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Issue 88 - Join the debate

Whisky Magazine Issue 88
June 2010


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Competition please Joe Bates' reports about the whisky offering at different airports prompted me to express my opinion.

I think the whisky offering at the airports has become very uniform and sterile in recent months and years, and I see two major reasons for it: Firstly, it's usually one retailer that has a monopoly at the whole airport, and that doesn't force them to be creative.

Secondly, we see that some of the stronger duty free retailers start to rule airports in more and more neighbouring countries (call it globalisation?).

And they typically offer some reasonable choice at one or two big airports, while the small ones feel like unwanted siblings.

I travel regularly, and – unless I am very late for my flight – I always browse through the airport shops to check what's new on whisky offer. And more and more I am missing one thing – competition!

Petr Hosek, Vienna, Austria Small screen whiskies In WM86 Kevin Bennet is referring to Wooldridge on Whisky which I videoed on a tape cassette.

I do not know the date but it was some years ago. I have not had a chance to check my recording as I am now set up for dvds, but I am sure I could make a copy if he wishes.

John Goodall, Buckinghamshire, UK Duty Free UK I work as a Whisky Specialist in the World of Whiskies at Stansted Airport (i.e. the "Duty Free" shop).

Your statement in the Editor's Word (Issue 87), "Now I know that not many can shop in these hallowed halls of airport luxury..." is, in fact, incorrect as ...

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