Whisky Magazine Issue 95
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Joe Bates finds shopping at Budapest airport plays to a new tune
?Although an integral part of modern life airports have seldom inspired great pop songs unless of course you are a fan of the British pub rock band Motors' cheesy 1978 hit ‘Airport'. Nevertheless, airport owners seem to like nothing better than to rename airports after famous local rock stars, musicians or composers. Liverpool John Lennon airport, Louis Armstrong New Orleans and Warsaw Chopin airports are just three examples that spring to mind.
Budapest Ferihegy airport is the latest to get in on the act, renaming itself after the city's most famous composer, Ferenc Liszt. The airport's excuse was the opening of a massive new SkyCourt at the international Terminal 2, which is set to transform traveller's experience of Hungary's largest airport.
At the centre of the new €88m (£76.6m) development is a 1,400 square metre walk-through travel-retail store, which makes a point of championing local products. Hungarian wines, including vintage Tokaji wines from as far back as 1940, are the star of the show, with fruit brandies, salamis and goose liver playing supporting roles.
In contract, the whisky offer is solid rather than spectacular, a reflection of the fact that the airport probably gets fewer wealthier business travellers than some other Western European hubs. Having said that, travellers will find some super-deluxe blends such as Johnnie Walker Blue Label (€154/£134), as well as some more affordable single malts such as the excellent Bunnahabhain Darach Ur at ...