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Issue 39 - Anywayyouwantit

Whisky Magazine Issue 39
May 2004

 

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Anywayyouwantit

DominicRoskrowarguesthatweshouldactnowtobeatthecensorshiplobby

ThehighlightofWhiskyLiveformecameattheendofthemasterclassbyTheEasyDrinkingWhiskyCompany.Thetrio,frontedbyformerMacallanmaestroDavidRobertson,hadbeenmixingScotchwithallsortsofstrangethings,includingbourbons.Itwasbravestuff.

Theyadmittedlaterthattheyhadhalf-expectedakickingfromapartisan,maltlovingaudience.

Whattheygotwasastandingovation.Itwasagreatmoment.

I'mnotsurethesamethingwouldhavehappenedevenayearago,butIsensedacomingofageforwhiskyatthisyear'seventanditreinforcedmybeliefthatwhiskyisenteringanexcitingphase.

IknewhowRobboandhisteamfelt.DaveBroomandIhadintroduced–alittlemutedly,admittedly–awhiskycocktailchallengeatWhiskyLiveforthefirsttime.Anditwasn'tasifwejustgotawaywithit;itwasatriumph.

Singlemaltsremainatthecoreofwhatwe'reabout,andwillalwaysdoso;butwe–notjustthismagazinebutmanyofthecharactersinthetrade–seemtobeincreasinglywillingtomakeroomforthosewhotastetheirwhiskyinadifferentway.

Inthepagesofthisveryissue,alongsidegreatandweightyfeaturesonLongmornandcask-strengthIslaymalts,wehaveadebateaboutvattedmaltsandafeaturenotjustonblendingbutonblendingproductsfromdifferentcountries–justastheEasyDrinkingWhiskyCompanydidatWhiskyLive.

ThissortofmatureandpluralisticapproachtoourtradeisincreasinglyimportantbecauseIsuspectwewillneedasmanyfriendsaspossibleonoursideinthemonthsandyearsahead.

Itseemsthestormcloudsofrestriction,censorshipandabstentionaregatheringandthatalcoholmightbesetforthesamesortoffateasthetobaccoindustryhasfaced.

Myviewsonthissubjectaresortofencapsul...

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