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There was a time not so very long ago when collectors of whiskey, cognac, and other aged spirits had to catch the occasional international flight if they wanted to find certain bottles at retail. Special edition bottles sold only at duty free shops in international air terminals have long been a staple in the product lineups of distilleries around the world, lending an additional air of exclusivity to unique or limited edition liquids (and something for collectors to seek out on that long layover in Heathrow or Hong Kong).

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