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Issue 101 - Drinking in the Big Smoke

Whisky Magazine Issue 101
February 2012


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Drinking in the Big Smoke

We look at some excellent whisky bars in the English capital, but also at what is happening elsewhere in the country, a distilling revolution is beginning to bear fruit

London has to be one of the top 10 destinations for any whisky lover; with its plethora of whisky shops and watering holes, the capital is a superb place to explore specialist retailers that offer whisky gems unlike any other outlets, and at some of the whisky bars you can taste the past.

However before we dive into some of London's more notable whisky haunts it is worth giving the English situation consideration as something of a revolution is occurring. In the past England has always proved somewhat less enthusiastic when it comes to the production of the amber liquid; and that can only be expected with stocks and supply of some of the world's finest malts sitting on the doorstep.

Despite this Alfred Barnard reports at least four of the 10 distilleries operating during his Victorian travels were making some form of whisky: “most of them confined to the manufacture of plain spirit for rectifying, but four have been selected as coming within the scope of the present work”.

But now the renaissance Whisky Magazine reported on a few years ago is starting to take hold more firmly with a host of pioneering distillers springing up.

Heading this revival is of course St George's distillery in Norfolk. It became England's first malt whisky distillery in more than 100 years, boldly flying the flag for its highly regarded single malts.

The distillery is well worth a visit, just a few hours out of London by car. With master distiller David Fitt at the helm, and some interesting...

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