Whisky Magazine Issue 105
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Joes Bates looks at a sparking travel-retail whisky collection
If the Queen and Prince Philip decide to fly away from it all after the recent exhausting (and decidedly damp) Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Heathrow Royal Suite will be the last bit of England they see before their royal plane takes to the skies. This rather unprepossessing grey building, which stands suitably aloof from Heathrow's main terminals, not only sends the Royal Family off on their travels, but also hosts other VIP visitors such as heads of state and other dignitaries, who are visiting the UK.
As reported in last issue's news pages, this regal location was the recent stage for one of the most extraordinary travel-retail whisky launches – the £158,000 The Dalmore Constellation Collection.
It was the first time that the Royal Suite has opened its doors to the hoi polloi and a major coup for retailer World Duty Free, which displayed the entire Collection in its flagship Terminal 5 shop during the month of May.
The entertaining Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson was at his flamboyant best at the launch, donning white gloves to handle the fine crystal decanters before leading a group of lucky journalists through a lively tasting of some his favourite whiskies in the collection. A decade in preparation, the 21 bottle-strong collection of single cask whiskies features vintages dating from 1964 to 1992. Prices are of course not for the faint hearted. They start at a relatively modest £2,000 for the 1992 and a bank-busting £20,000 for the sublime 1964, a ...