Whisky Magazine Issue 88
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Well finally things are warming up here and it looks like summer might eventually be round the corner, and I for one cannot wait.
Once again this year will see me and the BBC's Tom Morton hitting the road again with another long distance motorbike escapade.
You will remember last year we took in most of Scotland with Journey's Blend, well this time the trip will encompass the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland following in the footsteps of one of whisky's greatest writers – the man that really started it all.
In 1885, Alfred Barnard began the journey which would lead to the publication of his legendary book The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom.
In the course of a year, he visited every working whisky distillery in the UK and what would become the Republic of Ireland. Now this would be too much of a task for us, with family and work commitments.
However Tom and I are going to set the bar for the Barnard Challenge with the help of a couple of Moto Guzzi Italian, mile crunching adventure bikes.
We will be beginning at Wick (Old Pulteney, northernmost on mainland) on July 28th before travelling up to Highland Park in Orkney (northernmost).
From there we will ride back down through the country, stopping off in Inverness and also the Dalmore Distillery, to Scotland's southernmost distillery, Bladnoch in Wigtown.
Following that a short ferry trip across to Northern Ireland and Bushmills in Antrim and we are going to ride the length of the country, crossing the...