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Whisky Magazine Issue 113
July 2013


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It is said that whisky and friendship go together, and a couple of experiences I have had recently really have confirmed this. When the joys of friends, whisky, and places all fall together in perfect alignment.

The first of these was going back to a place where I love to sit and drink whisky, my dad's boat. It has one of the most perfect mooring spots on Windermere, in the English Lake District, looking straight down the mere to Ambleside and the fells beyond. It is one of those spots that you can never grow tired of.

I had been lacking in my offspring duties and had not been sailing with my dad for a while, life as ever seems to get in the way, but finally I got it toether and headed up for a few days.

The boat is quite roomy but its does not have the biggest galley in the world, yet dad manages to create some fabulous curries on the little cradle stove. There is nothing finer than sitting, replete from a good fish curry, watching the sun turn the sky several shades of red and gold, nursing a malt and putting the world to rights. It creates those perfect family moments that I hope eventually I will share with my daughter.

Friendship and whisky may be good kin folk, but throw in music and you have a very interesting mix. Now I don't mean just listening to is, but actually creating it. I recently had the good fortune to be involved in recording an album with the band I am in at the Balvenie Maltings.

A totally awesome and one off experience, and due in most part down to ...

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