of building a small table lamp out of the bottle.

It's flavor is much cleaner and smoother than most of it's market equivalents, but it has some unique characteristics. I have always sensed some apple and raisin undertones, and perhaps a little bit of peat. Additionally it has a crisp after taste that is very satisfying.

I have drank it neat, and with a splash, and it holds up well. The aroma is nothing too special, but again, the word "clean" comes to mind. But, forget all that, this is my heavy drinking whisky.

On ice, this whisky can satisfy you all night. It holds up well, and does not get boreing. Where you really notice it's beauty is when you run out, and have to switch to something like Johnnie Walker Black Label; there is no contest, as the Grand Old Parr stomps all over the Johnnie.

I have never seen it for sale in the United State, but I have heard that it is available in the Miami area and it is cheap. In Costa Rica it is in the same price bracket as it's other 12 year competition.

This is another Scotch distributed by the big boys at Diageo. They also carry and 15 year and an 18 year old blended (I have a bottle of 18, but have yet to break into). Diageo says it's top markets are Japan, Mexico, Columbia and Venezuela, and claims it as well known- I guess they mean in those markets.

If you see it and it fits your budget, Grand Old Parr is worth a try.

Diageo - Grand Old Parr
Wikipedia - Thomas Parr (the namesake)

135 comments:

T.-L. said...

I googled "Grand Old Parr" and came to your blog.

I'm actually drinking Old Parr 12 years now.

I'm posting this comment because you mentioned Japan as one of the biggest markets of this whisky and becasue I live in Japan. This whisky is probably the most famous blended whisky here. This is also known here as the first whisky ever brought in Japan. So I suppose the original recipe is more than 100 years old.

It has an aroma of honey and distincive aftertaste of peat. I like this rich and complicated blend.

Ari said...

Is this for sale in the US? My wife is drinking a glass right now, but the bottle was bought in Ecuador. I did a couple quick Google searches, and found a lot of info on the mysterious libation, but I couldn't discern a US location.
Thanks, and the next one is on me.
Ari

Keith said...

I emailed Diageo, but they were not much more helpful than their website.

According to them Old Parr is not available in the United States. However, as I mentioned in the original post, I have heard from people that it can be found in Miami.

See their response below.

Keith

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

January 23, 2008


Dear Keith,

Thank you for taking time to contact Diageo. We appreciate hearing from our
consumers because your feedback is important.

Grand Old Parr is not available in United States but top markets are Japan,
Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela. We apologize but we are not able to post
answers to individual questions online.

Once again, thank you for contacting Diageo.

Sincerely,


Lorena D.
Diageo Consumer Representative

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cabo said...

I want to know the address to the old parr distillery so I can visit it... Where can I find this info?

Keith said...

Since Old Parr is a blended, it wouldn't make sense that it is one distillery, however on the bottle the following address appears:
Macdonald Greenlees Ltd.
3a Palmerston Place, Edinburgh

so who knows...

Via an internet search there is the added address and phone:
5 Lochside Way
Edinburgh Park
Edinburgh EH12 9DT

Tel: 0131 519 2000
Fax: 0131 519 2001


I am not sure which is more accurate, so a call might be the best start. I would love to hear what information you find out about the blend and folks over there after you visit.

The King said...

Great blog!

I just received a bottle of Grand Old Parr from Venezuela as a gift.

This very unique scotch is a must in any scotch lover's bar. Its distinctive and sweet after taste, is unparalleled!

I grew up in Venezuela, where people drink scotch for sport.
The Grand Old Parr whisky has been considered by many as one of the finest whiskies sold not only in the country, but also in Latin America.

I now live now in the USA. Here, I have never been able to buy a bottle of Grand Old Parr. However, two weeks ago, I was visited by a sister who traveled from Venezuela. She was kind enough to bring me a bottle of the Grand Old Parr, for which she paid the approximate equivalent of $85.00 in Venezuelan currency. I sadly report that as of today, I have just enough for one more shot of this marvelous scotch.

If you haven't tried this whisky, I am really sorry for you. This is more serious than your own funeral. Please run to Venezuela and get a bottle.

Cheers!

D.Barman.

yoshiseki said...

I was born in Japan in 1931, and came to the U.S. in 1944, and now an U.S. citizen, and live in Highland Park, north shore suburb of Chicago. I guess this name was given after Highland Park in Scotland (there is a whisky made in Highland Park, Scotland!).

I have been enjoying this whiky (why it's spelled whisky rather than whiskey here in America? Does anyone know?)

Old Parr is THE MOST RESPECTED WHISKY in Japan, and always my family scotch. Here's a suggestion to buy this jewel inexpensively. Try duty-free shop at airports in Japan and Great Britain. Whenever our three daughters travel to abroad, they always bring them to me as a souvenir, and I always keep several bottles for myself and offer to special guests visiting me. As a matter of fact, people call me "Old Yoshi (my first name)" because I tell guests how old Old Parr lived and I plan to live until I'll be 152 years old. Happy drinking, everyone!

Yoshi Sekiguchi, a visual communicator

Ove said...

I had the chance to repeatedly "taste" this great whisky at the Old Cataract hotel in Aswan back in 1989. I believe i finished the bottle, which was covered in dust and at the back of the cabinet in the main bar. Ah, Egypt!

Anonymous said...

hi, i'm from colombia, this is one of the best and most expensive whiskey over there. one bottle in the store is about 50 to 80 dollars. this whiskey is very well known .

i got to bring 2 12 years bottles and, boy i was happy.

if anyone can get their hands here in the usa,please let us know..

Anonymous said...

I have a bottle of Grand Old Parr that was given to me in 1980 by a very close family friend who has since passed away. In 1980 I was told he was given this bottle when he sold his stone business in New Jersey which was back in 1971. This puts the bottle in the area of 50 plus years old. I want to sell it to someone that appreciates it but do not know where to post it. I once found a site where I posted a picture and received an offer of $450.00 - I was just testing the waters back then. My email address is joealvaro1@comcast.net - I would appreciate it if somene can point me in the right direction to sell this bottle, which has never been opened, or make me an offer yourself. Thanks in advance and please eamil me your response versus posting it here.

yoshi Sekiguchi said...

Hi!

This is Yoshi Sekiguchi, and I viewed my comment today and I realized I made a big error and in my comment that was posted and I want to correct it.

The year I came to the U.S. was 1964 (the year of Tokyo Olympic) rather than 1944.In 1944, the WW!! was still on and I was a 2nd grader in high school then, and much earlier to enjoy Grand Old Parr.

I was singing American Country Music in Japan, and opened up a
restaurant call "El Paso" in 1961.
Of course, I kept at least one bottle of Grand Old Parr, and it was loved by Japanese people who appreciated good Scotch.

it was one of my favorite memories.
Sorry about my careless error!

Anonymous said...

Hi to everybody.
I am from Colombia to be exact from Valledupar. Here in my city we drink Old Parr like water. My family own a small liquor store here and let me tell you they sell from 1500 to 2000 boxes of Old Parr a year in a town of less than 400000 habitants. That is like 18000 to 24000 bottles. We drink it a lot in small warm shots.

Anonymous said...

Hi im colombian but i live in sweden, every time somebody visit colombia theybring me back atleast 2 bottles of this fine whisky i love it.

It has a song to made by Silvestre Dangond 100 000 litros de Old Parr
and they also make Fiesta Grand Old Parr this is one of the best whiskys i tried a lot of whiskys but nono Old Parr is my favourite!!

Anonymous said...

I leave in The USA is hard to find Old Parr here but I work for an airline and everytime I travel over seas I get me a least two bottles, I love that Wiskey :)

Anonymous said...

all,

i live in Australia and found old parr on a return trip from somewhere. i was standing in front of the whiskey counter looking at the many options and the saleslady told me a real whiskey rinker knows old parr.

since that day...

old parr (unavailable in aus) has become the whiskey we drink at special occasions.

if you want a whiskey entrée before the old parr, get white heather. the flavour matches exactly.

Anonymous said...

I was told that you can get your hands on "Grand Old Parr" at the Miami Internation Airport Or MIA. I will give it a try yes it is sold in Colombia and brought to the US. I will keep you inform of my finding in Miami. ALF. from N.C.

VIEJO PARR said...

HI I WORK FOR A DISTRIBUTION COMPANY AND I JUST FOUND OUT THAT THIS COMPANY WILL BRING OLD PARR TO US BY THE END OF THIS SUMMER FOR THE ENTIRE EAST COAST MY EA IS FIDELIZNARDO@HOTMAIL.COM

Anonymous said...

My last name is "Parr" and as such I've had a few (ok many) bottles of Old Parr over the years. I am the proud owner of a set of Old Parr "Season" whiskey's (still unopened) and various other blends/years. If you are U.S. based (as I am) I've hound the best source to be ebay. There is normally a fairly wide selection and at reasonable prices. I've never found a U.S. distributor, but have bought it in the duty free shop in Heathrow. Interestingly enough I've never been able to find it anywhere else in London. You can also buy it at various locations in the Caribbean (non-U.S.).

Anonymous said...

Just doing a search online to see if you can get Old Parr in the US and there are a few places you can buy Old Parr. One place is in New York, here is the info I found:

Park Ave. Liquor Shop
292 Madison Ave.
Manhattan, NY USA

Tele: 212 685-2442
Fax: 212 689-6247

Cost $75.00

You just have to do a search on that website:

www.parkaveliquor.com

also check out

http://www.scotchwhisky.net/index.html

their is a retailer in Chicago and San Francisco.

Good luck all.

Anonymous said...

I spend lots of time in Ecuador and it is a favorite there. I had never heard of it and figured that it was probably some cheap knock-off whisky. In fact, it has a smooth flavor and finishes well (this is coming from someone who is not a big whisky drinker). Many in Ecuador prefer it to JW. I have to give it a good review as well.

Anonymous said...

Hello to everyone.
Coming from a country that people love to drink (Venezuela), Grand Old Parr is one of the best.
It is impossible to get it here in the US, but in Mexico you can get at any liquor store or Sam's club. Price is $35.
So next time you visit Mexico, go look and enjoy the pleasure.
I was surprise reading these comments, but as many of you said, after you taste Old Parr you don't want to try another one.
If I go to Mexico, I will bring some of them and will publish here
how many have available.

Koop said...

I have just tasted it, here in Mexico, and I'm gonna tell you ain't that good, is better than Johnny Walker BL, Chivas
Regal even others, but and if you are in NYC you better get something else for 75 bucks.

Good luck

Keith said...

Koop,

I am with you. There are loads of better whiskies out there, but, at least here in Costa Rica, Old Parr is priced better than Black Label and Chivas.

$75 is higher than I have seen it here. At the grocery stores it goes for about $48, and at the Duty Free, where I buy most of my booze, it goes for $27/litre. That being said, someone told be that at the stores in Cali, Columbia it is up in the $70 range.

I am a value drinker, and I totally agree- at $75 a bottle there are some more interesting options. At that price I will get MacAllens. However at $27 a liter, it is a great Scotch to drink heavily.

It is a blended, so I chuck in a bunch of ice and do not stop until the bottle is done.

Are all imported spirits high priced in Mexico?

Keith

Anonymous said...

I became acquaintance with Old Parr a few years back on my trip to Panama and Colombia. My hobbie is collecting rare liquor bottles from different countries. Since, every chance I get I order a few bottles from friends for special occassions.

The taste is smooth, and the best part, no hang over the day after.

Enjoy a few drinks of Old Parr is you get the chance

eng

BCH said...

Hey, you make this sound really good! Now I want to try it. D'oh! Live in America.

Robert said...

I received a small box as a gift from a friend with 11 of the 12 bottles still inside, they are all the 1/10 pint size still in their indivdual boxes and unopened, does anyone know how I might determine the age and worth?? thanks in advance. Drink up.
pchdragon@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Hi All,

I was born in Trinidad (as in Triniada & Tobago) You can buy this at the duty fee shops and other local shops in Trinidad. And get this- The cost is only US$30.00
Not sure why they are charging $75.00 in NY?????
This is one of the best whisky ever. Even better with pure coconut water.

Surrendra.

Anonymous said...

Would love to find a bottle of this whiskey to try. I live in Central Florida so if anyone has confirmed that they do sell it at Miami international I'd love to know. email me at dreyna75@yahoo.com if anyone comes up with some information where I can find a bottle.

Anonymous said...

I just recently picked up a bottle from an estate sale. The bottle no longer has a paper label on it. It does have the original, intact cap [twist off] and metallic neck seal with the "Grand Old Parr" label. The paper seal is no longer there.

Anyone know how I can determine the age of this bottle?

Anonymous said...

I m from Malaysia. Here in Malaysia you can old parr quite easily. Duty free is Malaysian ringgit 88.00 (which is approximately USD25.00). Its really a wonderful drink to have. Just enjoy having it!!

regards,
Arvin

Anonymous said...

For those who pass thru Dubai - I saw Old Parr in the DutyFree but went for the 12yr Jamesons instead.

HILDEMARO said...

Old Parr is my favorite 12 years
Scotch Blended Whisky. It's very
smooth with fruity notes, palate
friendly and with a very light and
pleasent peaty taste. I am from
Venezuela and was lucky to enjoy
this A-1 drink when lived there.
Now I live in Florida but it's not
available here. I travel often to
South America, so I always buy
some bottles at the duty free
shops at the airports. You can
find it at the airport in Cali for
just $25.00, a complete bargain!
There is also available a 15 years
version at $50.00. No doubts, Old
Parr is unique and I guarantee
no hang over ! Cheers !!

HILDEMARO said...

Old Parr is my favorite 12 years
Scotch Blended Whisky. It's very
smooth with fruity notes, palate
friendly and with a very light and
pleasent peaty taste. I am from
Venezuela and was lucky to enjoy
this A-1 drink when lived there.
Now I live in Florida but it's not
available here. I travel often to
South America, so I always buy
some bottles at the duty free
shops at the airports. You can
find it at the airport in Cali for
just $25.00, a complete bargain!
There is also available a 15 years
version at $50.00. No doubts, Old
Parr is unique and I guarantee
no hang over ! Cheers !!

Tareq said...

Hi All, I was just in the basement and I have an un opened bottle of Old Parr that my father bought in late 1960s, I know that for his parties this drink was served amongst Ye Whisky of Ye Monks from Scotland, another un-opened bottle that I have on display. I always look at my collection and wish that I could take a taste and remember my father, god rest is sole.

TAREQ - Toronto, Canada

Tareq said...

Hi All, I was just in the basement and I have an un opened bottle of Old Parr that my father bought in late 1960s, I know that for his parties this drink was served amongst Ye Whisky of Ye Monks from Scotland, another un-opened bottle that I have on display. I always look at my collection and wish that I could take a taste and remember my father, god rest is sole.

TAREQ - Toronto, Canada

Anonymous said...

I just got a bottle from Martinique in the Caribbean. I live in Puerto Rico. Here we consume a lot of J.W. Black Label. Parr is way better than J.W., at least for a change. Still, I'm sad I got only one bottle. Christian Arvelo

Anonymous said...

My wife just returned from Minneapolis where she bought a bottle of Grand Old Parr 12 year old DeLuxe Scotch Whisky at the airport duty-free, before her flight to Toronto. Can't wait to sample it!

john pp uk said...

i am from the uk and went on holiday in april to caracas to visit my wifes family and there tasted the finest whisky for years. grand old parr, so good that i managed to get through three bottles a week this was because it was free. my brother in law recieves it as part of his business deals, and he has a warehouse with over 1,000 bottles ready for drinking. he gets through a bottle a day with ice for tops. shame we can't get it in the uk


from john uk december 22 2008

john pp uk said...

i am from the uk and went on holiday in april to caracas to visit my wifes family and there tasted the finest whisky for years. grand old parr, so good that i managed to get through three bottles a week this was because it was free. my brother in law recieves it as part of his business deals, and he has a warehouse with over 1,000 bottles ready for drinking. he gets through a bottle a day with ice for tops. shame we can't get it in the uk


from john uk december 22 2008

TAREQ said...

I just found out the Grand Old Parr can be purchased at the duty fee airport in Las Vegas. A fried got me a bottle and will be sending it my way for Christmas.

tareq said...

I just found out the Grand Old Parr can be purchased at the duty fee airport in Las Vegas. A fried got me a bottle and will be sending it my way for Christmas.

Anonymous said...

I found a bottle of the Old Grand Parr - been in the family probably 30+ years. How valuable is it?

Anonymous said...

I got a bottle of Grand Old Parr for Christmas from my girlfriend. I"m not an experienced scotch drinker but I must say this was really smooth on the rocks. I'm in Canada and apparently she got it in a duty free coming back from Hawaii in November.

Anonymous said...

I have Grand Old Parr for sale. I have a couple of bottle of 12 years 1 liter of size. I also have a few of Old Parr Superior which is 18 years which is 750mL. 12 years 1 liter is $130 shipping included and Old Parr Superior $200 shipping included. Preferred method of payment would be paypal for everybody's insurance. Please feel free to contact me via email at chamosservices@aol.com Pics will be provided as requested via email. Thanks

Keith said...

$130 and $200 are way overpriced. It is a good whisky, but not that rare.

I don't mind people selling here, but I like to see people get drunk and enjoy the experience... 400% mark-up is a little stiff.

Luis Feldman said...

HI.ill just find and old bottled of grand old parr ill try google this ones and any pics look like the one i have, this a ceramic bottled in two tones white in the middle bottom and brown on the top, has a kind of wax seal in the cap of course the bottle is full,people from the house iill find told me this ones has minimum 25 to 30 years since they see it so i like to know if any lovers of this brand can givemore info about this item. regards.
Luis

edwin said...

Hi I live in Miami and the only way to get old par is if you are going on an international flight they will give it to you as you board the plane.

abassmanab1 said...

We used to drink this in the mid 60's to early 70's in college in Long Island, and had to order by the case. I'm glad to see it's again available. Way better the Dewar's or Johnny Walker Black.

a wee bit said...

I have a full wooden case of Grand Old Parr from the late 50's or early 60's. It's been in a dry basement since it was deliverd way back then. Just today I carefully pried one top board off the case and slid it out from under the wires. I lifted one of the tissue covered bottles out from its paper box and it looked perfect. Full to the top. I can't drink alcohol much at all due to acid reflux but I always enjoyed a scotch and water. What to do?

abassmanab1 said...

gee, I'd be delightrd to help you out and drink it for you........it's worth a bit of acid reflux to me, and at my age I deserve it!!!(the Grand Old Par that is)

Anonymous said...

i have 2 sets of old parr seasons im a very lucky as they are very hard to come by i live in scotland so its a bonus

Anonymous said...

GOP was the first bottle of decent Scotch I ever drunk. It was a Xmas present when I was 18 from my much loved Uncle George Paylor who sent it from Canada (though where he picked it up I don't know). I live in Glasgow now and he is sadly no longer with us so I am very keen to get a similar bottle as the one he gave me years ago (which had a ball in its neck). If anyone knows how I can import or otherwise buy a bottle please let me know. Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

I JUST CAME FROM SOUTHAMERICA I BROUGHT BACK SOME OLD PARR BACK FOR SOME CUSTOMERS. THEY WENT OUT OFF BUISNESS IM INTRESTED IN SELLING THEM DROP ME A EMAIL AT youryangel@bellsouth.net

Anonymous said...

I have a Thomas Parr 12 yr blended I am drinking now. It has been in my in laws wine cabinet for 25 years. It is a fine interesting blend but hardly anything special.

Fresh, clean, a little bit peaty and a nice finish... I would give it 81/100

Pay for a good Glenlivet 18 year at $50 and it is better "value"

Lotti said...

I have a bottle of Grand Old Parr Deluxe that is probably about 30 years old...anybody know what its worth?

Rob said...

You can get two bottles for about $55 in Miami Airport Duty Free

Anonymous said...

I'm selling a couple of bottles I received as a gift from a relative in Costa Rica. I can be contacted at msoto323@hotmail.com.

Anonymous said...

I have 3 bottles for sale, my mail bluejay@972@gmail.com
$100.00 each

Anonymous said...

Old Parr was brought back to Japan after a japanese politician visited Europe in the 19th century. He thought that Old Parr represented western culture and it was favored by the conservatives.

not bad, i have an 18 year one, cost me a bit but defo worth it. :)

sam

Gerardo said...

I am selling some bottles of Grand Old Parr a 750 ml and a liter that I bring from my home country, if you are interested my email is pjeimy@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Unlike wine, whisky bottles are not dated, they are identified by the years aged in casks before bottling, therefore:
1) No way to tell when were they bottled.
2) No noticeable changes in taste can be attributed to a long shelf life.
Furthermore a loss of strength and body may be the result of an over
extended storage once bottled.
So those aspiring $450 for a 50+
bottled are real dreamers, and those willing to pay such amounts are whisky illiterates.
12 YO Old Parr (3/4 liter bottle) is available in any duty free store inside the USA (including Pto. Rico) for those traveling abroad.
Occasionaly it can be found in some So. Fla. liquor stores for $35-40, although I haven't seen them lately.
Lastly it is the finest within it's class.
The 18 y/o version, bottled in the same squared container but opaque black glass, is in my humble opinion the best ever blended whisky, superior to that over rated JW blue that sells for $140.
The Old Parr Superior (18 y/o) is also available in duty free stores at main international airports at a cost of $80-90.

Anonymous said...

AGH! I was given a bottle of this about 5 years ago from a nice old lady who said it was from the 50's (and it looks it).
After weeks looking online for some details (thinking it may be worth a bit and may be a nice nest egg for when I retire), I got nowhere.
A year later - I find this blog; that it's still being produced and is worth about £20!
LOL - some nest egg....

Anonymous said...

hi there, a relative recentl passed away and I have recently found an unopened bottle of Grand Old Parr elizabethan it has come with a fancy box and card which states it is number 247/253 bottles ever made. Can you give me some background to this drink and what you think it might be worth.
My email address is andrew@crixus.co.uk, your time and response is greatly appreciated.
regards Andrew

Anonymous said...

About 25 or so years ago when I was introduced to Scotch, I ran across Old Parr at a local liquor store and purchased a bottle. Then after tasting the golden elixer, I developed a serious affinity for it, and no other blended Scotch matches its satisfying uniqueness to my palate. Then about 2 years later it disappeared from the shelves of liquor stores around Denver and across the USA- much to my chargrin. Single Malts are fine, but as to the everyday enjoyment on the rocks, Old Parr 12 year old gives satisfaction which I've yet to taste in any other of the better blended Scotch whiskeys in the market. LD -Denver

Anonymous said...

A friend brought me a bottle of Grand Old Parr 40 years ago and the label said :"Aged 144 years". I wrote the distillery in Leith Scotland and they sent me a pamphlet saying only that "Parr" lived 144 years. Nothing about the whiskey. I subsequently found that Parr believed to be the oldest man in England was invited by command to visit the King and died as he entered the King's reception room. The excitement was too much for him. Also Parr lived on a parcel which would revert to the King upon his death. So Old Parr was the third generation pretender and nowhere near 144 years old. It's still great whiskey.

Lili said...

hi, i'm just passing through.
I'm from Portugal and i'm don't like whiskey, but i have a 3,75l bottle of Grand Old Parr. This bottle was a present because i just adore the bottle's shape and it's support.

Mysterious Bolivia said...

Favorite in Bolivia!

jill said...

I wished I had researched this before now. I just landed this evening from England and searched everywhere for OLD PARR from fine whiskey shops to the DUTY FREE in Heathrow, with absolutely no luck.
My name is "Parr" and am interested in owning a piece of my family and having some bottles for family as well. Anyone interested in selling to this non-drinker, family appreciater?
Anjill1@aol.com

Anonymous said...

OLD PARR is finally legalize to be sold in all of the licor stores in Miami. yay!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I recently bought a case of Grand Old Parr from one of my liquor dealers in the South Florida area, apparently Diego is trying out a trial run in the United States as a prelude to possibly selling it here.

alvaro said...

im happy to anounce that starting today , you can now purchase OLD PARR in the atlanta metro area. At Tower's Package. in doraville. cheers.......

Chris said...

It is now available in the US, if you are in the Leesburg area in Florida come into our store and buy some, Bob's Liquor in the Palm Plaza .
Chris.

Anonymous said...

Julios in Westborough, MA sells this. It was recommended as an alternate to Dewars 12 Special Reserve. Pretty good, and I believe it was under $50.

Mario said...

I was surprised to read that Old Parr is not available in the States. In Latin America (I live in Bolivia) it's as popular and considered as good as Chivas or Johnnie Walker.

mikeusry27@yahoo.com said...

i have this bottle of grand old parr scotch whiskey from leith scotland macdonald greenlees ltd dist. #no613868 says its aged 152 years + its been in my grandfathers basement for over 40s
if any one has any information on how much its worth please post me a comment and i may sell but i need professional help 1st.

Anonymous said...

I have been living in Venezuela for over 4 years, and this is the drink served at weddings. I recently traveled to Aruba and there was a special at the airport duty free - $85 for 3 bottles of 12 yr. This is the best drink ever. In county, it is much more expensive, due to the high tax.

rene cortez said...

hello people i live in los angeles california i just want to let you guys know that old parr12 is now sold here at l.a i just bOUGHT three bottles a week ago . they are sold at 736 s soto.st los angeles ,ca 90023 HURRY UP BECAUSE THEY WONT LAST THERE GIONG FOR $30 BUCKS EACH OLD PARR 12 750ML

rene cortez said...

was up people i just want to let u know that old parr 12 is now sold in los angeles california

rene cortez said...

hello old parr lovers i got good news old parr 12 is now sold in Los Angeles c.a look up ramirez liquior ,they are going for $30 buks each 750ml

Anonymous said...

Can anyone give me an idea how much the full set of seasons is worth please

Danny said...

Hi. Grand Old Parr is sold in most liquor stores here in Miami. The 750 ml bottle is going for around $32-$35 at the stores. If anyone wants it, it is also sold on EBay. On ebay, around $50-$55 with shipping included. Enjoy

Anonymous said...

My father drank this some 30 plus years ago. At some point, it appeared to vanish. We now have it here in the RioGrande Valley way far South Texas. The Mcallen/Mission area has this one of a kind Scotch.
You can purchase it from Feldman's store #31 Mission, Texas, 78572.

Gilda said...

My father drank this some 30 plus years ago. At some point, it appeared to vanish. We now have it here in the RioGrande Valley way far South Texas. The Mcallen/Mission area has this one of a kind Scotch.
You can purchase it from Feldman's store #31 Mission, Texas, 78572.

Michael said...

Needless to say, I have dram close at hand, with a splash.

It is available in Fort Lauderdale/Miami, I just picked it up @ Big Daddy's for $37. Quite reasonable and beats the crap out of anything blended, even 3x the price.

Michael

Anonymous said...

I've recently become reacquainted with Old Parr after an 18 year absent. I first encountered it on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian ocean. It reminded me of the stuff we made on the ship MV Cape Henry during the Persian Gulf war. Very smooth with a somewhat strong nose.
If anybody is interested, you can purchase a 750ml bottle from a place in Clifton, NJ.
You can order it on line at:

http://206.106.174.214/store/pc/GRAND-OLD-PARR-12YR-BLENDED-SCOTCH-WHISKY-133p12416.htm

$35 plus shipping. For me the shipping cost was $12, and I live in the state. They do require an adult signature to receive the shipment.

Anonymous said...

I am a big fan of OLD PARR.... Just to let everyone know it is being sold here in the US however the tast is not the same another good Whiskey is BUCHANNA I recomended.

Anonymous said...

I live in the UK & am desperate to get hold of a bottle of Grand OLd Parr 12 year old as a present. Anyone know where I can get one ?.

Nico_Alvarez said...

As many of you have already said the grand old par is the best whiskey that almost everyone could afford here in Colombia, in some places is more popular than all of the alcoholic beverages of our country, many of them well known and awarded like our rums, dinking old par is like a culture, we just love it. If you really like to have your best Old Par Experience visit Colombia, and have a hole bottle seating by the sea in Cartagena or Santa Marta with a vallenato group near you. That’s Live!!!!!!!!

Have a nice trip, I know you all ready like the idea of coming, you’ll never regret it…. For those who wouldn’t come, cheers…. I hope you can find it in the US an enjoy it, all those who have wrote are not wrong.
Nicolas

Anonymous said...

I buy "Grand Old Parr" in a Super Market in Los Angeles California Where i live.If you live near L.A check out "Jons International Marketplace"

Anonymous said...

Hi Old Par is back for sale in NY!!! Most liquor stores carry it - you can find it in Five Towns Liquor behind Costo - they have the cheapest price.

Debbie said...

I have unopened bottle of Grand Old Parr at least 50 years old, the letters on bottle are:
HKDNP and # LBE No952678 Can anyone tell me how much it's worth?
rdgressley@verizon.net

FotoMotion said...

Terrific News For All of You 'OLD GRAND PARR Fans!

I just found an online Spirits Merchant in South Florida (Crown Wine and Spirits) that carries Old Grand Parr 12 Year Old... They ship throughout the United States.

Here is the Link:

http://www.crownwineandspirits.com/p-4113-old-grand-parr-12-year.aspx?vid=4431&

FotoMotion said...

Terrific News For All of You 'OLD GRAND PARR Fans!

I just found an online Spirits Merchant in South Florida (Crown Wine and Spirits) that carries Old Grand Parr 12 Year Old... They ship throughout the United States.

Here is the Link:

http://www.crownwineandspirits.com/p-4113-old-grand-parr-12-year.aspx?vid=4431&

Judy said...

In settling an estate in 1985 I found a bottle of Grand Old Parr REAL ANTIQUE AND RARE OLD Scotch Whisky. Is there any value in this bottle? It is still sealed with a wire, crew top and what appears to be a wax seal.
japatches@shaw.ca
Judy

Anonymous said...

I have a bottle of Old Par that I got in Japan in 1969. would like to know what it is worth. My Email add is hounddog79@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I am enjoying a drink of Grand Old Parr right now as I write this. You can buy it in CT for around $35 at a small package store near our house. I think it's fantastic for the price.

BILLYQUIFF said...

I have a sealed bottle of Grand Old Parr Tribute, which is in a ceramic bottle and comesin a nice presentation case.
Does anyone know anything about this particular bottling and value ?
I have searched for info but to no avail

Anonymous said...

I'm living in Colombia and they drink this old parr like water here.

Its about 35 usd a bottle.

I have polished of many of these bottles here, it would honestly take 4-5 people about an hour to drink a whole bottle, and that's taking it easy.

Anonymous said...

I was introduced to Old Parr in Colombia, ever since then I cannot find a better scotch Blend. Old Parr is now sold in every major store in Houston, Texas as of June 2010. The greatest part about it, is at certain stores, it is less than $25 per bottle. go to specsonline.com to find it.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I recently went on vacation in the Dominican Republic. While at Ocean World in Puerto Plata, we took a walk to check out the casino. We came across a small liquor store by the bus pick up area. While looking around I found Grand Old Parr. Being that my name is Parr, I had to buy it, even if just for the novelty. I paid $25.00 US for a 750 ml. bottle of the 12 year. Later I picked up a second bottle for my brother, who lives in New York, at the duty free shop in the Puerto Plata airport. Paid $37 for a 1 litre bottle. They also carried the 15 year scotch. I believe it was about $50 US. While I am not a big drinker, I have really enjoyed drinking this scotch. I have drank 1/2 bottle and I am already searching for a source to buy more. Not sure my brothers bottle will still be full by the time I get it to him.

Debbie G. said...

We have a bottle that is at least 40years old maybe older it was my grandfather's.

Vlad said...

hi my name is louie im from australia i was wandering if u can tell me were can i get supplied old parr plz email me (Greenway.liquor@bigpond.com)

Anonymous said...

Hi folks Im from Trinidad and Tobago. Earlier today (6/3/2011)I casually entered a liquor store in NYC search of a liquer I was informed that was not available in the US. To my surprise I found it there and the store owner told me that he has been in business for more than 40yrs. He said, "If you can't find it anywhere, come here." Somehow Old Parr whiskey crossed my mind as I returned home. I googled it and came to this blog. Good to know that so much people enjoy the Grand Old Parr!!!! I remember as a kid this brand of whisky was treasured by the grown ups and we(the kids)couldn't wait to get the empty bottle - just to break it and get the marble inside. As I grew older I remember drinking Old Parr whiskey and it was really good. Not sure if its still available in my home country. Gotta check that liquor store for Old Parr whisky.

Anonymous said...

My daughter's godfather is one of the family who originally owned the distillery. He told me that one of Old Parr's main claims to fame was that it was Sadam Hussain's favourite tipple! Hope that doesn't ruin it for the rest of you!

Michael said...

Just found a bottle of Grand Old Parr at a liquor store just over the state line from me. $ 30.00 for a bottle. I had read about it and was surprised I found it in the states. Also being that my last name is Parr I also had to have a bottle. Just recently I have acquired the taste for scotch. Working my way thru Johnny Walker red and black ,drinking Chevis ,and finally ended up becoming dedicated to Glenfiddich 15 year old single malt. I'll be honest I don't know anything about good or bad scotch. But I admit this is one of the best tastes I've had in scotch. Now I won't give up my Glenfiddich, but for SURE there will be Grand Old Parr in my cabinet from now on !!

Anonymous said...

Hi. I'm just wondering what the value of the grand old paar is now. I recently found an old bottle at home that is still sealed and is at it's mint condition. The bottle is slightly smaller than it's size now. I think it was bought in the mid 80's.

San Tos said...

Old Parr is the best Whiskey ever.
You can find it very easy all over the States.
Very famous in Japan and Colombia.
No other Scotch like Chivas or Buchanan's have the taste and the flavor of The Gran OLD PARR.

Anonymous said...

Just bought a bottle today in North Texas for $25 because I wanted to try a new scotch. Very impressed so far.

Anonymous said...

Haven't had it yet, but I just wanted to point out that on U.S. military bases here in Japan one bottle of this goes for about $84. Not something I'd grab to just chug.

Whisky Importado said...

Hi there, I work with the team from www.whiskyimportado.com.br
We will soon be writting an article about this great whisky!
Wishing you all the best, Marcia

Anonymous said...

Just a wee comment: I searched the name knowing only the name, not even whether it was a Scotch whisky or a bourbon. I knew from an old bottle my parents had many many years ago: by great coincidence, the bottle was made into a table lamp, as you have noted is your own ambition. I can't speak for the whisky, but the bottle does make a fine lamp!

Anonymous said...

Y'all can find Old Parr in the US ... At any Specs store link : http://www.specsonline.com/cgi-bin/snf?keyword=Old+parr&Sortby=Price%28Highest%29&Sort2by=Size&Submit=Search+All+Items&Category=Entire+Store%7C...%7CAll+Items&body=%2Fcgi-bin%2Fsearch

Anonymous said...

I find Old Paar 12 years in any liquor store in SW Miami, Coral Gables and South Miami the price is very reasonable $30's. Cuban Americans like me enjoy it a lot. I just tasted it against Johnny Walker Blue, the single malt Glenlivet Archive 21 year and Aberlour A'Bunadh. Old Paar hold its ground against them. great blend. i will try to get the 15 years from England.

Anonymous said...

Definitely more famous in Japan than in the US. It's featured in the "Bartender" anime, which is actually why I bought it in the first place. Yes, I am a nerd.

Lovely stuff. Fairly clean nose, nice weight on the tongue with a blend of fruit and grain flavors that reminds me of a good fruitcake or panettone. Relaxed feeling, exactly what you'd want a blended scotch to taste like.

Paul said...

I live in Canada and travel to Asia.
4 times a year I get mt bottle of Parr in shanghai
Love it and disappointed that the government controlled LCBO here has not had this stocked. Wonderful drink and like it better then most of the popular brands. Yes even royal salute!
Cheers.......never leave Asia without one!
Shoeman

Anonymous said...

Come across this thread by accident while researching whiskey's a friend and I were dicussing.
I remember back in 1976, as a young lad, having a night out with a bottle of "Old Parr whiskey liqueur", it had the texture of cooking oil and taste as smooth as silken honey and the kick of a mule with attitude.
I had not seen this product mentioned in this thread so i thought I would raise it and see if anyone elsewhere in the world had run into it.
Cheers from New Zealand

sparkyboo said...

I have a bottle of grand old parr one of the originals wax seal on top.... And a twist of wire holding it. Im from Scotland and have treasured this bottle thats been handed down from generations. I want this to go to someone that could treasure this as much as i love scotland...

si1verfish said...

To the person who said: "My daughter's godfather is one of the family who originally owned the distillery..."

There is no "distillery", Old Parr is blended scotch.

Delusions + fabrications = your comment

Silverfiddle said...

What a testament to that unappreciated whiskey! I have only seen it in Latin America. Don't know why we can't get it in the states...

loudon said...

I am a descendent of Samuel Greenlees who was my great great grandfather. I too have a bottle of this delicious blended whisky. Sadly however I have now been forbidden to drink spirits!!!
Loudon Greenlees

Anonymous said...

I live in Washington D.C. often travel to My Birth place (Venezuela) and I always have to bring at least 4 bottles for friends and family back. Old Parr is the best Scoth/whisky out there

Claus Mortensen said...

Just bought a bottle in the tax free shop in Hong Kong airport and drinking a glass as I type this.

A very nice blended although perhaps a bit over priced. But you have to love the somewhat tacky bottle - kind of a throwback to the 70's.

If it were cheaper I would seriously consider making this my staple blended.

C

Anonymous said...

I have a bottle never opened that has been in our family for over 45 years....

Anonymous said...

I recently purchased two 1-liter bottles from Taoyuan Airport (Taiwan) for around US$30, duty-free. A great find as it was my grandfather's favorite back in Hong Kong and I look forward to surprising my dad with a bottle for his birthday.

sevenbbs said...

An USA retailer for Old Parr:
http://www.wineglobe.com/sw-147531-so.html

Anonymous said...

RG - Tours - France.
I bought my first bottle of Blend "Grand Old Parr 12 years" in France in 1975 in Cherbourg. Party in paris for my work, I could not find more. I always looked for and found him in Portugal this year, for my pleasure. I am very happy to drink regularly. This blend is truly divine. It is imported and marketed by : Diageo Portugal
Edificio ART's Torre B - Av D. João II - Lote 1.18- 10° piso - 1990-085 LISBOA

RALPH said...

I been looking for this whisky since I tested it 20 years ago when I was still studying in university. I been drinking whisky but can not find the taste like it.
Old Par is the best i have tested so far.

Anonymous said...

yes you can find old parr in nj

Anonymous said...

Old Parr is every where in Texas. It's not rare it is the best whisky blend in Texas.

Anonymous said...

where might i find some information regarding the 58.8 barrel proof old parr that found? is it worth purchasing for $200?

Anonymous said...

where might i find some information regarding the 58.8 barrel proof old parr that found? is it worth purchasing for $200?

Anonymous said...

If you live in DC, you can by this in town like I just did at Calvert Woodley Liquors a few blocks North of the Zoo. 4339 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008(202) 966-4400
When I saw they had it I walked 20 blocks from the Omni to get it!

cagey said...

Hey, nice blog and great to see all these comments! I, too, happen to be in Japan, God bless it, and tried the magnificent Old Parr. Fantastic body and taste that evolves into crisp fruit. The best blended whisky I've ever had, a sheer delight. I really hope I can have another encounter with this fine lady.

The Vortex said...

Yes it is. I just bought this bottle in norco California :) hope you find what your looking for :)

Carlos Villasmil said...

Grand Old Parr is my favorite whiskey, very popular in South America and Japan. They sell it here in Miami everywhere but there is a caveat... the one they sell here is not the same they sell overseas. The one you can buy overseas and for some reason, at the duty free stores at Miami International Airport is hands diown WAY superior to the one sold in stores in Miami. I always bring back a 12 bottle box when I travel and if I'm goig to a place I know they don't have it, I buy at least a couple of bottles at the airport when leaving Miami and bring them back with me. The only difference I see in the overseas bottles and the Miami bottles are the red words EXTRA RICH in the label of the overseas ones. Definitely a big difference.