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Issue 35 - At home with the haydocks

Whisky Magazine Issue 35
November 2003


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At home with the haydocks

It's not often you get to see inside the secret life of John Haydock. Whisky Magazine's Jocasta Eatwell writes.

Few men have brought as much fame and fortune to the Scottish whisky industry than John Haydock, that writer whose words bring so much pleasure to drinkers all over the world.

But who is this man?

But for the power of his pen, silent and reclusive, a modest master of media magic as the many millions of viewers of his latest worldwide TV hit, At home with Haydocks, can attest.

So imagine my delight when I was asked to conduct an exclusive interview with John and his wife, Mrs Haydock, in their exclusive hideaway ranch-style bungalow, in the heart of secluded Archiestown.

You can imagine the trepidation with which I approached the sacred Haydock ground. Would he be difficult? Would he be in? Would I find his secret sanctum?

On that last score I should have held no fears. Almost out of sight amongst the mass of pilgrims who massed on the pavement, facing the main thoroughfare, was a brightly illuminated sign, announcing ‘The House of Haydock', beneath which stood the friendly figure of Mrs Haydock, selling signed photographs of John to enthusiastic visitors.

With a kindly nod of her head she showed me the way and soon I was there on the doorstep of ‘Dunspargin', home to the whisky world's most powerful man.

And before I could even grasp the knocker the door was opened and there I was being ushered into the gaily decorated hallway by none other than the man known throughout the industry simply as 'JH'.

The house itself is a treasure-trove that would make a whisky enth...

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