kljostad wrote:Karlejnar, you have to remember that alcohol taxes ar WAY higher in Norway than in Denmark.
You're quite right there. DK and Finland lowered their taxes 3years ago.
The tax here is in fact a little lower than in UK, so standard bottlings are cheaper here. However most of my purchases done in Scotland are more special bottlings, which gets more expensive here due to much lower quantities imported. And the fact that the special malts are mostly not imported under bond, so the danish tax and VAT comes on top of the UK ditto.
BTW the prices mentioned above are all UK prices. The Cad Allt-a-Bhainne was bought in Cadenhead's shop in Edinburgh.
I prefer to buy when over on our yearly summer trip. I don't want to bother with ordering by post since I have a poor "rate" of bottles slipping past the customs
When I order a bottle online I always tell them to store it untill I'm there to collect it.
Back on the subject - I doubt if I would be able to find a bottle of either Allt-a-Bhainne or Braeval in Denmark anyway
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The EU membership was supposed to make it easier for goods to travel across "borders" inside EU. But recent ruling has made it even more difficult and bureaucratic since the seller is responsible for paying the tax in the buyers country of living. The best solution would be to have even tax and VAT all over EU, but I doubt that is likely to happen anytime soon.
So much for a "common market"
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