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Issue 34 - Tomorrow's World

Whisky Magazine Issue 34
October 2003


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Tomorrow's World

Innovation in the world of whisky? It's all over the place, argues Dave Broom

There I was, reclining in my whisky chair squirting a dram into my tumbler filled with ‘Whisky Rocks', musing on what a remarkably innovative industry this has become. An entire subset of firms has sprung up offering novel and even useful accessories.

It started with glasses, then there were sporran flasks which in turn necessitated the invention of the telescopic sporran cup.

As you can see elsewhere in this issue now we have the whisky chair. Dominic didn't have space for a raft of other innovations, which either have appeared or are about to appear on the market.

Given that it is safer to be soft and fluffy in this column I figured this was a good opportunity to give you an idea of what every serious whisky lover should have in their house.

Inevitably other firms have now turned their attention to other items of furniture.

While rumours of the whisky wardrobe have proved to be a hoax, an enterprising chap in Reno, Nevada has developed the world's first whisky bed.

It is basically a water bed, containing a separate chamber which can be filled with the amber nectar. A copper tube runs from this into the bed-head (also copper) which has “cunningly disguised” taps on either side.

As the manufacturer points out, it is ideal for interesting experiments with vatting to take place and because of the “natural movement” which takes place during sleep allows the different whiskies to marry properly. He assures me it is “odour free”.

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