Whisky Magazine Issue 122
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What's in store at Terminal 5
A recent business trip to Paris saw me fetch up at London Heathrow Terminal 5 with enough time before my early morning flight to take a bleary-eyed tour around the main World Duty Free (WDF) store. I was in for a surprise! It's six years since Terminal 5 opened its doors and WDF clearly think its time to ring the changes as half of the main store was closed for renovation when I ambled by while the other half containing the main tasting bar was dedicated to a big new Bacardi launch.
Nothing too interesting for whisky fans there, but a couple of stores along I spied a brand new World of Whiskies shop. As I recall it the old Terminal 5 World of Whiskies store was buried in the main beauty shop for some inexplicable reason, but I'm pleased to say in its new incarnation World of Whiskies gets its own standalone store. The emphasis is very much on the big brands more than categories and regions, so big hitters in travel-retail like Glenfiddich, Isle of Jura, Johnnie Walker, The Dalmore and Jack Daniel's get their own back-wall displays.
There is also a gondola dedicated to affordable travel-retail exclusives (the high-end, ultra-premium whiskies seem to be under lock and key behind the sales counter at the back of the store). Among the exclusive whiskies to catch my eye was the latest Glenfiddich Age of Discovery 19 Year Old release, finished in South American red wine casks to create a sweet moreish whisky with lots of red berry and dry, spicy flavours (£85.99), and Auche...