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Issue 28 - The Eighth Wonder

Whisky Magazine Issue 28
January 2003


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The Eighth Wonder

John Haydock reflects on his many past and present glories

People often ask me, “John, what is it that motivates you to continue to aspire to the very highest levels of achievement in the world of whisky writing, after all these heady and glorious years?”

“Is it”, they ask, “the luxurious first-class round-the-world travel at others' expense, the five-star hotels, the lifetime Platinum Master Distiller's Club Card for the Archiestown Hotel, or the generous and often unbidden cheques that arrive on your doormat on a daily basis from pot-still product pluggers across the globe?

Or perhaps it is the contrasting solitude of the Hebrides, experienced from your retained apartment of suites in the Islay Hotel at Port Ellen (an unlikely and little-known outcome of the Distiller's Concordat there)? Or that you are paid on a frequent basis to eulogise lain Henderson, that unlikely self-styled deity of distillation, muse with McEwan on the unexpected synergies between the aromas of an Islay roadside bog and a well-matured Bruichladdich, or that you can still survive a seven-hour ‘short tour' of Port Ellen Maltings?”

Or, “please do tell us John, is it the booze? The vast stocks of whisky that arrive hourly chez Haydock, enough to have inspired you (in a characteristic industry-leading and shaping sort of way) to open the now well-known and highly lucrative Haydocksrareandveryexpensivewhiskystoreonline, John, purveyors of specialist and largely otherwise unobtainable whiskies to all corners of the world?

Or maybe the indelible...

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