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Issue 38 - The Miller's Tale

Whisky Magazine Issue 38
April 2004

 

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The Miller's Tale

Spring: the season of fecundity, rebirth and renewal. And, of course, Whisky Live in London. The merry-go-round begins again. Today London and, in two weeks time, whisky events in San Francisco and Copenhagen. Then comes the season of festivals on Speyside and on Islay.

Spring: the season of fecundity, rebirth and renewal. And, of course, Whisky Live in London. The merry-go-round begins again. Today London and, in two weeks time, whisky events in San Francisco and Copenhagen. Then comes the season of festivals on Speyside and on Islay.

Those who read the magazine on a regular basis will understand our mission is to celebrate whisky. It's just as well I remembered as I was about to embark on a long lament. I had high hopes for Iain Banks' book Raw Spirit; in search of the perfect dram.

It gave all the appearance of being a perfect read and a perfect gift. At last, a world class novelist writing a whole book about whisky.

What could be finer? I won't go on to register my disappointment for two reasons. First, there are so many positive things going on in
whisky at the moment that to bore you with a negative view of a book would be churlish.

Second, on page 302 Mr Banks reveals he subscribes to Whisky Magazine and every publisher needs to think about his readers first. In short, I guess I was expecting too much. In this issue you'll find the results of the Icons of Whisky poll. I'd like to thank the thousands of you who voted.

The big issue in awards of this nature is whether you should hold a public vote (as we did) or an industry vote (as we did in previous years). An industry vote enables the magazine to give readers an insight into who and what the trade thinks is hot, individuals that might seep into the consumer consciousness in the ...

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