Whisky Magazine Issue 120
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New vistas, new challenges and new horizons
As detailed in issue 119 I have very recently been appointed Managing Editor and it will take some months to settle down into this new role. It's also a change in that after 27 years living a very rural life in North Norfolk we have sold our house and moved temporarily to a nearby small town. As with most things it takes time to adapt and there have certainly been more ups than downs. I was convinced that it would be a lot noisier, it isn't. I thought we would not hear as much bird song but it's as boisterous as ever and this morning I was woken to the sound of chickens, something I never heard when living the ‘rural life'. And so with change in mind it neatly takes us to changes to the magazine. We have appointed a number of contributing editors throughout the world which we hope means that we can get maximum coverage of whisky related topics. By appointing them in the various countries (see opposite page) they will provide news, views, events and launch coverage from their own particular region.
In this issue we are focusing on Islay and Jura which are situated off the west coast of Scotland in the Inner Hebrides. Hans Offrigna gives us an overall look at the two islands and he also weaves a fascinating story of how George Orwell, with the generosity of David Astor, the then editor of the Observer newspaper, arrived on Jura in 1946 and proceeded to start work on his famous novel 1984 which was published in 1949, at a time when he was very unwell, and he later died in...