Whisky Magazine Issue 46
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The Wright Wine Company doesn't do exactly what it says on the tin. Richard Jones investigates
You could be forgiven for thinking the shop didn't actually sell whisky at all. Situated on the outskirts of the historic North Yorkshire market town of Skipton, the self-styled ‘Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales', the signage above the main door announces the store rather inadequately as, ‘The Wright Wine Company'.
But venture inside and you will discover one of the finest ranges of Scotch, Irish, American, Japanese, Canadian and New Zealand whisky to be found in the North of England.
“When Bob Wright founded the shop in 1982, whisky was really a sideline to wine, hence the name,” begins Julian Kaye, co-partner in the business. “However the more people came in for our whisky, the more the range grew. In 1991 we took over the shop next door (previously occupied by Miss November in the infamous North Yorkshire Women's Institute Calendar, incidentally) and created a dedicated whisky area over two rooms. “We now have between 550 and 600 different whiskies at any one time, plus whisky books, accessories and over 100 whisky miniatures.”
Julian Kaye and Steph Lunn, retail manager, personify everything you could possibly wish for in knowledgeable and passionate whisky retailers.
“We have a website http://www.wineandwhisky.co.uk which delivers across the United Kingdom, but we much prefer to speak to customers face-to-face in the shop,” Steph remarks.
“Unlike wine, there's very little snob factor when it comes to whisky, and it's great to take the time to talk t...