Whisky Magazine Issue 133
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There's a vinyl revolution in the air
In a new series of features, Editor-at-Large Neil Ridley explores the relationship between music and whisky, beginning with a curious look at the Aberlour Voice-o-Graph.
Like whisky, music is a wonderfully subjective arena, which sparks passionate debate, settles scores and ultimately brings people together. Throw them both together in the same room and something truly extraordinary happens: Our senses become more attuned and entwined; introspective pieces of music relax our mood and help us concentrate on the depth of flavour and aroma in a whisky. More energetic pieces sharpen our ability to focus on specific elements: light-and-shade, complexity and simplicity.
For many, the ritual of playing a piece of vinyl has more than its fair share of similarities to that of pouring their favourite whisky. Each shares a certain amount of ritual and reverence. There is a hugely tangible aspect to the process of taking a piece of vinyl from its sleeve and placing it on the turntable – and in turn, the un-corking and measuring out of a generous dram, whilst deciding whether to add a dash of water or not.
Rather like the resurgence of interest in whisky worldwide, vinyl sales are currently at an 18 year high. Half a decade ago, sales were worth £3 million a year in the UK. Now they are approaching nearly £20 million a year, so all the indications are there that the format is truly back from the grave. Whisky companies have noticed this and many brands, from The Balvenie, Au...