For American airlines, the 4th of July (and the days around it) are some of the busiest times of the year. Last year, 600,000 passengers passed through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport alone in the holiday period. To celebrate Independence Day, we’ve found our favourite American brands available at duty free stores.The Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel 100 Proof Tennessee Whiskey is matured in carefully selected barrels, with each barrel imparting different nuances. The changes in temperature over time during maturation ensure for intense, aromatic flavours. The whiskey is then bottled by hand and labelled with the barrel number. With a medium body, the finished product has flavours of caramel and vanilla with accents of black cherry and oak. Be careful though, at 50% ABV it certainly packs a punch. Pick up a travel exclusive gift pack from Gebr Heinemann duty free stores in Germany and elsewhere.
Hershey’s are iconic, although not always loved by non-American palates. But with an assortment of flavours available in their travel exclusive World Travel Collection sharing assortments, they’re likely to appeal to everyone’s sweet tooth.
The range includes Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures, Hershey’s Miniatures Assortment contains among others, Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate Bars and Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates Assortment including cookies ‘n’ crème flavour kisses.
Austin, Texas is home to Tito’s Handmade Vodka and to celebrate the 4th of July, limited edition bottles are being sold in patriotic burlap sacks of red, white and blue from the the start of July. The corn-based vodka is distilled six times in traditional pot stills, giving it slightly sweet and complex flavour. Why not use it to make a classic American Mule? Just add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and top with ginger beer- yum.
Founded in New York in 1932, Revlon is one of the best-known cosmetic brands today, and hugely visible in travel retail. The travel exclusive cube contains all the classic Revlon lip stick colours you could possibly need. The nine colours are infused with moisturisers for a silky finish.
A modern favourite from the brand is the Ultra HD GEL Lipcolor. Providing bright, yet lightweight colour, these Lipcolors are enriched with hyaluronic acid for enhanced hydration. The travel exclusive pack includes five shades, plus a free ColorStay Eye Liner.
Smell fresh as a daisy by picking up a bottle of Marc Jacobs’ iconic eau de parfum at World Duty Free stores. First released in 2007, Daisy is classic for a reason; it’s a sophisticated and floral fragrance from one of New York’s top designers. It has light notes of strawberry and jasmine mixing with heady violet and nuances of musk and vanilla. This vintage inspired scent comes in a playful bottle adorned with daisies.
Or try the latest addition to the range: Daisy Kiss is a floral and fruity fragrance with aromas of pomelo, peony and rose, balanced with accents of warm cedarwood. Also available from Gebr Heinemann and King Power (Thailand) duty free stores.
Texan Thomas Carlyle “Tom” Ford launched his own brand, Tom Ford, in 2006 after working for the likes of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. This masculine scent is reminiscent of the Indian dessert kulfi, with notes of neroli and spice, nuances of rose, jasmine and orange blossom and a woody heart. This eau de parfum is available from global World Duty Free stores.
And if you’re looking to indulge in authentic American food at the airport, look out for:
Hickory at Dallas Fort Worth for Texan ribs;
ACC American Café at Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina for fast favourites;
The Parlor at Los Angeles International for American comfort food;
R&R Seafood Bar at Baltimore/Washington International for Maryland crab cakes and shellfish;
Willy Maei’s at New Orleans International for fried chicken;
Book & Bourbon at Louisville International Airport for southern American classics. (The latter was recently named a regional winner of an Airport Food & Beverage Award by our sister title The Foodie Report; click here for coverage and results).