Whisky Magazine Issue 123
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Bagpipes and haggis...where else but India
As detailed in the last issue, I had been invited to attend the awards ceremony of Icons of Whisky India 2014. This turned out to be a long weekend with my arriving at 4.20am on Friday and returning in the very early hours of Monday morning.
However, in that time I was able to really absorb an enormous amount of Indian culture and cuisine. Sandeep Arora and Suragita Singh, my Indian hosts, encouraged me to eat as many of the local delicacies as possible and I became extremely fond of Indian style breakfasts - a very long way from my traditional museli.
The awards themselves were to be a true example of Indian pomp and ceremony with the mass bands of bagpipers piping me into the hall and up on to the stage. It was particularly Scottish in its theme and there was even an addressing of the haggis conducted brilliantly by Charles Maclean, the well known whisky writer. He was in India on a tastings tour and other whisky ambassadorial duties.
Speaking of which, the British deputy high commissioner was in attendance to present one of the awards. All in all, it was a wonderful introduction to India and I hope to return next year.
After my call out for feedback from you readers, I am pleased to say I have received a number of very detailed emails in certain instances, of what readers like and don't like in the magazine. All of these suggestions have been noted and I hope many of your ideas, as well as new ideas from our contributing editors, will be put in place. It's extreme...