Whisky Magazine Issue 45
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New technology is being adopted by whisky companies. Richard Jones goes surfing
Here are a few facts I bet you didn't know from the world of whisky: there are five washbacks at Springbank distillery, each made from boatskin larch and with a capacity of 21,000 litres; the grist mill at Laphroaig is nicknamed ‘Red Bob' and is one of the oldest Porteus Mills in the business; Denis McBain, coppersmith at The Balvenie, joined the company as an apprentice in 1958 and often likes to visit other distilleries at weekends; Wild Turkey Bourbon can be used to make a delicious barbecue sauce; and, perhaps most interestingly of all, the cats at Bladnoch distillery are called
Bourbon and Sherry.
And how did I accumulate such a mass, a junk-heap, if you will, of assorted trivia?
Not, I'm happy to report, from the deepest, darkest recesses of my mind; knowledge is one thing, but this is way into the realms of unhealthy, seriously disturbed, too much time on your
hands territory. Rather, I simply opened up Windows Explorer on my personal computer, spent a pleasant half hour browsing the likes of www.springbankdistillers.com and www.bladnoch.co.uk, and thereby accomplished what would have taken me several weeks of endless distillery visits in the non-virtual world.
If you're a whisky lover and you've yet to plug into the digital, dotcom, www. age, I urge you to get connected to the world of cyberspace as quickly as the spread of a computer virus. With so much whisky related information out there on the internet, this is a source you can no longer afford to ignore.