Whisky Magazine Issue 81
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Well its a great time of year to be out and about on the bike in Norfolk.
The weather is mostly sunny and its not snowing which is always nice.
One thing that keeps me amused is riding past the barley fields. You get this incredible malty smell coming off them, especially after there has been a drop of rain. It is a truly glorious sight and sensation when the road comes close to the edge of these fields, golden brown, shimmering in the wind and dotted with spots of red poppies. I keep thinking that some of these crops will find their way up north to the maltings and eventually the distilleries. And why not, this region grows some of the best in the world. When I was at Laphroaig last year they had just finished malting some Norfolk barley, so it is out there and well respected. Makes me smile everytime I ride through them.
The Journey's Blend trip is now a dim and distant memory, but boy was it seriously good fun. There are some days I miss getting on the bike and riding for miles. As I suspected it was hard handing the Bonneville back to Triumph afterwards. However it may be making an appearance at Whisky Live Glasgow to help launch the bottling.
One of the highlights of the trip was, after we had selected our samples, watching the Edrington Group's master blender emeritus, John Ramsay, working to put the final blended malt together.
This is really the part of the industry that you don't see. The work that John has done for big names such as Famous Grouse, Highland Park...