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Issue 122 - Orcadian Skies

Whisky Magazine Issue 122
September 2014


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Orcadian Skies

Dark Origins and Aberdeen Angus

Well my first trip out of the office was a most rewarding experience and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Highland Park and in particular Daryl Haldane (Global Brand Advocate) for their hospitality. A number of us met up at Kirkwall airport on Orkney in early July and we enjoyed some of the finest weather that I think Orkney had seen for many a month or even a year. During the distillery visit I learnt much and especially enjoyed the tasting experience at the end of the day with Daryl giving a very interesting masterclass including Dark Origins their latest release. We were also lucky enough to sample a beef tasting masterclass run by Quality Meat Scotland under the expert tutelage of Laurent Vernet. A complete eye opener for me as I rarely eat beef.

We have after many weeks finally got all our contributing editors in place and I had the pleasure of meeting our North American contingent for the very first time on a Skype conference call which went extremely well. I hope that in the not too distant future I manage to meet them in person either here in the UK or Stateside.

With this in mind we are now running our annual Icons of Whisky awards and I have been invited by our contributing editor in India, Sandeep Arora, to participate in the Icons of Whisky India awards. I am very much looking forward to this as the temperature in Bengaluru in September will be temperate, thank goodness., mostly due to it being at 3,000 feet above sea level.

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