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Issue 129 - So close... Yet so far

Whisky Magazine Issue 129
July 2015


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So close... Yet so far

A visit to Royal Lochnagar; not that far from Balmoral

The response I received to my request from you readers to take part in the judging of our Battle of the Blends competition has been superb. Thank you to all of those who have expressed an interest and I will be in contact in August with more details. The blend has only one more round to go which means that Dave Broom and Neil Ridley are having to finalise their blends very soon. We will then leave them for about two months for maturation before sending out for judging. There is still time for anyone else interested, please get in touch in the usual way.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the feedback I received on my pairing whisky with music. I intend to take this forward and we will be covering this in more detail in future issues. Again if any reader wants to contribute then please get in touch.

Last month I was fortunate enough, along with our Tastings editor Rebecca Sterritt, to be invited by Diageo to attend their Malt Advocates course. The course was based at Royal Lochnagar situated not far from the Queen's estate at Balmoral. Although the weather was typically Scottish, raining on and off for the duration, the knowledge acquired in just two days was enormous. My thanks go to all those at Royal Lochnagar, and to those who came from other Diageo sites, who helped run the course.

Whilst at Royal Lochnagar, the subject inevitably came up about grain whisky, and in particular Haig Club and Cameronbridge. With this in mind we include a very informative feature on the ...

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