A taste of Danish

A taste of Danish

Joe Bates with the latest from travel retail

Travel Retail 09 Sep 2005 | Interviews | By Joe Bates

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Store Focus.Copenhagen Kastrup.If only every duty-free shop could look like Swiss travel retailer The Nuance Group’s new flagship store at Copenhagen airport.At a spacious 2,700sq m this light, airy outlet, is easily the largest airport shop in Europe.The wellstocked liquor section is separated into three areas: white liquor, wine and brown liquor. Between 250 and 270 whiskies are offered in the brown liquor corner, about 80 per cent of them Scotch whiskies, 10 per cent Irish, and the remaining 10 per cent Bourbons and other international whiskies.The store’s best-selling whiskies are all blends: The Famous Grouse, Chivas Regal and Ballantines.The malt selection is impressive and includes a number of rare, super-premium or travel-retail exclusive references, including Laphroaig 30 year old (DKK2,349/£215.85), Bowmore 25 year old (DKK1,499/£137.75), Ardmore 100th Anniversary (DKK999.95/£93.26) and Springbank 1989 Port Wood (DKK579/£353.20).The store has a rolling programme of promotions and about six-eight whiskies are available for tasting at any one time. During August offers include Ballantines Gold Seal at DKK229.95 (£21.12), Scapa 14 year old at DK209.95 (£19.30) and Laphroaig 10 year old at DKK219.95 (£20.20).An excellent whisky offer is also to be found at Nuance’s Connoisseurs Club store, which is located in Terminal 3. Best Buy.Scapa 14 Year Old.In January this year Scapa distillery, one of only two Orkney whiskies, re-opened full time after being refurbished by owner Allied Domecq.Although this remote, windswept distillery’s future is now uncertain as Allied’s portfolio is split up between Pernod Ricard and Fortune Brands, a new reference, Scapa 14 year old, is now on sale at major European travel-retail locations.Replacing the old 12 year old, this new malt is richer and more rounded than its predecessor and is handsomely housed in new packaging illustrated with a lighthouse, a reference to the many lighthouses situated near the distillery around Scapa Flow.The whisky itself is nicely balanced with a deep honeyed colour; butterscotch, dried fruits on the nose; a smooth and full body, and a rich, long finish.Scapa 14 year old is priced at £25.99 Recommended Buy.Penderyn Whisky.This acclaimed Welsh whisky has finally found its way into travel-retail after being listed by World of Whiskies.Launched on St David’s Day (March 1) last year, owner Welsh Whisky Company expects sales to reach 100,000 bottles this year.Penderyn, which is priced in duty-free at about £24, has a balanced taste with an aroma of cream toffee and finishing notes of tropical fruits, raisins and vanilla.Unsurprisingly, Penderyn is also on sale at Cardiff airport.
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