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Issue 72 - Join the debate

Whisky Magazine Issue 72
June 2008

 

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Star letter - Casks galore I've just read John Rose's letters page in issue 71 and in the last letter he advises a reader on where to buy a cask of whisky. If he had read Whisky Mag's own online forums recently he would also have been able to advise that Bladnoch offer cask sales. In fact, a group of forum members recently bought a cask, number 200 which we will bottle in nine years in the year of Bladnoch's 200th anniversary, and full details can be found on the forums. We will be hoping to regularly club together in this way and would welcome any readers who have not discovered the forums to do so if they are interested in sharing a cask.

Mark Connelly Scotland Why collecting?

I am an avid collector of walking sticks and canes, finding them aesthetically pleasing and infinite in their variety and provenance. I have also been an avid reader of Whisky Magazine since its inception. In that time I have constantly been puzzled as to what the attraction is to a collector from amassing unopened bottles of whisky.

I understand the miserly tingle of pointing to something “that cost £2000” but even that seems to miss the point of the bottle and its contents.

After all, if I purchase a stick, with exquisite craftsmanship and in excellent condition, that is 400 years old, then I expect to pay a lot at auction; but it remains basically what it has always been – something fine to hold and use. By contrast if whisky is basically to be drunk and relished thereby, the collector...

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