Whisky Magazine Issue 108
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Joel Harrison quenches his thirst for whisky education
Not everyone wants to know how the products they interact with are made. Whenever I board a long haul flight, I don't spend hours reading around the subject of flying beforehand; I just trust that the pilot has done his training and will get me to my destination safely, via a nice G&T and two of last year's Hollywood box office hits.
However, there is a growing appetite in today's culture to understand more fully the lineage of the products we choose to consume, especially when those items, be they works of art, furniture or food and drink, are premium products. Nowhere is the hunger for education seen more closely than in the topic that is ‘whisky'.
This dark, brooding substance seems to have the inner student in us all begging for extra tuition. Who can blame us, when the product is so good.
“Every day is a school day”, so the saying goes and when it comes to whisky this could not be more true. With the dawn of the ‘information super highway' never has it been easier to seek counsel and education.
But be careful, as much of the advice (or opinion) around is often from self-appointed experts whose greatest achievement is to have registered a web address, take pretty pictures and worked out how to use Wordpress.
However, from the grain to the glass, there is always something which can add to your knowledge and a wealth of books, well established websites, events such as Whisky Live and magazines like this one can all give excellent pointers to those looking to le...