Whisky Magazine Issue 131
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A new Editor-at-Large is appointed
Over the last couple of months I have been out of the office much more than usual which has resulted in some very late nights ensuring that this issue of the magazine gets to the printer on time. I have just got back from a week in Kentucky attending the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. This involved my attending a very large number of events, tasting all sorts of Bourbons and culminating in my giving out the awards at our Icons of Whisky America event. We managed this time, thanks to the Kentucky Distillers Association (KDA), to present the awards at the KDA Gala on Saturday 19 October in front of 1,200 very exuberant Americans. Preceding the awards was a marvellous event with a presentation to the great Jim Rutledge, former Master Distiller at Four Roses and now recently retired.
During the trip I was able to visit a number of distilleries, but more importantly, to meet a large number of people involved in the Bourbon industry. You can email, Skype or even phone but there is nothing like actually meeting the people who we often write about and if you are lucky, which I was, having a bottle of Four Roses Bourbon signed by the great Jim Rutledge.
There have been a number of changes here at Whisky Magazine and after 17 years Dave Broom, our Editor-at-Large, has decided to pursue new ventures. I would like to thank him for all his hard work and commitment over the years. As he points out, he has worked under six different Editors since issue one, a worthy innings indeed. I am delig...