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Issue 136 - Battle Dystilleria Begins

Whisky Magazine Issue 136
June 2016


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Battle Dystilleria Begins

The Battle of the Blends No. 2 Round One

I am delighted to welcome back Neil Ridley, our winner from the 2015 Challenge, and a new contender, George Keeble, (Manager at The Soho Whisky Club). The casks have been supplied by Master of Malt and are now being seasoned not once but twice. The rules are very simple; create a blend that will be judged by our readers throughout the world and from within the industry. The blend must be complete by 2 December and the winner will be announced at Whisky Live London in March 2017.
I would like to thank Ben Filby for the comic strip that now accompanies this year's challenge. For the complete rules please visit

Neil ‘General Mashtun' Ridley

Well… that ended rather spiffingly.

For a second, I feel like pulling out a trumpet and blowing a celebratory tune, whilst dancing a little victory dance and sloshing a large measure of my winning blend, Orville, around a Glencairn.

But victory is such a short-lived thing and this month, I am back at the blending desk, working on the sequel of this epic battle of blended whiskies. Rather like pool, the competition rules state that the ‘winner stays on' and I have to create an entirely new blend from scratch, to be pitched against another fearsome and terryfying adversary.

This time, please welcome George Keeble, a man I have known for several years now and as Manager of The Soho Whisky Club, arguably the best place in London to enjoy a dram, an opponent whose whisky knowledge and blending ability I sh...

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