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The Station Hotel, Larbert, is right up there for me. Cracking bar and a fabulous malt selection. 

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11 minutes ago, Bairnardo said:
12 minutes ago, CountyFan said:
The Station Hotel, Larbert, is right up there for me. Cracking bar and a fabulous malt selection. 

My local. A wonderful place

And mine. Beer?

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Agree with the station hotel in Larbert. Plenty of different beers on tap too. Larbert also has a great chinese and apparently a great indian too, an underrated town/suburb. 

I do like the Grill in Aberdeen but its often full of oil and gas show off wanks but the bar itself is a classic. Casc was decent enough when I went in there but only been in once.

In Stirling there is the curly coo, the owner is known to be a bit of a cow but I have found her to be sound enough. Nice horseshoe style bar and high ceilings.

However it really is hard to beat the Pot Still. Its become a victim of its own success and is  now mobbed whenever I try and go in Glasgow. 

Also Been meaning to try the Artisan in Wishaw which is meant to be good.

 

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Whats everyones opinions of duty free whiskys. I bought a bottle of auchentoshan springwood as i havent had anything from there before and was quite exited about trying it only to be left fairly dissapointed and find myself pouring anything but.

I also bought a glenlivit distillers reserve and although this is much nicer than the auchentoshan is not as good as the readilly available founders reserve.

Is the duty free shops just given stock of whisky that the distillerys want rid of and its easiest to punt from there?

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Young whisky dressed up in shiny packaging mostly. 

You did pick the wrong duty free Auchentoshan right enough. Blood Oak is lovely, Springwood as you say is meh.

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3 hours ago, the tungston weasel said:

Whats everyones opinions of duty free whiskys. I bought a bottle of auchentoshan springwood as i havent had anything from there before and was quite exited about trying it only to be left fairly dissapointed and find myself pouring anything but.

I also bought a glenlivit distillers reserve and although this is much nicer than the auchentoshan is not as good as the readilly available founders reserve.

Is the duty free shops just given stock of whisky that the distillerys want rid of and its easiest to punt from there?

Overpriced , it may be duty free , but it is certainly not profit free , and mostly 1l bottles of what you can get in the supermarket , or ridiculously overpriced pretendy rare stuff , exclusively bottled in a coo’s horn or some such

 

I did once get a litre of glenfarclas 105 for the equivalent of 26.50 in Norway  , years ago , helped myself to 2,  never seen anything like it since 

 

so the moral of the story is keep looking there might be a bargain to be had ! 

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Whats everyones opinions of duty free whiskys. I bought a bottle of auchentoshan springwood as i havent had anything from there before and was quite exited about trying it only to be left fairly dissapointed and find myself pouring anything but.

I also bought a glenlivit distillers reserve and although this is much nicer than the auchentoshan is not as good as the readilly available founders reserve.

Is the duty free shops just given stock of whisky that the distillerys want rid of and its easiest to punt from there?


Not always. Some bottles get soft-launched thru duty free before they hit the wider market. The Johnnie Walker Explorers Club line (now gone) was an airport retail exclusive and the Spice Road (lowest priced of the range) was a legitimately good bottle of whisky for $30, bearing in mind anything half decent in the US is normally at least $50.

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On 14/10/2019 at 09:35, Honest_Man#1 said:

The above has made me have a think. What are everyone’s favourite bars/pubs for whisky? Doesn’t necessarily need to be the selection, but atmosphere etc as well.

 

I went to a decent wee whisky pub called Monty's on Morrison Street last week, very handy for a swift dram before catching the train at Haymarket. Good selection of "Malt of the Moment" offerings at a decent price. Big selection of indie bottlers alongside more standard bottlings. 

Other one not mentioned yet is Nauticus down by Leith Links. They have some partnership with Royal Mile Whiskies and do their own bottlings occasionally.

Besides that, Leith Vaults, Bow Bar and Pot Still all worth a visit. 

Outside the central belt, the Mash Tun in Aberlour has a good selection and staff who will give you some chat about what you're choosing. I'm up in Speyside next month and going to try and visit the highlander bar too. 

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19 hours ago, the tungston weasel said:

Whats everyones opinions of duty free whiskys. I bought a bottle of auchentoshan springwood as i havent had anything from there before and was quite exited about trying it only to be left fairly dissapointed and find myself pouring anything but.

I also bought a glenlivit distillers reserve and although this is much nicer than the auchentoshan is not as good as the readilly available founders reserve.

Is the duty free shops just given stock of whisky that the distillerys want rid of and its easiest to punt from there?

I find the lower end stuff is cheaper in supermarkets or on Amazon. I am quite a mug for duty free exclusives especially if its to a particular airport.

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On 23/10/2019 at 15:26, the tungston weasel said:

Whats everyones opinions of duty free whiskys. I bought a bottle of auchentoshan springwood as i havent had anything from there before and was quite exited about trying it only to be left fairly dissapointed and find myself pouring anything but.

I also bought a glenlivit distillers reserve and although this is much nicer than the auchentoshan is not as good as the readilly available founders reserve.

Is the duty free shops just given stock of whisky that the distillerys want rid of and its easiest to punt from there?

The deals are usually worth a gamble IMO. My last purchase was 3 x L for 120 quid so anything half decent worth it.

I got a Glen Scotia Campbelltown 1832. They just dont do bad whisky. I got a Highland Park - cannae mind name - not very good. Bunnahabhainn An Cladach. Perfectly serviceable Islay.

Hit and miss but part of fun of flying for me.

 

 

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17 minutes ago, invergowrie arab said:

The deals are usually worth a gamble IMO. My last purchase was 3 x L for 120 quid so anything half decent worth it.

I got a Glen Scotia Campbelltown 1832. They just dont do bad whisky. I got a Highland Park - cannae mind name - not very good. Bunnahabhainn An Cladach. Perfectly serviceable Islay.

Hit and miss but part of fun of flying for me.

 

 

I love duty free shops. Free samples, the chance to buy interesting whiskies. I can’t think of a better way to waste time in an airport.

I’ve had a couple of brilliant whiskies from DF.  

One was some cask strength Port Finished Laphroaig.

The other was some  Macallan Distiller’s Edition that was given to me, it was really good but not really my idea of VFM.

 

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Thanks everyone. Im glad its not just me to be dissapointed by the springwood. As i said the glenlivit distillers reserve was alright but still number 4 for me on my shelf.

Currently i have;

1. Highland park 12 yo viking honour
2. Buffalo trace 40%
3. Glenfiddich 12 yo
4. Glenlivit distlliers reserve (1L duty free)
5. Auchentoshan springwood (1L duty free)

Thats my preference in order however 1-3 may change depending on mood.

I think i have a good variation there however i am after expanding the collection with somthing affordable yet a bit different from what i have already.

I have been looking at things like wild turky 101 as an adventure down the burbon direction an something a bit stronger and monkey shoulder as a bit of a fancy blend.

Anybody got any suggestions?

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