Review

Makro Glenfiddich 50YO
  • There is fierce competition among booze merchants in South Africa for Black Friday 2019, with good to great deals on beer, whisky, and champagne in particular.
  • Makro will also save you R50,000 on a bottle of 50-year-old Glenfiddich Scotch.
  • These are our favourite alcohol specials for Black Friday this year.
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Last updated: 28 November 2019


Between them South Africa's biggest booze merchants are offering some compelling prices on beer and cider, whiskey, champagne, and brandy for Black Friday 2019, with a couple of wines also coming in at decent discounts.

We've seen good to great prices from Checkers Liquor Shop, Ultra Liquors, Pick n Pay Liquor, Shoprite Liquor, Makro, and Game.

In some cases the percentage discount isn't all that high, but the saving is still worth it in rand terms. The best example of what we've seen so far this year: Makro's R600,000 bottle of Scotch Whisky. That price, for a single 750ml bottle of 50-year-old Glenfiddich single malt, is only 7.5% cheaper than the regular retail price elsewhere – but still represents a saving of around R50,000.

See also: These are our favourite Black Friday deals on nappies, coffee, and other groceries

(Last year Makro and Bottleshop had something of a price war about a different very expensive bottle of whisky, so that discount may still get better.)

Such rather special specials aside, these are our top picks so far when it comes to stocking up on drinks during Black Friday 2019. 

Where beer is available in multiple sizes or formats we have chosen the cheapest version we could find on special.We have excluded gift packs that bundle glasses and ice buckets and different kinds of booze together on the basis that they are not easy to compare – and that when you want to buy booze, you want to buy booze.

Some of these deals are limited to in-store purchases and don't apply online, and though some stores have and may extend duration, many discounts are limited to Friday 29 November only, and while stocks last.Chains may limit specials geographically, or to selected stores. We have noted all special conditions we are aware of, but have not verified that each of these discounts are being honoured in stores.These prices include specials that are available on Black Friday but that are not advertised as such – and you may find better prices in-store or online during other promotions.We list the best deal we find, but can not guarantee that these are the best deals available. We could miss a discount, stores may not advertise them, or prices could change. Nor can we promise you there will not be bigger discounts during later sales such as Cyber Monday or post-Christmas.Spot a deal that is not listed here? Please mail phillip@businessinsider.co.za with the details. 

Here are our favourite Black Friday 2019 specials on beer, whiskey, champagne, and other booze:

Beer and cider

Amstel Lager 330ml (bottles or cans): R8.33 from Ultra Liquors at R100 for two six-packs.

Castle Lager, 340ml bottles: R8.33 from Shoprite Liquor Shop at R100 for two six-packs.

Castle Lite beer, 500ml cans: R9.96 per can from Game if you buy 24 for R240. (If you want 340ml bottles, Checkers Liquor Shop will sell you 12 of those for R100, which is about 23% more expensive on a ml-for-ml basis.)

Carling Black Label beer, 340ml: R8.33 per bottle from Checkers Liquor Shop if you buy 24 for R200.

Heineken lager, 440ml cans: R11.63 per can from Makro if you pay R280 for 24. (If you only want 12, Game will sell you that for R143, or R11.92 per can, so you will pay around 2.5% more, ml-for-ml. For the 650ml bottle size, Ultra Liquors comes in at R17.50 per bottle for 12 – only about 2% more for the same amount of beer as at Makro. Checkers Liquor Shop is selling the 330ml bottles for R10 a piece, as a pack of 24, which is a premium of around 14% over the 440ml and 650ml sizes.)

Heineken 5L draught keg: R240 from Pick n Pay Liquor, and also from Makro.

Savanna Dry cider, 500ml: R15.75 per bottle from Makro at R190 for 12, or R15.83 per bottle from Game if you buy a six-pack. (If you specifically want 330ml bottles, Checkers Liquor Shop will sell you those at R10.83 each for 12, which is about 4% more expensive on a ml-for-ml basis.)


Wine

Robertson Winery Pinotage, Merlot, Shiraz or Cabsav, 750ml: R50 per bottle from Checkers Hyper if you buy two for R100.

Zonnebloem Cabsav, Merlot, Pinotage, or Shiraz, 750ml: R85 per bottle from Pick n Pay Liquor.

Rupert & Rothschild Classique, 750ml: R175 from Pick n Pay Liquor.

Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend, 750ml: R88 from Checkers Liquor shop or R89 from Makro. (If you want the 1.5L bottle, which is more impressive as a gift, that is R200 from Pick n Pay Liquor, about 14% more expensive on a per-ml basis.)


Whisky and whiskey

Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, 750ml: R250 from Pick n Pay Liquor.

Johnnie Walker Red Label Whisky, 750ml: R190 from Game.

Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky, 750ml: R290 from Ultra Liquors.

Johnnie Walker Green Label Whisky, 750ml: R630 from Ultra Liquors.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Whisky, 750ml: R2,200 from Shoprite Liquor Shop.

The Glenlivet 12-year-old whisky, 750ml: R410 from Checkers Liquor Shop, and also from Ultra Liquors.

The Glenlivet 15-year-old whisky, 750ml: R800 from Shoprite Liquor Shop.

The Glenlivet 50-year-old whisky, 750ml: R445,000 from Makro.*

Glenfiddich 12-year old whisky, 750ml: R400 from Ultra Liquors.

Glenfiddich 15-year-old whisky, 750ml: R700 from Ultra Liquors.

Glenfiddich 40-year old whisky, 750ml: R69,000 from Makro.

Glenfiddich 50-year-old whisky, 750ml: R599,000 from Makro.*

* These prices are correct at roughly half a million rand per bottle.


Brandy and cognac

Richelieu brandy, 750ml: R130 from Makro. 

KWV 10-year-old brandy, 750ml: R170 from Ultra Liquors.

Hennessy VSOP cognac, 750ml: R570 from Ultra Liquors.

Hennessy XO cognac, 750ml: R2,000 from Ultra Liquors.


Champagne and sparkling wine not allowed to call itself champagne

Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut champagne, 750ml: R800 from Checkers Liquor Shop.

Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial champagne, 750ml: R540 from Ultra Liquors.

Moët & Chandon Brut champagne, 750ml: R430 from Ultra Liquors.

JC Le Roux sparkling wine, 750ml: R57 from Ultra Liquors.

Veuve Clicquot Brut champagne, 750ml: R500 from Checkers (requires an Xtra Savings card)

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