Whisky Magazine Issue 73
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It has been a busy few weeks here at Whisky Towers with some wonderful whiskies coming into the office and plottings happening for the various Whisky Lives around the world.
One great event I had the joy to participate in was the first show held by Whisky's sister magazine Beers of the World. Essentially a beer version of Whisky Live, this gathering of some of the finest beers happened during the BBC's Summer Festival in the cavernous National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.
We decided to take along a selection of whiskies from the World Whiskies Awards to give people the chance to sample some of the finest drams on the planet.
It's been a while since I worked behind a bar, but ensconsed in my little booth with some stunning whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Japan, India and Sweden, it was great to interact with people ranging from total beginners to malt nuts.
One thing that was pleasing to see was the amount of beginners and female drinkers not afraid to experiment with their drams.
Normally someone would ask what I would recommend if they normally liked so and so whisky. The fun thing was to take them out of their comfort zone and challenge their taste buds, with usually some pretty impressive results, and I have to say converts.
Looking at the whiskies people took to, and would probably not normally try, the Mackmyra bottlings were very well received as was the peated Penderyn.
For those looking for some different in the Scottish market a quick nip of Old Pu...