Day 1-5: Edinburgh
I'd like to buy some whiskies while I'm abroad (particularly things I can't get around here like ind. bottlings, but also things that are *hard* to get here like Mac18). Where would people recommend that I shop? I've heard whiskies are expensive in Scotland---am I better off trying to buy everything in Dublin?
I'm hoping to visit some distilleries---will they have certain bottlings that you can't get outside of the distillery?
Any help is appreciated as are any other recommendations or thoughts!
Actually, you're better off buying everything in Scotland, even if it's Irish whiskey. The tax is lower in the United Kingdom.
However, you could have a look at the Celtic Whiskey Shop on Dame Street in Dublin. It's near Stephen's Green. It is possible you could pick up a few bargains, maybe because rare Scotch is not as much in demand as it is elsewhere.
Anyway, enjoy your trip.
In Edinburgh, you have many choices, including Royal Mile Whiskies, numerous outlets of The Whisky Shop, and the Cadenheads shop down the Royal Mile. You can taste a number of Cadenheads bottlings in the Bow Bar.
In Islay, look for distillery-only bottlings at various distilleries, particularly the fill-your-own Valinch at Bruichladdich.
lbacha wrote:You might want to check online and see if the Dublin airport has their duty free selection listed because that may be your best bet. From the price standpoint I would only get special bottles or things you can only get on the other side of the big pond. For example I just picked up 2 bottles of a single cask glenmorangie that was fully matured for 13 yrs in new "post oak" barrels, at the duty free in schipol. If you are going through any of the london airports the world of whisky shops their are very nice as well.
There isn't a great selection at Dublin Airport, unfortunately, although you can pick up Jameson Gold and some limited edition Bushimills.
At Bunnahabhain they'll probably still have the Festival 14yo PX finish (and possibly last years Port finish) and a couple of other older ones .
In Bowmore have a look at The Islay Whisky Shop (the Spar Shop) , it usually has a load of Indie bottlings that you don't see elsewhere .
I feel like the Whisky Exchange in London seems to be one of the best deals (just from price comparisons on the 'net.) It would be nice because I wouldn't have to shlep around bottles for my whole trip...
I am definitely looking to buy things I can't get here and maybe some bottles that I can get here, but that are *significantly* cheaper there (e.g. Macallan 18).
The only thing I am worried about is that the British Airways flight from London->Dublin claims to have a 25 kilo limit per passenger...it seems that whisky bottles would weigh a significant amount...
As far as Islay, I'm staying in Port Ellen---so Ardbeg, Lagavulin, and Laphroaig will be the first distillery stops...
I have to add---curse the current US economy! The exchange rate is killing me.
Their site is
and they will probably have the best selection of Irish Whiskies you are lightly to find anywhere but if you have a chance of buying in Dublin Airport then do so.
In other realms, the following whiskies tend to be favorites: Macallan, Ardbeg, Lagavulin, George T. Stagg, Elijah Craig, etc.
Redbreast 12yo is good to try but you might be able to get that state side for the same price.
Any Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey or trio 5cl pack with free glencairn glass (1 x Regular, 1 x 12yo & 1 x Cask strength Connemara) .
Greenspot pure pot still
Hewitts Blended (Something different but very hard to get and may not be available when you visit. It has a slight touch of smoke and spice)
Powers Regular or 12yo version
They usually have a far bigger selelction than what they have on their website as some others would be in short supply. So ask in the shop and they should point you in the right direction. And there is always 2 or 3 botttles on the tasting stand.
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