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Issue 22 - Haydock: truth is everything

Whisky Magazine Issue 22
May 2002


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Haydock: truth is everything

He's back – and this time it's personal. John Haydock keeps the faith, fights the power and damns the man. Well, almost

Before I begin I want to make a few things clear in order to disassociate myself from the pernicious rumours circulating about my connections with a large and currently highly-embarrassed American energy company, and the questions that have been raised in some puritanically obsessive corners of the world of whisky enthusiasts about my integrity, impartiality and long-standing, well-publicised crusade for truth in whisky journalism.

All payments received from said company in my role as Whisky Consultant to the Eriskay Frame Still project were legitimate fees for expenses and work in developing the distillery concept, advising on plans and equipment, and designing the specification for the new whisky. I was not directly associated in planning the distillery's power supply, nor negotiating with Scottish Parliament for the subsidies required to finance construction of what turned out to be the largest wind farm in the world. The chance miscalculation that led to the wind farm being over-specified hundred-fold was the work of another, and the subsequent royalties I have received from the sale of the consequent surplus energy to various Third World countries have all been paid into the John Haydock Trust, a legitimate charity registered in the Cayman Islands.

That the planned distillery, nestling in the shadows of the wind farm that now dwarfs Ben Scrien, has still not been built, is, I'm assured, only due to a minor issue relating to effluent disposal that will shortly be resolv...

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