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Issue 79 - Join the debate

Whisky Magazine Issue 79
April 2009


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Star letter - Malt moments It's now almost 10 years ago since a bottle of Highland Park on Robert Burns night 2000 in Edinburgh opened up my mind. I have almost focused on single malts and more or less deliberately left blends behind in the mists of my economically tense student years.

There has always been something redirecting my attention to single malt. The Editor's word in Issue 78 articulated that something perfectly: the link to the land.

When I drink Talisker, I climb those incredible Cuillin hills. When I pour a glass of Tobermory it takes me back to the pool table on the Isle of Mull where my mate and I had the laugh of a lifetime. When I enjoy a Bladnoch, the dusk over Wigtown bay springs to mind.

I lack that dimension in blends. As great as it may taste whisky to me is about a specific product from a specific location.

Surely a blend would take me to lots of places at the same time. But let's be real: who could ever mentally digest all the beauties of Scotland in just one dram's time?

Thomas Gravgaard, Copenhagen, Denmark Macallan musings Sometimes I am accused of thinking too much and this may well be one of those times. I am struggling with my views on Macallan's recent release of whisky featuring one off photographs.

The problem I am wrestling with is that on the one hand I really like this idea of fusing art and whisky, of making something that is special in many ways and which holds uniqueness about it. On the other hand I think that it disrupts the a...

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