Whisky Magazine Issue 87
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Joe Bates checks out the latest developments at Sydney.
The most high profile dutyfree store opening of 2010 so far has undoubtedly been Down Under at Sydney International airport. A giant 4,000 square metre store – claimed by the retailer The Nuance Group to be the largest airport shop in the southern hemisphere – opened its doors there in February.
The SYD Tax and Duty Free shop boasts a great range of Aussie and Kiwi wines, a superb selection of fragrances and gourmet of chocolates, and even an area selling merchandise related to one of Australia's most successful recent exports, The Wiggles, a relentlessly chirpy rock band aimed at pre-schoolers.
The World of Whisky area, which unusually is laid out by taste profile rather than by region, doesn't disappoint either. There is plenty to interest the serious collector with rare whiskies such as Glenfiddich 40 Years Old at A$2,499 (£1,518), The Macallan 1824 Decanter at A$2,199 (£1,355.50) and The Glenlivet 1964 at A$2,299 (£1,400).
Islay whisky enthusiasts should seek out the excellent Laphroaig 25 Years Old (A$349/£212) or Ardbeg Uigeadail (A$149/£90.50), the latter being a beautifully sweet and smoky dram matured in bourbon barrels and sherry butts.
Much lighter in style, but nicely sweet and floral is the handsomely packaged Longmorn 16 Years Old priced at A$99 (£60).
Sydney gets its fair share of Asian tourists and business travellers so the new store has a generous selection of superpremium and ultra-premium blends, most notably the duty-free exclusive The John...