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Issue 40 - Naughty but nice

Whisky Magazine Issue 40
June 2004


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Naughty but nice

Impossible to do whisky justice when it's in a cocktail? That's rubbish, as our recent Whisky Cocktail Challenge showed

Boy, have we come a long way in a few short months. When we first held a mini cocktail challenge the results were patchy to say the least. It's not that the cocktails weren't good – they were. It's just that half of them could have contained anything.

Not only did the weaker half spectacularly fail to show off the whisky they contained, they seemed to be going to some lengths to actually disguise it.

Surely we should expect better than this, argued head of judges, Dave Broom.

Surely the challenge is to show off the whisky to best effect?

Some six months later, and the first proper whisky cocktail challenge turned out to be a revelation.

Held during Whisky Live London, we not only attracted some of the capital's top barmen, but a couple of big players from elsewhere in the country joined in. And this time there were no such problems.

In fact, almost without exception the cocktails we tasted this time around were all great ambassadors for the wonderful world of whisky.

Our top barmen take their bar skills very seriously indeed, and they rose to the challenge of showing off whisky while creating a refreshing summer long drink with relish.

We initially judged in four categories: Scotch classic, Scotch modern, non-Scotch classic and non-Scotch modern. Winners from each category went forward to a final held at Whisky Live itself.

The result was a truly outstanding competition with some stunning cocktails and we're proud to provide the recipes for all of them here.

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