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Issue 37 - The wonderful world of world of whisky

Whisky Magazine Issue 37
February 2004


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The wonderful world of world of whisky

Dominic Roskrow takes a lighter look at the whisky industry

Discovering whisky: A tale of three islands

I'm one of those people who thinks in lists and, as the end of the year arrives, inevitably I spend every free second I have compiling ‘best of' charts for just about everything.

And in this job? Well it's a battle between September and the two trips to Kentucky, and the three island trips to Scotland in October and November.

In an amazing three week spell I was privileged to be able to visit Orkney, Jura and Skye, and in the process went to three stunning distilleries.

I'm not sure that standing by the sea edge at breakfast time on a winter's day having water thrown in your face is anybody's idea of fun, but Richard Paterson likes to keep it all real.

We were on Jura and there can be no doubt that the Isle of Jura distillery dominates the island and island life in the most dramatic fashion.

When you think about the distances the lorries have to travel to take the whisky and wastage out and to bring the raw materials in, well it must do wonders for the local ferry business.

Every accountant surveying the company bottom line should visit a place like this at least once just to get a sense of proportion – to understand that it couldn't be done any other way.

I arrived at Talisker in a blustery, chilly rainfall – and it couldn't have been more perfect. The Skye visit was special because Talisker has long been a favourite – almost the point where I came in. And the distillery didn't disappoint. Highland Park is, for many...

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