Whisky Magazine Issue 77
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Joe Bates heads out to Germany's largest place of work to check out the whisky selection
Frankfurt airport likes to call itself an ‘Airport City' and it's not hard to see why. It is not only Europe's third largest airport with 52m passengers a year, flying to 307 destinations in 109 countries worldwide, it is also Germany's largest single place of work,employing an astonishing 70,000 people.That's more then German car giant Volkswagon.
The airport is vast, covering 20m square metres, which is spread out across two terminals, which are sub-divided into concourses.
For ease of use,navigability and friendliness of staff Frankfurt gets mixed reviews from travellers, but thankfully the retail offer is widely considered top notch.
The numerous duty-free and Travel Value stores are all operated by Gebr Heinemann.
They boast a decent range of whiskies. In recent years the retailer has made a point of stocking older and rarer malts such as Highland Park 40 Years Old at E1,150 (£950), and Highland Park 30 Years Old at E205 (£170), which are both currently in stock.
There are plenty of more affordable malts to choose from too, including travel-retail exclusives such as Glengoyne Burnfoot (E33.50/£27.65),The Macallan Elegancia 12 Years Old (E44/£36.30) and Smokehead Extra Rare (E43/£35.50).
The range of blended Scotch whiskies is extensive too with plenty of top-end products to choose from such as Chivas Regal 25 Years Old at E219 (£180.70), Ballantine's 30 Years Old at E260 (£214.50) and Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V at E395 (£326).
My pick of the...