Rob Allanson (Whisky Magazine), Ken Hamilton and Tom Morton (BBC) visited Kilchoman

On 5 June 2009, the editor of Whisky Magazine, Rob Allanson, photographer Ken Hamilton and Tom Morton from the BBC visited the Kilchoman distillery. On a five-day motorbike trip, they set themselves the goal of selecting whiskies from the northernmost, southernmost, easternmost, westernmost and most central distilleries in Scotland to create a Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. The trio travelled on motorbikes provided by the well-known brands Triumph and Royal Enfield.

Anthony Wills guided the three travellers through the Kilchoman distillery and, with the help of his son James, cask samples were taken from a 1st Fill Bourbon Barrel, a Refill Bourbon Barrel and a three-month Oloroso Sherry Finish.

At an evening tasting at the Port Askaig Hotel, Rob, Ken and Tom decided in favour of the Refill Bourbon Barrel.

The resulting whisky, Journey’s Blend, which will be put together by Edrington Group Master Blender John Ramsay, will also contain whiskies from the Highland Park, Bladnoch, Glenturret and Glen Garioch distilleries.