RT Mart and Carrefour (Taipei Boozehunting)

October 3, 2012

Newsflash!!! Cheap Woodford Reserve Bourbon at RT Mart (Taiwan). That’s the chief reason for this post actually. The Woodford Reserve (Distiller’s Select) is now on sale at RT Mart for a mere 675NT (about $US22 for foreign readers). That’s about half what you’d normally pay for it. I’ve blogged about the Woodford before, and it’s bloody excellent Bourbon.

Edit: I’ve received a report that it’s not every branch of RT Mart that has this special. If you’re in the Taipei area, I can confirm that the Xindian branch does.

Edit 2: Sale’s over and there’s no plans to restock. Keep an eye open when you’re in RT, though. They have had it int he past and may have it again one day.

Normally I don’t rate RT Mart highly as a source of booze. It doesn’t have much of a range. There are two things to make it worth a visit though. That Woodford Reserve, and Havana Club Anejo Especial Rum, available elsewhere, but probably cheapest at RT Mart. Aside from that there’s little else of worth. Their cheap wine selection is better than Carrefour’s, possibly, but only when it comes to French wine and bubbly.

Which brings me to Carrefour, the best source of a few basic bottles and a few rare bottles. Carrefour is about as cheap as it’s going to get for a couple of essential things – Tanqueray, Martini and Rossi Vermouth, Courvoisier Exclusif VSOP (my basic mixing cognac). You can get these elsewhere, but Carrefour is convenient and cheap.

And they have a few things you won’t find elsewhere. I’ve blogged before about two excellent rums: Neissons Rhum Agricole, and Matusalem Platino Cuban-style rum. The Neissons is great stuff if you have slightly daring tastes and the Matusalem is just a great mixing rum – way better than Bacardi, and much the same price. They also have an amber Agricole called Saint James which is very good. You won’t find Broker’s gin elsewhere, either (but there’s better gins out there, so it’s probably not worth it unless you’re a collector). Anyway, they have stuff (new products, too) that you can’t find ANYWHERE else in the country.

While I’m on the subject of large supermarkets (hypermarkets), I think I should cover the other two in Taiwan. A-Mart (Aimai) has some good cheap wine, but nothing much in the way of spirits. Costco is disappointing. There’s nothing there that you can’t buy for much the same price elsewhere, and I despise Costco for their ‘pay for the privilege of shopping with us’ scam. They don’t even have anything in the way of rare mixing ingredients you won’t find elsewhere.

That’s all. Get down and buy some of that Woodford Reserve. It’s in a stupid looking box (they should have left it in its beautiful bottle), but it’s there in bulk. I know someone who bought six bottles.

Stupid Box

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3 Responses to “RT Mart and Carrefour (Taipei Boozehunting)”


  1. You can get Wild Turkey ( 81 + 101 ) at RT mart right now in Jong-He ( Jing Ping road ) for super cheap. That is if I don’t buy all of them first.


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