jeffk wrote:What's the best way to bring them? Do you guys bring an extra suitcase and pack them in that? Do you carry them with you in carry-on luggage? Any thoughts? I'm not trying to avoid customs, just trying to make the carrying of the spirits easiest and safest.
Hi Jeff - not that I've ever travelled with Whisky on the plane in my hundreds of trips back and forth from Alberta
- but I have heard tales about people who do so all the time...
"They" find that carry-on works very well... allowing for a bottle weight of 3 lbs. each - and a lightweight gym bag - 6 ~ 7 bottles seems to fit the carry-on restrictions. Tubes or strong boxes do their job - and sometimes the odd piece of foam or cardboard or clothing helps too... (or so I'm told).
As for customs - Mr. T's advice is spot on - and he seems to have a wealth of experience in that department.
I've had some "friends" who have simply shown their receipts and been very straightforward in their details of having bought a few more than the standard limit... and for everyone's benefit that have been waved through by customs...
Another friend did a fair amount of pre-scouting for those harder-to-find-in-North America bottles... and pre-ordered a number of gems to save the hassle of running around. Here were the few recommended shops in London:
In Soho: "Vintage House" in Old Compton Street.
Covent Garden has a "Cadenheads" (Springbank's independent bottling company's shop).
Near the British Museum: "Royal Mile Whiskies".
I've also heard great praise and recommendations for Loch Fyne Whiskies - as you can order ahead and Richard will make arrangements to have it waiting for you at your hotel... rumour has it...