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Issue 33 - The wonderful world of whisky

Whisky Magazine Issue 33
September 2003


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The wonderful world of whisky

Welcome to our new section, World of whisky. These pages aim to take a less reverent look at the world of malts and to highlight some of the strangeness that all plays a part in making the subject such a unique and fascinating one. Among the areas covered will be: Discovering whisky: A look at some aspects of whisky that are special or unusual. At the coal face: We ask the people who sell whisky – the retailers – what they would recommend if asked for a particular style or type of whisky. Diamond drams:Three of the best chosen by a special guest You couldn't make it up: The wackier side of whisky and its creation Many of the stories that make up this section have come to us by chance, and we're always keen to have more. So if there's anything that has amused or surprised you, we'd love to hear about it. Just email us at

Diamond drams: Duncan Elphick
Duncan Elphick is the proprietor of the Craigellachie Hotel, famous for its whiskies across the world. Here he selects three personal favourite bottles.

This was the first Craigellachie Hotel single cask bottling bottled exclusively for us at the distillery. I selected the cask with John Grant so it is very special.

This was our 2002 single cask bottling and again it is special because I collected the cask with Jim Cryle and it is very important to me and to the hotel.

I have chosen Glenfiddich because no matter what people think of the whisky, the company opened the first visitor centre in the 60s and because of that it has helped raise the profile of malt whisky significantly. Without Glenfiddich there wouldn't be half as many people interested in whisky as there are.

Discovering whisky: The Macallan Fine and Rare
Dominic Roskrow goes behind closed doors to see fine whisky at its finest

Standing in the centre of a small room surrounded by a collection of whisky worth a cool £14.5 million makes for a sobering experience. For you get the feeling that whatever the people who buy the whisky might do with it, drinking it isn't high on the priority list.

You don't just pop in to take a look; the whisky, all part of The Macallan's Fine and Rare Collection, is kept under lock and key in an area outside the normal tourist trail. But the room sits in ...

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