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Issue 36 - TheMiller'sTale

Whisky Magazine Issue 36
December 2003

 

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TheMiller'sTale

Welcometoalandmarkissue.Amilestone.WhenWhiskyMagazinewaslaunchedthereweremanyblinkeredsceptics–youknowwhoyouare–whoasked“whatonearthwillyoufindtowriteabout?Isthereenoughtoregularlyfillamagazine?”

Welcometoalandmarkissue.Amilestone.WhenWhiskyMagazinewaslaunchedthereweremanyblinkeredsceptics–youknowwhoyouare–whoasked“whatonearthwillyoufindtowriteabout?Isthereenoughtoregularlyfillamagazine?”

Well,withthecombinedsupportofourloyalreadersandtheindustryasawholeaswellassomefirst-ratewritersandeditors,Itrustwehavesilencedthedoubtersbynow.

Alothashappenedintheworldofwhiskyinthelastfiveyearsandthisissuewilltakealookatthepast,presentandeventrytopredictthefutureforourfavouritedrink.

Atthetimeofwriting,Iamdelightedtohavefulfilledapersonalambition.EvenbeforethelaunchofWhiskyMagazineIhadbeenafanofHighlandPark.But,despitetripstonumerousdistilleriesallovertheworld,IhadnevermadeittoOrkney.

Well,it'sjustnotthesortofplaceyoudropintoonthewaytosomewhereelse.UnlessyouareHerMajesty'sRoyalNavy,Iguess.

IfirsttriedtosetupthetripwhenIwasEditorofthemagazine.BythetimeIfinallymadeitthere,IwaspublishingdirectorandwasaccompaniedbytheEditor.Which,ineffect,mademytripapilgrimageratherthanapresstrip.SoIfeltlikeabitofamakeweight.

Theadvantagewasthat,ratherthanaskingpertinentquestions,tryingtocatchpeopleofftheirguardandlookingindarkcornersforwaystokeeptheconspiracytheoristshappy,IcouldrelaxandenjoythesplendourofHighlandParkinparticularandOrkneyingeneral.

Investigativejournalism?Ithinknot.Anincreasedunderstandingandawarenessofwhiskyandculture?Absolutely.Orkneyhasthemostfascinatinghistory.TheNeolithicvillageofSkaraBrae,astoundinglywell-preservedgiventhatitis5,000yearsold(that'sright,olderthanth...

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