The Tasting Panel magazine

May 2013

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DEPARTMENT HEADER The Faces of THE PERSONALITIES BEHIND THE JUNIPER REVOLUTION by Jenny Adams T he beverage industry has become a large (occasionally tipsy) family of sorts, thanks to the bevy of gatherings like Tales of the Cocktail, the Aspen Food & Wine Classic and the myriad cocktail weeks—from Portland to Scottsdale to San Francisco. When people meet up for work, it's not just as business associates but also often as friends. Each brand is iconic because of the personalities working behind the label, and it's with that in mind that we launch a celebration of Master Distillers around the globe. This month, it's a tribute to that classic spirit, gin. Cheers to the people behind the brands, may they keep us sipping their juniper-laced delights for years to come. CAORUNN GIN Simon Buley Simon Buley came on board with this Scotland-based company in 1998, when he was hired as a shift manager. Today, he wears the hat of Gin Master, remaining onsite during every step of the distilling, to ensure the process—which includes ancient Celtic botanicals and a copper berry chamber—goes smoothly from start to finish. Balmenach Distillery was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be licensed in the production of Scotch whisky. After working for the distillery for ten years, Simon had a vision of producing a truly fine Scottish gin. When Buley has a random day off? You might find him with a ly-ishing rig in one hand and a Gin & Tonic, garnished with a slice of fresh apple, in the other. 104 / the tasting panel / may 2013 Gin

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