Whilst honeymooning in Fiji I couldn’t help but get a little excited at the prospect of going through the amazing range at Duty Free in Sydney and just devouring…
Whilst honeymooning in Fiji I couldn’t help but get a little excited at the prospect of going through the amazing range at Duty Free in Sydney and just devouring my entire quota of whisky that you are allowed to bring into the country. Fortunately I had a new wife who was only too happy to oblige and let me use her quota as well so with that in mind I set off in duty free looking at my heart’s desire at some truly remarkable whiskies. For the everyday casual drinker duty free can be very overwhelming with such a wide range of whisky available and this can lead to a lot of second guessing or bad purchases that you will regret later. Fortunately here at americansincontact.org we are happy to provide this little article to help you sift through all the goodies in Duty Free so that your purchases feel like your own and not what other people may push you into buying.
Firstly, Duty Free shopping is an experience so treat it as such, it’s a once in a so often opportunity (depending on how often you fly) to purchase whisky that may not be readily available or available at all in your country. Get there early and with plenty of time to peruse and take it all in, if you go with the mindset of quickly grabbing a few big 1 litre bottles and rushing to catch your flight, you have missed the point completely. I would give myself 2 hours, which I feel is a comfortable amount of time to look around. For Sydney siders if any of you have been to Duty Free you know that it may seem like a small Duty Free outlet but it is very, very, deceiving if you slow down to really admire what is on the shelves.
Secondly, don’t skip past anything, that’s one mistake a lot of people make and it puts me in tears seeing people just breeze past so much deliciousness. Slow down, don’t shy away from grabbing a few bottles and reading the information provided and just take in whatever information you’re looking for. You’ll be thoroughly surprised at what little gems you can find. Me personally, I was able to grab an absolute gem in the Balvenie 14yo Rum Cask Single Malt Whisky and it puts a smile on my face every time I pour myself a dram of that beautiful nectar.
Third, don’t overdo it! You might be at Duty Free but that doesn’t mean you should just blow your money because you can get a bigger bottle than what’s available at your local Dan Murphy’s or Vintage Cellars. Really think about what you are about to purchase, don’t get suckered into the mindset of buying for the sake of buying. There are plenty of outlets you can use if you can’t find what you’re looking for so don’t feel pressured into buying anything if there’s nothing that appeals to you.
Lastly, and most importantly, drink responsibly and by responsibly I mean with friends. Duty Free shopping is a chance to give your friends the chance to experience something they may not normally be able to. Hold a whisky tasting evening and crack open a special bottle you’ve found at Duty Free and enjoy a round with them. There’s no better feeling than enjoying a dram surrounded by good friends and good company. You may be surprised to see that your friends will return the favour when they go overseas and that is never a bad thing.
And there you have it folks, a quick insight into how to tackle to hurdles of Duty Free whisky shopping.