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Issue 41 - Let'sdiveinatthedeepend

Whisky Magazine Issue 41
July 2004

 

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Let'sdiveinatthedeepend

Onlyonething:theydrankmyentirebottleofLaphroaig

Acolleagueofminerecentlydecidedtoholdawhiskytastingforsomenon-whiskydrinkingfriends.Hepresentedthemwithfourwhiskiescoveringarangeoftastes,andwhenhecamebacktoworkontheMondayIaskedhimhowitwent.

“Great,”hesaid.“Theyallsaidtheydidn'tlikewhiskyatfirstandyettheyreallyenjoyedthemselves.Onlyonething:theydrankmyentirebottleofLaphroaig.”

AdaylaterDaveRobertsonwastellingmeabouttheresultsofthetastingshehadconductedforthethreetypesofwhiskyinhisEasyDrinkingWhiskyrange.

Asurprisingnumberofwomen,hesaid,hadchosenthesmokypeatyoneastheirfavourite–evenwomenwhosaidtheyrarelyorneverdrankwhisky.Andthisweekanewfemalefriendofmineannouncedthatwhileshe'sawhiskynoviceshe'sfoundadramshereallylikes–Lagavulin25yearold,noless.

InfactIseemtobespeakingtoalotofwomenatthemomentwhoarehittingonthesortoftasteprofilesthatatleastsomepeopleseemtohaveassumedwerebeyondthem.

Shouldwebeatallsurprisedthatmore‘extreme'flavoursappealtoneworevennon-whiskydrinkers?

Ithinknot.Indeed,isn'titjustasprobablethatpeoplewhosaythattheydon'tlikewhiskywereputoffbysomeaveragestandardblendtheydrankonenightwhentheycouldn'tfaceanotherbeerandwerefeelingabitdaring?

Certainlythatwasthecasewithme.ForyearsIavoidedthestuff.IttookmymumandabottleofArdbegtorekindlemyinterest.

Andthismustbetrueformanyofus.Afterall,howdidyoudiscovergoodwhisky?DidyousipafewstandardblendsinapubonenightbeforethebarmansuggestedyoumoveontoanicelightLowlandmalt?AndastheeveningprogresseddidheleadyouuptoSpeysidethenontoaMacallanandperhapsintotheHighlands...

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