The site's logo: A unicorn with a wine bottle for a horn. Pretty great.

Every day across Pennsylvania, about 14 percent of the 14,000 alcohol-related products the state's Liquor Control Board sells in its 600 monopoly retail stores are available in only one of them. That's 2,000 products, for one reason or another, for sale in just one place in the commonwealth's 46,000 square-miles.

The PLCB's sites make them almost impossible to find.

So we did it for you.*

These are the unicorns. These are the boozicorns.

24 June 2017

total boozicorns

stores with boozicorns

top 10 stores

29

whisk(e)y

  1. laphroaig 25 year old islay single malt scotch whisky 2015 cask strength edition (1)

    $499.99 :: 750 ML

    180 w girard ave, philadelphia

    215.560.5011 :: premium collection

  2. redbreast irish single pot stillwhiskey 21 year old 92 proof (1)

    $299.99 :: 750 ML

    935 old york rd, jenkintown

    215.517.2993 :: premium collection

  3. johnnie walker blue scotch year of the ram bottle 86 proof (4)

    $259.99 :: 750 ML

    1751 wilmington pike, glen mills

    484.840.1241 :: premium collection

  4. gordon and macphail caol ila sngl malt scotch cask strength 118 prf (1)

    $110.99 :: 750 ML

    1036 lititz pike, lititz

    717.625.7080 :: premium collection

  5. blood oath pact no 2 kentucky straight bourbon whiskey 4 year old 98 proof (3)

    $99.99 :: 750 ML

    132 ben avon heights rd, pittsburgh

    412.366.1519 :: one-stop shoppe

  6. glenmorangie new world scotch 18 year old (1)

    $99.99 :: 750 ML

    275 main st, exton

    610.363.2168 :: premium collection

  7. tomatin single malt scotch 18 year old 92 proof (12)

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    2161 memorial hwy, ste 101, dallas

    570.675.3318 :: premium collection

  8. antiquary scotch whisky 21 year old 86 proof (6)

    $87.99 :: 750 ML

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

  9. bowmore single malt scotch darkest sherry finished islay 15 year old (1)

    $75.99 :: 750 ML

    619 pittsburgh rd, uniontown

    724.439.7113 :: regular-ass store

  10. the glenlivet nadurra scotch 16 year old (2)

    $69.99 :: 750 ML

    2547 e market st, york

    717.751.6884 :: premium collection

  11. powers john's lane release irish whiskey ireland 12 year old 92 proof (1)

    $68.99 :: 750 ML

    180 w girard ave, philadelphia

    215.560.5011 :: premium collection

  12. masterson's straight rye whiskey 10 year old 90 proof (2)

    $62.99 :: 750 ML

    3415 pleasant valley blvd, ste 82, altoona

    814.943.6520 :: premium collection

  13. koval bourbon single cask 1211 110 proof (1)

    $59.99 :: 750 ML

    821 w lancaster ave, ste 310, wayne

    610.964.5030 :: premium collection

  14. jameson irish whiskey 12 year old (1)

    $59.99 :: 750 ML

    2501 w 12th st, erie

    814.835.7045 :: premium collection

  15. koval rye whiskey single barrel cask 1841 110 proof (6)

    $59.99 :: 750 ML

    1476 brodhead rd, monaca

    724.773.7401 :: regular-ass store

  16. prichard's double barreled chocolate bourbon 90 proof (1)

    $58.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $37.99

    252 n queen st, 1st fl, lancaster

    717.396.7195 :: regular-ass store

  17. stagg jr bourbon (1)

    $49.99 :: 750 ML

    3415 pleasant valley blvd, ste 82, altoona

    814.943.6520 :: premium collection

  18. jack daniel's whiskey single barrel with bottle stopper (1)

    $46.99 :: 750 ML

    724 south st, philadelphia

    215.560.6900 :: regular-ass store

  19. willett family estate pot still reserve small batch bourbon94 proof (3)

    $42.99 :: 750 ML

    3415 pleasant valley blvd, ste 82, altoona

    814.943.6520 :: premium collection

  20. jim beam signature craft straight bourbon whiskey 12 year old (1)

    $39.99 :: 750 ML

    2503 mickley ave, whitehall

    610.437.2697 :: premium collection

  21. dad's hat rye whiskey port wood finish 94 proof (1)

    $39.99 :: 750 ML

    1991 sproul rd, spc 37, broomall

    610.325.5248 :: premium collection

  22. knob creek bourbon 9 year old 100 proof with glasses (1)

    $36.99 :: 750 ML

    1237 s 11th st, philadelphia

    215.952.1052 :: regular-ass store

  23. antiquary scotch whisky 12 year old 80 proof (5)

    $29.99 :: 750 ML

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

  24. jameson irish whiskey gift tin (4)

    $28.99 :: 750 ML

    1446 point breeze ave, philadelphia

    215.952.1032 :: regular-ass store

  25. wild turkey 101 bourbon gift set (1)

    $23.99 :: 750 ML

    5 n 12th st, philadelphia

    215.560.7054 :: regular-ass store

  26. antiquary original red scotch whisky 80 proof (14)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

  27. bird dog hot cinnamon whiskey (1)

    $17.99 :: 750 ML

    449 hepburn st, williamsport

    570.321.6503 :: regular-ass store

  28. ezra brooks bourbon cream 25 proof (2)

    $13.99 :: 750 ML

    1628 john f kennedy blvd, philadelphia

    215.560.5702 :: regular-ass store

  29. bird dog whiskey sampler pack 8 50 mls (1)

    $12.99 :: 400 ML

    149 baltimore pike, springfield

    610.938.9540 :: premium collection

2

gin

  1. half moon orchard gin by tuthilltown 92 proof (5)

    $37.49 :: 1 L

    935 old york rd, jenkintown

    215.517.2993 :: premium collection

  2. seagram's red berry twisted gin (1)

    $8.99 :: 750 ML

    29 kline vlg, harrisburg

    717.783.5928 :: regular-ass store

16

rum

  1. berry's own selection rum fiji 9 year old 92 proof (4)

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    2429 south st, philadelphia

    215.731.2080 :: regular-ass store

  2. plantation old fashioned traditional dark rum overproof 138 proof (1)

    $29.99 :: 1 L

    125 w. dekalb pk, king of prussia

    610.768.3102 :: premium collection

  3. jav's rum 7 year old mexico 80 proof (1)

    $27.99 :: 750 ML

    2136 wilkes-barre township market pl, wilkes-barre

    570.824.1485 :: regular-ass store

  4. stonewall rum pennsylvania 84 proof (9)

    $24.99 :: 750 ML

    1200 market st, lemoyne

    717.731.7143 :: premium collection

  5. caliche rum puerto rican 80 proof (7)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    2350 lincoln hwy e, ste 550 lancaster, pa, 17602-

    717.397.7955 :: regular-ass store

  6. bacardi rum 151 proof (2)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    605 main st, forest city

    570.785.5305 :: regular-ass store

  7. cuca fresca organic silver cachaca rum brazil 80 proof (1)

    $19.99 :: 750 ML

    1940 s christopher columbus blvd, philadelphia

    215.271.1908 :: premium collection

  8. plantation original dark rum 80 proof (30)

    $19.99 :: 750 ML

    125 w. dekalb pk, king of prussia

    610.768.3102 :: premium collection

  9. captain morgan silver spiced rum (2)

    $19.99 :: 1.75 L

    1661 easton rd, warrington

    215.918.1526 :: regular-ass store

  10. appleton estate rum vx with ice cube trays (3)

    $18.99 :: 750 ML

    821 w lancaster ave, ste 310, wayne

    610.964.5030 :: premium collection

  11. captain morgan original spiced rum penguins edition (2)

    $17.99 :: 750 ML

    1751 wilmington pike, glen mills

    484.840.1241 :: premium collection

  12. blue chair bay banana rum cream 30 proof (3)

    $16.99 :: 750 ML

    149 baltimore pike, springfield

    610.938.9540 :: premium collection

  13. captain morgan parrot bay rum punch cocktail ready to drink (1)

    $15.99 :: 1.75 L

    327 3rd st, california

    724.938.5350 :: regular-ass store

  14. bacardi gold rum 80 proof (1)

    $13.99 :: 1 L

    125 w. dekalb pk, king of prussia

    610.768.3102 :: premium collection

  15. malibu island spiced rum (1)

    $11.99 :: 750 ML

    3718 easton-nazareth hwy, easton

    610.258.8597 :: premium collection

  16. cruzan guava rum (6)

    $7.59 :: 750 ML

    850 s valley forge rd, lansdale

    215.361.4206 :: premium collection

7

agave

  1. patron anejo tequila classic cocktail gift set (1)

    $54.99 :: 750 ML

    162 eagleview blvd, exton

    610.450.6600 :: premium collection

  2. leticia hermosillo ravelero don cheyo tequila silver 80 proof (10)

    $29.99 :: 750 ML

    3845 northern pike, monroeville

    412.380.1308 :: premium collection

  3. patron xo cafe incendio tequila 60 proof (2)

    $28.99 :: 750 ML

    341 town center blvd, easton

    610.258.4928 :: regular-ass store

  4. metl blanco tequila (4)

    $24.99 :: 750 ML

    105 w 18th st, erie

    814.871.4785 :: regular-ass store

  5. avion silver tequila (2)

    $19.99 :: 375 ML

    1200 n 3rd st, harrisburg

    717.787.8308 :: regular-ass store

  6. exotico reposado tequila (1)

    $13.99 :: 750 ML

    149 baltimore pike, springfield

    610.938.9540 :: premium collection

  7. el charro reposado tequila (1)

    $11.99 :: 750 ML

    1516 n cedar crest blvd, allentown

    610.530.2123 :: premium collection

Top 10 by price

  1. chateau le pin 2010 (3)

    $3199.99 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  2. chateau margaux 2000 (3)

    $2499.99 :: 750 ML

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  3. chateau petrus 2012 (6)

    $2299.99 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  4. armand de brignac ace of spades gold brut 3lt (1)

    $1999.99 :: 3 L

    5956 centre ave, ste 201, pittsburgh

    412.204.8002 :: premium collection

  5. pol roger sir winston churchill brut cuvee 1999 (1)

    $1799.99 :: 3 L

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  6. bollinger r d extra brut champagne jero 2000 (1)

    $1199.99 :: 3 L

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  7. chateau cheval blanc saint emilion 2006 (2)

    $1001.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $600.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  8. paul hobbs cabernet sauvignon beckstoffer to kalon vineyard 2013 (6)

    $999.99 :: 1.5 L

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

  9. dominio de pingus ribera del duero 2009 (1)

    $999.99 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  10. catena zapata malbec agrentino mendoza 2009 (1)

    $899.99 :: 6 L

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

Bottom 10 by price

  1. firefly sweet tea vodka 70 proof (1)

    $0.99 :: 50 ML

    20 liberty blvd, malvern

    610.251.2860 :: regular-ass store

  2. arbor mist blackberry merlot frozen wine cocktail (1)

    $0.99 :: 296 ML

    23 marchwood rd, exton

    610.280.3690 :: regular-ass store

  3. daily's ready to drink frozen peach daiquiri (6)

    $1.49 :: 296 ML

    7 s main st, mahanoy city

    570.773.4041 :: regular-ass store

  4. tribuno sweet vermouth (1)

    $1.99 :: 375 ML

    1973 norristown rd, maple glen

    215.591.5238 :: premium collection

  5. foxhorn merlot california (1)

    $1.99 :: 750 ML

    3929 washington rd, mcmurray

    724.942.2050 :: regular-ass store

  6. christian brothers cream sherry dessert (12)

    $2.49 :: 750 ML

    9345 state rte 61, coal township

    570.648.3953 :: regular-ass store

  7. hennessy cognac vsop (1)

    $2.99 :: 50 ML

    2401 e venango st, philadelphia

    215.288.2019 :: regular-ass store

  8. m d 20 20 coco loco (1)

    $3.49 :: 750 ML

    131 n duke st, ste 4, york

    717.771.4450 :: regular-ass store

  9. lindemans bin 40 merlot (1)

    $3.99 :: 1.5 L

    3045 n 5th street hwy, unit 3, reading

    610.921.4222 :: regular-ass store

  10. bandit merlot (2)

    $3.99 :: 500 ML

    129 s main st, ste 400, lewistown

    717.242.5031 :: regular-ass store

163

above $100

Top 10 discounted $

  1. chateau cheval blanc saint emilion 2006 (2)

    $1001.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $600.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  2. chateau la mission haut brion pessac leognan 2006 (6)

    $667.49 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $399.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  3. la spinetta 6 btl gift pk - 2 barbaresco starderi, 2 valeirano, and 2 gallina 05 (1)

    $847.49 :: 4.5 L

    sale price: $677.92

    5956 centre ave, ste 201, pittsburgh

    412.204.8002 :: premium collection

  4. domaine follin arbelet romanee st vivant 2005 (3)

    $626.99 :: 1.5 L

    sale price: $475.99

    1112 chestnut st #28 philadelphia, pa, 19107-

    Phone: :: premium collection

  5. chateau pavie saint emilion 2006 (3)

    $332.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $199.99

    1112 chestnut st #28 philadelphia, pa, 19107-

    Phone: :: premium collection

  6. e guigal la mouline cote rotie 2004 (4)

    $325.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $195.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  7. e guigal la turque cote rotie 2004 (6)

    $325.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $195.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  8. domaine dujac echezeaux 2005 (2)

    $699.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $579.99

    1112 chestnut st #28 philadelphia, pa, 19107-

    Phone: :: premium collection

  9. louis jadot batard montrachet 2007 (3)

    $273.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $163.99

    5956 centre ave, ste 201, pittsburgh

    412.204.8002 :: premium collection

  10. tenuta dell ornellaia ornellaia 2011 (1)

    $479.99 :: 1.5 L

    sale price: $383.92

    222 northern blvd, ste c, clarks summit

    570.586.0341 :: premium collection

Top 10 discounted %

  1. casal di serra verdicchio vecchie vigne 2011 (6)

    $22.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $7.95

    119 west city ave, bala cynwyd

    610.660.6443 :: premium collection

  2. tasca d almerita cabernet sauvignon 2011 (6)

    $49.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $19.95

    119 west city ave, bala cynwyd

    610.660.6443 :: premium collection

  3. lucien le moine les hauts doix chambolle musigny 2006 (2)

    $171.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $79.99

    2503 mickley ave, whitehall

    610.437.2697 :: premium collection

  4. three somms amitie napa red 2007 (1)

    $22.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    162 eagleview blvd, exton

    610.450.6600 :: premium collection

  5. jc cellars 'the impostor' red blend 2008 (1)

    $34.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $16.99

    315 w baltimore ave, media

    610.480.5155 :: premium collection

  6. trinchero chicken ranch merlot 2008 (1)

    $39.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $19.99

    431 eisenhower dr, hanover

    717.630.3180 :: premium collection

  7. bressia monteagrelo cabernet sauvignon mendoza 2008 (1)

    $28.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $14.99

    162 eagleview blvd, exton

    610.450.6600 :: premium collection

  8. ampelos cellars syrache 2008 (3)

    $24.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $12.99

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  9. jc cellars sweetwater springs zinfandel 2009 (1)

    $37.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $19.99

    1991 sproul rd, spc 37, broomall

    610.325.5248 :: premium collection

  10. anaba wente clone chardonnay sonoma coast 2010 (15)

    $27.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $14.99

    2076 fruitville pike, lancaster

    717.519.4300 :: premium collection

$23.99

median price

92 at $12.99

most common price

611

most bottles

teliani valley mukuzani saperavi 2014

$14.99

11685 bustleton ave, philadelphia :: 215.856.6032

A few notes: Part of the fun here is that this data set isn't available in every state. The more private hands involved in selling hooch, the less accessible the data. One thing that means: This data is only as good -- and only as available -- on any given day as the PLCB's database and servers. They're imperfect. And so is the script that populates this site. Which, um, isn't always their fault.

Some weirdness like bad product names -- such as those including the term "mezcal tequila," which is not a thing -- I've left intact in part to help you find the product out in the wild. And, for transparency, the percentage-discount products include only those with a retail price of $20 or higher. Just happens that's when the results hit a balance of useful and interesting.

Often there's only a few of something. So if you see something you like, call the store. The data is updated daily at best. We do the best we can to respect them and you at the same time, liberating information from terrible interfaces that also helps you make informed buying decisions.

Well. In theory. Some of this stuff is awful.

Which brings us to the boozicorns themselves. Sometimes a product is unique because of its size. Or maybe because of its vintage. In the PLCB's system, each vintage of a wine is a separate product. A bourbon at 200 ML is a different product than the same bourbon at 750 ML. A rum at 750 ML is different than the same rum at 750 ML if it's packaged with glassware. Or maybe it's a fluke: a terrifically common product that for whatever reason is nearly out of stock in all of Pennsylvania that day.

There isn't necessarily an inherent specialness in any of these products -- although sometimes there very much is. That's all part of the fun of exploring data like this.

So keep all that in mind. And happy hunting.

Go inside the Boozicorns project on GitHub

See another entry in the PyLCB series of Python-powered scrapers for PLCB data at Grape Aphid.