Whisky Prices in the UK

Just got back (to the USA) from the UK and was surprised at the whisky prices in the UK. Mostly we were up in the North Yorkshire Dales where stores are small and scattered. None the less, we were buying Laphroig 70 cl bottles for about 19 pounds (about 34 bucks) at local food stores.
That's way cheaper than we usually pay here in NC. Better, it was a bit cheaper than at the "duty-free" shops at Gatwick.
P.S. Wot's the deal with the "duty-free" shops? You pay the same price in them as you pay in the "taxable" shops in the same airport. I know we used to get a break on prices. Wot gives?
chuck
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chuck
That's the problem with a monopoly. Heathrow & Gatwick may not charge "duty", but that has no relation to how much markup the shops decide they want to profit from! Schiphol in Amsterdam is one of the rare "duty-free" shops where you can get a really good deal--though even there they only have two or three malts on special. Have a look here for current prices and specials on malt whisky:
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Other than that, you need a calculator to figure out whether any whisky might be a decent price throughout the rest of Europe (liter vs. 700ml bottle vs. 750ml bottle plus currency conversion and watch the proof!).
Duty free shops aren't there to save you money, they are there to make money (though in the case of Schiphol, I do think they are genuinely trying to draw traffic to Amsterdam as a hub).
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Douglas W. Hoyt
Yup, I can understand the deal with duty-free shops (altho I can remember in years gone by when one could get a good deal at Gatwick).
I'm really more impressed with the prices in those tiny shops up in the Yorks Dales. Much better than I can get it here in NC.
chuck
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chuck
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Duty-free is almost always 1 litre = 1000ml. Normal shops almost always sell 700ml bottles, so you'll have to calculate. Otherwise, duty-free is never cheap - but some airports are better priced than others, like Amsterdam, Oslo and Madrid. Anders
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Anders Tørneskog
If you're ever back in the UK you should check out the prices in the big supermarkets. They often have a malt of the month on offer. Eg, Morrison's have had Jura 10yr for 10GBP and Glen Moray for 10.50GBP (70cl of course). That said, 19 pounds is good price for Laphroaig, I think that maybe the tiny store was still part of a larger (ie national) chain.
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The Man With No Idea
I paid £11.50 for ten yrsr old Laphroaig at the Co-op on Skye last summer. Makro often have Lagavulin 16 on offer- I paid £22 last year for example.
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Brett...
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The strange thing is that UK duties are very expensive (nearly 18 pounds per liter of pure alcohol).
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Icaro
RIGHT! Which is why I marveled at the high prices at the so-called "duty-free" shops! They were about as high as at the small markets in Yorkshire, where tax was included in the price.
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chuck
"duty-free" shops!
We'd be better off if the U.K. airports would instead offer "profit free" shops--where they collect the all the duty, but otherwise sell the whisky at cost!
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Douglas W. Hoyt

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