Sea-Tac Airport had record passenger numbers in 2014. And some of those nearly 37.5 million passengers made some eye-popping purchases, including a $24,000 bottle of Remy Martin cognac, said the Port of Seattle.
Among the other offbeat statistics from a year in the life of Sea-Tac:
– Relax: The airport’s Massage Bar performed 84,000 different massages (neck, foot, hand)
– Drink up: Travelers bought 830,000 bottles of water.
— Take a Hawk home: 121,752 Seahawks items were purchased from the airport’s Hudson retail.
— Beautify: Butter London performed 16,445 manicures and 8,090 pedicures for passengers.
Still wondering about that really, really expensive cognac sold at a Sea-Tac duty-free shop? It’s what’s called Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 brand cognac. Here’s the word from the duty-free retailer Dufry on the cognac when it went on sale last year:
“Only 738 decanters have been drawn from this rare cask, which contains 42.6% alcohol, a small but significant increase beyond the expected 40%. The cognac features aromas that are unique to this cask, including notes of plum and dates, mingling with flavors of gingerbread, prune stone and ginger and a final touch of tobacco leaf.
“The numbered decanters, made of precious black Baccarat crystal, boast a number of refined details to appeal to the collector. The ring around the neck is enveloped in 22 carat rose gold, engraved on each side with finely worked fleur-de-lis motifs. It is engraved with the numeral that sets this rare cask apart from all others, sealed with a Remy plaque and presented in a forged-metal “strongbox.”
I guess whomever bought it, and perhaps drank it by now, will save that bottle.