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    In London for a week

    Greetings! I haven't posted much--if at all--here in the foreign whiskey section, but wanted to a) Say hello! and b) Inquire about any great whisky bars/shops in and around London. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. I'm here for a week and have time to spare, so if anyone has any advice for whisky shopping, I'm all ears!

    Is there anything over in the UK that is worth bringing back to the States? Based on the prices I've seen online, the price differential seems negligible to the same products here.

    Thanks for any help!

    James

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    Re: In London for a week

    Berry Brothers and Rudd? Only one I know of ... see if you can find one of the non-U.S. Blue Hanger releases...
    Mark

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    Re: In London for a week

    I always make a stop at the Whisky Exchange at the Vinopolis. Focus on scotch but they have a lot of other things. People have talked about Gerry's (74 Old Compton St) as a good place but I have never been.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: In London for a week

    Not so sure about their whiskey selection but if you like cigars this place is awesome, although a bit pricey-

    http://www.lanesborough.com/en/lanesborough-garden-room

    Best regards, Tony

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    Re: In London for a week

    In looking at online prices, given the abysmal exchange rate, there seems to be little incentive to purchase anything to bring back. But I'll look anyway :-)

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    Re: In London for a week

    The Whisky Exchange is the best, price and selection wise, but Royal Mile, in Bloomsbury, has some good stuff too: http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/. Last I was there they had some first-dump Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, though at a premium. I'd also look for Japanese bottles -- there's still a lot of stuff that doesn't make it here.

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    Re: In London for a week

    Quote Originally Posted by risenc View Post
    The Whisky Exchange is the best, price and selection wise, but Royal Mile, in Bloomsbury, has some good stuff too: http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/. Last I was there they had some first-dump Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, though at a premium. I'd also look for Japanese bottles -- there's still a lot of stuff that doesn't make it here.
    Good point about Japanese bottle options. I asked my "mule" who just left for London to look for Nikka Straight from the Barrel and Miyagikyo 15yo (neither of which I have seen here) for me.

    Have another who is there who may have come upon the Cooley poitin made from a single pot still mash (the only poitin of that type that I know of) that was supposedly a very limited release. Still trying to get confirmation on that one.

    Also, when I was last there and bought a few bottles (OK, a lot of bottles) from Whisky Exchange I got a form from them that allowed me to get the VAT tax back at the airport which is a 20% savings. With pricey bottles that is well worth the extra effort to me!

    You can look at the Whisky Exchage website and then let them know what you want in advance and they will make sure it is in the store for you to pick up. They don't always have every bottle readily available in the Vinopolis location due to limited space and may need to bring it from the warehouse.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

    Nullum Gratuitum Prandium
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    Re: In London for a week

    Yes -- always, always get the VAT rebate form. It basically turns the EU into a duty free shop.

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    Re: In London for a week

    James, I remember you! You are an Indy guy right! I wonder if you can snag something that is available only duty free or overseas like a Four Roses product or Blantons' Gold or Straight from the Barrel. Not that I would know since the only foreign countries that I have been to are Canada and California.

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    Re: In London for a week

    +1 for the whisky exchange
    And yes do yourself a favour and grab a bottle of the nikka from the barrel, exceptional quality and value for the 30 odd pounds.

 

 

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