Whisky Magazine Issue 21
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Ulf Buxrud had dedicated a large portion of his life to his passion for malt whisky, enabling him to addemble one of the most inpressive collections of its kind. We caught up with him to find out more....
lf Buxrud is a man familiar to many whisky aficionados. Through his web site – www2.sbbs.se/hp/buxrud/whisky.htm – he provides a portal for many whisky lovers to get the best from the net, with a comprehensive set of links to other whisky sites. He's a familiar face on the whisky events circuit, visiting distilleries and shows all over the world in a bid to improve an already impressive knowledge of his favoured drink.
But primarily, Ulf is known for his whisky collection.
Born in Norway, 1942 and raised in Malmoe, Sweden, Ulf describes himself as a ‘whisky enthusiast'. His background is in mainframe computer software, but he retired from his wholly-owned Europe-wide company DataAnalys in the early 90s. He now divides his time between his homes in Sweden and America with his wife Birgitta and daughters Jill and Petra. We talked to Ulf about about his excellent collection.
Q: How long have you been collecting whisky?
A: Since 1970, so that's over 30 years. In that time I've collected around 800 bottles. The very first was a Port Ellen.
Q: You're not a collector that likes whisky to gather dust – your collection will be drunk at some point. Which bottle are you most looking forward to?
A: I'm most looking forward to a segment of my Macallans. They will all be sampled at a tasting in London, April 2002. It will be the most comprehensive vertical tasting of a single malt ever performed.
When I started, my love affair with malt whiskies saw me acquire the ‘amber nec...