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Issue 37 - The Miller's Tale

Whisky Magazine Issue 37
February 2004

 

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The Miller's Tale

Oddly enough, unlike the 1,000 or so visitors, I did not get the opportunity to taste much at Whisky Live in Tokyo (see review pages 16-17). However, those precious few whiskies I did manage to sample were fascinating.

Oddly enough, unlike the 1,000 or so visitors, I did not get the opportunity to taste much at Whisky Live in Tokyo (see review pages 16-17). However, those precious few whiskies I did manage to sample were fascinating.

The Dave Broom Suntory Masterclass was extraordinary for many reasons: I was a Pole listening to a Scotsman talking in English to a Japanese audience about Japanese whisky.

More bizarre still was Dave's talk of shapes to describe the palate of a whisky (see page 12). You read it here first. It is only a matter of weeks before the world of whisky will discuss with confidence the Yamazaki dip – which sounds more like a 1960s dance craze than a tasting comment.

Another Tokyo highlight was that Kenny Mackay very kindly rescued the last dribble of a 1964 Bowmore for me. It was in danger of being forever lost with the detritus of his Masterclass. After an exhausting day, the rich, tropical fruit cocktail of this venerable Bowmore was a genuine, once in a lifetime treat. I say once in a lifetime…

For me, the principle and incontrovertible evidence that whisky is higher up alcohol's evolutionary scale – if there is such a thing – than any other spirit is because of its DNA. I was born in 1964. So were the three single cask Bowmores lined up in front of me at a recent tasting in London: one from a fino cask, one from bourbon and one from oloroso.

Yes, they were all distilled at Bowmore, two on the same November day and one a week later. But, to exaggerate s...

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