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Issue 19 - Haydock: cask strength and un-chill filtered

Whisky Magazine Issue 19
November 2001


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Haydock: cask strength and un-chill filtered

John Haydock attacks Whisky Magazine's policy on editorial censorship and questions the sexual orientation of Distillery Managers. Actually we cut that paragraph out, it was a little too racey ... sorry.

Regular readers of my column in the Whisky Magazine will be horrified to know that recent contributions have fallen foul of a particularly prurient form of political correctness that seems to have descended on its editorial team. So instead of getting a full-on cask strength and un-chill filtered Haydock writing it for you, what the Whisky Magazine editorial team has decided to give you is rather a heavily caramelised under-strength concoction of dubious quality, that would possibly fail even to make the shelves of your average Taiwanese liquor store. And this at a time when a readership survey is asking you, dear reader, to quantify the merits of my crusading yet studious meandering compared to the cosy and consensual work of some of the literary giants of the whisky writing world. Hardly a level playing field, you might think.

So I thought I would take this opportunity to hint at some of the stories that WM saw fit to suppress, just to let you know what gems sit on the cutting room floor of the Editor and his running-dog lawyers. Cocaine fuelled sex parties in Archiestown hosted by some of the leading lights of the so-called independent bottling fraternity – you'd better believe it! My good friend and industry chum Rupert's (apparently unprintable) tale about two leading luminaries from the Scotch Whisky Association's Public Affairs Committee, a transvestite nightclub singer and a bottle of Dimple (or was it Pinch?). The spat involving four of my distinguished colleagues...

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