Whisky Magazine Issue 39
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Dominic Roskrow argues that we should act now to beat the censorship lobby
The highlight of Whisky Live for me came at the end of the masterclass by The Easy Drinking Whisky Company. The trio, fronted by former Macallan maestro David Robertson, had been mixing Scotch with all sorts of strange things, including bourbons. It was brave stuff.
They admitted later that they had half-expected a kicking from a partisan, malt loving audience.
What they got was a standing ovation. It was a great moment.
I'm not sure the same thing would have happened even a year ago, but I sensed a coming of age for whisky at this year's event and it reinforced my belief that whisky is entering an exciting phase.
I knew how Robbo and his team felt. Dave Broom and I had introduced – a little mutedly, admittedly – a whisky cocktail challenge at Whisky Live for the first time. And it wasn't as if we just got away with it; it was a triumph.
Single malts remain at the core of what we're about, and will always do so; but we – not just this magazine but many of the characters in the trade – seem to be increasingly willing to make room for those who taste their whisky in a different way.
In the pages of this very issue, alongside great and weighty features on Longmorn and cask-strength Islay malts, we have a debate about vatted malts and a feature not just on blending but on blending products from different countries – just as the Easy Drinking Whisky Company did at Whisky Live.
This sort of mature and pluralistic approach to our trade is increasingly important beca...