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Issue 42 - Womenwithtaste

Whisky Magazine Issue 42
September 2004

 

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Womenwithtaste

Ifagroupofwomenconductedawhiskytasting,woulditbeverydifferenttoamen'sone?Wellyes,actually.DominicRoskrowmeetsthegirls

ThePanel
GillianBellProprietor,CaledonianConnoissseur
AbigailBosankoAuthor
SusanBrannanScotchMaltWhiskySociety
AnnaConwayBusinessdevelopmentmanager,Fiorbrands
IsabelCoughlinPressandpublicrelations,Bruichladdich
AnnabelMeikleScotchMaltWhiskySociety
KatePatrickFreelancejournalist
DebbieTaylorGeneralmanager,theBalmoralHotel,Edinburgh.

Sothereweallare,tryingtobedeadlyserious,myselfandsomeofthesharpestcookiesinthebiscuittin.Andweallagreethatthismustn'tdescendintoagirliegossipingsessionorbewrittenupinacondescendingorpatronisingmanner,whenthedoorfliesopenandinglidesKatePatrick,verylate,allsmiles.

“Where'sthephotographer?”shesays.
“Whatdoyoumeanhe'snothere?Gethim.I'veputonmybestnewshoesspecially.”
“SohaveI,”offerssomeoneelse.
“Metoo,”saysathird.
Ohwell.Wetried.

Inactualfactovertwoorthreehoursandninewhiskiestastedblindwearetoconductaneasy-going,stimulatingandenjoyabletastingandattheendtheresultsarenotonlysurprising,butconfirmonceandforallthatyoupigeon-holeanygroupofpeopleatyourperil.

Predictabletheyarenot.

Dowomenhaveadifferentperspectivetomen?Inonecasethenoseofawhiskywasdescribedasbeinglikethatofaroomwhereagroupofpeoplearegettingreadytogooutandthedifferentperfumesandpowdersallmixedtogether.

Hardlythedescriptionyou'dexpectfromamaletaster.Mostanyway.

Ontheotherhand,ourtastersdidn'tshyawayfromsomeofthebolderandmoredemandingwhiskies,andindeed,twoIslaymaltstoppedthelist.InterestingtoothatBruichladdich(infirstplace)hasjustreleasedapinkwhiskycalledFlirtationandBowmore...

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