I'm nearing the end of a 10-day tour of Scotland, with stops at seven different distilleries and countless tastings included in the itinerary.
Fair warning: You'll see a raft of postings beginning next week about what I've found on my travels through an industry that is in the midst of a global boom despite its homeland's rising financial problems and growing rate of inflation and joblessness.
The Scotch whisky industry employs 40,000 people, quite a large slice of a wee national population that barely hits 5 million, without even counting people involved in the retail end of things.
Look for stories and photos here on the "Spirits Notebook" site as well as related postings on my "Tasting Notes" blog beginning Monday.
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