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Issue 63 - Weather watching

Whisky Magazine Issue 63
April 2007


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Weather watching

Rob Allanson ponders that eternal question:what's your favourite?

Well I am not sure what the weather is like where you are reading this, but here in Norfolk the seasons are turning again.

Gone is that gloomy, damp, slightly chilly winter that never really amounted to much, apart from a few days snow.

I know some of you in the States had some pretty drastic ice storms, but nothing like that happened here.

It's funny really the British obsession with the weather. There we were getting ready for what had been billed ‘the worst winter on record,' yet here in God's county – Norfolk for the uninitiated – we braced, braced a bit more, checked the bracing and the clouds…nothing.

A mere icing.

Anyhow all this nattering about the weather, see it is an obsession, is honestly about whisky. I was asked the other day that question which is fairly hard to explain – what's your favourite whisky.

Have you ever tried to answer it? I think part of the job is to try as wide a range of malts, blends, blended malts (or vatted to most of us) and bourbons to keep the palate expanding.

But it leaves that void of not being able to say what my favourite is.

For me I have certain whiskies I return to dependent on my surroundings, weather and company.

Now the year is starting to turn again and the days are getting longer and warmer I will move some of my whisky cabinet round for a few months. Am I sad? Surely I cannot be the only person out there who does this?

Middle of winter on the coast, for me you cannot beat a decent Islay. Something really p...

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