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Issue 149 - A tale of two airports

Whisky Magazine Issue 149
January 2018


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A tale of two airports

Two airports thousands of miles apart, but both have a new duty-free store and exclusive Highland Park bottlings to shout about

London Gatwick is spending £27.5 million on refurbishing its ageing North Terminal and a highlight of the ongoing revamp is a new 2,000 square-metre World Duty Free store, which opened late last year. Frequent flyers at Gatwick will find that the old standalone World of Whiskies outlet with its distinctive copper still has been swapped for a new World of Whiskies store that’s been incorporated into the main walkthrough shop.

Key elements of the familiar World of Whiskies concept have been retained, however. There’s a glass-screened Rare & Vintage section showcasing collectible spirits, a tasting bar and a large LED screen to display promotions and distillery information. There are also display units for popular brands such as Glenmorangie, Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal and Jack Daniel’s. Regional displays are dedicated to Islay, the Islands, the Lowlands, the Highlands, as well as Irish and American whiskeys.

Collectors will find plenty to get their pulses racing at the new store. They can choose from the likes of Balblair 1969 at £1,200, matured in first-fill American oak ex-Bourbon casks and a tropical delight with leathery, smoky overtones; the fruity, complex, but delicate Tomintoul 1976 at £375, and the intense Mortlach 25 Years Old, the oldest expression currently available in the range, which is priced at £523 for a 50cl bottle.

Travel retail exclusives are promoted heavily in the Gatwick North World of Whiskies outlet. For instance, to celebrate the ...

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