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Issue 21 - Record breakers

Whisky Magazine Issue 21
February 2002


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Record breakers

Marcin Miller particpates in setting a whisky record in Sweden's beautiful capital Stockholm

Well, rather than being broken, a record was established for the biggest ever whisky tasting on 24th November 2001 at The World Trade Centre, Stockholm. A staggering 1210 people tasted five whiskies: three Islays, an Orkney and an Irish whiskey.

The tasting was the brainchild of Angela Forsgren d'Orazio, Alan Watson and Christer Hedwall. Angela, Queen of the Scandinavian whisky scene, is the driving force behind Bar Akkurat, and organises the bar's weekly whisky tastings. The idea for the tasting came at the end of an evening drinking good whisky with friends and reminiscing about tastings they had organised and attended. They were confident that Stockholm could be the venue for the world's biggest whisky tasting. According to Angela: “It was a question of getting into the record books and also putting Sweden firmly on the whisky map of the world. If it's about whisky it is fun and putting together the idea of ‘whisky' and ‘world record' is fantastically entertaining.” Commenting on the selection of whiskies for the tasting, Angela stated that “The Irish whiskey we tried was a very tasty Irish whiskey. Swedish people love Islay and Highland Park is a perfectly balanced whisky.”

The record attempt began with a small whisky festival featuring many of the main producers plus a rum stall and a Cuban cigar stand. At 1.30pm the doors opened to allow the tasters in. 1500 tickets were sold prior to the event (although only 1210 people turned up) at 290 kronor to non-wh...

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