Category: Lead Story
It is late afternoon on Friday 29th June 2012 and Jim is heading to the ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick to enjoy a couple of days on the wonderful Island of Arran and to be at the Arran Malt and Music Festival.
Jim and Jacqueline, while waiting for the ferry, were a little worried because the wind was howling and the rain was torrential (another typical Scottish summers day) and we wondered what awaited us on the Saturday at the Arran Festival, the weather forecast was certainly not favourable, albeit it was not our first visit to this distillery, it was our first to the Festival and we had no intention of missing it.
When both Jim (Dad) and I met Gordon Bruce (Knockdhu Distillery Manager) at the launch of the Peter Arkle limited edition anCnoc Single Malt, we had no idea that it would lead to us working a few shifts at the traditional highland Knockdhu Distillery.
Arriving at the distillery for the 1st of our 3 back shifts (2pm-10pm) and looking round the machinery and pipes, day one felt like an impossible task, to learn or even to just understand what the “Men of Knock” had been perfecting since 1893.