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Issue 75 - More than chocolates

Whisky Magazine Issue 75
October 2008

 

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More than chocolates

Joe Bates heads to the land of confectionary to discover some whisky gems

Belgian Sky Shops is one of the longest running dutyfree operations in the world.The company has been trading at Brussels airport for 50 years since the airport opened its doors in 1958 to welcome visitors to the World Fair, which was being held in the city that year.

Half a century later and the retailer is still going strong, running 30 shops at the airport. It sells a whopping 850 tons of Belgian chocolate a year, but my interest was sparked in a new shop called Epicure which Belgian Sky Shops has just opened in Pier A, which is the Schengen terminal. It is dedicated to malt whisky, Champagne,XO Cognac, fine wine and Cuban cigars.

Epicure is a bright,modern and spacious shop, which is easy to browse.The malt whisky offer runs to 150 different brands and if you want to pick up a top quality of French wine there are more than 300 to choose from,as well as 80 Champagnes. I have yet to get the full run down of whiskies stocked, but the best-selling line after just one week of trading is apparently Lagavulin 21 Years Old at e138 (£109) so clearly the selection is geared towards the serious whisky collector.

Current price promotions on more affordable whiskies in the terminal's main store include 10 per cent off Auchentoshan 12 Years Old at e30.95 (£24.40), 20 per cent off The Singleton of Dufftown at e28 (£22) and 10 per cent off Bushmills Original at e18.05 (£14.22).

My advice though is to give Belgian Sky Shops a call before you travel to see what more interesting lin...

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