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Whisky Magazine Jan/Feb 2019

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United States
Paragraph Publishing
8 Issues

in this issue

4 min
ringing in the changes

So, here we are again, New Year and all those New Me promises. By the time you read this, especially if you get the print edition in the US, then 2019 will be in full swing. Do you make any resolutions each year? Mostly I try, but we all know where good intentions end up. So this year I decided on achievable ones as there is so much instability out there in the public arena, I feel the private should be more of an even keel this year. The ability to navigate and ride out whatever the year brings might outweigh the need to be bigger, brighter more sparkly than before Don’t get me wrong, it’s great if you can put a change in place and stick to it, but for me I need…

2 min
honouring america

Now a regular feature in the whisky world’s diary the Icons of Whisky America Awards, held in New York, celebrated the nation’s top people, bars, producers and retailers. The winner of this regional heat will now go forward to the Global Icons event in London. In each category a winner and highly commended award was presented, following on from a combination of local votes and a judging panel from the Icons of Whisky team. Alongside the announcement of the winners, master distiller Dave Pickerell, and Chicago bar owner and whisky aficionado Mike Miller, were awarded with one of the whisky world’s top honours, induction into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame The full Icons of Whisky America winners are listed below: Distiller Brown-Forman Highly Commended Beam Suntory Craft Producer Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. Highly Commended Corsair Artisan Distillery Brand Innovator Balcones Distilling Highly Commended Buffalo…

3 min
a dynamic duo

Master distiller Dave Pickerell Oak View Spirits Considered to be one of the founding fathers of the American craft distilling movement, Dave Pickerell’s impact on the industry was considerable. The master distiller was a colourful character, an engaging raconteur who liked to tell stories and could often be found dressed in period costumes for marketing events, and a former college football player. He was also a well-educated chemical engineer who enforced the highest quality standards in distilling, whether at a major company like Maker’s Mark or at the hundreds of smaller operations he helped during the years. After leaving the army in 1989, Dave became a chemical engineer and distilling consultant at Ro-Tech in Louisville, Kentucky In 1994, he joined Maker’s Mark Bourbon as a corporate vice president and master distiller, and was with the company for…

2 min
whisky live london

Whisky Live returns to London in 2019 with more exhibitors than ever before. Book your tickets now! The world’s premier whisky tasting show returns to the stunning surroundings of The Honourable Artillery Company on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 of March 2019. This historic 18th century mansion, set in a six acre garden yet just a stone’s throw from Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations, provides a truly memorable backdrop to a great whisky experience. With a brand new whisky-themed menu for 2019, masterclasses, the VIP Lounge and exclusive private VIP pourings, Whisky Live London 2019 welcomes visitors from across the globe. Producers from four corners of the globe gather to showcase their rare, unique and hard to find whiskies, as well as some of the more mainstream brands you would expect to…

3 min
under the hammer

I have seen a barfight in Tennessee and a fierce lovers’ quarrel at a high end restaurant in Manhattan. I watched the 2016 election in my friend’s Greenwich Village bar and World Cup football games with day-drinking Brazilians in dive bars in Queens. I have never, however, been more on edge around alcohol than I was on one freezing cold Friday night at Christie’s, the venerable auction house in Manhattan. On December 7, Christie’s held an auction that included hundreds of lots of rare wines and spirits, among them an exceptional assortment of pre-Prohibition whiskey found in 2017 in a secret vault constructed by a wealthy banker behind a bookshelf at his California estate during Prohibition. It was the largest private collection of pre-Prohibition whiskey and it included more than 40…

3 min
the threat of weed

Will legalising marijuana cut into liquor sales? The general consensus has been yes, ever since the Canadian government announced a few years ago that it would abolish laws against recreational use of cannabis. Until October 17, when those laws were repealed, weed-smoking Canadians had to rely on their doctor for a prescription, just as booze lovers had done during Prohibition. Medical marijuana has been freely available here since 2001, touted as a curative for all manner of ailments, just as alcohol was a century before. Dinner conversation with managers from a provincial liquor board, about a month after they had added cannabis to their inventory, revealed no consensus on whether or not it really was hurting liquor sales. Yes, volumes were down, one manager conceded, but he wondered if that was…