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Issue 138 - Global Travel Retail

Whisky Magazine Issue 138
September 2016


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Global Travel Retail

Leaving the EU and the debacle that will follow

With future planning on the magazine always on my mind, I was recently passing through one of our UK airports and I made a note of some of the whiskies on sale in ‘Duty Free.' The reasoning behind this is twofold. Firstly there have been reports recently that buying duty free does not necessarily mean that you are going to save money. One of the whiskies I noted was The Dalmore Cigar Malt which was being sold at £92.49 for 1 litre. I then compared this, when I got back, to what you could buy this for online and found an identical price but I also found one at £74.24. However it stated in one place that it was one litre and in another 70cl, so some confusion there. And that is my point. When you are going on holiday you are in holiday mode and you are not necessarily looking for bargains.

One of the other complications is that since 1999 duty free allowances were removed within the EU, so in order to obtain the really good deals, you have to be travelling outside the EU. I am assuming that once we, here in the UK, leave the EU, then the duty free laws when travelling to EU countries will change. I wonder how long that will take to work through the system.

After our decision to leave the EU I found it very amusing to see that a survey has been done on which brands are most popular with the leavers and the stayers. Top for the leavers is HP Sauce which, for those who don't know, is an absolute essential for putting on a bacon and tomato toasted sandwich. Ironically, this b...

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