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    Question Bringing bourbon to Germany

    Hello all!

    Somewhere I lost the information I had acquired regarding bringing bourbon to Germany. Maybe you can help me out.

    If I remember correctly, my wife and I can each bring in 1 liter (tell me where I can find bourbon in liters) of bourbon (Old Weller Antique) tax free. The bottles will be ziplocked and bubble wrapped in our checked in baggage.

    Now, if I remember correctly, I can bring in additional liters (up to 4 more liters) and pay a tax of about $6.00 per liter. Can anyone verify this?

    I had all of this information bookmarked and printed out, but I discovered that I lost it. I have 4 thirsty cousins near Frankfurt patiently waiting.

    Thanks for your help!
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    Re: Bringing bourbon to Germany

    I'm always more concerned about taking stuff out of Germany, not in. I would think that one liter per person sound about right.
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    Re: Bringing bourbon to Germany

    Those should be OK. I know JT Stagg is considered a hazardous material (high proof)and not allowed.

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    Re: Bringing bourbon to Germany

    Interesting question as I have just returned from Germany. I flew to Germany via Dulles (Washington DC) in early June with two bottles of Woodford Reserve. I arrived at Frankfurt am Main and then transfered to Berlin Tegel. By the time I got my bags back, in Berlin, the two bottles of Bourbon were gone. My bags were opened by the TSA. I know this because they left a pamphlet in each bag they opened and I noticed my netbook had been turned on and not turned off. Nothing else was taken from my bags; not the spare camera, 40 gigs of SD chips, computers, etc just the two bottles of Woodford Reserve. I have been in such a hustle that I have not even thought about those two missing bottles until now. I replaced the bottles with a few liters of Absolwent Wodka when I was in Poland so no big loss but, still, I'd like to know why my booze was removed.

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    Re: Bringing bourbon to Germany

    By the way I thought I would add that I saw Jim Beam and a few other brands being sold at the Duty Free stores at Frankfurt airport for something like 18 euro per liter bottle. The next time I go over I think it would be worth my effort just to pick up a liter at the duty free rather than deal with packing it in my bags, worrying about the bottles leaking or getting damaged and eventually finding that the bottles just disappeared.

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    Re: Bringing bourbon to Germany

    Quote Originally Posted by MJL View Post
    By the way I thought I would add that I saw Jim Beam and a few other brands being sold at the Duty Free stores at Frankfurt airport for something like 18 euro per liter bottle. The next time I go over I think it would be worth my effort just to pick up a liter at the duty free rather than deal with packing it in my bags, worrying about the bottles leaking or getting damaged and eventually finding that the bottles just disappeared.
    Thanks for your posts.

    I recall seeing Beam, Daniels, and Turkey in FRA a couple of years ago. Bourbon selection is rather limited to the big brands in Germany, but no Old Weller Antique, and that's my favorite.

    I contacted TSA & asked them if there are travel restrictions on liquor in checked in baggage. No reply yet. I also mentioned a couple of friends of mine had flown back from the Bourbon Festival in Kentucky 2 years ago and their bourbon was missing from their baggage!!! What a shame - they were all Van Winkles!!! Don't ask me how they got them, they wouldn't say, but they were VERY disappointed!!!
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