Chapter 65 – Letter From Speyside

Swissy lies neatly across my feet providing the best source of heat in the house. His thick Alpine coat of black, gold and white, wraps this two-year-old bundle of energy.

Agnes brings the morning paper, tea and a letter with a postmark declaring “Home”. 

Dearest Friend, 

Thank you for your kind invitation. I will travel south on 18 December for 15 days and look forward to seeing you, Emilia and the children. This visit is long overdue. 

The business is growing substantially. The last 18 years of investment is paying great dividends and although I look back fondly on my railway engineering days, I am glad I took the leap of faith into whisky distilling.  

I have a special order for a large world map. There is no greater motivation to see progress in one place and I have enclosed an article from the Elgin Courant to assist you. 

Yours sincerely,


I open the article from 1868 and read:

‘There is not perhaps a distillery in Scotland that has so many private customers as Mortlach from which spirits are sent not only over the three kingdoms to families, but to America, India, China and Australia.’

I finish my tea happily knowing my mentor is coming to Glasgow. 

I am off to watch our Second Eleven play Southern.


———————————- © Graeme Brown 2019 ————————————-

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