I know that you in other countries can order rare whiskies and wines on the Internet, but that is not possible where I live. And anyhow, much of the fun is to buy the goods at the producer, and tell the story when you share it with friends.
I am interested to know what others think of the new security policies (are we letting the terrorists win?), and even more: Do you know a good way around it? How can you send bottles on a plane without fear of breaking them?
Nick Brown wrote:Many shops will bubblewrap for you if you say you are travelling - trouble is, the whisky takes up even more space. You can now buy whisky airside in the UK and carry it as handluggage provided you are flying to your final destination.
Yes, anything bought airside may now be taken on board, but as you say, what many don't realise is that if you are not flying to your final destination and have to use "transit" at the next airport, your purchases will be confiscated at that point!!!!
Just the other day I saw a news report detailing how much whisky and other spirits were being thrown away because of people not realising this.
But I have tried something that actually worked. But that was wine. We got some wooden wine cases, bubble wrapped the wine, and sent the whole case as special luggage. That went well, but it recuires that you buy 6 bottles.
In Norway, we have tax-free shop at arrivals, with a nice selection, but nothing special.
When packing for postage it usually works out around 1 to 1.25kg for a 'normal' bottle - 70cl, typical style bottle (Glendronach, Glenlivet, Macallan classic style ...etc).
Macallan new style (taller and slightly heavier) are more like 1.5 kg and the even heavier (dumpy) Bruichladdichs are 1.75kg with tin.
For the time being, I have solved the problem just as Ann-Helen. We are going to Islay by car.
The current regulations leak badly, if you pardon the pun. All they do is make the dutyfree shopping go out of business, and make the whole travel experience that much more unpleasant.
The authorities should quickly start using their brains again.
I totally agree with you. It seems that the most important thing for the authorities is that it should look like they are doing something. It would be very interesting indeed to know how many terrorists they have actually caught in the security check.
And what pisses me off, is the inconsequence in their actions. For instance, I was flying out of Italy last year, when the confiscated my camera stand. It was a small, light-weight camera stand, and I had brought it with me on dozens of trips. The beauty of it all that just inside the security check, there was a shop that sold camera stands! Another time, just after 9/11, they confiscated everything sharer than a spoon, but served food with metal steak-knives on the plane…
Sherried Malt wrote:I have a better idea than extra bags and bubblewrap... When I know that I'm likely to bring a few bottles back, I bring along an empty cardboard box with molded styrofoam inserts previously used to ship wine. Either a 6 bottle or 12 bottle version does the trick nicely. I check it along with my luggage and have never had any breakage. No signs of damage to the boxes either.
I also own a few of these. Perfect results and rather inconspicuous.
The desk is staffed during office hours, otherwise you phone a number and someone brings a bag with your goodies in. With the system at Edinburgh, you are given a receipt that you have to hand over when you pick up the goods. In the absence of the receipt the only way to get your bottles is to produce the credit card used to make the purchases.
As I said it seems to work really well. Edinburgh has a really good selection of malts and always has quite a few good offers on. I can sympathise with forum members who travel from airports where maybe there isn't such a good choice.
When I travel, it's usually back to the UK and via Stansted, so a good long visit to WoW and a chat with the staff is usually a necessity.
As Munich is then my final destination directly from Stansted, I just buy and carry on board.
Ohhhh, did I mention I'll be back there for just a couple of das next week?
kljostad wrote:The styrofoam inserts sounds very smart. Where did you get them?
They're commonly known as wine shippers. I get them from wine shops or wineries that I've ordered wine from. The styrofoam inserts fill the entire inside of the box and come in various sizes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12 bottles.
I don't know your location, but they're very common in the US...
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