All good things must come to an end. But it was a shock to swap the heat and euphoria of Melbourne's successful 18th Commonwealth Games in March 2006 for a cold, dreich Scotland reeling from a public sector strike and smoking ban. Thankfully, the airport bus was still running and we had lots to celebrate with Scotland's highest-ever Commonwealth Games medal haul.
David Wishart's whisky tasting at the National Gallery of Victoria was generally reckoned a great success. Our whisky producers responded magnificently, with 40 different malt whiskies to savour, and around 100 guests gave up an evening of athletics finals at the MCG to attend our "Glasgow 2014" Reception. The Lord Provost gave a speech of welcome, and I followed with a short presentation in the Great Hall and a fine malt whisky tasting lasting for over an hour. The guests were free to try all of the malts, and I spent much of the evening signing books – in all, 150 copies of my new edition of "Whisky Classified" were given away.
The guests included members of the Commonwealth Games Federation, who decide which city is to host the 20th Games in 2014; HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah of Malaysia; the High Commissioner; Director of the National Gallery; and representatives of the Scotch whisky industry in Australia.
Many thanks to the producers who supplied their malts for this important event. The malts supplied for the tasting were: Aberlour 10yo, An Cnoc 10yo, Ardbeg 10yo, Isle of Arran 10yo, Auchentoshan 10yo, Auchentoshan Three Wood, Balblair 10yo, Balvenie DoubleWood 12yo, Balvenie Founders Reserve 10yo, Ben Nevis 10yo, BenRiach "Curiositas" 10yo, BenRiach 12yo, Bladnoch 15yo, Bruichladdich 10yo, Bruichladdich Links 14yo, Bunnahabhain 10yo, Dalmore 12yo, Dalwhinnie 15yo, Deanston 12yo, Glendronach 12yo, Glenfarclas 12yo, Glenfarclas 105, Glenfiddich Special Reserve 12yo, Glenfiddich Solera Reserve 15yo, Glengoyne 10yo, Glenkinchie 10yo, The Glenlivet 12yo, Glenmorangie 10yo, Glenmorangie Sherry Finish 12yo, Glenrothes 1992, Glenturret 10yo, Highland Park 12yo, Isle of Jura 10yo, Isle of Jura Superstition, Laphroaig 10yo, Macallan Sherry Oak 12yo, Macallan Fine Oak 12yo, Oban 14yo, Old Pulteney 12yo, Speyburn 10yo, Strathisla 12yo, Talisker 10yo, Tobermory 10yo, Tomatin 12yo, and Tullibardine 1993.
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