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Issue 136 - Summer Approaches

Whisky Magazine Issue 136
June 2016


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Summer Approaches

It's all about the bike

The evenings are drawing out and I am getting out on my bike to enjoy the Norfolk countryside. Having cycled extensively in the Alps and the Pyrenees, ridden up some famous cols such as the Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux and Alpe d'Huez, I am now contemplating tackling a 400 miler over four days cycle ride in Scotland later in the year. I think it's going to need some serious training. I know you all think Norfolk (where Whisky Magazine is based) is as flat as a pancake, but the part I live in is described as ‘gently undulating' and we have our own ‘cols' to climb!

Scotland and its whisky features heavily in this issue and I note from a recent newspaper article that, and I quote, ‘Hospitals should allow dying patients a tot of whisky to ease their final days.' I was thinking, some enterprising distillery should approach the NHS and see if they could provide the necessary dram. Professor Sam Ahmedzai indicated that when his father-in-law was dying, he would bring him a tot of whisky every night and states that this can give the patient ‘fantastic relief' in their final days. The Professor had even tried to persuade the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence to include the option of a ‘tipple' in its recent guidelines about care for the dying.

We at Whisky Magazine were absolutely delighted that once again you readers have come up trumps with a record number of entries to our Photo Challenge. It proved extremely difficult to choose the final 12 images and then...

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