Oh if only I could get some 200ml sizes from those distilleries...
I have been amused by those (and there have been more one) who proclaim the distillery sections fascinating and the rest boring. Certainly the general reader would think the other way around. To each his own; certainly we who post here have nothing entirely in common other than a love of whisky. But it's a shame that some seem to have so little interest in the country that makes their favorite drams. This is, after all, a book about an island, with particular focus on whisky, rather than a book about whisky, with sidebars about the place.
Okay, I'm prejudiced, because I love Scotland and have been traveling the country longer than I've been seriously into whisky. If it's only the whisky that interests you, that's your prerogative. But the drop in your glass has a lot of history, geography, politics, economics, and who knows what else behind it. I find all that fascinating, and not just for its pertinence to whisky.
I do think, however, that to know the people who make your dram, and the conditions under which they live their normal day-to-day lives, serves to put the enjoyment of your dram into some kind of context.
If you're stopping off in Glasgow before your Islay odyssey, I'd be happy to share a glass or two with you.
One of the other boys (he's lurking around here somewhere) has ancestry in Largs, so perhaps we'll be in your neck of the woods again.
Lawrence wrote:Frodo are you not a fan of Laphroaig?
Unfortunatly I've only had the 10yr old, and based on that expression alone, I'm not a big fan. If I couldn't afford Ardbeg 10, I'd probably have a bottle of Laphroaig for an invigorating nip coming in from inclimate weather. And I'd love to try the Quarter Cask version. But the 10yr version is just a little too... I dunno. Not polished enough I guess. I'm going to have to revisit the whisky as it's been a while (5yrs or so), and tastes change. At this point though I'd rather get the Bowmore 15 or Talisker for $65 than this for $50. Just my take on things.
Yeah I agree that it's probably a good book, and it does seem well written. It's just that at the time, I wanted a book on whisky as opposed to taking in a wider scope. It doesn't mean the book was bad or poorly written, just that it wasn't what I was receptive to at the time.
I'll be able to give an ammended responce after I finish it. I will need to be in a certain frame of mind and check my expectations at the door before I try again.
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