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The gloves came off

By Rob Allanson
In early February, London whisky lovers were treated to the second instalment of Simply Whisky’s “Whisky Fight Night”. Dedicated to providing unique and memorable whisky events for beginners to anoraks, Simply Whisky did it again this time pitting reigning champ The Balvenie global amabssador, Sam “Dr Whisky” Simmons, against whisky icon and master blender of Whyte & Mackay and The Dalmore Richard “The Nose” Paterson.

Simmons’ first punch set the tone for the evening, “Ten years ago, Richard changed the trajectory of my life with his passionate evangelism not just for his own brands, but for Scotch whisky as a whole. I owe him a great deal and tonight, I intend to show my gratitude by wiping this canvas with his moustachioed face.”

Attendees were given three rounds of whiskies, tasted blind in a head-to-head while Paterson and Simmons exchanged blows in the ring. Ringside judge John “Compass Box-er” Glaser watched in amazement when, at one point, Simmons took scissors to Paterson’s Hermes tie. Paterson rapidly retaliated by ripping off Simmons’ specs and smashing them underfoot.

“Truly the strangest, and perhaps greatest, whisky tasting I have ever attended,” said Glaser as he announced a draw. Expect a rematch. Vegas, anyone?