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Issue 35 - The wonderful world of whisky

Whisky Magazine Issue 35
November 2003


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The wonderful world of whisky

Dominic Roskrow reports back from Kentucky and Spain.

The Scottish have always been good at making allies – normally anyone who's not English – so it came as no great surprise to discover that a special relationship was developing between the coopers in Spain and those from Clydebank.

As both nations love football it is even less surprising that they have started playing each other.

But just recently the relationship has come under pressure – with dark rumblings of cheating.

For it seems that that when the lads from Jerez played in Scotland this year they had a couple of unfamiliar faces. One of the players was particularly vague about where in the company he worked.

When the Scots finally managed to get a name off him they did an internet search.

It turns out he hadn't just played professional football in Spain, he'd represented his country six times. Didn't bother the Scots, though – they won easily.

If there is a concern among American whiskey producers that an increasingly intrusive Government might turn its attentions to alcohol having all but destroyed the tobacco industry, then it would seem that such worries are well-founded.

Richard Joynson at Loch Fyne Whiskies has discovered that at some libraries there is a bar on his website.

And it seems that his website and ours is blocked in British Airways Executive lounges. In effect this means that you can access pornography online, but not read about whisky.

Are we seeing creeping and unofficial censorship? Any other examples of such intrusion would be grate...

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