Hooray, it’s Friday night my brother

“Hooray, it’s Friday night my brother, have some whisky…” The word’s immortalised by quintessential performers, Celtica | Pipes Rock.  From their song “Have Some Whisky“.  I was fortunate to see them perform live at the beginning of summer in Thunder Bay.  Believe me when I tell you, not a Friday has passed that I have not sung those lyrics in...

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Stay tuned

I put up this website on a whim, it is a VPS hosted by the nice folks at RootBSD.  On the surface, it just looks like another egotist blogger, but behind the scenes, I am really using for one of my other favourite activities, playing with FreeBSD.

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Campbeltown supplementary entry

Anybody who knows me, knows I am a big Beatles fan!  And by extension, I am a big Paul McCartney fan, too.  So after I learned that I was going to Campbeltown, in the Mull of Kintyre, I was beside myself excited that I would be visiting the inspiration of Sir Paul’s song of the same name, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFRcMYjut4o. I discovered...

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Day four at Whisky School

We had some spare time to spend between sessions, so we wandered back to the Still House, this was where all the magic happens.  The smell of the mash and wort tuns kept drawing me back. We said all along, how friendly, knowledgeable and gracious the staff were.  They truly suffered fools gladly.  They answered all our questions, and were prepared to...

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Day three at whisky school

Starting at the beginning is usually the best place to start, right?  When I enrolled in Whisky School, I thought the first lesson was to prepare the barley for malting, because that is how you start the process, right?  Yes, but…  that is not how it fits into the production cycle.  The school as to operate around the distillery, and...

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Day two at Whisky School

Each day at Springbank is a new adventure for us, we get to learn something new about distillery operations every time we report for duty.  On the docket today was steeping the barley, transferring whisky to the casks, warehousing the newly filled casks, turning the malted barley into a mash, and observing the finer points of being in the still...

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Day one at Whisky School

I travelled with my friend Doug to attend Whisky School in Campbeltown, Scotland at the Springbank distillery.  Not only is this trip about the about the destination, it is also about the journey.  Campbeltown is located on the west coast of Scotland, on the Kintyre peninsula. There are two other classmates, one from Sweden and one from France, they share...

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