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Issue 14 - Whisky's women

Whisky Magazine Issue 14
February 2001


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Whisky's women

Whisky's longevity can be credited to the efforts of many hard working people. Gavin D Smith lists nine successful women who are currently working hard to secure whisky's future.

BRIDGET ARTHUR is joint-Manager of Vintage Hallmark of St James's, London's latest shop dedicated to the sale of quality spirits. It opened last autumn on a site on the corner of Jermyn Street and St James's Street and offers around 600 different malt whiskies. Bridget previously worked at Milroy's famous Soho whisky emporium and her fellow Manager at Vintage Hallmark is former Milroy's colleague Doug McIvor. Primarily involved with the administrative and export aspects of the business, Bridget has developed a lasting interest in whisky ‘collectables' and gains much enjoyment from the rapport she has with her band of collectors. Born in the West Country, Bridget says that she “just fell into the whisky business by accident”, spending 12 years at Milroy's, and learning about whisky along the way. “Once you're at Milroy's you can't avoid whisky”, she says with a chuckle, “and it was a great grounding. I was a wine drinker and I'd never even come across single malts before I started working there.”

“One thing we are seeing now”, she notes, “is more women drinking single malts. Quite young women, too, are coming in regularly and buying whisky for themselves."

ANGELA FORSGREN D'ORAZIO is responsible for everything relating to whisky in Stockholm's Akkurat Restaurant and also runs its associated whisky club. Akkurat is a large restaurant that specialises, as Angela says, in “the whisky, the beer, the food, the atmosphere and the people.” Angela purchases ...

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