Top Travel Edition Whiskies you will only find on Duty Free
Travel Retail Exclusives are limited edition whiskies released by distilleries, and as the name suggests, these are valuable and exclusive bottlings. What does Travel Retail mean? It means that these limited edition bottlings can only be bought at the distillery itself, or from a duty free whisky store.
Many a times, whisky distilleries and blenders release such limited edition expressions on travel retail as a means to conduct a controlled study before an eventual wider release. Some brands prefer to preserve the status of these limited edition whiskies, not releasing them widely. Such whiskies are extremely rare to find, and the opportunity to purchase them are few.
Take the Johnnie Walker Double Black as an example, which was only released on travel retail earlier. It proved to be a huge success for the brand, eventually being released globally in 2011 to much acclaim.
Here is our list of the most exclusive, well-crafted and must have limited edition travel exclusive whisky bottlings for every enthusiastic whisky lover and collector to have!
Ballantine’s Mumbai Limited Edition
Part of the Satellite City limited edition series unveiled by the Scotch whisky behemoths of the world, this is an extremely unique bottling. Mumbai, one of the world’s largest cities, and known as the financial capital of India is among a handful of cities over the world to be honoured by Ballantine’s
The bottles are adorned with satellite images of said cities, taken during the night as they showcase the vibrancy and buzzing nightlife of the region. Ballantine’s lovers and collectors can get their hands on this wonderful limited edition Scotch whisky by shopping at Duty Free whisky stores.
The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve Whisky
The Speyside giants are renowned for their critical and commercially successful single malt Scotch Whisky yet have never stopped pursuing excellence. The Glenlivet’s Master Distiller Reserve is one of the three Travel Retail Exclusives released by the brand recently under the ‘Triple Oak’ series, matured in a selection of three rare casks.
Created by Master Distiller Alan Winchester, the Master Distiller’s Reserve is matured in traditional, first-fill and ex-Sherry barrels. Bursting with fruity flavours and aromas, it has hints of nuts and spice with the signature smoothness of The Glenlivet making it one of our top recommendations for a Duty Free whisky purchase.
Jameson Triple Triple Whiskey
The Triple Triple is one of the most recent releases from the Irish whiskey makers that are leading the revival of the once prosperous industry worldwide. Jameson Triple Triple was launched at the beginning of the third quarter of 2019
The work of Master Blender Billy Leighton, the Jameson Triple Triple is named as such for the triple cask maturation, and for the triple distillation process it undergoes. A blend of single pot still and grain whiskies, this unique iteration of the classic Jameson Whiskey is currently only available as Travel Retail Exclusive, and you should not miss the chance to grab it at duty free whisky stores and add it to your priceless whisky collection.
Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series
For what is to be the 200th anniversary of the brand in 2020, Johnnie Walker have planned to release the Black Label Origin Series, four whiskies created exclusively for the occasion. In order to pay homage to the four different regions that supply their single malts to make the Black Label possible, the Origin Black Label Series will contain blends created entirely of whiskies from that specific region.
Islay, Speyside, Highlands and Lowlands are the four regions to get their own blends. All of the whiskies that are part of this release will be 12 Years Old, and shall be available at a 42% ABV.
Loch Lomond Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish
This single malt Scotch from Loch Lomond was rebranded in 2015, and is now available exclusively as a travel retail exclusive. Very fruity with traces of nutty flavours, this is a non-chill filtered single malt bottled at a slightly higher 46% ABV.
Double matured in traditional ex-Bourbon and later ex-Madeira barrels, the Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish is a very well-rated single malt Scotch. The whisky has won a few awards, and would make a great addition to any whisky bar.
The Macallan Lumina
Part of the Macallan Quest range of single malt whiskies, the Lumina is one of the four distinctly characterized Scotch whiskies from the Speyside legends. Having underwent an extended maturation period in two types of Sherry seasoned barrels, European and American and some acquaintance with hogsheads.
A noticeably heavier citrus and vanilla character defines this single malt that boasts of a creamy texture, and hints of spice, oak and ripe fruits. Other whiskies that are part of the Quest Collection are the Macallan Enigma, Macallan Terra and Macallan Quest itself.
Jack Daniel’s Bottled in Bond
An exclusive new release from the makers of the bestselling American whiskey worldwide. Jack Daniel’s Bottled In Bond expression has been created on the eponymous Act passed by the US Congress in the 1800s. The Bottled In Bond Act required whiskey makers to age their spirit for at least four years, and bottle it at a 100 Proof (50% ABV).
This old school iteration of Jack Daniel’s was made available exclusively on travel retail, before being added to the standard Jack Daniel’s range. Although it can still be difficult to find a bottle outside the United States, you can find it on duty free whisky stores easily.
Considered a Highland classic, the Glenmorangie single malt is one of the world’s most famous ‘Glens’, behind The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich of course. The Glenmorangie Duthac has been named after St. Duthac, who rests peacefully near the site of the Glenmorangie Distillery.
The Duthac is part of the Glenmorangie Legends series, a collection of travel exclusive single malts from the brand. This particular expression was released in honour of King James IV, and his annual pilgrimage to Tain, to visit the shrine of St. Duthac.
These are out top recommendations for the most elusive and not-too-easily available travel exclusive whiskies that can make your whisky collection even more exciting.