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Issue 43 - Atwhisky'scoalface

Whisky Magazine Issue 43
October 2004

 

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Atwhisky'scoalface

Bruichladdichisthelatestofaseriesofdistilleriestolaunchitsownwhiskyacademy.MarkFursejoinedoneofthefirstgroupstoseewhatyougetforyourmoney

Promotedundertheengagingtagline:‘gotathirstforknowledge?'TheBruichladdichWhiskyAcademyisanattempttoprovideparticipantswithastructuredapproachtowhiskymakinginahands-onenvironment,whichwillappealtoallaficionadosofmaltwhisky.

InmanywaysBruichladdichisideallyplacedforsuchaventure.TheIslaysettingissuperb–thedistinctivecolourusedastheBruichladdichliveryreplicatesthecolouroftheseainthebay–andthedistilleryisbothhistoricandindependent.

Iwassoldtheideaoftheacademyonanearliervisittothedistillery,attheendofthestandardguidedtour,convincedbytheinformedenthusiasmoftheguide,Adam.Idolikeadram,andalsoenjoybeinginformedaboutmyenthusiasms.

Manypeoplewhohavetakenadistillerytourmustbefrustratedbythelackofengagementwiththeprocess,nomatterhowwellstructuredthetouris,andtheacademyoffersasignificantstepup.AttheendofAugust,inaweekofnearperfectweather,Ijoinedtheacademyforwhatwas,ineffect,aworkingholiday.

Theweb-pagesfortheacademy(www.bruichladdich.com/the_academy.htm)statethattheaimistoallowamaximumofsixpeopleto“stayinthedistilleryforaweeklongresidentialcourseshadowingourworkforceastheygoabouttheirjobsofmashing,distilling,andbottlingourwhisky,usingequipmentmuchofwhichdatesfromtheopeningofthedistilleryin1881–withoutacomputerorautomatedprocessinsight.”

Iarrivedattheaccommodation,aspacioushousebehindthedistillery,withaviewoftheloch,onSundayevening,tobemetbyFiona,thehousekeeper,andtheotherparticipants.Threeofusweresigneduptotheacademyasfulltime‘students',andwewerejoinedbyaGermancoupleresea...

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