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Issue 115 - Let the smoke open

Whisky Magazine Issue 115
October 2013


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Let the smoke open

Our man behind the stick takes a trip to out west

We all know how the setting you are in changes your perception and enjoyment of a Whisky (or anything for that matter). There's little that can beat having an invigorating dram out in the elements to reward a long trek, or the ability a warming nip has to comfort and soothe. We all have our favourite preferences and combinations. Similarly, there's nothing like understanding a product than from seeing it in person. I learnt so much more about a product, and the category as a whole, by visiting distilleries and warehouses. The idea of whisky tourism isn't something new, but it's certainly something that's growing outside of the group of us that are firm Whisky lovers. I have friends who are keen to make trips to various spots just as they are starting to get into the category. There's a definite movement towards having first hand, subjective information and knowing details rather than points regurgitated from an advert. Some of this is the savvy drinks consumer's desires to have one up on their friends, but often it is also a reflection of the modern desire to better understand what we're consuming. There's no better way to do this than to visit the places, and the people who make your favourite products. I think nowhere does this quite so well as the cult distilleries on the west coast and practically, there's also a great trail that can be done. The drive across from one of the major cities is one of the finest around, then it's a beautiful trip down to Campbeltown, befor...

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