I can't get "Cardhu Single Malt 12 year old" anywhere near me. It's not in any of the supermarkets, off-licences, etc. It is available 50 miles way in London, but for £30 a bottle.
Last week, I went to a smallish town in North Crete. Cardhu was in pretty much every supermarket, at around £16-£17 a bottle.
Now, I know that our duty rate here in England is £5.68 per bottle. But, offset against that, transport from Scotland to England must be much less than to a Greek Island!
So, why do they get all this malt and we get none?
Admiral wrote:Was the Cardhu in Crete actually 12 years old?
I always under the impression that Cardhu was bottled and sold at a much younger age on continental Europe?
Not it is sold as 12 YO and now they started a new version, the Special reserve NAS (quite special. prefer the 12 YO OB).
The duties on the whisky are lower in Greece and Spain, and if I am not wrong, on the VAT too, explaining partially the high price in UK.
UK duty on a 70cl bottle of 40%ABV whisky is £5.68. I'm guessing that it is somewhat less in Greece. But against that must be factored the not inconsiderable cost of shipping bottled spirit to obscure locations thousands of miles from Bonnie Scotland.
So, still a bit rich that Cardhu's £30 in a Scottish (or English) shop, yet £16 (ie a massive £14 less) in some backstreet store in Crete!
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