Thursday, August 18, 2011

Coming through with the goods – The Whisky Exchange


Snapshot of The Whisky Exchange Website

NOTE: This is an old post from 2011. Take note of the date posts are made in reference to your current purchasing considerations.

Right now you cannot ignore just what is happening on the stock exchanges and global recession. Here in Australia we say "What recession…?". With The US dollar and UK Pound in slow down mode the Australian dollar is giving us a field day in overseas purchases online. Why wait for duty free to buy your whisky when you can just get it online even cheaper. If you are in the mood then get yourself to The Whisky Exchange and buy buy buy!

Some members in the past 12 months have taken opportunities at various points to buy whisky online so when I saw the Aussie dollar exchanging at £.64 to $1AU the time had come. I did a quick check at The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt and found the following results:

Cost of Whisky per bottle: Considerably Cheaper at The Whisky Exchange.

Ability to calculate shipping costs: Both site equally as good.

Cost of postage to Australia: Considerably cheaper with The Whisky Exchange.

Shopping cart process: Better with The Whisky Exchange.

Ability to find the whisky of choice: Faster and more direct at The Whisky Exchange.

Range of available Whisky: Many more harder to get items at The Whisky Exchange.

Presentation of website overall: Better at Master Of Malt but also cluttered where it does not need to be.

Overall you will see from my results that The Whisky Exchange came through with the goods faster and more efficiently in the ordering process, as well as cost leading me to make the choice to order with them. I was disappointed with Master Of Malt simply because I was actually wanting to order form them to have a point of different from other members experiences ordering online but also because Master Of Malt offered me opportunities to order some small samples in the package.

Ok so to follow on, the The Whisky Exchange quickly flowed me through the process of signing up as a member before continuing with the order. A few credit card details and I was away. I got some very quick follow up emails with my details and the purchase receipt as well as a tracking number and a link to Parcelforce.com to track the progress of the order.

How long did it take you may be asking? Despatch date was 11th August and it arrived at my door 7 days later.

Packaging by The Whisky Exchange
Packaging was good and arrived in an unmarked brown box and no Additional duty was charged at customs. As you can see from the pictures it arrived with no damage in site. On cutting through the strong tape I was created with a 4 part partition and green foam slugs filling every empty space. A nice little card was also found on top telling me who packed the box and who to call if there was any issues with the condition of the contents (a nice touch). Extracting the bottle of whisky to my delight I found each individual carton has been opened and repacked with more green foam slugs and each bottle encased in bubble warp. Attention to detail unsurpassed!

So what did we order? 4 bottles all up with x2 Laphroaig Cask Strength Batch 001, x1 Laphroaig Quarter Cask, and x1 Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX.

Price comparison per bottle:

Laphroaig Cask Strength: £41.63 / $64.95 AU each
Laphroaig Quarter Cask: £23.29 / $36.19 AU each
Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX: £ 46.88 / $73.14 AU each
Shipping x4 bottles: £48.00 /  $74.88 AU ($18.72 AU per bottle)

For those in the know a quick calculation in your head with give you some astounding results in comparison to anything you pay in any of the shops locally. Even on the best day the Laphroaig Quarter Cask will still fetch $98AU at a Dan Murphy's if your lucky. That's a BIG saving!

Overall the experience was great with no hiccups. Price was good, items available was good, delivery was good, results were great! Just remember to always calculate your shipping costs into the deal before purchasing to ensure your making a genuine saving. If I was to give a dram than the experience was a solid 6 1/2 out of 7. Many thanks to The Whisky Exchange.

The Baron