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Issue 127 - Democratic Bottles

Whisky Magazine Issue 127
April 2015


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Democratic Bottles

Jonny goes to the polls

No matter whom you vote for, the government always gets in. Voters will be choosing new governments in the UK and Canada this year, with the next U.S. Presidential election less than 18 months away. Historically, whisky and politics have an uneasy relationship. Between setting the levels of taxation on every bottle, imposing legislation on production, controlling imports and exports, right down to deciding whether liquor can be sold in your town or not, whisky drinkers and politicians do not always see eye to eye.

Two years ago, a pair of whisky bottles from the SS Politician were sold for £12,050 by Scotch Whisky Auctions. They were salvaged from the ship that was wrecked off Eriskay in 1941, inspiring the book and film Whisky Galore! The Glenlivet Prime Minister's Reserve 10 Years Old was bottled for No.10 Downing Street and a bottle signed by Margaret Thatcher and John Major sold for £2,300 at Bonhams in 2011. Following the Scottish Independence Referendum, Cadenhead's Spirit of Freedom 45
was released.

GlenDronach Parliament 21 Years Old 1990 48.0% ABV
Region: Highland
Recent auction price: £78
Auction: Whisky Auctioneer, Perth
Date: November 2014
Comment: Actually, this is named after the parliament of rooks that congregate in the trees near the distillery. I wonder if the birds' presence is linked to the distillery's fortunes like the ravens that reside at the Tower of London? This superb dram was released in 2011 and matured in a combination of Oloroso and PX...

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