Whisky Magazine Issue 92
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Well it's that time of year where I think it's good to take a moment and reflect on what has been, and to be honest this year has been a bit of a whirlwind.
There have been some stunning drams released and tried. Some of the most memorable are always the ones drunk in warehouses. There is something about drinking from the cask in a dunnage warehouse, that smell stays with you.
The year has also been filled with some excellent trips. Probably the biggest undertaking was the Barnard Challenge, travelling round the United Kingdom with the BBC's Tom Morton. This trip had some serious ups and downs. You'd think you could plan an adventure at the end of July and expect a little bit of decent weather, but no. At one point we stopped at the Ralia Cafe at about 11pm and were so cold Tom had to resort to stuffing his music notes into his jacket. But all in all it was an excellent trip with an affable travelling companion, and the Triumph Street Triple was an awesome bike. Some of the other highlights of the adventure included being greeted by a Morris dancing troupe at the English distillery, trying very young Black Bush, hugging the stills at Jameson, exploring Penderyn and being back on Orkney.
I have also been lucky enough to have been invited on excellent trips by the industry, something I never take for granted and it's always a privilege to be asked. These have included singing U2 at the top of my lungs in Dublin, sniffing oak staves in Jerez, taking my knowledge further with ...