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Buying Whisky in the USA just got cheaper (and clearer)

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Good news everyone… Buying whisky in the USA just got cheaper (and clearer).

As many of you will know, here at MOM we’ve been selling things at the same price in the US and UK for a long time, in both cases incorporating the cost of the local taxes into the price of the whisky so you could always see exactly what you were going to be charged on the product page before you even got to the checkout, without any “hidden extras”.

Of course, there was still the shipping cost to add on, but everyone already knows shipping is a thing, so it’s not exactly a shock when you get to the checkout.

Now, although the tax regimes in the two countries are quite different (the UK has VAT at 20%, the US has a whole bunch of taxes and duties which are, by and large, lower than those of the UK), we found that if we covered all the US duty and customs clearance costs from the price of the drinks there was still enough left over to subsidise the cost of the shipping, bringing it down from “ridiculously high” to just “higher than we’d like”.

So that’s what we did, and all was well, except that an increasing number of people have been telling us they’d rather see the different costs broken down separately rather than have them included in the product price.

It makes the whole thing a little more complex, but it does make it completely transparent, so that’s what we’re going to do.

That means from today you’ll see massively reduced product prices (with no tax, duty, shipping, signature or customs costs bundled in) together with an additional line at the checkout called “Customs Charges” which now includes those things.

We’ve had to slightly increase our shipping costs to reflect the actual cost of sending stuff to the States now we’re not subsidising it so heavily. (We are working with our US shipping partners to reduce costs further, but even as they stand now they should still be less than you’ll pay elsewhere).

The really good news is we’ve also taken the opportunity to look at our pricing and make additional reductions across the board, in some cases significant reductions.

We don’t think you’ll be able to find the same delivered prices anywhere else, in fact, if you can then please let us know and we’ll almost certainly match it. (We might even pop an extra dram of something nice in your order to thank you for bringing it to our attention!)

So, there we go – lower prices overall and a more transparent charging structure. That takes care of Wednesday.

Have a good week everyone.


The Chaps at Master of Malt

Categories : News, Whisky

29 comments on “Buying Whisky in the USA just got cheaper (and clearer)”

  1. Zach S says:

    I didn't notice any price changes in a few of the Single Malts I was looking at, but glad to see MoM looking out for those of us on the other side of the pond who have a difficult time finding more unique bottles!

  2. Mike Demonbreun says:

    Thanks for the information and insight. Don't really have a problem getting any Bourbon's or Whisky's or Whiskey's. Live in Tennessee and Bourbons and or TN, products are easy to get with Kentucky being next door. Plus if I am correct there is a bill here on the floor to lower liquor prices since tobacco tax is out of the roof for children's health care. But please do keep up the great work..

  3. As a US resident, I'm a big fan of your site already, but I really appreciate this added transparency. I'll be on the lookout for these even better prices (I think there'll be a few new bottles in my future soon!)

  4. Bjarne Kjærstad says:

    As a Norwegian, I am used to prices out of this world for alcohol and tobacco. (And other lifesaving goodies as well…) After tasting Oban, I can tell you that it was a delicious experience, and will be repeated. No matter tax , price, toll or whatever our government lays on my worn shoulders. Keep on making your delicious drops of life !!

  5. Bjarne Kjærstad says:

    Recommended !!

  6. Rishav Dey says:


    I would like to inquire about the shipping costs to India. Could please shed some light on it?

  7. James McLeod says:

    Can you ship to my house, in Arkansas?

    1. Emma Golds says:

      Sadly Arkansas is one of the few states that we are unable to ship to. We can deliver to plenty of others though, if you have a delivery address in another state? 🙂


    can you ship to Brazil

    1. Emma Golds says:

      Sadly not at this time 🙁

  9. inan says:

    can you ship to Turkey ?

    1. Emma Golds says:

      Hi there, sadly at this time we do not ship to Turkey 🙁 I am so sorry!

      1. Mia says:

        Hi! Can you ship to Finland?

  10. Alberto Viloria says:

    Buenas, ¿hacen envíos a Venezuela?

    1. Alberto Viloria says:

      Hi, are you sending Venezuela?

  11. Lauren says:

    Hi – Can you ship to Pennsylvania?

  12. Joshlyn says:

    Hi,do I need to pay for import duty if shipping to Malaysia

  13. njc says:

    Hi can you ship to Canada?

    1. Jade (Customer Service) says:

      Unfortunately Canadian customs are unusually strict and sadly we cannot ship here 🙁

      1. Leticia Lopez says:

        Jade, so do you or don’t you charge to deliver to the United States? I want my Scotch darn it!!
        So what’s it going to take? Want to give you my business as you have better selections & very good prices, hands down.

  14. Alan says:

    Hello, Could you ship to Taiwan?

  15. Gerhard Tonhaeuser says:

    can you ship Mission Glen scotia 1993 to Germany. which Price?

    1. Mollie Cocklin says:

      Hello there,
      I’m really sorry but we not stock this product. 🙁

  16. Leticia Lopez says:

    So do you or don’t you charge to deliver to the United States? I want my Scotch darn it!! So what’s it going to take?

  17. Bablu Chatterjee says:

    From India, really would love to buy some of you collections, which are unavailable over here. Could you please let me know the hassles and charges of Customs in India, actually don’t want to fall into situations where after paying for the product, would run into trouble.

  18. Pennie Rhodes says:

    You no longer ship to the USA?? Since when? I’m looking to buy the husband his much anticipated holiday “Advent Calendar of Scotch” but when I select delivery to the USA, I get a message in rude red letters saying you no loner deliver to the USA 😳😳😳. This will not do. Please tell me what is going on here.

    1. Sue Cutsogeorge says:

      Yes! I want to know too. We have purchased from you before and we’re looking forward to another order.

    2. James says:

      Same here – though I thought this blog would help explain why, but it doesn’t – instead it just seems to explain that they’re helping us better understand US costs. Is this in relation to the new (and unknown) impact of US tariffs/tax changes and Brexit changes? Though I greatly appreciate you guys linking to other sites to purchase for the US — been a big fan & consumer for years, plan to continue it (if I can)

      1. Jordon says:

        It’s because Anheuser-Busch InBev purchased Master of Malt’s parent company Atom Group. Due to US’s three tier distribution laws, they can’t produce (Anheuser-Busch) and then sell (MoM) to consumer’s. It’s antiquated and frankly stupid, but until laws change stateside, there’s not much that can be done about it. I don’t foresee laws changing either as it would cut out the middle man and I’m sure they have plenty of lobbyists to prevent that from changing.

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