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Issue 42 - Women with taste

Whisky Magazine Issue 42
September 2004


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Women with taste

If a group of women conducted a whisky tasting, would it be very different to a men's one? Well yes, actually. Dominic Roskrow meets the girls

The Panel
Gillian Bell Proprietor,Caledonian Connoissseur
Abigail Bosanko Author
Susan Brannan Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Anna Conway Business development manager, Fior brands
Isabel Coughlin Press and public relations, Bruichladdich
Annabel Meikle Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Kate Patrick Freelance journalist
Debbie Taylor General manager, the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh.

So there we all are, trying to be deadly serious, myself and some of the sharpest cookies in the biscuit tin. And we all agree that this mustn't descend in to a girlie gossiping session or be written up in a condescending or patronising manner, when the door flies open and in glides Kate Patrick, very late, all smiles.

“Where's the photographer?” she says.
“What do you mean he's not here? Get him. I've put on my best new shoes specially.”
“So have I,” offers someone else.
“Me too,” says a third.
Oh well. We tried.

In actual fact over two or three hours and nine whiskies tasted blind we are to conduct an easy-going, stimulating and enjoyable tasting and at the end the results are not only surprising, but confirm once and for all that you pigeon-hole any group of people at your peril.

Predictable they are not.

Do women have a different perspective to men? In one case the nose of a whisky was described as being like that of a room where a group of people are getting ready to go out and the different perfumes and powders all mixed together.

Hardly the description you'd expect from a male taste...

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