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Issue 131 - The Final Countdown

Whisky Magazine Issue 131
October 2015


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The Final Countdown

The Battle of the Blends is now closed

As I write this, the final results of the judging are being checked and double checked to determine our overall winner of the Battle of the Blends. We have sent out samples from both here at Whisky Magazine and also from Master of Malt who have been very much behind the competition including getting the whole process out on social media, where I am reliably informed it has been a huge success. I estimate that we have sent samples out to over 300 judges most of whom were in the UK but also in the United States and even as far away as Hong Kong.

I very much look forward to announcing the winner in late October and we will then start the whole process again when we announce a new contender at Whisky Live London in March 2016.

Neil ‘Copper Dog' Ridley

All is quiet in the Ridley household. In fact, since Orville has departed, I am feeling a slight pang of Blending Turkey – a commonly known complaint experienced by many whisky blenders, who have just lovingly released a new batch of spirit into the wild. Of course, I joke, but perhaps there is some truth in the matter. Putting Orville together and seeing / tasting the changes as it married and matured in the little 20 litre cask gave me an insight into just how incredible the art of the blender really is.

Here we are messing around, pretending that we really know the intricacies of putting together a first class blended whisky. The truth is that adding a number of different spirits into a cask in varying amounts is easy;...

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