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Issue 132 - Ridley Takes the Reins

Whisky Magazine Issue 132
December 2015


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Ridley Takes the Reins

Does the whisky industry have a problem with transparency?

We welcome Neil Ridley as our new Editor-at-Large. Neil is an award winning drinks writer and commentator, Chairman of the World Whiskies Awards and also writes features on spirits for the The Independent and other leading drinks related magazines.

Neil makes regular appearances on Channel 4 food programme, Sunday Brunch, alongside appearing on a variety of other international TV and radio broadcasts about food and drink. He is the co-author of Let Me Tell You About Whisky, and Distilled, which recently won the 2015 Fortnum & Mason prize for Best Drinks Book.

You're a dinosaur, Bond. A relic of the past. We're living in the digital age now, Bond, we know everything. We see everything.'

Here I was, about half way through watching the new James Bond epic, Spectre when it suddenly struck me that rather like the machinations of the ‘New' British Secret Service (I won't spoil the film for you, if you haven't seen it yet) there seems to be a real issue at the moment with transparency in the UK whisky industry.

As the net – or shall we say web of information available to our government grows wider, so does, it seems, the lack or transparency on what kind of data is harvested, how it is used and ultimately who it is shared with – and just how easily things that you're probably not supposed to know about can fall into the wrong hands.

Of course, in the past, we knew better than to ask such trifling questions about secrecy and freedom of information. But then, we didn'...

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