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Issue 82 - Join the debate

Whisky Magazine Issue 82
September 2009


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Star letter - Visiting times Thank you for some great reading and informative whisky education. My copies of the magazine are jealously guarded as they remain a reference.

I was particularly interested in the piece by Ian Buxton at the how and why of collecting.

Having started an alphabetic collection of single malts originally, I changed in favour of collecting in the 10 to 30 year old range where I have found that other than the 15 and 21 year olds, the odd number ages are generally challenging to secure and certainly, any product over 18 years old is usually relatively expensive.

Last September we spent a delightful 10 days touring Scotland with an itinerary specifically planned around distillery visits. I was able to add a few special items to my collection but the lesson learnt was buy it when you see it and don't rely on finding the same thing in Edinburgh on the way home!

Our visits to Edradour and Tobermory were memorable. The experience underscored by the very obvious pride and passion that both the owner in the case of Edradour, and the distillery manager at Tobermory had for the process and their products.

My collection is used but, as an unfortunate consequence of what seems to have become an unplanned pattern of “add two consume one”, grows quite slowly.

A few of the items in my collection remain sacrosanct for the time being. However, I have discovered that good single malts are like a good red wine; difficult to find at times, taste a personal prefere...

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