Whisky Magazine Issue 39
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Nothing lasts forever. Look at the England rugby team's unbeaten record at Twickenham (fortunately, I couldn't watch Ireland break England's winning streak as I was at Whisky Live). Look at Cardhu Pure Malt.
Well, another constant coming to an end is my tenure at Whisky Magazine. It is with a tear in my eye as I write this, my last column…
In 1997 Damian Riley-Smith came up with a plan to finally create the magazine he'd been dreaming about for some time. In 1998 the plan was realised. Now, less than six years later, the magazine has subscribers in 57 countries, is published in English, Japanese and French (with
several other language versions in the pipeline) and hosts events in England, Japan, Scotland, France and the USA.
Without doubt it has become globally accepted as the authoritative voice of whisky and everything related to it. If one can take a moment to reflect – always best achieved with a dram in hand – that is no mean achievement for a small team in five years. Now, my work here is done and I feel it is time to move on.
Whisky Live in London 2004 was the best event we have ever held. The atmosphere was excellent and all visitors and exhibitors enjoyed themselves. The introduction of a retailer at Whisky Live was a welcome development.
It wasn't perfect: some visitors have expressed that the goodie bags could have included more variety and their views have been noted. Thank you for your comments and we will work to improve the event even further for nex...