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Heading to the USA & want to buy two bottles of Scotch. I'm not sure it will be available at the Duty Free Store & want to buy it before hand.

 

Will they allow it on the plane as hand luggage or will it need to be checked luggage. I'm worried about it getting smashed in checked luggage.

 

Does anyone (YoYo) have any recommendations on a high end place to shop for liquor in San Fran?

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Mate be very careful if you carry it on. Last two times I travelled I noticed that if you had a stopover, even just to change planes such they can make you scan out to go public side then have to scan back in to go airside, then to go airside they will take liquids off you over 200 ml.

Saw some folks getting very flustered losing their recently purchased and unopened bottles from a transit stop.

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Mate be very careful if you carry it on. Last two times I travelled I noticed that if you had a stopover, even just to change planes such they can make you scan out to go public side then have to scan back in to go airside, then to go airside they will take liquids off you over 200 ml.

Saw some folks getting very flustered losing their recently purchased and unopened bottles from a transit stop.

That is what I'm worried about.

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I had that happen to me on the way back from Europe a couple of years ago. Stopped in Hong Kong and they took all my grog. I even offered to drink it on the spot but no dice.

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Out of curiosity what are you getting?

 

My bottle shop can get in most things I've wanted and it wasn't much more than duty free.

Dan Murphy's has the John Scotch Whiskey for $4500 & the Odyssey for $1900

 

Duty free I can get the Odyssey for $950 & John Scotch Whiskey for about $3999.

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Personally I'd get the John locally, pretty sure you'd be able to get them to knock a couple of hundred off the price. An extra $3-400 for piece of mind would do me.

 

Odyssey on the other hand was launched in duty free which might have something to with the price difference.

 

Have you tried either?

 

My favourites at the moment in order are Glenmorangie Signet, Sullivans Cove Single Cask French Oak and Balvenie Roasted Malt 14 year old. All of which are less than $300 a bottle and delicious.

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Personally I'd get the John locally, pretty sure you'd be able to get them to knock a couple of hundred off the price. An extra $3-400 for piece of mind would do me.

 

Odyssey on the other hand was launched in duty free which might have something to with the price difference.

 

Have you tried either?

 

My favourites at the moment in order are Glenmorangie Signet, Sullivans Cove Single Cask French Oak and Balvenie Roasted Malt 14 year old. All of which are less than $300 a bottle and delicious.

All taste the same once you add coke.

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Heading to the USA & want to buy two bottles of Scotch. I'm not sure it will be available at the Duty Free Store & want to buy it before hand.

 

Will they allow it on the plane as hand luggage or will it need to be checked luggage. I'm worried about it getting smashed in checked luggage.

 

Does anyone (YoYo) have any recommendations on a high end place to shop for liquor in San Fran?

 

Do you mean you want to buy it BEFORE arriving at the airport on your way back.

 

If this is the case they will most likely take it off you, as you aren't allowed to enter an (international) airport with liquid of more than 100mL as carry on.

 

I flew back from London 3 weeks ago and they were really strict on this (after a couple of years of not being so worried). Also, be wary of any stop-overs - if you have to leave the plane you will (depending on the airport) pass back through security and go through the whole thing again...

 

The best bet is to buy it from City Duty Free at Sydney/Melbourne airport (or online) before you go.

 

They then set it aside and you collect it as you re-enter on your return to Australia (so even though you have bought it duty free, the product itself hasn't left the country).

 

Saves any hassle about it being broken/taken etc

 

Although I'm not sure how these price compare with buying it on the ground in the US...

 

You can get The Odyssey for $950 this way:

 

http://www.syddutyfree.com/category/liquor/whisky/40839-johnnie-walker-odyssey-whisky-700ml

 

and the John $3999

 

http://www.syddutyfree.com/category/liquor/whisky/28372-johnnie-walker-blue-the-john-walker-whisky-750ml

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If you are on a stopover and they are just refuelling and cleaning the plane - leave your items on the plane, if you are worried about losing them. I have done this before and while others got off the plane and had their stuff confiscated, i kept mine and it was all good.

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If you are on a stopover and they are just refuelling and cleaning the plane - leave your items on the plane, if you are worried about losing them. I have done this before and while others got off the plane and had their stuff confiscated, i kept mine and it was all good.

 

 

You are no longer allowed to do this

 

All international flights that have a stop over require that you remove all items from the plane - even if you are just having a re-fuel/clean and you are getting straight back on the same plane.

 

A few years ago you used to be able to leave all your personal belongings/carry-on etc in the overhead lockers and just get off with your passport/wallet - but not any longer

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Just reached out to a mate to find you some stores.

 

Do not take it in hand luggage! Without engaging brain, I put some special whiskey in my hand luggage and it got confiscated - I managed to make enough of a fuss that I was escorted back through the airport and signed it into left luggage, where it was kept for a few months until I passed through the airport again.

 

Did someone mention coke and whiskey? I just shuddered!

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If you want whiskey bars, my mate recommends Nihon, Beretta and Rickhouse (to quote on the latter 'whiskey for the lips and candy for the eyes') from this list.

 

In terms of buying, he mentioned The Whiskey Shop, D&M and The Jug Shop, but he's not sure on how high-end they go in terms of the stock they carry.

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Slightly veering off topic but why on earth would someone buy a $4000 bottle of booze? Unless you are so rich you bought a Bugatti with the change you found between the couch cushions what's the point?

 

Like I mentioned earlier, all my current favourites are under $300 a bottle and are damn good. Is the $4000 bottle really going to be 20 times better than a Glenmorangie Signet? How often are you really going to drink it or are you just going to end up with a $4000 ornament? Would you share it with your friends? I know I damn well wouldn't but a $300 bottle on the other hand, well help yourself.

 

If you want it for the wank factor then Might I suggest a Dalmore instead?

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Slightly veering off topic but why on earth would someone buy a $4000 bottle of booze? Unless you are so rich you bought a Bugatti with the change you found between the couch cushions what's the point?

 

Like I mentioned earlier, all my current favourites are under $300 a bottle and are damn good. Is the $4000 bottle really going to be 20 times better than a Glenmorangie Signet? How often are you really going to drink it or are you just going to end up with a $4000 ornament? Would you share it with your friends? I know I damn well wouldn't but a $300 bottle on the other hand, well help yourself.

 

If you want it for the wank factor then Might I suggest a Dalmore instead?

 

Not sure. I'm getting it for a family friend & he is giving me the cash.

 

He has helped out the in-laws family over the last 3 or 4 years. So I'm happy to help him out.

 

He owns four or five chemist & a couple of dental surgery's. So he has plenty of cash to burn.

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Johnny Walker and high end in the same sentence? Sure it is expensive, does not mean it is h

'High end'. Plenty of decent Whisky out there that you can purchase less than your air fare. This has to be a piss take.

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Not sure. I'm getting it for a family friend & he is giving me the cash.

 

He has helped out the in-laws family over the last 3 or 4 years. So I'm happy to help him out.

 

He owns four or five chemist & a couple of dental surgery's. So he has plenty of cash to burn.

Fair enough then. I'd call duty free here, get them to put it aside and collect it on your way back into the country. Pretty sure they accommodate that request for a $5k sale.

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http://www.glenmorangie.com/our-whiskies/signet Pretty bold and may not suit all tastes but I just love it. Not really what you'd call a traditional Scotch and may annoy the purist wankers.

 

http://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/tasmania-distillery/sullivans-cove-french-oak-cask-whisky/ Best Bang for your buck Whisky on the market at the moment IMO. Originally tried this as a Tasmanian Whisky sparked my interest. Wasn't expecting much but it's excellent. Should please most and is a safe choice.

 

http://www.thebalvenie.com/our-range/roasted-malt-aged-14-years Again very interesting as it was made with roasted malt. Only one lot of this was made and it's becoming increasingly harder to find.

 

If you ever get stuck finding a present for him get one of those.

 

http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/dalmore64/ The ultimate in wankery.

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There is a bottle of Chivas Brothers - Royal Salute 21 year old - Blended Scotch Whiskey sitting in my office that a contact gave me about 4 years ago. I hate Scotch - but does anyone know if this one is any good? I'll never drink it.

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There is a bottle of Chivas Brothers - Royal Salute 21 year old - Blended Scotch Whiskey sitting in my office that a contact gave me about 4 years ago. I hate Scotch - but does anyone know if this one is any good? I'll never drink it.

It's crap. I'll come & remove it for you.

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There is a bottle of Chivas Brothers - Royal Salute 21 year old - Blended Scotch Whiskey sitting in my office that a contact gave me about 4 years ago. I hate Scotch - but does anyone know if this one is any good? I'll never drink it.

What colour is the bottle?

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Doesn't it take decades of batches to mature the casks to a level necessary to age the best whiskies?

The numerous gold medals and accolades would say otherwise. I had no idea how much it cost when I tried it, I just happened across it in a bar and had wanted to try it some time being Australian Scotch. As you've probably guessed I quite like it and it wasn't till I went to buy a bottle that I discovered how cheap it was.

 

If you're only willing to spend $100 then that's my vote, take it or leave it.

 

Although if you like your Speyside then possibly try something from The Balvenie. Can't comment on the cheaper ones but the couple I've had were all excellent.

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:crybaby::crybaby::crybaby::crybaby::crybaby:

 

 

Its Ruby, nice little velvet bag and all.

 

Anyone wants it, it's here, for collection only, office in Rosebery, Sydney.

 

PM me, free to a good home. If it ain't collected by Friday, will stick it on the pay it forward thread.

 

Would rather someone enjoyed it, than have it sitting here.

 

Cheers

lawman

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Its Ruby, nice little velvet bag and all.

 

Anyone wants it, it's here, for collection only, office in Rosebery, Sydney.

 

PM me, free to a good home. If it ain't collected by Friday, will stick it on the pay it forward thread.

 

Would rather someone enjoyed it, than have it sitting here.

 

Cheers

lawman

 

 

Gone to a good home, or rather, an appreciate set of taste buds.

 

Actually feels quite good giving stuff away. Now anyone want two kids ........

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