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VICKY CHAND & CHANDIDAS BANERJEE

14 October, 2018

I Have had the great pleasure and honour of working with these gentlemen. CD has praised me well and I respect that. I know that I am reasonably good at what I do. But I also Know that there are other younger & hungry “Young Turks” out there. Also, I must quote my other great…

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I HAD A DREAM

14 October, 2018

Yes When I was Young I had A dream Just like the ABBA song…… Well I still have that dream !! And why not. Too many people reach a certain age and then disintegrate. That is not for me. Why would it be. The joy of work is overwhelming, as is the joy of my…

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Places

13 October, 2018

 Life is a carousel !! OK I have been lucky to have been involved with so many interesting people around the globe. For example a few distilleries, Aultmore, Tormore Laphroaig, Fast forward, at the top of the incline in Pittsburgh PA. USA . Then with the Topping cousins’ in Andrew’ Pipers Pub Pittsburgh. A fabulous…

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THE NAME OF THE GAME

13 October, 2018

ABBA produced a wonderfully powerful rendition of the way life goes in the their music. And you know, they captured generations of people with the depth of feeling put into that. Whisky, (AND I REALLY DON’T CARE where it is produced) Can do exactly the same thing for people happy, or sad. As it happens,…

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Selected Malts Sweden-ICE HOTELL

13 October, 2018

 Hi Guys This IS the place to BE ICE BAR EVERYTHING IS ICE INCLUDING THE GLASSES ! NOT THE YOUNG LADY OF COURSE. WHAT A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE WHICH I AM GOING TO REPEAT ASAP THE “NORTHERN LIGHTS ARE A MUST. WHAT A GREAT PLACE. //JOHN

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Time for another shake up or stick with the status quo ?

2 October, 2018

When I entered this great industry 58 years ago it was just so different to what is the norm today. That is not to say it necessarily was better, or worse, BUT, well, different. Emptying coal wagons was quite normal, breaking up the large lumps of coal was quite normal, carrying on your back up…

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STILLS at High Coast — HOGA KUSTEN — Destilleri (Formerly BOX Destilleri)

30 September, 2018

This Destilleri is in the Kommun of Adalen. Known as “Red Adalen”, so Named as a result of the Swedish Authorities turning their gunfire on the sawmill workers of the region. They were on Strike, because of the appalling wages and conditions to which they were being subjected to by the owners. This was (I…

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Whisky Snobs/Snobbery

28 September, 2018

This is an area which really gets under my skin. For almost 60 years I have lived, breathed, and drunk whisky. Whisky is for the masses. Ask Robert Burns, so where does the snobbery emanate ? Well, this is a complex issue, originally the hard working orra man of olden times on the farms and…

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KEEPING GOING

26 September, 2018

I find life fascinating, interesting, maddening, frustrating and depressing all at the same times from time to time. The difficulty in this business is not one, but all of the listed factors, which in themselves individually are not a big deal, but rolled into a bundle can become a very big deal indeed. I suppose…

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International Drinks

23 September, 2018

What exactly is an International Drink ? Is a drink not just a drink or is it truly different with the International Moniker. ? Actually, this is very interesting, because what we are talking about here is from (no particulour order) Everything from Buckfast Abbey Wine to the most expensive Malt whisk(e)y available in bottle…

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