Some things in life ARE free
31.10.2006 21 °C
The weather was continuing to cool down. The bright washed out days were now cloudy; the suits now accompanied by light Autumn jackets.
K. and I decided to head to some place warming ...
We reserved our position in the tour and signed in at the security station in front of the complex. We made our way across to the starting building and wandered through a photographic history of a man's dream; Japan's first world class whisky distillery.
The pole position for the events was a large hall with hundreds of bottles; wall to wall oranges and yellows locked in glass like a futuristic prison ...
... rounding corners and disappearing inside giant replica whisky barrels.
A large wooden structure held many of the worlds best brands; empty glasses below beckoning to be consumed.
We travelled through the complex, overseeing each stage of the process; malting, mashing, fermention, casking.
We wandered through the darken bowels of the complex, travelling back through time past barrels prepared in 2006, 2004, 1998, 1993, 80's, 70's, further and further until we reached a cask marked 1924; its inaugural year.
Finally we emerged back into the sunlight; the crisp air and soft creaking of the bamboo forest replacing the bubbling grind of the machinery.
After a short walk through the garden, we were seated in a large hall. 2 free samples of 17 year whisky was handed to us; its light smooth texture slipping easier down our throats.
Slightly tipsy, we staggered out of the building and back down to the train station. The warm glow leaving a fond impress of fine whisky and one mans dream.