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Issue 80 - First among piers

Whisky Magazine Issue 80
June 2009


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First among piers

We review the recent Whisky Live New York.

For the first time in years, the weather was perfect. From inside the main hall of Pier 60, the view of the Hudson, the NY skyline, and Lady Liberty was incredible. The stage was set. With all the bottles prepped, food ready, the band tuned up, and the masters of whisky at the ready; a pair of bagpipes announced the start of the fifth anniversary of Whisky Live New York.

Being far more than just an arbitrary tasting event, Whisky Live is an entire evening out. The band MacTalla Mor rocked the evening with their own special sound. An innovative and lively blend of traditional Scottish and American pop music kept the energy level high all night. With more than 100 different expressions of whisky being poured, the evening was a tremendous success. Regarded by exhibitors and visitors alike; Whisky Live New York 2009 was by far the best yet!

In addition to having the finest whiskies in the world available for tasting, the visitors enjoyed several special attractions, among them, the food pairing demonstration on the main stage by Laura Quinn of St. Andrews restaurant. Teamed up with Ricky Crawford from The Glenlivet, the demonstration was not only interesting and delicious to those in the area around the stage, but also gave a great insight into the combined world of whisky and food.

One of the more noteworthy highlights was the US launch of the superb 30 Years Old blend Black Bull by Whisky Magazine's Independent Bottler of the Year Duncan Taylor & Co. This was reinforced by E...

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