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Issue 150 - A is for...

Whisky Magazine Issue 150
April 2018


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A is for...

We join this Swedish collector as he works through the alphabet

Searching for, and collecting special whiskies is a great hobby but you also need some overriding goals to reach. Years ago, when I embarked upon my own whisky exploration trip, I wanted first to taste and collect a miniature sample of each individual single malt from Scotland¥s then working distilleries.

Eventually, that task was accomplished, with an array of 114 single malt miniatures from as many Scotch distilleries. This required several trips to Edinburgh, Elgin and London, as well as more remote destinations. Mail order was not an option - that would have been too easy!

My next endeavour was suggested by my youngest son, who thought that it would be more challenging to collect whiskies according to the alphabet.

Careful consideration led to a new venture, which was actually more difficult than the first one, even though I was obliged to include not just single malts, but also blends. Another necessity proved to be the addition of international whiskies.

An important rule was not to order any whisky. It had to be found in a bar or a liquor store to count. Computer clicking does not give you the opportunity to meet and drink with new friends in places you would never have visited otherwise!

With these preliminaries set down, the search began.

Luckily, my occupation as a travelling consultant in natural products has given me the opportunity to look for (and drink) whiskies in several countries and continents.

Some letters of the alphabet proved to be...

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