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Issue 131 - Heroic Virtue and Whisky

Whisky Magazine Issue 131
October 2015


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Heroic Virtue and Whisky

A voyage of dark spirit discovery

Tasting events are a resource for whisky writers. Though he's a doting dad, lately Blair has been doing yeoman's work in that department. Theoretically, we should take turns; I have a lot to do to catch up. In the depths of my remorse, fate intervenes with a chance to redeem myself. If I take this assignment, instead of passing it to Blair, he will get the break he deserves. Ungrudgingly, I board a plane south.

Blair: A picture is worth a thousand words and in this case, they are all curse words. I open my Facebook and there is Davin decked out in cabana wear, palm trees in mid-flutter, cocktail dangling from his hand, sunglasses concealing his idle eyes. His drink, beaded with condensation, has either contracted malaria or is ice cold. STAY OFF social media if you're going to sneak down to the Dominican Republic!

Davin: Neil Morris meets me at the Sheraton Hotel in Santo Domingo. Neil represents the West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers' Association (WIRSPA), is global ambassador for Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR) and my host for the week. He is spearheading a campaign to implement standards for rum production across the Caribbean. Producers who follow these standards can display the ACR logo on their labels.

We chat by the pool as rum cocktails and the freshest seafood consume the afternoon. Dinner is booked for Pat's Palo restaurant and we don't want to be late. Midnight rounds of Dominican rum and cigars will stall our return, though. Tomorrow we visit Barceló Distil...

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