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September | 2012 | The Whisky Professor
From the monthly archives: September 2012

My Heart is in the Highlands

Morning on the grounds of Drummuir Castle

Just beautiful

From the Garden

 

Pre-Dinner Falconry on the Castle Grounds

“The Professor” with the ultimate symbol of Freedom

I feel like Harry Potter

Our Piper for Dinner

Piping in the Haggis

The address to the Haggis

 

Stewart at Royal Lochnagar explaining Malting process

Spirit Still at Lochnagar… It’s wee…

Tasting the fruits of labor at Royal Lochnagar

Lunch with Suzy and Alan at Tannochbrae… Recipients of the Loch and K(e)y Award

Charlie, Lia and Dave enjoying the spread at Tannochbrae

Alan carving Racks of Local Lamb… Absolutely delicious

 

In the belly of the beast; Mash room at Roseisle

The Professor; at the heart. The Still House at Roseisle.

Final days, arriving at Drummuir Castle to unwind before the journey back across the pond home.

After checking in at the castle, I stretched my legs with a walk around the castle grounds. This shot is of some of the many types of Thistle growing wildy around Drummuir.

I also stumbled across these wild red raspberries. They were slightly tart; magic.

Drummuir Castle’s library, the Loch and K(e)y travellers spent many hours studying.

 

Charlie tasting the worts at Glenrothes

A Glenrothes cooper working his craft

The “Inner Sanctum” at The Glenrothes

The Glenrothes in it’s various incarnations through time

 

Cask Samples for Loch and K(e)y Cask selection at Glengarioch

Lunch time drams in the courtyard at Glengarioch

 

Still House at Glendronach

A Parliment of Rooks
 

So no pics for day 3. We boarded a ferry in Portig on Islay headed for the mainland Kennacraig on the Mull of Kintyre. From Kennacraig we had a 5 hour drive to Huntley in the east Highlands. A very long uneventful day but worth it for the time spent on Islay.

 

Randall doing malt Angels on the malt Floor at Bowmore

Glenn tossing the Malt the old way. Bowmore is one of only a handful of Distilleries in Scotland to use floor malting for a portion of their grain.

Wash Back # 1 at Bowmore

Still Life; Bowmore

Bowmore’s Spirit Safe

 

Ardbeg; but the glasses are empty

Jackie, our guide at Ardbeg. Awesome…

that’s better some Ardbeg in an earlier incarnation; Kildalton…

View from the dock at Ardbeg

The Money Shot

Loch and K(e)y members contemplating the Kildalton… A unanimous winner!

Celebrity Whisky couple Brandall horsing around at Ardbeg

The contemplative lifestyle. The professor deep in thought.

Still House at Ardbeg. Ardbeg was the first distillery we visited on the trip. It certainly set the tone for an amazing trip. Thanks to Jackie and the Moet Hennessy folks in the US for making it possible.