Blog: Chris Brook-CarterJust say no to Scotch in Scotland

Chris Brook-Carter | 23 March 2005

A French travel guide is advising visitors to Scotland not to buy any Scotch there as it is too expensive. The Routard guide suggests instead sampling whiskies for free during distillery tours, then buying their favourites when they get back home, where it is much cheaper.

“Be aware that the beverage is taxed at 65%,” the guidebook warns. “It is much cheaper to get acquainted with the drink in Scotland, but then buy one’s preferred brand in France.”

So, who to blame? The whisky companies? The French? No, this should be laid firmly at the feet of the Chancellor and the punitive tax system in this country. After all if you were the French visitor, you would do the same, wouldn’t you?


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