25 APRIL 2016
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If you need an excuse to go to Heathrow other than to catch a flight, the airport on Wednesday (27 April) embarks on its month-long annual Whisky Experience, with 300 varieties of the amber nectar (sorry Foster’s, but this is the real thing) on offer.
The choice ranges from travel exclusives to premium single malts, and experts will be on hand throughout May to introduce them.
Nearly 1.1m bottles of whisky are sold at Heathrow each year, with passengers to the US, India and China the most likely to pick one up.
If you need further incentive, whisky is also a key export for the UK, with Scotch accounting for a quarter of our food and drink exports, generating £4bn for the economy.
Heathrow has also teamed up this year with fashion designer Giles Deacon, who has produced a set of bespoke whisky stones as a gift for customers spending £70 or more on the spirit in duty-free stores.
Single-malt drinkers, look away now – whisky stones are a substitute for ice cubes and are used because they retain their chill factor without compromising the flavour of the drink.
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Catherine Chetwynd, London, UK
As an avid whisky drinker I do not subscribe to the myth that ice in whisky is sacrilege. One cube of ice does not chill the drink and the drinker experiences the different notes of the whisky as the ice slowly melts. Oh, joy!