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Issue 39 - Anofferingyoucan'trefuse

Whisky Magazine Issue 39
May 2004

 

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Anofferingyoucan'trefuse

Luvian'sBottleShophasbuiltareputationforfinedrinksproducts.GavinSmithlooksatitswhiskyoffering

ThehistoricuniversitytownofStAndrewsinnorth-eastFifeisrenownedtheworldoverasthehomeofgolf.Recently,however,ithasalsobeenattractingattentionbecauseoneofitscurrentundergraduatesisPrinceWilliam.

ThechancesarethatifHisRoyalHighnessrequiresadropofChâteauMouton-Rothschild1990orasparkingshiraztogowithdinnerhewillcallintoLuvian'sBottleShoponMarketStreet,wherehewillalsobefacedwithatantalisingarrayofmorethan500whiskies.

ThemanresponsibleforsourcingallthosewhiskiesisVinceFusaro,KeeperoftheQuaich,whosefamilyofaward-winningicecreammakersalsooperatesasimilaroutletinthenearbytownofCupar.TheFusaroshavebeeninFifesince1961,havingoriginallycometoScotlandfromItalybywayofAyrshire.

BrothersVincent,AnthonyandLuigi,openedtheirdelicatessenandspecialistoff-licencebusinessinCuparin1983,andtheStAndrewsBottleShopfollowedin1996.Itboastsaclienteleofgolfers,students,touristsanddiscerninglocals,andtodaysalesofwhiskymakeapproximately30percentofthecompany'soverallbusiness.

“WeopenedinCuparonChristmasEve1983”,recallsVince.“OuropeningwhiskystockwastwobottlesofGlenmorangie,twoGlenfiddich,twoChivasRegal,andtwoJohnnieWalkerBlackLabel.

“TwoorthreeyearsonfromthatIsawthatOddbinswasboastingthattheirshopshadmorethan20whiskies.

“Itookalookatourshelvesandsawthatwealreadyhadmorethan60.Thatspurredmeontobeseriousaboutwhisky,andIstartedreadingalotaboutit.”

VinceFusaroisrefreshinglyforthright,andsays“Idon'tsubscribetotheviewthattherearenobadwhiskies.Someofthenewexpressionsthatwehaveseenrecentlyarenotfitto...

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