Whisky Magazine Issue 72
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Ian Wisniewskitalks to Giuseppe Ruo of The Library Bar at The Lanesborough Hotel in London
IANWhen did your interest in Scotch whisky begin?
GIUSEPPE When I was in Italy, but the problem in Italy was that the market for Scotch whisky was very small, this was in the 1980s and 1990s.
When I moved to London in the year 2000 I had a great door open in front of me.
I was like a sponge, I was watching many different programmes, reading books and magazines, going to tastings, travelling, and more than anything else I had curiosity.
My first experience in London was to develop the whisky range at Windows on the World at the Hilton Hotel.
IAN The Library Bar was already renowned for an amazing collection of cognac, but the range of Scotch whisky changed significantly after you arrived.
GIUSEPPE Yes, whiskies are a real passion of mine. Whisky is very complex, a fascinating spirit, and we specialise in Scotch whisky.
When I arrived there were probably 30 Scotch whiskies, and now there are probably 120-130. I started to build the collection, including The Macallan, Bowmore, Springbank, Highland Park, Glenfiddich, and also some of the closed distilleries as well.
We cover all the different angles of Scotch whisky, including different cask finishes, and from unpeated malts up to the most heavily peated from Islay, and also different vintages.
I don't know if anyone else except us sells The Dalmore 50 Years Old by the glass.
But the problem at the moment is not how many Scotch whiskies I can have, it's how many I can't get. Because they are going out so fast, it's almo...