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Postby JR8 » Wed, 06 Mar 2013 4:10 am

Guiness really is filth, Like a O''McDonalds' of a pastiche of a stout type beer.

There are so many better stouts out there, none with the shitty £1bn advertising budget attached (clue: the others don't need it) that you have to pay for at $50c a can alone.

The ads are like ads for perfume, promises, lifestyle, selling a lie.

- Keep well back - is my advice.

Almost any stout (if you must!), is better than that fake porno-swill. It doesn't even come from Ireland FFS.

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Postby Mi Amigo » Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:57 am

JR8, I'm not disputing what you say about the quality of the the product (I've tasted worse, but I've also definitely tasted better stout). But I thought they moved all the production to Dublin after they shut down the Park Royal factory? Having said that, I've often wondered how they ship the stuff around the world if it really is all made in Eire. Hopefully they don't to the Coke-style 'concentrate - just add water' method. :-|
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Postby JR8 » Wed, 06 Mar 2013 6:21 pm

I can't say it is a brand I pay much attention to; it holds about as much appeal to me as Justin Bieber.

I did have a couple of pints of it on hand-pull in Dublin 10-15 years ago. That was just another thing altogether toasty and rich, and completely lacking that hard-bitter edge that comes from maxing 'it' out with infused nitrogen to create a fake head.

All gong and no dinner. A triumph of style over substance.

p.s. You used to be able to buy Nigerian-brewed Guinness (bottled) in west London, many moons ago...

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Postby colio » Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:54 pm

Mi Amigo wrote:
rajagainstthemachine wrote:
colio wrote:My point here is that Singapore duty free for alcohol is by far the cheapest I have ever seen, especially for the "good stuff".


check out the duty free airports in India its even cheaper. :cool:
I've bought bombay sapphire at 25usd and cigs at 18 USD a carton

IIRC Bombay Sapphire was around S$24 (~USD19) when I came through Changi the other night. I ended up getting a bottle of Hendricks for about S$47, which I think is a pretty good price too.


Hmm.. don't really frequent India very much.. business only has me there once in 6 months. What's their range like though? I find many countries like India only sells "mainstream" liquor like Bombay Sapphire etc Singapore has a very good range for those who like higher quality stuff. The range of scotch at Changi for instance, is very good.

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Postby maneo » Wed, 13 Mar 2013 1:58 am

JR8 wrote:p.s. Dubai Duty Free always used to be the streets-ahead cheapest. How is it these days?


Seemed reasonable when I went in Nov.
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Postby SINexpat » Wed, 18 Dec 2013 6:26 am

reading through old threads so sorry for the bump but I am glad I read this and will be sure to bring a stash of my JD.

May actually grab a bottle on the way in via duty free as well. I'm not a huge drinker but it's nice to have a glass or two every now and then.

Once settled I may have to invite some of my fellow JD drinkers over for some good times :)

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 18 Dec 2013 8:56 am

SINexpat wrote:reading through old threads so sorry for the bump but I am glad I read this and will be sure to bring a stash of my JD.

May actually grab a bottle on the way in via duty free as well. I'm not a huge drinker but it's nice to have a glass or two every now and then.

Once settled I may have to invite some of my fellow JD drinkers over for some good times :)


My suggestion is:
If you are the kind of drinker who can maintain a drinks cabinet or wine-rack without it tempting you to booze, then bring in absolutely as much as you want and/or expect to need.

In freight, (if by sea) be careful on bringing in wine, as it can get stewed and ruined sitting in the heat on the dock in your container. Spirits, I don't see a problem. But you need you need to list/declare any alcohol, and you will pay tax and duty. BUT it's still far cheaper than buying it in town.

At Changi, buy what ever you might drink. When you see the prices when you get in-country, you won't regret it.

At Changi be a little cautious on the wine on offer. The base price in Duty Free seems to be S$22 or so; which is similar to what you'll find in the shops inland duty-paid. Also as there seem to be a million and one brands of wine, it's hard to know what you're buying, and if you're getting value. So unless you spot a particular brand you know, and like, and know the S$ price is good, then I'd probably stick to spirits.

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Postby Akimbo » Wed, 18 Dec 2013 9:51 am

I had began my collection of DF alcohol bottles last year, and just amassed around 15 bottles of liquor, where only half has been opened and drank at least 1/3.

If I relocate to any country....let's say in particular, Indonesia/Malaysia...or Europe...is it possible to send this liquor collection of mine abroad to myself via freight/air without having to pay customs or something? I mean, they're all Duty Free when I bought it...
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Postby JR8 » Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:14 am

I doubt it. Wouldn't that be like suggesting - 'I bought ten litres of whisky in Malaysia. Can I bring it all into Singapore (with no charges)?' IME there is nil Duty-Free allowance for alcohol in freight, coming into Singapore. But you'd need to check the specific laws for the countries that you have in mind to be sure. But consider, most raise considerable tax on domestic alcohol sales, so they're probably unlikely to welcome anyone turning up with a container full of duty free alcohol :)

I'd get drinking if I were you. On the flip-side, you might find a market locally for the unopened bottles.

(And no, I'm a gin-ho myself :))


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