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Issue 42 - AseasyasAlpha,Beta…

Whisky Magazine Issue 42
September 2004

 

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AseasyasAlpha,Beta…

DaveBroomlaunchestheresistanceagainstthewhiskyterroiristes

Apparentlysupermarketlightingisengineeredtomakeusblinklessfrequently,inducingatrancelikestatewhichmakesusmoreamenabletosuggestions.Isuspectasimilarthinggoesoninairports.

Beingintransitmakesyoudooneofthreethings:sitinsilenceinthebar,fallasleeporstartshopping.Itendtodothelast.That'show,whenIwaswanderingaimlesslythroughBirminghamairportrecently,Ipickedupablackandpinkleafletwhichproclaimed‘AlphaWhiskyBravo.

DiscoverWhisky.'AlphaisthedutyfreefranchiseoperatoratthisandotherUnitedKingdomairports.Ibeganreadingit.Thisishowitstarted:“Whisky.Youeitherlikeitoryoudon't.”Well,banggoesanychanceofattractingthemildlycurious.

Itdidn'tgetmuchbetter,beingclutteredwithinaccuracies:Canadianbourbon;monkswhoseofficialdutyitwastodistilthebarley;whiskybeingmadefromwater,barleyandpeat;singlemalt“usesonlyonemaltedbarley”;apparentlyinablend:“thehighertheblendpercentagethehighertheconcentrationofgrainwhiskiesintheblend”.Ifyoucanworkthatlastoneout,pleasedoletmeknow.

Maltsarebrokendownbyregion.Lowlandmaltsare“cleanandsimple”,Speysidesareeither“elegantandspicy”,or“richandfruity”,whilethosefromsomewherecalledIslayare“demanding[of]anacquiredpalate”.

ItwasthedescriptionoftheHighlandregionwhichbroughthomehowoutmodedthiswayoftalkingaboutmalthasbecome.TheHighlands,wearetold,encompasseverythingfromlighttomediumtofull-bodied.“Fineanddelicate”,or“fullandassertive”,evensalty.

Onlywhenyouseeitwrittendowndoyoubegintothinkthatit'sperhapstimewere-evaluatedthisterroiristeviewofwh...

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