Originally Posted by Cragganmac
Great idea to rent a car; even better to have someone drive for you so as to obtain the full pleasure from tasting at distilleries. Islay is a three-day tasting venture because the hours, generally beginning at 10 a.m. (Lagavulin is powerful that early in the day!) and last tasting at about 3 p.m. It is difficult to do all distilleries even in three days.
Because of the taxes in UK, the only whisky I bring back to the states is a version sold at a distillery that is a special edition and likely is not sold at retail outlets. I am not certain of the tax situation on bringing back duty-free whisky, but in recent years the bottles sold in duty-free shops at the airport seem to be only a few dollars below market in Atlanta. I have made some 20 trips to Scotland, but ceased bring whisky because it seems not worth the trouble unless the bottle is indeed special.
bring back whiskies that can be purchased in the USA. A person would be daff to do so. I only bring back expressions that cannot be had here. Many expressions are for duty free only and cannot be purchased on the UK economy nor at the distilleries. Also, distilleries have indigenous bottlings. Additionally, there are also bottlings that can only be purchased in the UK and / or Europe but not offered elswhere. If a person is going to bring back an expression that can be purchased in the USA, then they just don't get it.