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Issue 83 - Road tripping whisky

Whisky Magazine Issue 83
October 2009


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Road tripping whisky

We catch up with the team as they complete their journey and blend.

SATURDAY 6TH JUNE PORT ASKAIG TO BLADNOCH 240 MILES RA: The earliest start so far, with check in being at 6.15am, so it's a case of breakfast on the ferry and then we all pretty much pass out and get some shut eye. I manage to ensconce myself in a coffin-like manner along one of the seats in the galley, rising like the living dead with about 20 minutes to go before docking. It's going to be a long day to Inveraray and beyond.

This part of the world is truly spectacular. A different, more gentle landscape of lochs and glens. The twisting roads are also a joy.

You could seriously wind up dead down this stretch to Glasgow, simply by admiring the views.

Next to greet us is Raymond Armstrong the owner of Bladnoch, the third in our distillery odyssey. And what a place. Originally owned by Diageo for blends and storage, this place is huge.

Raymond stores other people's casks here for maturing so there is some interesting liquid about the place, including an oak aged gin.

The liquid is brilliant and eventually we settle on a little bourbon refill number that has the classic lowland sweetness and vanillas. Part three of our blend is in place leaving just two more stops.

KH: Breakfast is a bowl of Cal Mac porridge (not as good as I'd hoped), then off to Inveraray for a cup of tea, scones and new waterproof trousers.

Some lovely views of Ailsa Craig, but it is a fast road, so not much spare brain for sightseeing – the Enfield is too involving at those speeds. Stop for petrol at...

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