Originally Posted by john_b
Have you considered samples? Being in the UK, you have a couple of stores that sell samples and will ship to you. The samples are only about 1 oz, but it lets you taste several whiskies without having to buy the bottle.
I've bought from this place: http://www.masterofmalt.com/
Master of Malts is not currently shipping to the US due to changes in airline regulations that make spirits a 'hazardous material'!!
Single Malts Direct is also under this shipping issue.
How The Whisky Exchange gets around it is unknown or they use a cargo type arrangement[only a guess].