Understand that at my advanced age years fly by like days, and days like years, so sometimes it is so difficult for me to keep apace with you digressions and diversions.
Yet I find it sad that so many of you choose to dwell on (dare I say it) trivialities such as 'what did I drink last night', ‘how big is mine’, or ‘where can I get it cheaper’. Alas and alack, not what I’d hoped for when I began the pioneering spirit of whisky journalism so many years ago.
Even more so when young Iain (for I presume he is such) has raised such a tendentious issue that seems to be lost on so many of your virtual correspondents. As ever – I have no answers – but merely a plea for all of you to think about the question that this young man has asked and take it seriously.
And yes – for what its worth, I acknowledged in my first whisky book (but Lex, by no means my best, as the world will soon learn) that the Macallan was, in its configurations similar to other ‘Spey-side Distilleries’, for it is loosely, beside the Spey. But its malt, when I wrote, was Highland Malt, known in the trade and by (as I believe you all call them today) ‘consumers’ as such – for unless I am mistaken, the designation ‘Speyside’ derives from a much later time.
But then, you can find this all out for yourselves, if only you have the sense to be interested!
Now – its late, I’m tired, slightly irascible (I apologise for my irritation above) and working on printer’s wet-proofs for the great tome.
I must away!
Alfred Barnard (Booker Prize winner 2003, tbc)