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Issue 43 - Bucketfulsoffun(Glenfiddich)

Whisky Magazine Issue 43
October 2004

 

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Bucketfulsoffun(Glenfiddich)

TheMysteryVisitorgetsallartisticatGlenfiddich

ImadeatleastonebigmistakewhenvisitingtheGlenfiddichvisitorcentre.Againstmybetterjudgement,Ididn'tsignupfortheirpremiumConnoisseur'sTour.IconvincedmyselfIdidn'thavetime(reallyIwasjustbeingmean)andthenmyfriendwentandravedaboutit.So,secondhand,Icanrecommendthe£12experience.

Butthere'sstillplentytoseeatthisSpeysidedistillery,theoriginatorofthemoderntourbusiness,andhometotheworld'sbest-sellingsinglemalt.Thestandardtourisfree,butwouldstillrepresentexcellentvalueiftheycharged.

Naturally,it'spopular–anddeservedlyso.ItwaslikeaUnitedNationsconventionroundthesiteonthedayofmyvisitbutthisdidn'tfazetheprofessionalguides.Therearenative-speaking(or,atleast,exceptionallyfluent)escortsforeverylanguageunderthesun,soyourtourismadeinthecompanyofarealpersoninsteadofaSonyWalkman.

Thecarparkatthedistilleryhasrecentlybeenresurfaced.Youmightnotthinkthismatters,butitmakesaveryprofessionalinitialimpressionand,iflikeme,youhadnearlylostanaxleonthepreviouslysomewhatagriculturalsurfaceitcomesasawelcomeimprovement!

Thenextimpressionissomethingofashock.Rightbythecarparkentrancethereisanartgallery.Notjustanyoldartgallery,youshouldunderstand,fulloftouristorientatedtat.

NomistyHighlandglensandstagsatbayhere,butafull-onmodernartgallery,packedwithconceptualworkfromcuttingedgeartistsenjoyingGlenfiddich'sArtistinResidenceprogramme.

BlinkandyoucouldbeinSoHo(that'sSoHo,NewYork,bytheway,notitssleazyLondoncousin).

Notbeinganartcritic,I'dbetternotsayanymore.Excepttomentiontheorangeplasticbucketssuspendedoutside...

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