Singlemalting # 224 – Deep in the heart of Scotland Pt 1

G’day everyone,

 

A lot of you have already been following along with some of our adventures via Youtube as we upload a couple of video’s a week that really take you along with us this year. If you have missed out on any of the updates you can head to our Youtube channel here and start the journey.

After an amazing six weeks of our initial Indiegogo campaign we managed to secure enough capital to squeeze out 500 calendars this year. There are now just under half of them still available through Indiegogo On Demand here.

To make it all happen this year Cindy and I found ourselves in Scotland once again. This time around we started in London and then made our way to Bristol to meet up with a specialist project manager from the Dram Team who we know will make our lives a lot easier with their excellent attention to detail.

After a wonderful night in Bristol we headed to Ripon in Yorkshire. Claxton’s is a small independent bottler that has been around for about as long as Secret Spirits. It was great to get a referral to meet them and have some of their whiskies included this year. Stay tuned for some delicious drams in the 6th Edition from Tom and Hugo and the Claxton’s team.

Onto Sunny Scotland (and it was really sunny a lot while we were there), we spent a day driving North so that we could have a bit of a weekend off at the Cally Palace Hotel. A relaxing round of golf, wander through the beautiful gardens and a cold pint in the observatory was just what the doctor ordered to help us shake off the jet lag and fully embrace Scottish time. I was even lucky enough to stop by a local cricket ground during my round of golf and watch a couple of overs. Nothing like hearing bat on ball in such an idyllic setting. The flowers were blooming and Spring was in the air with everything a lush carpet of mottled greens, yellows and purples. The heavy scent in the air was invigorating, leaving us wanting to go back to Scotland in May again every year from now on.

What ended up being the best visit during our entire trip was the next stop in Creetown at Whiskybroker. We selected a bunch of whiskies for this edition all under the Secret Spirits label, gave tummy rubs to Rusty the German Shepherd and drank whisky out of barrels with Martin and his wife Jane.

Martin turned an old metal working factory in the deep South of Scotland into a thriving whisky business that houses 19,000 barrels. It has been fantastic for employment within the local community and over the years that I have been visiting has gone from strength to strength. Congratulations Martin on an amazing business.

Part 2 is going to see us head to Brig O doon, Glasgow, Bridge of Allan, Edinburgh and Kingsbarns.

Stay tuned for the next instalment.

Hope your Summer is warm and the drinks are cold.

Cheers

Jonathan

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