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Issue 123 - The Charleston Beat

Whisky Magazine Issue 123
October 2014


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The Charleston Beat

It's all about the rhythm and a time to dance

It's almost perfectly true. The hype, I mean. South Carolina's Charleston really is one of the most historic, charming and welcoming cities in America. It really is named after King Charles II, and grew fat off the back of first an early and brisk trade in deerskin and then in cash crops, particularly the export of rice, indigo and cotton. It really did play a significant role in both the American Revolution and the American Civil War. And it really is populated by some of the most friendly, polite and interested people you are ever likely to meet. It's a rare and beautiful place to enjoy whisky.

I say almost not because there's a caveat to the hype, but rather because common sense stipulates that not even Charleston, a city of some 127,000, can be everything it proposes it to be. Much of its past and historic wealth is rooted in slavery. It suffered terribly in the so-called postbellum years, its eventual economic recovery frequently postponed by earthquake, hurricane, more war and intermittent recession. It's presently in-the-pink state is very much down to the diversification of an economy once dominated by government sector industries. Hard sweat, good luck and the truth of its long and mixed story make Charleston that rare and beautiful place.

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