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Issue 42 - Hardtoputafigureonit...

Whisky Magazine Issue 42
September 2004

 

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Hardtoputafigureonit...

I'mnotoneforsnobbery,pretentiousnessorelitism.Can'tstandit.ButifI'velearnedanythingoverthelastfewyearsit'sthatyougetwhatyoupayforandthatqualitycomesatacost.

I'mnotoneforsnobbery,pretentiousnessorelitism.Can'tstandit.ButifI'velearnedanythingoverthelastfewyearsit'sthatyougetwhatyoupayforandthatqualitycomesatacost.

Letmeexplain;beforeIarrivedhereIspent10yearsworkingawayfromhomeanddraggingatravelbag–mybrothercalleditmysadbag–toaplethoraofcheaphotels.AndImeancheap.ThesortthatattractedmigrantworkersfromthenorthofEnglandbythevan-load,whointurnattractedaflockofveryaccommodatingwomen.

Atonehotelthepayphonehadfourpre-programmedbuttons:oneforataxicompany,twofortakeawaydeliveryservices,andoneforpestcontrol.Ikidyounot.

Ihavecometobelievethatcosthaslittletodowithanythingandvalueformoney,everything.Peopledon'tmindpayingifit'sworthwhile,it'sbeingrippedoffthatbothersthem.

Thisisobviouslyverymuchthecaseintheworldofwhisky,whereaficionadosappreciatethetimeandeffortthatgoesintoproducingqualitywhiskyandrightfullygetaffrontedwhensomeconmanfakesit.

Theappreciationofvaluewasbroughthometomedramaticallyontwoseparateoccasionsrecently.

ThefirstwasawhiskydinnerheldinthecellarsoftheofficesofBerryBrothers&RuddinStJame's,London.At£75aticket($130)Ithoughtitmightbetooexpensive.Theeveningwas,though,atotaldelightandoneofthosenevertobeforgottenoccasionswherepricedoesn'tcomeintoit.

It'sastunningsettingforadinnerandthefood,whiskyandchampagnethatareservedheredidn'tdisappoint,either.

Butwhatmadethisoccasionsooutstandingwasthecompany.Ourgroupwasadiverseandeclecticone,linkedonlybyapassionforwhisky.Itmadeforanextraordinarynightwithsparklingconversationaboutever...

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