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Issue 139 - The Far East Promise

Whisky Magazine Issue 139
October 2016


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The Far East Promise

Asian airports raise the bar

It's certainly an exciting time to be a whisky loving traveller if you are heading to some of Asia's major hub airports in the coming months. Let's start our Asian tour at Singapore Changi Airport where DFS Group has just opened its second wine and spirits Duplex store. Located in Terminal 2, this new shop is considerably larger than the company's first Duplex store which opened in Terminal 3 last May, but it has the same contemporary look and feel, having been designed by award-winning Japanese interior designer, Masamichi Katayama.

DFS claims the new store boasts the largest assortment of single malt whiskies of any duty-free shop in Asia, running to some 179 different varieties. Add to that tally 68 blended Scotch whiskies, 30 American whiskeys, and Asian brands such as Japan's Yamazaki, Hibiki and Chita, as well as Taiwan's Kavalan, and you clearly have an impressive selection.

Among the top tier single malts stocked are Royal Brackla 35 Years Old at S$21,300 (£11,850), Glenfiddich Vintage Reserve 1973 (S$7,980/£4,440) and The Macallan No 6 in Lalique (S$5,303/£2,950). For a full run down of what's on offer there, including more affordable offerings, please take a look at DFS's excellent online shop and collect site:

If you have the time before your flight, walk up to the second floor of the store where you'll find the Whisky House concept where around 100 different whiskies are available to be sampled with sales staff on hand to help you make t...

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