i thought it was a very poor showing by them, considering id just been up to balblair a hour befor ehand and got a tour by the 2nd in command their and it was one of the best tours i have ever been on.
macallan is the same now, if youve got a scots accent there not intersted until you get the wallet out, but when a bus load of japs come in, there like flys round keek.
the wee guys are putting the bigger distilleries to shame when it comes to visiting them in my opion, and ive been to all but a very few distilleries.
I was at Bushmills a couple of weeks ago and it was a very sad experience. There was no production (Saturday) so they cut the tour fee to £4.50 !. We didn't see the inside of any mash tuns or washbacks, although I'm sure we were all glad of the Eamon Holmes video which showed us the spirit safe - for we only saw tha back of it in the distance on the tour. Then we went to a big room with barrels and were invited to inhale the angels' share. There wasn't much aroma, to be honest. I asked whether the barrels had anything in them as I thought it was unusual and foolhardy to store them vertically. The guide, Dolores, confirmed that there was no actual whisky in the room - except in the display bott;e of 12 year old available exclusively in their shop. Then off to the silent bottling plant to see some conveyor belts - and a small dram in the bar. The bar did have some interesting looking bottles but they were not available, either for tasting or purchase. There were bottles of the standard range, but unusually, the tour ticket didn't get you any kind of discount.
I tracked a dram of their 21 year old down to their canteen (£10 a shot in a tumbler) but chose not to buy a bottle as I was so cross with them.
Sorry for the digression. Back to Highland malts...
MrTattieHeid wrote:Nick Brown wrote:But my accent is decidedly RP, so perhaps that helps.
Don't know what "RP" means, but get the idea--the first thing I thought was "Nick, you're English...you are a foreigner."
RP means Received Pronunciation, otherwise BBC English or Public School pronunciation. Cast your mind back to listening to the BBC World Service in the 1960s
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