Whisky Magazine Issue 110
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Cork airport unveils its own Irish Whiskey Collection Joe Bates reports
This time round we fly off to beautiful West Ireland, home of course to the vast Midleton Distillery, but also a brand new Irish whiskey store at Cork airport. I say ‘store,' but actually the new Irish Whiskey Collection is more of a ‘shop-in-shop' to use industry lingo rather than a standalone store, but it is a welcome newcomer nonetheless.
The Cork airport Irish Whiskey Collection is a scaled-down version of an award-winning concept first unveiled at Dublin airport back in 2010. Irish whiskey in all its styles and varieties had never been presented in such a thorough and stylish way in travel-retail before. The concept was a hit with both local and overseas travellers, and by 2011, the store had been rolled out at Shannon airport.
The concept has a presence in all three of the country's airports. With Midleton just down the road, master distiller Barry Crockett was the natural choice to officially open the new store late last year alongside a number of big wigs from Dublin Airport Authority, as well as Cork airport's own director Niall MacCarthy, pictured above, clearly enjoying a glass of one of the 78 Irish whiskeys available in the new store.
The offer boasts all the best-selling Irish whiskey brands, including an extensive collection of premium Jameson references, Bushmills, Paddy, Tullamore Dew, Redbreast, Powers and Wild Geese. A decent selection of Cooley references is also available such as the powerfully peated yet balanced Connemara Cask Strength (€53.95...