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The Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame

This year we have made one important change to the Icons of Whisky line up. In the past we have honoured members of the industry with a Lifetime Achievement award. We have now evolved this award into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame. All those who have been given a Lifetime award will be elevated to the Hall of Fame.

Inspired by the top 100 greatest whisky figures in history who appeared in the 100th edition of the magazine, the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame will be a permanent tribute honouring those noteworthy individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the world of whisky.

Douglas Campbell

Master distiller and brand ambassador Tomatin Distillery

Now joining the lofty ranks of those having passed 50 years in the industry, Our first inductee tonight has worked at the same distillery throughout his whisky career.

He started in 1961 as a clerk, and has worked through almost every area in the distillery; from the maltings, filling store, mash house, still house, cooperage, head  brewer in 1988, then distillery manager in 1990. He was appointed master distiller in 2009, and now works as a brand ambassador.

With his vast experience, his role is to keep track of the whiskies as they develop their own distinctive characters and then he decides how best to utilise these casks, to maintain the consistently high standard of his whiskies.

Richard Forsyth

Chairman Forsyths

For the last 80 years members of our next inductee’s family have worked at the heart of the whisky business.

By investing heavily in making sure the company has the finest artisans, and by maintaining quality the company has flourished.

In the last few years the company has contributed its expertise to the likes of The Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenmorangie and the building of the distillery Ailsa Bay at Girvan.

It designed, installed and commissioned the fully automated distillery in Taiwan that is now so successfully producing rising star Kavalan, and it has involved in projects in Jamaica, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Sweden.

Elmer T. Lee

Master distiller and brand ambassador Buffalo Trace Distillery

Elmer is known throughout the industry for his expertise and knowledge of Bourbon whiskey. His career in Bourbon began after the Second World War when in September 1949 he began working in the engineering department at a distillery in Frankfort.

Although retired in 1985, he continues to serve as ambassador, educating the world on the unique qualities of Kentucky’s Bourbon whiskey.

In 1984 he introduced the single barrel bourbon concept to the world and is also only one of three living master distillers who have a Bourbon whiskey named after them.

For more information please visit www.whiskymag.com/awards/hall_of_fame

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World Whiskies Awards 2012

2012 WORLD WHISKIES AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

JAPANESE DISTILLERY – YAMAZAKI – WINS ‘WORLD’S BEST SINGLE MALT WHISKY’

Japanese whisky continued its dominance of World Whiskies Awards this year; with Suntory scooping one of the top titles and Nikka securing the blended malt title for the fourth year running. For the first time a South African blend, Three Ships, took the title of World’s Best Blended Whisky.

More than 300 whiskies battled during three intensive blind tasting rounds for the coveted titles of the ‘2012 World’s Best Whiskies’.

Judges for Whisky Magazine’s independent editorial panel were drawn from the best drinks journalists and retailers across the world, with industry representatives made up of master blenders, distillers and brand ambassadors in the final round. The winners of the ‘World Whiskies Awards 2012’ were as follows:

World’s Best Single Malt Whisky                           Yamazaki 25 Years Old

World’s Best Blended Malt Whisky         Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Years Old

World’s Best Blended Whisky                                     Three Ships 5 Years Old

World’s Best Grain Whisky                                     Greenore 18 Years Old

World’s Best American Whiskey                     Eagle Rare 17 Years Old

World’s Best Whisky Liqueur                                     Dunkeld Athol Brose

The World Whiskies Awards is the annual selection of the very best whiskies internationally. This year entries have been received from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, USA and Wales. Categories are based upon the commonly held whisky groupings, which define both the style and the process of whisky and whisky production: single malt, blended, blended malt, grain, American and whisky liqueurs. Organised by Whisky Magazine, this annual competition selects, awards and promotes to consumers and trade the ‘World’s Best Whiskies’.

The competition is open to proprietary bottlings only, and is chaired by Rob Allanson, Editor of Whisky Magazine, and exists to inform and educate consumers throughout the world about whisky.

Chairman of the judges, Rob Allanson, commented: “The competition featured some eye-opening whiskies and the judging panel had a hard time separating the good from the very good. My congratulations go to the winners, the judges’ exacting standards mean that the winners are truly the greatest whiskies in the world.”

Category and sub category winners

BLENDED MALT WHISKY

Best Blended Malt – Scotch The Hive, Wemyss Vintage Malts

Best Blended Malt – Non Scotch   Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Years Old

BLENDED WHISKY

Irish Blended Whiskey shortlist
No Age Statement                   Bushmills 1608

12 Years and Under                   Tullamore Dew 12 Years Old Special Reserve

13 to 20 Years                                     Kilbeggan 18 Years Old
Best Irish Blended Whiskey Kilbeggan 18 Years Old

Japanese Blended Whisky shortlist
No Age Statement                  Nikka From The Barrel
12 Years and Under                   Hibiki 12 Years Old
13 to 20 Years                                      Hibiki 17 Years Old
21 Years and Over                   Hibiki 21 Years Old
Best Japanese Blended Whisky Hibiki 17 Years Old

Best New World Blended Whisky Three Ships 5 Years Old

Scotch Blended Whisky shortlist

No Age Statement                  The Naked Grouse
12 Years and Under                  Johnnie Walker Black Label

13 to 20 Years                                    James Martin’s 20 Years Old
21 Years and Over                   Black Bull 40 Years Old
Best Scotch Blended Whisky Black Bull 40 Years Old

Canadian Blended Whisky shortlist
No Age Statement                  Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve

13 to 20 Years Old                  Wiser’s 18 Years Old

Best Canadian Blended Whisky Wiser’s 18 Years Old

AMERICAN WHISKEY

Best Bourbon shortlist
No Age Statement                  Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

7 Years and Under                  Four Roses Small Batch

13 to 20 Years                                      Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Best Bourbon Eagle Rare 17 Years Old

Best Rye shortlist
No Age Statement                  Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof

7 Years and Under                  Sazerac Straight Rye

13 to 20 Years                                       Sazerac 18 Years Old

Best Rye Whiskey Sazerac 18 Years Old

POT STILL

Best Pot Still Whiskey shortlist

No Age Statement                  Green Spot
12 Years and Under                  Powers John’s Lane Release

13 to 20 Years                                    Redbreast 15 Years Old
Best Pot Still Whiskey Powers John’s Lane Release

SINGLE MALT WHISKY
Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky shortlist
12 Years and Under                  Hazelburn 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years                                    Springbank 18 Years Old

Best Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky Springbank 18 Years Old

Highland Single Malt Whisky shortlist
No Age Statement                  Glenmorangie Signet

12 Years and Under                  Glen Garioch 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years                                     Old Pulteney 17 Years Old

21 Years and Over                  Speyburn 25 Years Old

Best Highland Single Malt Whisky Speyburn 25 Years Old

Islay Single Malt Whisky shortlist

No Age Statement                  Bowmore Maltmen’s Selection

12 Years and Under                  Lagavulin 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years                                     Lagavuin 16 Years Old

Best Islay Single Malt Whisky Bowmore Maltmen’s Selection

Island (non Islay) Single Malt Whisky shortlist
No Age Statement                  Talisker 57º North

12 Years and Under                  Highland Park 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years                                     Scapa 16 Years Old

21 Years and Over                  Highland Park Vintage 1971

Best Island (non Islay) Single Malt Whisky Highland Park Vintage 1971

Speyside Single Malt Whisky shortlist

No Age Statement                  The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 2

12 Years and Under                  Singleton of Dufftown 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years                                     Aberlour 16 Years Old, Double Cask

21 Years and Over                  Glenfiddich 40 Years Old

Best Speyside Single Malt Whisky Glenfiddich 40 Years Old

Lowland Single Malt Whisky shortlist

No Age Statement                  Auchentoshan Valinch 2011

12 Years and Under                  Auchentoshan 1999
Best Lowland Single Malt Whisky Auchentoshan 1999

Irish Single Malt Whiskey shortlist
No Age Statement                  Connemara Cask Strength Peated

12 Years and Under                  Tyrconnel Single Malt Sherry Finish

13 to 20 Years                                     Tyrconnel Single Cask

21 Years and Over                  Bushmills 21 Years Old

Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey Bushmills 21 Years Old

Japanese Single Malt Whisky shortlist
No Age Statement                  Miyagikyo Single Malt

12 Years and Under                  Miyagikyo 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years                                     Ichiro’s Malt Card Nine of Clubs

21 Years and Over                  Yamazaki 25 Years Old

Best Japanese Single Malt Whisky Yamazaki 25 Years Old

New World Single Malt Whisky shortlist
No Age Statement                  Kavalan Solist Fino

12 Years and Under                  Armorik Double Maturation

Best New World Single Malt Whisky Kavalan Solist Fino

For more info visit: www.whiskymag.com/awards/wwa

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World Whiskies Design Awards 2012

Yesterday the inaugural World Whiskies Design Awards were announced at the Waldorf Hilton in London. Many congratulations to the award winners.

For more information please visit:

www.worldwhiskiesdesignawards.com

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Icons of Whisky 2012

2012 ICONS OF WHISKY ANNOUNCED

Whisky Magazine’s ‘Icons of Whisky’ have become one of the highlights of the whisky calendar and the 2012 competition has lived up to its reputation with the number and quality of companies entering the awards. The Icons are designed to celebrate the people and places behind the amber liquid. The 2012 Icons of Whisky were announced at a dinner held at The Waldorf Hilton, London, on 22nd March 2012 and the winners are as follows:

WINNERS – GLOBAL ICONS OF WHISKY 2012

Whisky Retailer of the Year, single outlet The Vintage House, England

Whisky Retailer of the Year, multiple outlets La Maison du Whisky, France

Whisky Online Retailer of the Year Master of Malt, England

Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year Jack Daniel Distillery, USA

Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year Irish Distillers, Ireland

Whisky Ambassador of the Year Ashok Chokalingham, Amrut Distillery

Whisky Distiller of the Year Irish Distillers, Ireland

Initially, nominations for the awards are invited from the industry themselves. Based on the evidence supplied, an independent, international, editorial panel, chaired by Rob Allanson, Editor of Whisky Magazine UK, draw up a shortlist from which the winners are picked. Voting rounds are held in the USA and Scotland in conjunction with ‘Whisky Live’ events (www.whiskylive.com). Nominations are also invited from the rest of the world. The global icons are then drawn from this final shortlist.

Rob Allanson, Chairman of the Judge’s comments: “This year, in some cases we have seen smaller companies punching well above their weight to top their bigger rivals in the polls. The results also reflect the global nature of the whisky world. To make the final shortlist, given the all-encompassing nature of these awards and the quality of the entries, is an honour. I heartily congratulate all the 2012 winners as well as the shortlisted individuals and companies.”

SHORTLISTED – ICONS OF WHISKY 2012

Whisky Retailer of the Year, single outlet

Federal Wine & Spirits (USA)

The Vintage House (England)

The Whisky Shop Dufftown (Scotland)

Whisky Retailer of the Year, multiple outlets

La Maison Du Whisky (France)

Luvians Bottle Shop (Scotland)

The Liquor Barn (USA)

Whisky Online Retailer of the Year

ForScotchLovers.com (USA)

Loch Fyne Whiskies (Scotland)

Master of Malt (England)

Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year

Aberlour Distillery (Scotland)

Jack Daniel Distillery (USA)

St George’s Distillery (England)

Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year

Buffalo Trace (USA)

Irish Distillers (Ireland)

Whyte & Mackay (Scotland)

Whisky Ambassador of the Year

Ashok Chokalingam (Amrut Distilleries)

Colin Dunn (Diageo)

David Blackmore (Glenmorangie USA)

Elmer T. Lee (Buffalo Trace)

Susan Colville (Wemyss Vintage Malts)

Whisky Distiller of the Year

Balcones Distillery (Craft Distiller, USA)

Diageo (Scotland)

Four Roses (USA)

Irish Distillers (Ireland)

 

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2011 Icons of Whisky announced

Whisky Magazine’s ‘Icons of Whisky’ have become one of the highlights of the whisky calendar and the 2011 competition has lived up to its reputation with the number and quality of companies entering the awards.  The Icons are designed to celebrate the people and places behind the amber liquid.  The 2011  Icons of Whisky were announced at a dinner held at The Waldorf Hilton, London, in March 2011 and the winners are as follows:

*WINNERS –  ICONS OF WHISKY 2011

Whisky Retailer of the year, single outlet Gordon & MacPhail, Scotland
Whisky Retailer of the year, multiple outlet Royal Mile Whiskies, Scotland
Whisky Online Retailer of the Year The Whisky Exchange, England
Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year Speyside Cooperage, Scotland
Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year James Sedgwick Distillery, South Africa
Whisky Ambassador of the Year Richard Paterson, Whyte & Mackay
Lifetime Achievement Award Evan Cattanach, Diageo
Whisky Distiller of the Year William Grant & Sons, Scotland

Initially, nominations for the awards are invited from the industry themselves.   Based on the evidence supplied, an independent, international, editorial panel, chaired by Rob Allanson, editor of Whisky Magazine UK, draw up a shortlist from which the winners are picked.  Voting rounds are held in the USA and Scotland in conjunction with ‘Whisky Live’ events (www.whiskylive.com).  Nominations are also invited from the rest of the world.   The global icons are then drawn from this final shortlist.

Rob Allanson, Chairman of the Judge’s comments: “This year, in some cases we have seen smaller companies punching well above their weight to top their bigger rivals in the polls. The results also reflect the global nature of the whisky world.  To make the final shortlist, given the all-encompassing nature of these awards and the quality of the entries, is an honour. I heartily congratulate all the 2011 winners as well as the shortlisted individuals and companies.”

SHORTLISTED – ICONS OF WHISKY 2011

Whisky Retailer of the year, single outlet Arkwrights, Rest of World 

Federal Wines and Spirits, USA

Whisky Retailer of the year, multiple outlet Binny’s, USA 

Shinanoya Shokuhin, Rest of World

Whisky Online Retailer of the Year Loch Fyne Whiskies, Scotland
Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year Kavalan Distillery, Rest of World 

Maker’s Mark, USA

Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year Diageo’s Masters of Whisky scheme, USA 

Gordon & MacPhail, Scotland

Whisky Ambassador of the Year Simon Brooking, Beam Global 

Gillian Macdonald, Penderyn

Stephen Marshall, John Dewar & Sons

Fred Noe, Beam Global

Lifetime Achievement Award Evan Cattanach, Diageo
Whisky Distiller of the Year Amrut Distillery, Rest of World 

Four Roses Distillery, USA

Tuthilltown Spirit, USA

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World Whiskies Awards winners

2011 WORLD WHISKIES AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

JAPANESE DISTILLERY – YAMAZAKI – WINS ‘BEST SINGLE MALT WHISKY ‘CATEGORY

300 whiskies have battled over three tasting rounds for the coveted titles of the ‘2011 Best Whiskies in the World’, with some surprising results; with Japanese distiller Suntory winning both the ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ and ‘World’s Best Blend’ categories, the first time that a single whisky producer has taken both titles.

Three intensive rounds of blind tastings have taken place by Whisky Magazine’s independent editorial panel drawn from the best journalists and retailers across the world, and also by industry representatives made up of master blenders, distillers and brand ambassadors in the final round. The winners of the ‘2011 World Whiskies Awards’ were announced at a dinner at the Waldorf, Hilton Hotel, in London last night (3rd March 2011) and were as follows:

World’ Best Winner Brand
World’s Best Whisky Liqueur Drambuie The Royal Legacy of 1745
World’s Best Grain Whisky Greenore 15 years old
World’s Best Blended Whisky Hibiki 21 years old
World’s Best North American Whisky Parker’s Heritage Collection 10 years old Wheated Bourbon
World’s Best Single Malt Whisky Yamazaki 1984

The World Whiskies Awards is the annual selection of the very best whiskies internationally. This year entries have been received from; Canada, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, USA and Wales. Categories are based upon the commonly held whisky groupings which define both the style and the process of whisky and whisky production: single malt, blended, blended malt, grain, American and whisky liqueurs. Organised by *Whisky Magazine, this annual competition selects, awards and promotes to consumers and trade the ‘Best Whiskies in the World’.

The competition is open to **proprietary bottlings only, and is chaired by Dave Broom, contributing editor of Whisky Magazine and editor-in-chief of Whisky Magazine Japan, and exists to inform and educate consumers throughout the world about whisky. Categories are based upon the commonly held whisky groupings which define the style and process of whisky/whiskey production; malt whisky, blended whisky, blended malt whisky, American whiskey and whisky liqueurs.

Chairman of the judges, Dave Broom, commented: “The competition featured some eye-opening whiskies and the judging panel had a hard time separating the good from the very good. My congratulations go to the winners, the judges’ exacting standards mean that the winners are truly the greatest whiskies in the world.”

Ends –

Notes to editors

Category and sub category winners

Best Canadian Blended Whisky

(These all fell into the no age statement category so were tasted against each other)

The shortlist

Caribou Crossing

Canadian 83

Canadian Mist Black Diamond

Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve

Proof Proof Whisky

Royal Canadian

Wiser’s Legacy

The Winner:

Wiser’s Legacy

Best Irish Blended

Jameson 18 Years Old Limited Reserve

Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve

Tullamore Dew 12 Years Old Special Reserve

The category winner

Tullamore Dew 12 Years Old Special Reserve

Best Japanese Blended Whisky

The sub category winners were

Hibiki 12 Years Old

Hibiki 17 Years Old

Hibiki 21 Years Old

Nikka From The Barrel

The best Japanese blended whisky is:

Hibiki 21 Years Old

Best Rest of the World blended whisky

Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish

Three Ships 5 Years Old

The winner

Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish

Best Scotch blended whisky

The sub category winners are

Black Bull 12 Years Old Deluxe Blend

Cutty Sark 18 Years Old

Hankey Bannister 40 Years Old

The category winner is:

Hankey Bannister 40 Years Old

Best American Whiskey – Bourbon

Subcategory winners are

Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon

Parker’s Heritage Collection 10 Year Old Cask Strength Wheated Bourbon

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel 2010

The category winner

Parker’s Heritage Collection 10 Year Old Cask Strength Wheated Bourbon

Best American Whisky non bourbon

Entries were:

Bernheim Wheat Whiskey

Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof

Sazerac Straight Rye

Thomas H. Handy Rye

The winner was

Thomas H. Handy Rye

Single malt category winners

Best Campbeltown

The shortlist was

Hazelburn CV

Longrow 14 Years Old

Springbank 12 Years Old

The winner

Springbank 12 Years Old

Best Highland

Balblair 1989 Vintage

Balblair 2000

Glen Garioch Vintage 1978

Glenmorangie Signet

The winner

Glenmorangie Signet

Best Islay

Ardbeg Supernova 2010

Bowmore Tempest

Caol Ila 25 Years Old

Lagavulin 16 Years Old

The winner:

Bowmore Tempest

Best Island non Islay

Highland Park 25 Years Old

Talisker 57 North

Talisker 10 Years Old

The Arran Malt 14 Years Old

The winner

Highland Park 25 Years Old

Best Speyside

Glenfarclas 40 Years Old

Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix

Longmorn 16 Years Old

The Balvenie Signature

The winner was

Glenfarclas 40 Years Old

Best Lowland

Auchentoshan 1998 Sherry Matured

Glenkinchie 12 Years Old

The winner was

Auchentoshan 1998 Sherry Matured

Best Irish Single malt

Bushmills 16 Years Old

Bushmills 21 Years Old

Tyrconnell Port Finish

The Wild Geese Single Malt Irish Whiskey

The winner is

Bushmills 16 Years Old

Best Japanese single malt

Hakushu Bourbon Barrel

Yamazaki 1984

Yoichi 10 Years Old

Yoichi 1990

The winner

Yamazaki 1984

Best Rest of the World single malt

Glen Breton Battle of the Glen

Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask Strength

Sullivans Cove Bourbon Maturation

The winner

Solist

Best Irish pot still whiskey

Midleton Very Rare

Green Spot

Redbreast 12 Years Old

Redbreast 15 Years Old

The winner was

Redbreast 15 Years Old

*Whisky Magazine

Whisky Magazine is published 8 times a year and is the leading publication in this sector. Every issue brings you articles on the art, science and romance of the ‘water of life’, plus pages of informative tasting notes.

**Proprietary Whiskies – owned by the distiller and brand owner

About the Judges

CHAIRMAN OF JUDGES

Dave Broom

Contributing editor, Whisky Magazine UK. Editor of Whisky Magazine Japan. Whisky expert

EUROPE

Rob Allanson

Editor of Whisky Magazine

Charles MacLean

Former Whisky Magazine editor. Whisky expert

Tom Morton

BBC journalist. Whisky writer

Martine Nouet

Former editor of Whisky Magazine France. Whisky chef

Neil Ridley

Whisky Blogger (caskstrength.net)

Dominic Roskrow

Former editor of Whisky Magazine. Whisky expert

Bernhard Schafer

Writer, expert and judge

Annabelle Meikle

Industry Expert

Ed Bates

Industry Expert

Sukhinder Singh

Owner Whisky Exchange

Tim Forbes

Whisky Exchange, whisky expert

Serge Valentin

Whisky Blogger and self-confessed Malt Maniac

USA

Charles Cowdery

Bourbon expert . Whisky writer

Mark Gillespie

Whisky Podcaster. Whisky expert

LeNell Smothers

Whiskey writer and educator.

Mike Miller,

Bar owner of Delilah’s. Whisky expert

Liza Weisstuch

Whisky Magazine contributor

CANADA

Davin de Kergommeaux

Malt Maniac. Canadian whisky expert

JAPAN

David Croll

Publisher of Whisky Magazine Japan. Whisky retailer

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Scottish Icons of Whisky winners

Here they are:

Whisky Retailer of the Year – Single Outlet

Highly commended Loch Fyne Whiskies, Inveraray

Icon: Gordon and MacPhail, Elgin

Whisky Retailer of the Year – Multiple outlets

highly commended: Luvian’s Bottle Shop, Fife

Icon: Royal Mile Whiskies

Whisky Retailer of the Year – Online

Highly commended: http://www.singlemaltdirect.com

Icon: http://www.lfw.co.uk

Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year

highly commended: Highland Park Distillery

Icon: Speyside Cooperage

Independent Bottler of the Year

Berry Bros. and Rudd

Young Whisky Ambassador of the Year

Highly commended: Susan Colville – Wemyss Vintage Malts

Icon: Stephen Marshall – John Dewar and Sons

Whisky Ambassador of the Year

Highly commended – Ian Millar – William Grant and Sons

Icon – Richard Paterson Whyte and Mackay

Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year

Highly commended: The Edrington Group

Icon: Gordon and MacPhail

Whisky Distiller of the Year

Highly Commended: Kilchoman Distillery

Icon: William Grant and Sons

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