Whisky Magazine Issue 51
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Joe Bates with the latest from travel retail
Vancouver airport hit the headlines earlier this year after its duty-free stores announced they had stocked five bottles of the world's most expensive cognac, L'Esprit de Courvoisier, priced at a cool C$5,750 (£2,700) each.
The whiskies on offer at Vancouver are also excellent and rather more affordable. Duty-free concessionaire The Nuance Group operates three stores at the airport and a downtown outlet at 1026 Alberni Street.
The best store for whisky at the airport is the Connoisseur Shop, stocking between 65 and 70 whiskies, including many rare items. Prices are at least 30 per cent cheaper than at domestic outlets.
Bottle sizes are predominantly one litre rather than the 750ml found domestically.
Hard-to-find references include Glenfiddich 12 year old (C$36.73/£17.25); Macallan Elegancia 12 year old (C$62/£29.15) and Ballantine's 21 year old (C$109.99/£51.70).
New launches coming soon include Glenlivet Nadurra 16 year old, Glenfiddich 30 year old and Caoran Reserve Silver Tube.
About 35 whiskies are available for tasting and resident liquor expert Roberto Roberti is on hand to answer customer queries.
Promotions for October include Chivas Regal 12 year old for C$99.99 (£46.99) and 10 per cent discounts on Chivas Regal 18 year old and any Balvenie or Glenfiddich reference.
Highland Park 16 Year Old.
The Edrington Group is determined to reverse the fortunes of its award-winning Orcadian malt, Highland Park.
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