Whisky Magazine Issue 90
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There is nothing quite like hitting the road and seeing the whisky world, I can totally see why Alfred Barnard did it. I honestly cannot think of another industry that is on the whole as welcoming and open as the whisky one.
For those of you that might not know, the BBC's Tom Morton and I have just completed another epic bike trip, this time following in the footsteps of the great Barnard. Although you spend months planning and plotting, scanning maps, trying to predict the weather and wondering what to pack, there is a sense of relief when it is all over. Two weeks of travelling, in total, more than 3,700 miles on the road around the United Kingdom and Ireland and clocking up nine distilleries. We collected seven bottles to add to the 50 or so collected by David Hayman and Vladimir MacTavish, and all are set to be auctioned for David's Spirit Air charity in November. Ok so not quite up to Barnard's standard but an achievement in anyone's book I think.
These long trips are odd. Normally I ride my bike between two points, usually the office and home, but even if I am on a longer journey, I always come back to the same point, home. But this time it was riding and never staying in the same place twice. Never going back, just travelling through.
There have been plenty of highlights from the trip, but also some moments of wondering why. Who knew that you could organise a trip during the turn of July and August and only have one sunny day. The weather...well not worth talking ab...