Whisky Magazine Issue 106
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Joe bates heads to Schiphol to see what's on offer
Amsterdam Schiphol is rapidly becoming one of Europe's best airports to find rare, exclusive and highly collectible single-malt whiskies. Schiphol Airport Retail (SAR), the company running Schiphol's dutyfree liquor concession, has succeeded in pulling off a string of high-profile listings since the opening of its Finest Spirits & Cigars store in Lounge 3.
The selection, which encompasses Scotch whisky, Cognac, Champagne, fine wine and cigars, is unashamedly premium with no spirits stocked there priced under €25 (£19.60). The most famous malt whisky to have landed there so far is undoubtedly the single piece The Dalmore Brilliance Vintage 1926, which has already made headlines around the world.
The €250,000 (£196,300) whisky's Art Deco-style decanter boasts a 1.83 carat, €40,000 (£31,400) diamond stopper and contains whiskies from three exceptionally rare casks dating back to 1868, 1878 and 1926. It still takes price of place at the front of Find whisky heaven on Earth Joe Batesheads to Schiphol to see what's on offer travel retail the store, pulling in many Mainland Chinese travellers, who are increasingly driving sales of high-end spirits at the airport.
SAR has been working hard to follow up this exclusive listing with new rare malt whiskies aimed squarely at the collectors' market. Confirmed ultra-premium Scotch whiskies set to go on sale at the Lounge 3 Finest Spirits & Cigars store during the rest of 2012 include expressions such as Glenfiddich 50 Years Old,...