Whisky Magazine Issue 130
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Out and about in Scotland and Kentucky
At Whisky Magazine we are always looking for new ideas to engage our readers. For the first time since the redesign of the magazine in 2013, we have produced a special feature on Global Travel Retail (GTR). Joe Bates, our resident Travel Retail expert, examines this hugely important market for whisky producers and which is now a £40 billion business. I had no idea that duty2free started way back in 1947 at Shannon airport where a wily catering manager, Dr Brendan O'Regan, decided that it would be a very good idea to try and get some additional revenue from his captive audience.
At the end of the article we have chosen a number of GTR exclusive whiskies which two of our regular contributors were given to taste, and the results are on page 52 – 57. It is our intention next year to follow this up with other specialist tastings. I hasten to add that this has not prevented us from including our usual round up of New Release tastings.
Since the start of the Battle of the Blends, and now in its final round, I have been overwhelmed by the response from our readers who wish to take part in the judging process. I have been approached by readers from as far afield as Hong Kong, Australia and the United States as well as many here in the UK. The samples will be going out at the beginning of September and the voting will be done entirely online. It is still not too late to contact me at the usual address if anyone would like to take part, but you need to be quick. The result will be ...