Whisky Magazine Issue 100
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You know, sometimes it takes one of those late night malt moments to realise what it is all about: where you fit in, what life really means and how whisky pervades everything.
Now I am not talking about whisky in an analytical, writing, pulling apart drams sense; I am talking about what I really think it was made for: chilling and kicking back with friends, how whisky fits into life.
Whisky Magazine hitting this major 100th edition has given me pause for thought; to look back over things, career, friends and some incredible drinking moments.
These are the moments in whisky which really matter for me. We can all talk about the flavour, the terroir or the techy production and maturation methods, but its essence is the people behind it, the moments where that special dram becomes the cement fixing the event, creating the touchstones of memory.
One of my favourite of these recently was relaxing and chatting about life, the universe and everything with a very good friend over a cigar and a couple of drams under the African night sky. A conversation that could only be meant for that moment, with the various planets, stars and moon as an audience
There was also the bottle of Oban slowly finished with some of my closest friends sealing my decision to move to Inverness after University; the dram of Highland Park in honour of my grandfather in the club he always drank in; the cask drawn samples I have shared with many friends in various warehouses across the whisky world; the hip...