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By Rob Allanson
COUPLE ON KINDLE The revised and updated edition of The Road to Craigellachie - Revisited, (2012), Hans Offringa's well-known travel story about Scotland and whisky, is now available on Kindle.The author said from his Charleston, SC dwelling: "Over the past few years we've been acquiring back the rights of most of our books, since our publishers weren't very forthcoming with innovative publishing concepts. My wife Becky already takes care of the layout of some of our books and decided she wanted to learn more about Kindle. That's what started this project."Hans added that we can expect more books will follow within the coming year.The other half of the Whisky Couple added: "We'd also liked to reach more readers outside the Netherlands and the USA. Often the postage and packaging costs hold customers back. Now it's available for everyone, and at a significantly lower price than the paper edition."The paper 2011 edition retails at 9.99 whereas the 2012 Kindle edition costs 6.99 For details and ordering check out www.amazon.com DEAR MONKEY William Grant & Sons has announced the arrival of the ground-breaking blended malt Scotch whisky, Monkey Shoulder, on American shores.Often referred to as one of the “most coveted” spirits in the U. S. due to its popularity among the bartending community and whisky connoisseurs, Monkey Shoulder has just landed exclusively in Illinois.An irreverent nod to the traditional distillery malt-men who painstakingly turn malt barley by hand and wooden schiel, the “Monkey Shoulder” moniker refers to the colloquial term of a once common temporary injury, when after a long day’s work, a maltman would feel as though he had a monkey on his shoulder. While the injury is fortunately a thing of the past, the dedication to quality and craftsmanship involved in the hand turning of barley lives on in the Monkey Shoulder distillation process and the name today.“Monkey Shoulder is a new style of Scotch whisky – one rooted in heritage and tradition but firmly grounded in the contemporary world. Connoisseurs appreciate that Monkey Shoulder is a new style of Speyside whisky from a known world class distiller, while whisky newcomers are drawn to the mixability of the quality liquid and the irreverent and cheeky personality Monkey Shoulder presents to the category,” said Cindy Wang, senior brand manager, Monkey Shoulder.ON THE MOVE Morrison Bowmore Distillers (MBD) has officially announced the appointment of Rachel Barrie to the newly created position of master blender. Barrie will also head up the company’s spirit quality control and laboratory functions. She will join Morrison Bowmore’s operational senior executive group and report directly to Andrew Rankin, MBD operations director and chief blender.Barrie brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience having served many years in a similar role within The Glenmorangie Company.Commenting on the appointment Andrew Rankin said: “Rachel is one of the most experienced master blenders in our industry and I am extremely delighted that she will be joining our team here at MBD.“We have a very strong blending team within the company and this appointment will massively strengthen and reinforce our commitment to producing the ultimate in quality single malt Scotch whiskies.” Barrie’s background before joining MBD is steeped in the whisky industry. Barrie comes to Morrison Bowmore from The Glenmorangie Company where she held the positions of product development manager and ultimately their whisky creator and master blender and was responsible for creating some of their award-winning whiskies including Glenmorangie Signet and Ardbeg Corryvreckan.Prior to that, Barrie worked for Macdonald & Muir Ltd as the quality lab manager and for the Scottish Whisky Research Institute as a research scientist.