Whisky Magazine Issue 61
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Joe Bates Gardermoen shops offer taxed locals whisky paradise
Norway suffers from some of the highest alcohol prices in the world so it comes as no surprise to learn the locals have an almost religious devotion to duty-free shopping. They track down bargains whenever they can while travelling and can now take advantage of Oslo Gardermoen's new duty-free arrivals shops on their return, where prices are nearly three times cheaper than the domestic market.
The whisky offer at the airport's bright, modern and spacious stores is extremely broad for duty-free, running to almost 100 different varieties. The store's five best sellers are Chivas Regal, John Jameson, Upper Ten, Famous Grouse and Johnnie Walker Red Label.
The malt enthusiast is particularly well catered for, the range encompassing favourites such as the popular Distillers Edition range and Glenmorangie finishes, as well as a nice selection of Island drams such as Highland Park 18 Years Old (NOK509/£41.95), Talisker 18 Years Old (NOK419/£34.54), and Bowmore Mariner 15 Years Old (NOK375/£30.91).
Speyside devotees won't be disappointed either as the assortment includes high-end choices such as Glenfiddich Ancient Reserve 18 Years Old (NOK359/£29.60), The Macallan Cask Strength (NOK389/£32.06) and The Glenlivet 15 Years Old (NOK329/£27.12).
Super-premium blends include Chivas Regal 18 Years Old (NOK509/£41.95) and Johnnie Walker Blue Label (NOK1100/£90.70).
The airport shops are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and travellers can check out prices before they leave h...