This site has been created on January 2006 by Patrick Brossard to provide the community with news about the whisky industry and business and the appreciation of the whisky itself!
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Born and raised in Switzerland, I initially discovered my affinity for the finer things in life as teenager working in a restaurant owned by his my mum and her sister. During this period, I started to get interested in nosing wine.
My love of whisky commenced years later in the 1980s, while shopping on holiday in the South of France, where I first purchased a bottle of 12-year-old Springbank in an exquisite ceramic decanter. Soon thereafter I made his second purchase, a bottle of Bowmore 30-year-old, also in a beautiful ceramic decanter. My interest at the time was mainly in the beauty of the bottles, and not the nectar inside. Intrigued by what kind of spirit could possibly merit such attractive containers, I quickly found himself developing a passionate appreciation of whisky tasting.
Then, as luck would have it, a confluence of events catalyzed a change in my life. First, on my birthday I was given a copy of Michael Jackson's excellent book "The World Guide to Whisky." Then within a few days the Swiss government, dramatically reduced the taxes on alcohol, making it more affordable for me (and the other fortunate Swiss citizens) to purchase high-end spirits (and whiskies with more than 50% ABV.
My second passion after whisky is photography, and in 2003 I found I could combine my hobbies while on my first holiday in Scotland. During this trip I visited the Highland Park distillery and took many spectacular photos of the environment. Since then I am travelling to Scotland at least once a year to photograph the distilleries and to talk to the people producing the "water of life." To date I have visited about80 distilleries and has no intention of slowing down.
Since 2016, I am a proud member of the maltmanics.
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