Whisky Magazine Issue 19
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As has been mentioned before in the pages of Whisky Magazine, the appreciation of whisky is a convivial pursuit. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than on adventures such as the Classic Malts Cruise. Take a hundred yachts of all shapes and sizes, fill them with four to five crew and a skipper, ensure there are a couple of bottles of each of the Classic Malts on board and off you jolly well go.
The cruise begins at Oban goes on to Talisker and thence to Lagavulin (via Oban again). However a prosaic sentence like that has little chance of conveying the beauty, the tranquillity and fun involved in such a trip. Only by cruising the West Coast is it possible to explore obscure isles such as Eileaich an Naoimh (the little island of the Saints), a mystical place – home to the ruins of remarkable monastic cells shaped like beehives and the burial site of St Columba's mother. As well as the majestic views and the peace and quiet on board there are also, of course, the hangovers. One of my crewmates, Richard Joynson of Loch Fyne Whiskies, announced that hangovers don't exist aboard yachts as the effects are entirely dissipated by ozone. This, like many of Richard's pet theories, is a load of rollocks.
A hangover is a hazard. A key part of the continued success and the future of the
industry is that whisky is to be enjoyed. The hosts of the Cruise, UDV, are particularly good at keeping this in the forefront of their corporate minds.
Sampling is key to increasing consu...