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Drinks gurus to clash online on how to drink whisky

Published:  14 July, 2009

Two of the world's great drinks experts are set to fight out the age-old dilemma of how to drink malt whisky live on the internet on Thursday night.

Richard Paterson, master blender at the Isle of Jura distillery, and Colin Field, head barman at The Ritz Paris, will debate their opposing views online at 7pm on July 16.

"For years I've been forced to stand by and watch as barroom dandies sully the world's greatest drink with a range of inappropriate mixers and sacrilegious frills, but enough is enough," said Paterson, who even considers ice an unnecessary distraction.

Field disagreed: "Single malt is a drink for anybody, anywhere, anyhow. The purists can complain about it as much as they like, but with the right mixers and a splash of imagination, it can be conjured into a world-beating taste experience that will knock the spots off anything the whisky snobs might offer."

He continued: "Their time is over, and I'm going to show the world how a new generation of drinkers takes theirs."

Fighting talk, find out if sparks fly on on Thursday at 7pm or see the trailer on YouTube at