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Issue 39 - Thebackboneofgreatwhisky?(Longmorn)

Whisky Magazine Issue 39
May 2004

 

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Thebackboneofgreatwhisky?(Longmorn)

Longmornisablenders'favourite.Butasasinglemaltit'sbothwonderfulandfrustratinglyhardtoget.IanBuxtonaddshisvoicetotheWhiskyMagazineclamourformoreofit

IarrivedatLongmorninaswirlingsnowstorm,quiteworriedaboutthedirectionsIhavebeengiven.

“PasstheShougleturn,”theyhadtoldme“rightthroughFogwattandthenturnright.”Shougle?Fogwatt?PerhapsIwastobelostforeverintheElginTriangle:wasthissomeBeachcomberfantasy,Iwondered,oraHighlandversionofRoystonVasey?

Well,thegentlemenwhometmemayhavebeeninleague,buttheycouldn'thavebeenfriendlier.

Longmorn'smanagerHamishProctorandPernodRicard'sgroupdistilleriesmanagerAlanWinchesterwerethemostgraciousofhostsandprovidedaneruditeintroductiontothisinteresting,historicbutlittle-knownSpeysidedistillery.

That'sevidentlyatraditionatLongmorn.Anearlier,andeventuallyfarmoredistinguished,visitorwasMasatakaTaketsuruthefounderofJapan'sNikkaWhiskycompany.AshisbiographerOliveChecklandrecalls,TaketsuruarrivedhereinApril1919asa‘pooroverseasstudent'toundertakeabrief‘apprenticeship'underthemanagerMrRBNicol.

TaketsuruhadpreviouslybeenobligedtodeclinetheofferofprivatetuitionfromthedistinguishedJANettleton,duetolackoffunds,butatLongmornhewastakeninwithoutchargeandgivenasound,ifbrief,nine-dayintroductiontothejoysofSpeysidedistilling.

HemadeMrNicolthegiftofsometobaccobutmemoriesofhisvisitdidnotdisappearlikesmoke:manyyearslater,whenheestablishedtheYoichidistilleryinJapan,itwasmodelledonLongmornandhealwaysreferredtoYoichiasproducinga‘Highland'whisky.

AphotosurvivesofhiminthecourtyardatLongmorn,againstastoutdoorwhichmaybeseentothisday,aslightfigurewearinganearnestexpressionandastrikinglongwhitelaboratorycoat.Be...

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