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Talking Whiskey
A conversation with
Dr Paul McLaughlin,
a Canadian dentist with
a great love for a dram
Shameek Popat: Tell me about
yourself and how you got into your love of
whiskey.
Paul McLaughlin: I've been a dentist
for more than 20 years now, living in
Nova Scotia, Canada, with a lovely wife
and a son who's teaching me what it's like
to live with teenagers. (Kidding! He's a
great kid.) I've been drinking Canadian
whiskies for quite some time; there always
was a bottle of Crown Royal to be had at
the local bottle store or a friend's house. I
remember being with a friend who bought
me my first taste of Scotch whisky-a
Johnny Walker, I can't remember which.
It was jarringly different from rye, but
quite good all the same. At about the same
time, our bottle stores began expanding
their selections of all types of whiskey, so
began my collection.
SP: You recently did a Springbank
Whisky course in Campbeltown.
PM: Springbank Whisky School was
an amazing week. To be able to put
yourself to work in a live, unrestricted
distillery and learn firsthand all the steps
that turn grain into liquid-what a
fortunate thing for a whiskey lover to
experience! You're basically working

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alongside everyone there, from shovelling
barley to building boxes for shipping. You
get as much out of the experience as you
put into it. Our group was quite involved,
whether we were clearing the malt floor at
6 a.m. or checking the spirit still at
midnight. The dedication of the employees to their work and the respect for the
final product is very evident. Of course,
being able to peruse the warehouses with a
whiskey thief and glass from time to time
was a nice reward for a hard day's work!
SP: That sounds like a great experience, and I'm going to put it in my bucket
list. OK, not an easy question to answer,
but what are your top three whiskies?
PM: Since I truly select a dram on the
mood I'm in, I really can't tell you what
my top three favourite whiskies are.
Looking at of the number of empty bottles
in my basement, I can tell you what we go
through the most in terms of volume in
my bar. ... I'd have to say that Té Bheag is
one of my top 'purchased' whiskies. It's a
well-rounded yet inexpensive Gaelic blend

by Shameek
Popat
that passes well in a flask among colleagues. My next would be Canadian
Club Chairman's Select 100% Rye. It's
again easy on the pocketbook, stocked
well in the bottle stores, and a very good
representation of what Canadian rye is.
Lastly, Jura Superstition. It's a goodtempered Island dram that has enough
smoke and spice to satisfy most Scotch
whisky connoisseurs.
SP: I haven't tried the Té Bheag but
love the other two, and am a big fan of
Jura whiskies; I'm enjoying Jura One for
the Road by master blender Willie
Cochrane at the moment. What, in your
opinion, is the most important thing
regarding whisky? Is it the location of the
distillery, the water, grain, bottling,
casking, terroir or aging process?
PM: I don't believe that there's that one
important step to making whiskey. I do
think that each distillery will focus on one
of those aspects to produce its representative product. Terroir will not be so evident
in a triple-distilled whisky, but cask
selection and aging will absolutely impart
flavour and character (think Auchentoshan Three Wood). Maybe your water
source isn't important to a distillery that
sits near sea level when you know your
peated spirit will be weathered and
ultimately affected by salt water and low
temperatures. (Bowmore's No. 1 Vault is a
good example.)
As you develop a particular taste for
whiskey, I think you gravitate toward a


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of DentaltownUK August 2017

Cover
On Dentaltown.com
Editorial with Mike Gow
Meet the Team
Howard Speaks: Drive-Thrus and Dentistry
Endodontic Reboot: Part One
Classified Listings
Brand Advertising
A United Voice
Adhesion in Primary Dentition Restorative Dentistry
Additive Dentistry
Zero Moment of Truth
Through the Keyhole
Message Boards: Re-treats question
Due Diligence—A Vendor's Perspective
Message Boards: Antibiotics after Surgical Extraction
Adding Value to the Patient Experience
Lifestyle
Poll: General Dentistry
CE Update
Students Section
Wishlist
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - On Dentaltown.com
DentaltownUK August 2017 - Editorial with Mike Gow
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Meet the Team
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Howard Speaks: Drive-Thrus and Dentistry
DentaltownUK August 2017 - 11
DentaltownUK August 2017 - Endodontic Reboot: Part One
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Classified Listings
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Brand Advertising
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - A United Voice
DentaltownUK August 2017 - Adhesion in Primary Dentition Restorative Dentistry
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Zero Moment of Truth
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Through the Keyhole
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Due Diligence—A Vendor's Perspective
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Message Boards: Antibiotics after Surgical Extraction
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Adding Value to the Patient Experience
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Poll: General Dentistry
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - CE Update
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DentaltownUK August 2017 - Students Section
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