Whisky Magazine Issue 102
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Joe Bates looks at how London City Airport is gearing up
London City airport is set for an extremely busy year.
Wealthy bankers and the business elite typically throng the capital's smallest and most central airport, which is located just a stone's throw from Canary Wharf, the epicentre of Britain's financial services industry.
This summer, however, thousands of people will descend on London City not to trade shares or buy bonds, but to see the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet. The main Olympics site is two miles down the road.
London City's owners have been busy spring-cleaning ahead of the big event. Some £7m was spent sprucing the airport up last year and the renovations included the building of a much larger 280 square-metre departures shop, and the appointment of a new shop operator, Aelia Duty Free.
As might be expected given the number of business travellers passing through, Scotch whisky and Champagne are given pride of place in the new store.
Looking at the line up of Scotch whiskies available, however, it is a surprise that there aren't more rare or collectible drams up for grabs.
Perhaps bankers' bonuses really are being pruned back in this age of austerity because the most expensive whisky on sale is a bottle of The Balvenie 30 Years Old at just £549.
In contrast, at Heathrow it is not unusual to find rare malt whiskies going for sale at £5,000.
Enough vulgar talk about price, there are plenty of excellent whiskies on sale at London City, from the powerfully smoky 48.6% abv Laphroaig 25 Years Old at ...