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Issue 69 - Small but perfectly formed

Whisky Magazine Issue 69
January 2008


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Small but perfectly formed

Joe Bates looks at the delightful London City airport.

If you are all too familiar with the long security queues, traffic jams and general pandemonium of Heathrow or Gatwick, taking a flight from London City airport comes as a pleasant surprise.

Along with your fellow passengers, who are mainly affluent city types, you are whisked through security in a trice to find yourself in a small, but wonderfully under-populated departures lounge. A short stroll along the tarmac takes you to waiting plane.

It is all such a revelatory experience it would be all too easy to bypass the airport's small and rather cluttered duty-free shop.

This would be a shame because if you can fight your way through the Hugo Boss shirts and fragrance promotions to the back of the store you will find a small, but perfectly decent whisky offer, which panders to the deep pockets of the frequent business travellers, who form the airport's main customer base.

The undoubted highlight of the selection is a wide range of specialist bottlings from Gordon & MacPhail taken from the company's Connoisseurs Choice collection.

The promoted whisky of the month when we travelled was Gordon & MacPhail Glen Keith 1967 at £74.99, but look on the airport's excellent website, before you travel to check out the entire range.

Elsewhere, you will also find some other fine collectors' items such as Lochnagar 33 Years Old, Inchgower 1965 and Macduff 35 Years Old, all priced on promotion at £149.99.

Meanwhile the mid-priced offer contains all the names...

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