Whisky Magazine Issue 80
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Well by the time you read this in the UK I will be somewhere in Scotland on a Triumph Bonneville visiting a few distilleries to make Journey's Blend. If you are in the States or elsewhere I will probably be recovering.
To say I am looking forward to this epic editorial adventure would be an understatement, but there are certainly a few thousand miles to go before the end, which is the slight daunting part.
I had a slight taste of the distances on a recent run up to see the new still at Glenmorangie. The run went well and my little Korean packhorse loaded up to the gunnels with a roll bag and soft panniers did me well there and back.
It took, including a stop in to see my dad and a wonderful brunch, nearly 12 hours.
There is definitely something about travelling by bike that you don't get when you take the car. I was sitting in an eatery at Blyth service station when a couple walked in, helmets in hand and jackets on. They were from Norway and were heading up to Edinburgh on what looked like an old Triumph America. We had a good natter about distilleries and drams we had known and loved. Don't see that with car drivers… One of my favourite bits of the trip up was sweeping through the Black Isle at dusk to get to the Anderson pub at Fortrose. The scenery, the light scent of the sea and the promise of a good beer and whisky made those last few miles wonderful.
As for the Anderson, if you are ever in that neck of the woods drop in for a glass or two, or even stay. The food...