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Apr 22, 2009 06:09 AM

Friend going to london what to bring back

A friend is gong to London next week and willing to bring me back a bottle of scotch. Any recommendations on any that are not available in the US. I prefer a more smoky petti scotch.

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  1. Tell them to go to the whisky shop on Old Compton Street. I can't remember the name off hand, but it's a few doors up from Jerry's. Thousands (literally) of whiskeys from around the world.

    1. I am very certain you and your friend will find that single-malts whiskies are at least 30%-50% more expensive in London (or anywhere else in the U.K.) than they are in many shops and stores in the U.S. Even though the U.S. $ is much stronger vs. the British pound than is was a year ago, this is still very much the case.

      I travel to Scotland twice a year and am always amazed at how much more expensive Scotch whisky is in the U.K. than it is here in the U.S.

      I don't know where you live in the U.S., but you can buy Scotch whisky much cheaper at BevMo or Trader Joe's than you can in the U.K., even at the Heathrow Duty Free shop.

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      1. re: DavidT

        Here is on ongoing thread on single-malts that will give you plenty of suggestions for the smokey, peaty malts you enjoy:

      2. Lucky you.

        Here are some great malts that are not available in the US:

        Ardbeg Renaissance. This would be my first choice if I had a friend in the UK. If you like the peat, go for this one. This is the 10 year old, cask strength Ardbeg that was released last year; the first ten year old made since the distillery was reopened. It is not available in the US, but I think it is still on shelves in the UK.

        Other malts, though less peaty, that aren't readily available in the US:

        Linkwood: Rugged and full of character.

        Mortlach: Floral and perfumy, though expensive.

        Ardbeg Blasda and non-peated Caol Ila are non-peated versions of traditionally peated Scotches that are not available in the US. I haven't had the Ardbeg but loved the Caol Ila.

        Serendipity is a vatted malt of Ardbeg and Glen Moray, lightly smoky and very nice.

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        1. re: sku

          The Whisky Shop in San Francisco has 3 different Linkwood bottlings in stock . I don't pretend to by a single-malt expert by any means, but they have a very impressive inventory that is as extensive as any I have seen in the U.S.

          1. re: DavidT

            Looks like they have a number of Mortlach bottlings in stock as well.

            1. re: DavidT

              Thanks DavidT, I should have specified that with regard to Linkwood and Mortlach, there are no distillery bottlings available in the US. There are independent bottlings, such as those carried by the shop you mention.

          2. There's always the Cadenhead shop in Covent Garden. I'd want some guidance from here or from their staff on what to pick. Tell them to pick up a wheel of cheese from the Neal's Yard Dairy store nearby while they're at it. ;-)

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