Whisky Magazine Issue 24
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Marcin Miller joined a very select number of invited guests for the ultimate Macallan tasting.
Without a hint of exaggeration, this was the most remarkable tasting of The Macallan ever staged. Ulf Buxrud, the deferred consumer (see Whisky Magazine Issue 21), wanted to celebrate his 60th birthday. What better way to toast this landmark than by opening some of the very rarest bottles from his admirable collection, among friends, in London's aptly named Landmark Hotel? The high ceilings and ornate cornicing of the supremely elegant Drawing Room did justice to the exquisite whiskies we tasted.
The tasting panel comprised Whisky Magazine's Consultant Editor Michael Jackson, Editor-at-Large Charles MacLean, Editor Marcin Miller, whisky guru Jack Milroy, John Hansell and whisky writer Helen Arthur acting as moderator (in other words trying to keep the panel on schedule). Many of the select audience had travelled from afar to participate: renowned whisky collector Guiseppe Begnoni had come from Italy to attend the event. Norman Shelley – who famously bought a fabulous Macallan collection last year – had come over from Turkey, Tsuchiya Mamoru from Japan, Dave Russo and others from the USA. Ulf had invited many old friends from Sweden. The UK was also well-represented: Sukhinder Singh from The Whisky Exchange was in attendance as were Doug McIvor and Lex Kraajeveld. The support of The Macallan was clear as the whisky was officially represented by David Robertson, Master Distiller and Bob Dalgarno, Whisky Maker. It was also a pleasure to see, in a presumably unofficial capac...