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Issue 133 - It's a New Year

Whisky Magazine Issue 133
January 2016


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It's a New Year

Cranking up is proving difficult

It's early January and I have found it very difficult to get going. Taking two weeks off over the Christmas break is all very well and good, until you realise that on 4 January you have to get yourself into gear. I had a most enjoyable Christmas break and received a very interesting present… a build-yourself model of a trebuchet. It's what everyone needs over the Christmas period. Ideal for hurling nuts and such like at your guests.

I digress.

In early December we had our annual Icons of Whisky Scotland awards in Edinburgh, which I co-presented with our Scotland Contributing editor Gavin D. Smith at The Surgeons' Hall. The problem with these events is that I never seem to have enough time to talk to the invited guests. However, I did have time to have a conversation with (I won't embarrass him by naming him) a young employee at Strathearn Distillery, who has only been in the whisky industry for a couple of years, but has taken to it like a duck to water. I was very impressed by his enthusiasm. One of our aims this year is to do a series of interviews with all manner of people involved in the whisky industry, and I hope said person from Strathearn will be one of the first.

All our Icon winners from America, Scotland and Rest of World now go forward to our Global Icons awards, which will be announced in London at our awards presentation in March.

In our quest to give our readers the best whisky coverage from around the world, we have appointed two new Contributing edi...

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