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Issue 70 - Join the debate

Whisky Magazine Issue 70
February 2008


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I particularly liked the article “Loaded” that appeared in Issue 68. Having been a malt enthusiast for a while, I can completely relate to “Kate” who was mentioned in the article. I too started my excursions into malt whisky with a budget of about $40-$50 per bottle. I see this grow with each year that passes and I now do not think it is so crazy to buy a $200-$250 bottle of whisky. There are however, many whiskies that I will never taste due to the price. Which leads to my topic of this letter. We as whisky enthusiasts must support each other and help one another along the way as much as possible. I am not implying that we must buy our neighbors $250 whiskies for the sake of letting them try it but I do believe that we can open each other to a world of whisky that might not have been experienced otherwise. It boils down to creativity and putting some passion and time into it.

This year, I will be teaching a class here in Rhode Island that focuses on Scotch. I am not doing this class to become rich but rather to help others who were in the same place as me six years ago. I remember the feeling of walking into the whisky section of a liquor store and being dumbfounded and not having a clue.

Hopefully with my class, others will have the chance to try a whisky that they otherwise would not have afforded or known to try.

Sure, the class costs a fee but all in all, it will be much cheaper than purchasing all of the individual whiskies...

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