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Scotch and Spirit

David Hayman’s TV series on whisky brought back some memories from a quarter of a century ago for Tom Morton

IT WILL soon be 25 years since I set off on my East German MZ 250 and sidecar to emulate the great 19th century traveller Alfred Barnard, and visit as many of Scotland’s whisky distilleries as I could. This became first the book, then the radio programme, and finally the STV series Spirit of Adventure, and began my lifelong obsession with uisge beatha, the water of life.

As I watched David Hayman’s recent BBC Series ‘Scotch’ (a word which may only be applied to pies, eggs, mist and whisky) and he visited many of the same locations, I pondered how much had changed over a quarter of a century. Some of the people I met are now dead, some, like Willie Phillips of Macallan and Jim McEwan, in those days of Bowmore, are still to the fore and still telling great tales.

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November Edition 2016 issue Number 23 The one with Nicola and Saltire 2020 Vision A bumper 116 pages choc full of the best of Scottish writers today. Robbie Dinwoodie - Ben Thomson - The Legacy Alyn Smith MEP - A conference update - Focused David Bowman Interview - Les Huckfield - ex Labour MP "It's Labour for me... but not in Scotland" David James Hood - A perfect storm Jason Michael Mc Cann - The Alex Salmond Interview Will McLeod - How disasters look good ...on paper Wee Ginger Dug - They're all so pretty vacant Derek Bateman - Doing Middle Class Tom Morton - Sticky Aberdeen - the New Birmingham? Dr Steve McCabe - Fit to Lead? Tom Morton - Scotch and Spirit Jennifer Harper Feature - Simon Community Scotland Mary Edward - Short Story - The Gift Grouse Beater - Investigating Gorbal's boy Alan Pinkerton PI Rachel Gillon - Food for thought Zoe Weir - Glasgow Tobacco Barons Peter A Bell - Forget Darien, this is the bigee - The Madness of Men David McVey - Short Story - A Nation Decides Major Bloodnok - Agony Aunt - He knows, you know