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  • Magnus Fagerström, Sweden Magnus Fagerström, Sweden Magnus Fagerström, Sweden The collectors 19 November 2018

    Magnus Fagerström, Sweden

    The Swedish whisky collector now prefers to open bottles, rather than let them gather dust.

  • Valentino Zagatti, The Zagatti Collection Valentino Zagatti, The Zagatti Collection Valentino Zagatti, The Zagatti Collection The collectors 11 October 2018

    Valentino Zagatti, The Zagatti Collection

    The Italian collector on how he amassed one of the world’s most enviable whisky collections.

  • Christophe ‘Billy’ Van Gysel Christophe ‘Billy’ Van Gysel Christophe ‘Billy’ Van Gysel The collectors 19 September 2018

    Christophe ‘Billy’ Van Gysel

    The Belgian electrician who came late to whisky, but indulges his passion to the full.

  • Helena Hugo, Bredaryds Wärdshus Helena Hugo, Bredaryds Wärdshus Helena Hugo, Bredaryds Wärdshus The collectors 22 August 2018

    Helena Hugo, Bredaryds Wärdshus

    The Swedish collector turned her hobby into a career, and now runs a whisky bar in Bredaryd.

  • Mark Davidson, Royal Mile Whiskies Mark Davidson, Royal Mile Whiskies Mark Davidson, Royal Mile Whiskies The collectors 23 July 2018

    Mark Davidson, Royal Mile Whiskies

    The ‘Jolly Toper’ tells of his love for whisky literature, born in the pre-internet age.

  • Michael Weng Michael Weng Michael Weng The collectors 14 June 2018

    Michael Weng

    The German collector loves Speyside, thanks in part to a memorable tasting with Ronnie Cox.

  • Scott Jackson, Rosebank Scott Jackson, Rosebank Scott Jackson, Rosebank The collectors 18 April 2018

    Scott Jackson, Rosebank

    The Falkirk native is enchanted by Rosebank distillery, particularly bottlings by SMWS.

  • Josh Feldman, Prohibition Bourbon Josh Feldman, Prohibition Bourbon Josh Feldman, Prohibition Bourbon The collectors 12 March 2018

    Josh Feldman, Prohibition Bourbon

    It was whisky’s storied history that turned museum worker Josh Feldman into an avid collector.

  • Aaron Chan, Club Qing Aaron Chan, Club Qing Aaron Chan, Club Qing The collectors 07 February 2018

    Aaron Chan, Club Qing

    The Hong Kong bar owner has developed broad tastes, from Hanyu to Laphroaig and Bowmore.

  • Hans Dillesse, Longmorn Hans Dillesse, Longmorn Hans Dillesse, Longmorn The collectors 03 January 2018

    Hans Dillesse, Longmorn

    The Dutch artist was lured into collecting by the exuberant fruit of this Speyside single malt.

  • Andy Simpson, Rare Whisky 101 Andy Simpson, Rare Whisky 101 Andy Simpson, Rare Whisky 101 The collectors 01 November 2017

    Andy Simpson, Rare Whisky 101

    The rare whisky expert collects ‘anything and everything’ and has a fondness for unique bottles.

  • Patrick de Schulthess, Strathisla Patrick de Schulthess, Strathisla Patrick de Schulthess, Strathisla The collectors 20 September 2017

    Patrick de Schulthess, Strathisla

    What started as a hobby turned into a sound investment for this Strathisla-loving Swiss.

  • Diego Sandrin, Lion's Whisky Diego Sandrin, Lion's Whisky Diego Sandrin, Lion's Whisky The collectors 02 August 2017

    Diego Sandrin, Lion's Whisky

    A sip of Macallan led one man to build arguably the finest collection of Italian bottlings.

  • Tomas Karlsson, St Magdalene Tomas Karlsson, St Magdalene Tomas Karlsson, St Magdalene The collectors 26 June 2017

    Tomas Karlsson, St Magdalene

    An endeavour to taste as many whiskies as possible uncovered a penchant for St Magdalene Scotch.

  • Reinhard Ellinghaus Reinhard Ellinghaus Reinhard Ellinghaus The collectors 09 May 2017

    Reinhard Ellinghaus

    A rare look inside the German’s 25-year collection, including a series of 1960s Laphroaigs.

  • Claive Vidiz, The Whisky Collection Claive Vidiz, The Whisky Collection Claive Vidiz, The Whisky Collection The collectors 04 April 2017

    Claive Vidiz, The Whisky Collection

    The almost 3,500-strong collection is on public display at Edinburgh’s Scotch Whisky Experience.

  • Bob Hulsebosch, Glenugie Bob Hulsebosch, Glenugie Bob Hulsebosch, Glenugie The collectors 06 March 2017

    Bob Hulsebosch, Glenugie

    For nearly two decades, the closed distillery has been a fascination for the Dutchman.

  • Emmanuel Dron, The Auld Alliance Emmanuel Dron, The Auld Alliance Emmanuel Dron, The Auld Alliance The collectors 07 February 2017

    Emmanuel Dron, The Auld Alliance

    Inside the Frenchman’s astounding whisky collection, some of which dates back to WWII.

  • Luc Timmermans, Glenfarclas Luc Timmermans, Glenfarclas Luc Timmermans, Glenfarclas The collectors 09 January 2017

    Luc Timmermans, Glenfarclas

    A chance encounter with a knowledgeable bartender was the beginning of a life-long love for whisky.

  • Phil Thompson, Dornoch Castle Hotel Phil Thompson, Dornoch Castle Hotel Phil Thompson, Dornoch Castle Hotel The collectors 17 November 2016

    Phil Thompson, Dornoch Castle Hotel

    How a memorable Macallan sparked a passion for rare whiskies – especially those of a certain age.

  • Geert Bero, Ardbeg Geert Bero, Ardbeg Geert Bero, Ardbeg The collectors 15 September 2016

    Geert Bero, Ardbeg

    What started as a standard whisky tasting ended with a new found fixation collecting rare Ardbegs.

  • Olivier Humbrecht, Highland Park Olivier Humbrecht, Highland Park Olivier Humbrecht, Highland Park The collectors 26 July 2016

    Olivier Humbrecht, Highland Park

    The winemaker’s fondness for rare Highland Park bottlings came about during a trip to Italy.

  • Jon Beach, Port Ellen Jon Beach, Port Ellen Jon Beach, Port Ellen The collectors 08 June 2016

    Jon Beach, Port Ellen

    Myths, escalating prices and how he was ‘trapped’ into collecting the legendary Islay single malt.

  • Serge Valentin, Clynelish/Brora Serge Valentin, Clynelish/Brora Serge Valentin, Clynelish/Brora The collectors 03 May 2016

    Serge Valentin, Clynelish/Brora

    The Whiskyfun man talks through his abiding passion for the enigmatic drams of Clynelish and Brora.

  • Marcel van Gils, Laphroaig Marcel van Gils, Laphroaig Marcel van Gils, Laphroaig The collectors 17 February 2016

    Marcel van Gils, Laphroaig

    The life of a Laphroaig lover – and the difficulties of building such a huge collection today.

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