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Issue 139 - Now Hear This

Whisky Magazine Issue 139
October 2016


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Now Hear This

It's all about the radio

Well despite my trepidation and slight nervousness, the Battle of the Blends half-way deconstruction event in late August went down very well at The Soho Whisky Club. With a massive crowd of, well, 50 people, Neil Ridley (current champion) and contender George Keeble held the audience ‘spellbound' as they deconstructed some of the whiskies they have included in their blends. I was extremely pleased to welcome John Glaser, founder of Compass Box, who not only gave some very good constructive advice to both contestants but also gave a very good talk on ‘deconstructing a blend'. By sheer coincidence he read a passage from a book called Whisky by Aeneas MacDonald which was originally published in 1930. Ian Buxton, the well-known whisky writer, recently contacted me to say that the book has been re-issued with an appreciation by Ian at the front of the book. We review the book on page 77.

The blends are now very nearly complete and will ‘marry' in their casks for the next six weeks. Last year we had 199 judges, and if you are interested in becoming a judge then let me know by emailing me at and we will be giving further details of how to enter in early November.

I have been a recent convert to podcasts and because of this I arranged for the entire Battle of the Blends evening to be recorded for two episodes. As a first attempt, I am delighted with the result. Episode one is now available to download at

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