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    Hi from Australia

    Hi there

    I'm new around here and ended up here after drinking boutique beer for many years. This has been my regular tipple for a long time: Coopers

    My introduction to the world of distilled spirits came via a bottle of cognac I received for my 40th birthday (Chateau Fontpinot, Frapin XO) which was a revelation to say the least.

    That got me very interested not just in the French brandies (cognac, armagnac and calvados) but also the wider world of distilled spirits including American whiskies.

    At present, I have an open bottle of Wild Turkey Rare Breed which I am enjoying very much. Also, a bottle of Delord 25yo Armagnac (stunning) and a Remy VSOP (good enough).

    Just today I found a bottle of Bookers here online in Australia so that might be next! Spirits are not cheap here, with taxes and the cost of shipping.

    I know it is not bourbon but I'm dying to get my hands on some of the Californian brandy from Germain Robin

    Otherwise, I look forward to diving into the world of bourbon and learning heaps from you people out there.

    I'm really interested in finding that sweet spot between quality and price.

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    Re: Hi from Australia

    Welcome Bongoman! There's a few of us here from Australia, so you won't be alone. There's a wealth of information relating to bourbons available Downunder, as well as in the USA.
    For an evolution of bourbons available here, check out the thread "Borubon Availability Downunder" It's in the General Discussion area.

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    Re: Hi from Australia

    Welcome Bongoman. Booker's will definately bring you into the bourbon spirit with a bang... and a slight burn.
    Chris N

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    Re: Hi from Australia

    Thanks Camduncan and Jeeper.

    Camduncan, I'll go check that thread out. Sounds good.

    And Jeeper, after reading more reviews, maybe the Bookers is not something for the new Bourbon drinker but it sure sounds interesting.

    For now the Wild Turkey Rare Breed is keeping me very interested.

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    Re: Hi from Australia

    No problem Bongoman.
    Where abouts in Australia are you?

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    Re: Hi from Australia

    Camduncan, I'm in Byron Bay.

    I notice you are in Brisbane, so not so far away relatively speaking.

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    Re: Hi from Australia

    Hello Bongoman, My ex brother-in-law is from Australia when he came to visit I got him hooked on Bourbon. His favoriet was "Jim Beam white lable"?? any way glad to have you aboard Mate.
    J.W.

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    Re: Hi from Australia

    Bongoman,

    You should be able to get Booker's from a retail outlet in Byron, maybe the liquor store under the beach hotel? Failing that the Coast Country Liquor outlet should have some. Failing that, you could go and see Kate at IGA liquor in Ballina, she has a decent selection.
    Alternatively, I can get it for about $72 here in Brisbane.

    Enjoy the ride!

    Scott
    "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day" - Frank Sinatra

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    Re: Hi from Australia

    Thanks Hightower

    I had a look in the Beach Hotel bottlo the other day - they have just done a new fitout and were still getting bottles on the shelves.

    I'll get down to Ballina one of these days and have a look around.

    I just need to get under control a little - after reading the forums here there's so much I want to try! I gotta get a grip and slow down a little although it is a little depressing seeing bottles that sell for $20-$30 in the States selling for $70-90 here.

    Which brings me to the question - at what point is it worth ordering from overseas?

    Let's say I wanted to buy some Bakers & Old Grandad 114 - is it worth just paying the extra here or worth getting an order from overseas for bottles at that price point?

    Or is it only worth doing for bottles you actually can't get here?

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    Re: Hi from Australia

    As a general rule for ordering overseas (assuming it gets stopped by Australian Customs and you are charged import duty accordingly)

    Take the price of the bottle in $US plus *shipping in $US, then double it.
    That'll be pretty close to what it will cost in Australian cost.

    If Customs don't stop the bottles, it will be much cheaper.

    * Cost of shipping 10 bottles from US to Australia is approx $220 or $22 US each. Cost of shipping two bottles from US to Australia can be more than $75 US

 

 

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