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junglcmndo started a discussion

Hi everyone just had some questions as I'm heading to Ireland in a couple weeks. Been looking online and it seems as if price wise alcohol in general is pricier compared to the US. I will be spending time in both dublin and belfast(part of UK). I prefer scotch but have enjoyed some irish whiskey as well. I guess my question is if this is true or not about the prices and if it would be worth it to check out stores in either city? I live in PA so don't get the greatest selection nor can I get stuff shipped, however do go to NY every now and then.

Thanks for the help. If this is not the right place to ask this please ignore lol

6 years ago

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@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

This totally the right place to ask.

I don't know the answer to your question but unless there is something that you like and can get where you live that is a lot cheaper in Ireland I wouldn't dwell on prices. One example of this is LCBO pricing for Ardbeg Uigeadail - I might pick it up in the US for $100 (60%) cheaper.

However I usually try to take advantage of travel to bring home things I can't get at home.

6 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas replied

@junglcmndo , yes, whiskey will be somewhat more expensive in Ireland than it is in most places.

As @Nozinan says, the thing to do there is to look for bottles you can't get at home. I would look for Connemara special releases, Locke's 8-year-old, and anything special at the Celtic Whiskey Shop in Dublin.

6 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas replied

When I was in Northern Ireland in 2014, I browsed every whiskey shop from Bangor to Belleek. One of the few bottles I ultimately brought home (Connemara Turf Mor) was finally found at Lavery's Off Licence on Bradbury Place in Belfast. They have a moderate but interesting selection of whiskey there.

6 years ago 0

junglcmndo replied

Thanks guys. Guess I'll just look for stuff I can't find in the US

6 years ago 0

@Misty
Misty replied

Hi,

I'm from Ireland.

Check out the Celtic whisky shop in Dublin. They would have the best selection for sure, including some exclusive bottlings of Middletons etc.

Enjoy the trip.

6 years ago 0

junglcmndo replied

Here's what I picked up from my trip to Ireland. Unfortunately couldn't find too much of the Connemara special releases as the guy in Celtic whisky shop told me once Jim beam took them over they haven't had as much. I personally can't speak to this as I have no clue. Thanks for all the help

6 years ago 0

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@MadSingleMalt

@junglcmndo , nice grabs! Is that Bushmills the 12-year-old distillery-only bottling? If so, I got a bottle of that too on my trip in 2014 and I thought it was pretty nice. Richer and rounder than standard Bushmills for sure.

6 years ago 0

junglcmndo replied

@MadSingleMalt yes it's the distillery only. I actually didn't taste it lol, just picked it up on a whim. I didn't have time to do a tour and they had a bar that sold tastings. Weird thing was they only let you taste like 3 or 4 of the bottles there but not some of the other ones. I found this odd because you had to pay for each pour, why not have some of the pricier ones to taste so you can decide on purchase.

6 years ago 0

@MadSingleMalt

@junglcmndo , yeah, that's weird. Though I gotta say, the full tour I did there on my visit didn't do much for me either. Maybe things are improving (or at least changing) since Diageo sold the distillery, but it really didn't seem like an impressive operation.

Bushmills seems kinda like the Bowmore of Irish whiskey to me: lots of history and a longstanding reputation that they're content to just trade on now without putting out too much effort. A shame. In the right hands, I bet they could make themselves the Irish whisky.

(By the way, I'm the same guy you talked to above under the handle "Ol' Jas"—in case you like to keep track of whom you're talking to. :)

6 years ago 0