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Issue 131 - Whisky Paraphernalia

Whisky Magazine Issue 131
October 2015

 

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Whisky Paraphernalia

How to spice up your whisky room and dress appropriately

Merchandise has become a significant extra source of income for many whisky producers. It sometimes seems they all try to outdo each other with gadgets, utensils and articles of clothing, and their fans are pleased at the selection. Fancy cufflinks, hats, ashtrays, USB sticks, notebooks, tartan gear. Enough to decorate your whisky room, and yourself.

Let's start with some cuff links. Probably the most notorious example is the set Laphroaig presented quite some time ago: Love it or Hate it – for the wearer to choose which one goes left and which one right. They are rare, but rumour has it that Laphroaig may bring them back.

Glenmorangie offers gold-coloured square cuff links with an imprint resembling the Cadboll Stone, as can be seen on most labels of current bottlings. At The Dalmore, one can purchase a tiny set of silver stag's antlers and The Macallan has immortalised Easter Elchies House on oval cuff links.

If you favour a tie, many a tartan is available, often connected to a specific distillery or the founder's clan. The Johnnie Walker tie displayed on the next page is an oldie, from a huge collection of a famous publisher in the Netherlands. When he passed away, a special commemorative service was held in honour of him. His widow asked all present to choose a tie afterwards. The JW was destined for me.

Talking about tartans, there is even an official Tartan of Holland, designed by Dr David Wishart of Whisky Classified fame. The Dutch company who ordered it n...

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