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Monday, May 14, 2012

CDG Duty Free Wall of Whisky

CDG Duty Free selection of whisky.

Shopping for scotch at Duty Free locations isn't as easy as it sounds. Few Duty Free shops have a website where they list the different whiskies they sell. Many Duty Free locations have a very poor selection of whisky. Travelling to Paris, I wanted to know what whisky is available at the Charles de Gaulle Duty Free.

I wanted to come home from Paris with something special. I wanted something unavailable in North America, or Canada at the very least. I knew I was making a trip to La Maison du Whisky for one bottle most certainly. But I didn't know if I should buy a second, or take my chances and pick up my 2nd bottle at the CDG Duty Free. What if their selection was terrible?

My CDG Duty Free internet searches came up empty, so I asked on Tripadvisor. One fellow was aware that they sold the Macallan, but nobody else could offer anything. In fact, other people in that thread also began wondering what was available. I decided I'd help everyone out by posting some photos.

The Charles de Gaulle Duty Free was actually surprising. Their selection was the best I'd ever seen in a Duty Free store. Tags showed the price and compared it to common prices paid elsewhere in France. Glenlivet 21 y.o. was €94.40, compared to €107.50 elsewhere. Glenfiddich 12 was €34.90.

Here are some more from CDG, as of May 2012:
Balvenie 21 Portwood: €122
Chivas Regal 18 €80.10 (750ml) and €134.30 (1L)
Dalmore 18: €99
Highland Park 1990: €105
Johnnie Walker Double Black: €37.50 (1L)
Johnnie Walker Green: €48 (1L)
Johnnie Walker Gold: €60 (1L)
Johnnie Walker Blue: €166 (1L)

If you're looking for something I haven't listed like Jura, Cragganmore or Talisker, take a look at these photos I took. Photobucket will not allow me to upload a high quality image, so I've done my best to show as much as I can. Click on the links and you will see what's available and, in some cases, the price.

CDG wall of whisky 1
CDG wall of whisky 2
CDG wall of whisky 3
CDG wall of whisky 4
CDG wall of whisky 5

The biggest surprise for me was The Balvenie 40 year old. I'd photographed it earlier at Les Halles. Check out that hefty price tag. It was available at the CDG Duty Free at the bargain price of €3000.

So world travellers, there you go. I hope I've been able to help.

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Blogger Michael Manning said...

Not long ago, I was able to partake. But now, if I have even one drink, I may feel pretty good, but I wind up paying for it the next day. But I admire a Connoisseur, Martini! Cool!!

1:35:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Thanks Michael - I would never think of getting drunk on scotch. I've recently discovered this whole new world which is much more fun than 'rum & coke' or 'vodka tonic'.

3:37:00 PM

Anonymous Dan said...

The duty-free store at the Calgary Airport was woefully understocked, in both terms of selection and actual volume. Unfortunately, I was unable to take advantage of it as I was not departing Calgary on an international flight...

6:12:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Selection: doesn't surprise me. Volume: that actually does surprise me. Isn't that painful though, walking into the duty free and saying "boy I wish I could buy this! and this! and this!"

8:28:00 PM

Anonymous Ms. Creek said...

Okay - so you understand why my comment is basically a "no comment" thing - haha

-Ms. Creek

10:07:00 AM

Blogger Sridhar Jagannathan said...

*sniff* Thank you for this post man I wish more people were as kind and humane as you *sniff*

1:23:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Ms. Creek - Don't worry. I remember, and I understand.

Sridhar - I am glad I could help! Whenever I travel, I'll try to post as much Duty Free info as I can.

8:45:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Martini, I guess this post is not recent but I'll give it a shot: the pictures show basically scotch whiskeys, but were there irish whiskeys as well at CDG duty free (such as jameson 18 years, redbreast 12y, etc)?

6:54:00 AM


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