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Issue 34 - Haydock gets sexed up

Whisky Magazine Issue 34
October 2003


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Haydock gets sexed up

Is the great John Haydock rattled? It would seem so. Here he goes on the defensive and answers his critics

Readers of Whisky Magazine will by now be only too sadly aware of the war of words and media misinformation that has broken out surrounding the latest edition of the definitive malt whisky biography – Haydock forever changes.

I claim, as is my right, these hallowed pages (not some other so-called ‘drinks magazine' for Haydock) to set the record straight, to confound my critics, and once more claim the high and holy ground of truth.

How could I be judged responsible for the unfortunate incidents surrounding the book launch – my nine-hour reading of the new volume at the Archiestown Poetry, Fiction and Farm Implements Festival in late June?

How was I to know I would be following celebrity smoker Howard Mark's interactive ‘Light up or leave me alone' session – or that one member of the audience would choose, barely had I got into my stride, to snort cask strength Knockando whilst taking a generous take on one of Howard's handmade cigarettes, leading to consequences that will be well enough known to anyone who reads the In Memoriam column of the Elgin Courant, or to those who have witnessed the still scarred scene of devastation that was once the pretty town square and adjacent bus-shelter in the heart of downtown Archiestown.

I have denied all liability in this matter, which is in the hands of my lawyers, who are dealing with the families of the bereaved.

Nonetheless I deny strenuously any claims that sections of memoirs have been ‘sexed up' to make contents mor...

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