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Old Jul 16th 2011, 2:47 pm
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Originally Posted by jackytoo
You should shop around more! Many decent whiskies and wines are cheaper in the UK than Spain. It is only when you compare plonk that there is a considerable difference.

Anoyone tried the Irish home brew poteen? We had some from an Irish neighbour which was very palatable but I suppose it varies.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...ne-760092.html
believe me I do shop around - despite being a white male over 60, I can also cook, wash and iron - but I digress......

Johnny Walker Black 70cl is on special offer in Tesco reduced from £26.49 to £20.00 http://wine.mysupermarket.co.uk/tesc...sky_700ml.html
as that is €22.80 I am sure it was about €18.00 in Al Campo 3-4 weeks ago, where I got a bottle of Grants for €10.00

have no idea how much a Glenmorangie 10yr single malt is in Spain but currently 70cl is on offer at Tesco & Asda at £25.62 whilst Sainsbury it is £33.90.
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Old Jul 16th 2011, 2:58 pm
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Originally Posted by jackytoo
You should shop around more! Many decent whiskies and wines are cheaper in the UK than Spain. It is only when you compare plonk that there is a considerable difference.

Anoyone tried the Irish home brew poteen? We had some from an Irish neighbour which was very palatable but I suppose it varies.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...ne-760092.html
I have to laugh at this. My daughter and son in law used to go to Frabnce often to stock up on booze, and the comparison was horrendous. He reckoned that it would actually pay you to drive to france just to fill up with mineral water!

I suppose if your definition of plonk is anything under 30 quid a bottle, your views are something different to mine, so we can't compare, but i always found the UK more expensive for booze of almost any stripe.
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all this talk of hooch reminds me of the incident when a couple of bored sailors took a number of small tins of metal polish and drained off the clear liquid from the top, passed it thru some bread to filter any nasties out, then drank that with beer chasers.

after a fairly short time they decided they didn't like going through the rough weather off the north west of Scotland and wanted to go home to girlfriends so released a 20man liferaft and pushed it over the side. the drunken sailors couldnt see the raft in the dark and felt that the waves were too high so didn't jump in after it

the sentry on the quarterdeck saw the raft go past the ship at a rapid pace and the ship was slowed and turned round.
the ship had a routine called Operation Thimblehunt - where all crew members had to phone their department head office and report their location and initially these 2 guys couldnt be found.

so, if you decide not to go to the same place in a 45,000 ton aircraft carrier along with 1800 other peeps, throw a liferaft over the side. You are guaranteed to have a holiday at the Military Corrective Training Centre in Colchester for 28 days - after you have recovered from the hangover of all hangovers. And you will have to pay several thousands of pounds for the liferaft (and this was in the early 70's)
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Originally Posted by jackytoo
You should shop around more! Many decent whiskies and wines are cheaper in the UK than Spain. It is only when you compare plonk that there is a considerable difference.

Anoyone tried the Irish home brew poteen? We had some from an Irish neighbour which was very palatable but I suppose it varies.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...ne-760092.html
Yes, drank loads of it when I managed a shirt factory in Londonderry. Good taste but BIG headache.

Brain seems to have survived it though
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Old Jul 16th 2011, 5:49 pm
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Originally Posted by bil
I have to laugh at this. My daughter and son in law used to go to Frabnce often to stock up on booze, and the comparison was horrendous. He reckoned that it would actually pay you to drive to france just to fill up with mineral water!
True but not anymore. Most of the large Hypermarkets around Calais have closed down since sterling crashed. Not worth the bother.
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Originally Posted by jackytoo
True but not anymore. Most of the large Hypermarkets around Calais have closed down since sterling crashed. Not worth the bother.
I still can buy nice cava at 2 euros a bottle, and a nice red at less than 3. Brandy, an enjoyable brandy, 7 a litre, Ballantines, 10 or 11 a bottle.

That'll keep me cheerful, because I know even in Tesco's, I couldn't do that well.

The Hypermarket closedown, well, not my problem, and the less I go back to the UK, the more I like it.
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Old Jul 16th 2011, 7:16 pm
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I was in Spain just over a week ago. J.Walker black was 24.20 euro (£20 UK). Beefeater gin was 12.50 euro (£12 in uk) Hardly worth splitting hairs is it. Freixenet cava is cheaper in the UK ,although it is listed as half price. If you can drink the rubbish own brand stuff Sainsbury have a gin for about £9 and a French brandy for £8.

If you drink the unbranded stuff from Día or somewhere then yes Spain is cheaper and you don't have to brew your own
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Default Re: Powerful stuff.

Originally Posted by jackytoo
Anoyone tried the Irish home brew poteen? We had some from an Irish neighbour which was very palatable but I suppose it varies.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...ne-760092.html
Yes, I have a full bottle here untouched.

The previous one I tested on a pal of mine who initially took a shine to it, but was absolutely comatosed after only a few glasses.
We carried him out the house feet first, then laid him on some straw in the back of his horsebox before driving him home to his Mother who was less than impressed with the state he was in. I believe it took him two full days to recover.
The real stuff is lethal. By drinking a few glasses of water the next morning you can be well drunk again.
About the only thing I found that came close was a fire water called Slivovitz in the former Yugoslavia.
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Old Jul 17th 2011, 2:55 am
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Originally Posted by Dick Dasterdly
Yes, I have a full bottle here untouched.

The previous one I tested on a pal of mine who initially took a shine to it, but was absolutely comatosed after only a few glasses.
We carried him out the house feet first, then laid him on some straw in the back of his horsebox before driving him home to his Mother who was less than impressed with the state he was in. I believe it took him two full days to recover.
The real stuff is lethal. By drinking a few glasses of water the next morning you can be well drunk again.
About the only thing I found that came close was a fire water called Slivovitz in the former Yugoslavia.
never had a go at poteen or fire water - have considered it but too many things to keep me occupied at the moment

several years ago i used to make a very tasty beer, i used to share it with a friend of mine in payment for the odd job. he was always looking to bring the bottles round for a refill. But then he was a fully paid up member of Customs and Excise (VAT Division) and used to work at Heathrow.
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