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Issue 62 - Gateway to exclusive whiskies

Whisky Magazine Issue 62
March 2007


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Gateway to exclusive whiskies

Joe Bates checks out the latest offers

Glasgow, the gateway to the Lowlands, narrowly pips Edinburgh as the busiest airport in Scotland and is rapidly expanding its route network to include long-haul destinations.

Owner BAAhas pumped a lot of money in recent years in trying to upgrade its retail and catering offer.

The whisky selection has benefited greatly from this investment and the airport's main World Duty Free (WDF) store, which was refurbished completely in 2005, now boasts a well-stocked World of Whiskies corner, stocking some 250 whiskies.

There are currently quite a few top-end malt whiskies there to catch the eye of collectors, including a bottle of the world's oldest whisky, Glenfiddich 1937, priced at £10,000. Other rarities include Glenfiddich 1955, which is exclusive to WDF at £5,000, Lagavulin 30 Year Old (£299) and Bowmore 30 Year Old (£100).

At the other end of the price spectrum, the top five sellers are the travel-retail exclusive Glenmorangie Cellar 13, Dewars 12 Years Old Special Reserve, The Macallan Elegancia, Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old and Balvenie Double Wood 12 Years Old. Also keep an eye out for Diageo's new vatted malt The Singleton of Dufftown, which is currently exclusive to WDF.

As for promotions, WDF has three major offers running at Glasgow: two for £30 on Chivas Regal, buy two and save £10 on The Glenlivet, and finally two for £15 on The Famous Grouse, Johnnie Walker Red Label and Bell's.

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