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Issue 42 - HighSociety

Whisky Magazine Issue 42
September 2004

 

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HighSociety

TheScotchMaltWhiskySocietyisundernewownershipandenjoyingnewpremises.OurMysteryVisitorwentandcheckedoutoneofourmoreinterestingmembers'clubs

Ifyouhaven'tjoinedyet,youarerunningoutofexcuses.Irefer,ofcourse,totheScotchMaltWhiskySociety,agroupofenthusiastsdedicatedtothepursuitoftheirownsinglecaskbottlingsofveryspecialmalts,andtheirratherhandsomenewpremisesat28QueenStreet,Edinburgh.

TheSociety'soriginalheadquartersremaininLeith,onEdinburgh'snorthernfringes,wherethereisalwaysreasonnottogo.Bynightthehauntofsomeveryunderdressedyoungwomenwhoseemremarkablyenthusiastictomakenewmalefriends,itsstreetsarecrowdedbydaywithpropertydevelopersandwannabepublicrelationsexecutives.

Bestavoidedthenbygentlefolkofgreattasteanddiscernment,TheSociety'snaturalaudience.

But,withthisnewventure,theSocietyhasmovedupmarket.QueenStreetisrightintheheartofEdinburgh'sfamedNewTown,sonamedforbeingbuiltinthe18thcentury.It'sagraciousGeorgianterrace,overlookinghandsomeprivategardenswithaviewtotheFirthofForthandKingdomofFifebeyond.IfyousquintalittleyoucanlookdownonLeith(thisisEdinburgh,afterall).

Sadly,number28hadfallenonhardtimes.

LikemanyofthefinebuildingsintheNewTownithadbeenadaptedforofficeusesometimeafterthewar,aconversionneithersympatheticnorappropriate.Recently,however,withthedemandforlargeopenfloorsandmilesofcomputercabling,officeusershaveabandonedthesecitycentreconversionsforpurpose-builtofficeparksandEdinburgh'stownhousesareslowlyreturningtotheiroriginalfunction.

Or,asinthiscase,moreimaginativenewlives.TheSocietyhasacknowledgedthebuilding'sGeorgianelegance:restoring,renovatingandreplacinginanentirelyauthenticstyle,whilstaddingnewfeaturesin...

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