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Issue 36 - The Miller's Tale

Whisky Magazine Issue 36
December 2003

 

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The Miller's Tale

Welcome to a landmark issue. A milestone. When Whisky Magazine was launched there were many blinkered sceptics – you know who you are – who asked “what on earth will you find to write about? Is there enough to regularly fill a magazine?”

Welcome to a landmark issue. A milestone. When Whisky Magazine was launched there were many blinkered sceptics – you know who you are – who asked “what on earth will you find to write about? Is there enough to regularly fill a magazine?”

Well, with the combined support of our loyal readers and the industry as a whole as well as some first-rate writers and editors, I trust we have silenced the doubters by now.

A lot has happened in the world of whisky in the last five years and this issue will take a look at the past, present and even try to predict the future for our favourite drink.

At the time of writing, I am delighted to have fulfilled a personal ambition. Even before the launch of Whisky Magazine I had been a fan of Highland Park. But, despite trips to numerous distilleries all over the world, I had never made it to Orkney.

Well, it's just not the sort of place you drop into on the way to somewhere else. Unless you are Her Majesty's Royal Navy, I guess.

I first tried to set up the trip when I was Editor of the magazine. By the time I finally made it there, I was publishing director and was accompanied by the Editor. Which, in effect, made my trip a pilgrimage rather than a press trip. So I felt like a bit of a makeweight.

The advantage was that, rather than asking pertinent questions, trying to catch people off their guard and looking in dark corners for ways to keep the conspiracy theorists happy, I could relax and enjoy the splendour of Highland Park in p...

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