Hailing from the Fair City of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North East of England i’ve had a passion for Single Malts since 1984 . I was introduced to them on a camping trip to Scotland by a then good friend Dave . I’d only ever had Blends before this , given medicinally in Hot Toddies so was a bit dubious but after my first Macallan 10yo i was hooked , i even got to try the 18 later in the trip . At the time there weren’t too many places to pick up Single Malts but Fenwicks and later Oddbins provided a good option . By the time i met my wife to be Melanie , malts were available in Supermarkets (any one remember the ‘Classics’ promotions in Asda ? You could get 2 Lagavulins for £30!)
By the Mid 90’s Melanie and myself were taking regular camping trips to Scotland but the rather wet summer of 1998 put an end to that and in 1999 we decided to take our holidays in Hotels , stopping 2 or 3 nights in one place and doing some places we never did camp in . So in the Summer of 1999 we made our first Visit to the Small Hebridean Isle just off the West Coast of Scotland and immediately fell in love with the place . We initially spent our stays in the Lochside hotel in Bowmore – this was due to a sort of Challenge issued in the Visit Scotland brochure “The bar has over 450 whiskies behind it…..” . After a change of ownership in 2003 we decided to do self catering and have stayed in several cottages in different parts of the isle . Since our first visit we have returned 35 times (up to and including December 2013) . We absolutely love the beauty of the Isle , it’s people and of course it’s whisky !