Auchentoshan Distillery – Happy Memories
While listening to the “Boys” discuss their various tasting and experiences with the folks at the Auchentoshan booth my mind wandered off to my childhood. I was brought up in an area of Glasgow called Mountblow. The Auchentoshan Estate was positioned at the top of the hill and as I new that one side of the road housed a school for children and young adults with special needs and the other side of the road was the Auchentoshan Distillery.
During, what seemed then, like really long summer holidays, I would play with my friends in the Bluebell Woods, where we would have home made slides made of cardboard on which we would swoosh down the hill and swing from a variety of tree swings and hide in home made dens.
The burn that ran through the Bluebell Woods every now and again would take on a distinct malty smell and froth like mad. As kids we would pretend this was the breath from a dragon that lived at the top of the hill. If only I had known at the time that this was the birth of some fine Auchentoshan Whisky.
Over the years I grew very fond of the malty smell of the burn and to this day I still love the smell of Whisky, especially if it has a strong smell of peat.
It is strange how evocative smells can be and immediately take you back to a specific time in your life. So as you can see all this discussion about Auchentoshan has taken me back to some very happy memories.