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Issue 43 - Whiskycomeshome

Whisky Magazine Issue 43
October 2004

 

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Whiskycomeshome

WhiskyLiveGlasgowwasdifferenttoanyotherwhiskyshow

It'scominghome,it'scominghome,it'scoming,whisky'scominghome.”ThreeLionsmightbeasonglinkedintrinsicallytotheEnglish,butaparaphrasedversionofithadacertainresonanceinGlasgowwhenWhiskyLivecametotown.

Fortherewasarealsenseoftriumphandcelebrationduringthetwodayevent.AndanysuggestionsthatanexpressionaboutprophetsnotbeingrecognisedintheirownlandwentrightoutofthewindowasGlaswegiansturnedoutinforcetoreacquaintthemselveswiththeirnationaldrink.

ThetoneofWhiskyLiveGlasgowhadbeensetbyeventorganiserDamianRiley-Smith,whorespondedtothesuggestionthathewastryingtoteachgrannytosuckeggsbypointingoutthatgrannyhadgrowntired.Scotlandhasoneofthebestproductsintheworld,hesaid,butittookitforgrantedanddidn'tpromoteitproperly.

Thiswasanattempttoredressthebalanceandputthedrinkonthefrontshelfinitsnativecountrynotjustindedicatedwhiskybarsbutacrossthedrinkstradeasawhole.

TheeventitselfwasWhiskyMagazine'smostambitiousyet.HeldinGeorgeSquareintheheartofGlasgow,itwasstagedintwoseparatemarquees–onecalledtheWhiskyExperience,aimedatnewcomerstothedrinkanddesignedtoprovideinteractivefun;andtheotherundertheWhiskyLivebanner,whereenthusiastscouldmeetthedistillersandblendersandsamplesomerarerexpressionsoftheirfavouritedrink.

AswithotherWhiskyLiveeventstheseriouswhiskyaficionadohadthechancetoattendspecialmasterclasseswheresomeexceptionallyrareandagedwhiskieswereonoffer,butforthiseventtherewassomethingforthebeginner,too.DaveBroomhostedtwointroductoryclasses,includingafoodandwhiskyone,heldinpartnershipwithGillianBel...

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