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Issue 68 - Lowland Perfection (Auchentoshan)

Whisky Magazine Issue 68
December 2007


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Lowland Perfection (Auchentoshan)

Auchentoshan is the nearest distillery to Glasgow but it is often criminally overlooked. Dominic Roskrow explains why it warrants closer inspection.

I was visiting a distillery recently when two tourists came in and asked if they could be shown round.Actually they didn't so much ask for a tour but demand one.And when they were told that the distillery was shut they kicked up a fuss.

This being Scotland, they were generously accommodated and a tour was arranged.

The opportunity to walk around a working distillery should never be taken for granted and nor should it be considered a right. It is a privilege that we should cherish.

How many other places of work would allow people to wander round the production areas?

And while some other businesses permit organised tours, not many accommodate thousands of nosey enthusiasts throughout the year.

I've been thinking about this a lot,because it wasn't always this way.Distillery tours didn't exist before the late Michael Jackson bowled up one day and asked if he could look round.

I have an endearing mental picture of this Pythonesque moment. Michael,who at the time would have looked like a hippy version of Worzel Gummidge, walks in to the distillery office and asks to look round.“What do you mean,look round?”replies the stillman suspiciously.

“Well, you know, like a distillery tour,” offers Michael.

“I don't think we do tours. Jock, do we do tours? No, sorry mate, there's no such thing.” “Well couldn't you invent them so I could go on one?”says Michael optimistically.

“I suppose we could…” I don't know where this encounter took place, but I like to thi...

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