By Marcin Miller

The Miller's Tale

Thank you to everyone who exhibited and attended Whisky Live. And to the Whisky Magazine team who contributed to making it such a fantastic event. It was the biggest ever and a sell out.There were, of course, many highlights you can read about on pages 21 to 23. I'd love to tell you more about what happened but I didn't see much of the show from the restricted view offered by the organiser's office and look forward to the review.I trust you will notice some changes in the magazine from this issue. Although it is hard to report breaking news in a title that is published only eight times a year, the Editor is very keen to develop news coverage in Whisky Magazine. You will find more reports on trends and issues that effect you as dedicated whisky enthusiasts. In this issue, Dominic tackles the worrying issue that the whisky you are served in a pub or bar may well not be what you ordered at all. To give issues such as this more prominence, the news pages will move so they appear immediately after this introduction. That's where they should be anyway.This does mean we have had to shunt our heavyweight columnists, Michael and Dave, just beyond news. I know you'll find them with little difficulty.Looking back at over thirty issues of Whisky Magazine, I am frequently entertained by memories of sceptics prior to the launch of the magazine. There are still people who ask me "don't you ever worry about running out of things to write about?"Well, no. I can appreciate why people may have asked that question when there was no international consumer publication about whisky. However, judging by the correspondence I get, we have managed to keep the content fresh and to avoid repeating ourselves. And we avoid repeating ourselves.That's another great reason to appoint a new Editor. After overseeing the magazine for a couple of years, one finds that preconceptions start creeping in. Assumptions are made. Dominic brings a fresh approach not only to the fascinating subject of whisky but also to how the magazine develops.It's also worth pointing out that we can't run out of things to write about if there is so much going on. If Whisky Magazine were simply about the production process, then I can see why the paucity of ideas might be a valid concern.But as long as producers keep experimenting and releasing new expressions, as long as independent bottlers keep buying interesting casks and graduate to buying interesting distilleries (Benromach, Bruichladdich and Edradour to name but three), as long as you keep attending new whisky festivals and - more importantly - buying and drinking the stuff, as long as entrepreneurial individuals propose new investment opportunities and as long as distilleries keep changing hands then Whisky Magazine will have stacks to write about.As we go to press news reaches me that Glengoyne Distillery has been sold to Ian MacLeod & Co, along with the Glengoyne and Lang brands. As if that wasn't enough, Bunnahabhain and Black Bottle have been sold to Burn Stewart, themselves recently bought by CL Financial.There are many, many devoted fans - I count myself amongst them - of Black Bottle, who will hope that this move might breathe life into this most candid of blends.Recently sales of Black Bottle have not reflected the esteem in which this whisky is held. Perhaps its style is too powerful and characterful for those who expect their blended Scotch to be discreet and elegant. Not for nothing was it awarded Best of the Best Blend in 2001.It is always exciting to see movement in the whisky market. More distilleries will be changing hands very soon. Watch this space. Having found a talented editor, I can spend some time further developing the international profile of the magazine. As you know, we already hold Whisky Live in London and Tokyo.Plans have been announced for Whisky Live in Scotland to take place in 2004. Okay, that is not technically international, but there are plenty of other countries which would relish the opportunity to host such an event. We'll keep you posted.