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Issue 104 - Taking it Outside (BBQ)

Whisky Magazine Issue 104
June 2012

 

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Taking it Outside (BBQ)

Whisky chef Martine Nouet prepares, and hopes, for some decent summer weather

If you look at whisky advertisements, you will often see a man (more often) sitting by a log fire and enjoying his dram in an old leather armchair, surrounded by Victorian paintings hung on wood paneled walls. A cliché that seems to continue in spite of new ways of consuming and the obvious change in the whisky market profile around the world.

This simplistic view is truly far from reflecting reality. There is more to whisky enjoyment than indoors and late evening winter times!

Summertime means outdoor activities.

Nothing is more exhilarating than spending a whole sunny day by the sea or a river with friends or family. This is the occasion to treat your guests with a memorable picnic which will include a good dram (or two!).

Not everyone has the same notion of picnic. I have memorable childhood memories of the Sunday ‘expeditions' to the sea. My mother started organising the picnic the night before.

She always cooked potatoes and French beans (from the garden) and added her French dressing when they were still warm so that they absorb it, then she finely cut shallots and chives, mixed the lot together and kept it in preserves jars. We, as kids, were dreaming of a bag of crisps instead of the salad. But we always enjoyed the rest of the picnic, especially the strawberries and the homemade lemon cake.

So the picnic I am inviting you to does not consist of stopping at a supermarket to buy a wrapped egg and tomato sandwich with a can of beer or coke. It is a real meal, t...

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