Happily receiving amazon.co.uk vouchers over the festive season I rushed to place some orders in the hopes they’d get through before Brexit kicked in.
Many Irish based whiskey fans use UK online sites to source product not normally available in Ireland & there had been warnings this could be in jeopardy after Britain left the EU.
My orders would test this new reality.
A few choices were simply rejected.
So my search narrowed from the start.
A mixed bag of affordable spirits eventually made my basket.
Jatt Life Irish Whiskey
One of many sourced Irish Whiskey brands that exist totally outside of Ireland. This one appears to focus on the Asian market.
Mezcales De Leyenda
An attractive Mezcal triple pack to continue my appreciation of this alluring spirit.
Mexico’s foray into whisky excited me.
English Park Whisky
A Czech distillery marketing a Union Jack clad whisky in the UK amused me for the sheer ‘we spotted a market & we’ll fill it’ opportunity.
A few books made up the remainder & I sat back to await developments.
Within a week Jatt Life cancelled.
Within a fortnight the books & English Park arrived.
Sadly English Park was broken – but a replacement arrived swiftly.
Then both the Mezcal & Abasolo – coming from the same supplier – cancelled as well.
And that was it!
Ordering spirits from the UK is effectively closed.
Will Irish suppliers step up to provide an extended range?
Will former UK based operations set up in Ireland?
Or do the costs & market size just not stack up?
Whatever happens it appears the diversity of choice just got smaller & all that was solid melted into air.
Thank you Brexit.
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