Vintage House reviews
The guy who helped me select the rum was brilliant, and when I turned my attention to the exceptional Bordeaux selection, he introduced me to a guy who was obviously the Bordeaux expert. What a character - he looked like a Dickensian philanthropist but spoke like a Guy Ritchie gangster. It was great fun - he even produced a couple of samples of malt whisky when it came to selecting my father's present, a nice Caol Ila 30yr old.
High trouser man was present but I did not have any dealings with him. Apart from looking like Simon Cowell’s grandfather, he actually seemed ok.
I agree with the comment below, the way the rums are displayed is definitely missing an opportunity. But overall, a great shop that must be preserved for the Nation.
by jonsie203 (2 reviews), 13 Aug 2010
If you are an enthusiast of malt whisky it should be an obligation to search this shop out. The whisky room at the back of the shop has floor-to-ceiling display cabinets full of reasonably priced malts, and at the end of the room is a staggering arrangement of collector's malts.
As mentioned in many of the comments below, the guy with the high trousers (surely there is a health and safety issue here?) is creepy. He was dealing with a young man who required a birthday gift, and talk about patronising... But the guy that I was served by was very knowledgeable on the subject of malt and rum.
They had a very nice Ardbeg on sample when I was there, which I purchased and received a complimentary Ardbeg glass.
The icing on the cake for me was the rum selection. I have never seen such a selection, (e.g. Mount Gay Tricentennial, never seen in this country). I am not convinced that they are presenting the rums for optimum effect though - it is a bit scrappy and I am sure they are missing an X FACTOR here.
High trouser man aside, what a shop!
by alfredthegr8 (2 reviews), 13 Jul 2010
One criticism... I usually go to Vintage House in the afternoon when the staff there are friendly, amicable and knowledgeable about all their products (the big guy there is not shy with samples of malts and Keith is the man you want to see about rums). However, I made a mistake once and went in around 9.15am on a Tuesday and met a rather obnoxious fellow who made you feel like you were disturbing him (which is weird as I found the height he was wearing his trousers rather disturbing) and his knowledge of rum was questionable.
On the whole though, an excellent and interesting place to spend an AFTERNOON!!
by rumwizard (3 reviews), 22 Jun 2010
I was there 2 weeks ago, behaving most interested and extremely polite, carefully trying my best English (which is not the worst, as you may see). I bought 8 bottles for over £700. When asking them to guess how much a delivery with Royal Mail was, I was strongly advised to better transport the bottles within my holiday luggage. Unfortunately I was dumb enough to follow this advice - a mistake which resulted in over £120 I had to pay for excess baggage.
If you want to meet nice and professional whisky conoisseurs, there are many other locations in central London: Milroy's of Soho, Royal Mile Whisky in Bloomsbury Street, or The Whisky Exchange within VINOPOLIS in Park Street (near London Bridge).
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