The Whisky Tasting Club

Record breakers

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged at The Whisky Tasting Club, at least partly because of my somewhat disastrous involvement with trade magazine The Spirits Business, which I joined as Editor, then was demoted to Whisky Editor. Then they didn’t let me write anything on whisky including the most recent issue’s cover story on the Scotch Whisky Masters, which I have covered for three years and which I chaired. And from February they insisted on me writing exclusive blogs for them but then failed to publish most of them, even though we agreed in writing that I should write seven to 10 blogs a month. I’m not going to go in to any further detail about my fraught, fractured and failed relationship with that title, but suffice to say we both made a big mistake and I can’t describe how relieved I am to move forward. So normal service is resumed and the story below is the first of three major blogs that will appear on this site this week. So without further ado…

 Record breakers?

I’ve long admired Compass Box chief John Glaser for the way he thinks outside the box and I like to think I take an unconventional approach to life – so I’m particularly delighted to announce details of what has to be one of craziest ideas the whisky industry’s seen in years. John and I, supported by a back up team from The Whisky Shop chain, are setting out on an attempt to get in to the Guinness Book of Records by setting out on 24 hours of utter madness. Our aim? To hold eight tastings in eight cities covering nearly 700 miles in just 24 hours. We’ll be travelling by van with a support team, driving from Inverness to Brighton, holding hour long tasting events around three Compass Box whiskies at Whisky Shop stores in Inverness, Edinburgh, Gateshead, York, Birmingham, London, and Oxford before ending in Brighton. The tour will take place on June 15, the Friday before Father’s Day and tickets are being promoted through the individual shops. All money raised from tickets and from collecting on the evening will be donated to the Red Cross. People attending not only to get an up close and personal tasting from one of the whisky industry’s true legends, but will receive an ‘I Was There’ tour t-shirt. My view on it all? Well it’s completely bonkers but very exciting and very rock and roll. It’s also a highly ambitious project which is being organised by several people behind the scenes to ensure everything goes smoothly. For instance, someone has to travel ahead of us at each state to make sure the tasting is set up and ready to go so that there no delays. If you’re interested in being part of our 24 hours of midsummer madness then contact the shops directly.

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