Whisky Magazine Issue 64
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The weeks have been just packed with liquid treasures and some great memories since I last sat down to write my column.
A string of airport lounges, hotel rooms and copy filed from foreign climes has all filled the last few months.
Kentucky, Tennessee, Washington, New York, Glasgow, Campbeltown, Speyside and of course the welcoming streets of Norwich have all received this editor with open arms and a warming glass of the local golden stuff.
There have been several distilleries, several sampling events and even a tasting session with the illustrious Dave Broom, which featured the new Ardmore and Laphroaig 25 Years Old.
Travelling so much, of course you miss the soothing rest of home, gives you the chance to make some new and interesting friends, and inevitably in this line of work, try something new and exciting.
I am extremely grateful to the staff at the Distilled Spirits Council of the US and my fellow band of high spirited travellers who sped around Kentucky and Tennessee in a remarkable tour bus with black tinted windows – normally the preserve of bands on the road.
Inside this four wheeled palace the dark theme continued with the upholstery and walls, apart from a ceiling that would not have been amiss in a trendy nightclub as it was covered in twinkling lights.
Packed into this behemoth of a tour bus, and to the strains of recently acquired country music (thank you Allen) and various bourbons, friendships were built between people previously strangers. And by n...