Master’s Blog – August

Many people say the City, like the French, go on holiday for the whole of August. The International Wine and Spirit Competition tasting, at the end of July at Vintners’ Hall, is often considered the holiday send off.

The Master and Mistress sneaked away for some walking in Skye. We paid a visit to the Talisker Distillery to see the nectar being produced. Interestingly Skye has a number of great Michelin-starred restaurants, so we were not left hungry.

Back at home we were delighted to welcome the Distillers Car Club to Essex. The Club stayed overnight and ate at Le Talbooth owned by Assistant Paul Milsom. Then the next morning they visited Rupert & Leone Marks’ collection of Bugattis. A faint drizzle did not stop Club members attempting a circuit in an old Peugeot. They had to complete a course at an average speed of 15mph. Appropriately the Car Club Chairman, Immediate Past Master Richard Watling, was closest to the time. Then the cars headed for lunch in Messing, before completing the day with a visit the Mistress’ garden at Ulting Wick. Luckily the weather had improved for the afternoon and the dahlias were looking good.

The following day I headed up to Edinburgh where I was on a Distillers’ table celebrating the RAF100. We were entertained by the RAF’s skills on the drill square and a pipe band. The dinner was held in the magnificent National Museum of Scotland, which is well worth a visit. Unfortunately the alarm clock went at 4.45am to get me back down to London on the early flight the next day.