Whisky Magazine Issue 116
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The joy of occasions
Readers of this column will have noticed that it is not often that I talk about what's going on in the magazine, or actually about the magazine, but once in a while I think something is worth mentioning.
Here we sit 15 years old this edition, a joyful occasion and one worth raising a glass to. Doubtless many people, when this magazine first launched, would not have predicted the growing success of this publication, and indeed malt whisky globally. But as we celebrate this milestone of some of the best whisky writing, we are in a strong, independent and authoritative position.
If I make no other promises, it will be that the magazine will continue to offer you some of the best analysis, comment, insights and reports from around the whisky world.
As we stare down the barrel of another year, it's incredible to think of how the love for whisky has grown internationally. Everyone seems to be putting more money behind their brands and upping production, all with the intention of meeting demand.
What a demand this is. Irish Whiskey is on the up, Scotch is being consumed in more countries than ever before and American whiskeys are finding favour and traction in increasing markets. Also new world whiskies (from Australian, New Zealand, Taiwan and Europe) are beginning to find their feet and spaces in consumers drinks cabinets.
To be honest there has never been a better time to be a whisky drinker, the choice is simply breathtaking.
Not only are we witnessing a new golden age in ...