Due to the newly screwed-up state of alcohol sales here in WA State, our vast selection of fine whiskies has dwindled down to an assortment of Canadian blends. I'm staring at a pair of bottles of blended Canadian whisky right now: Crown Royal (gag!) and Pendleton, which actually ain't bad. Last week I choked down a bottle of Seagram's 7 Crown, and while I was able to finish it, I won't be going down that rutted and potholed road again. My favorite, Cragganmore, shot up in price from $45 to over $80 when we misteakenly passed the Costco-sponsored liquor privatization law last year. Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Talisker, all gone beyond my means. Balvenie Portwood (another favorite) isn't even available around here anymore.