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Issue 141 - New Beginnings

Whisky Magazine Issue 141
January 2017

 

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New Beginnings

The times they are a changing

A warm welcome to 2017 and best wishes for the New Year. With a new year comes some tweaks to the magazine. Subtle, but with the input of our creative director, we have adjusted the cover, revamped the contents page and tweaked the overall page design. However, what I think you will notice immediately, is that we are starting 2017 with an inbound 20 page free supplement… this time on Irish whiskey. On doing the research for this, I was staggered by the number of operating distilleries, 21, but even more surprised at the number under construction, 9. Neil Ridley comments on this huge expansion of Irish whiskey in his column and I can honestly say that some of the Irish whiskey I tasted last year was superb, and I look forward to tasting more.

Finishing is a process that many Irish distilleries are employing to make their whiskeys stand out from the crowd, including Irish Distillers. Late last year, I was able to attend the press launch in Jerez of Redbreast's Lustau edition. This whiskey was the result of a collaboration between Midleton Distillery and Bodegas Lustau. The whiskey is initially matured in traditional ex-Bourbon and sherry casks for a period of 9–12 years. It is then finished for one additional year in first-fill hand selected sherry butts that have been seasoned with Oloroso sherry. Seaneen Sullivan, our Ireland contributing editor, explains further in what we are calling our first Irish Whiskey Magazine.

In every issue this year there will be a free suppl...

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