After abstaining from whisky for about 15 years resulting from a mind and body-altering hangover, I found myself in England and Scotland for a 4 week vacation with Ellen in 1984.
The first distillery we visited was Glenturret in Crieff, Scotland. It was a small place with one whisky still and Hamish, a young worker, who gave us a tour. The whisky was great, a revelation.
I bought a bottle of 15-year-old ‘Pure Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky distilled in 1969, 53 years ago. I nurtured it, brought it home, having a wee dram on very special occasions. I have the bottle yet, with a few drops of the amber nectar still intact.
Great whisky and fond memories are meant to go together.
Celebrate Valentine’s with a Rob Roy cocktail
Peter McAuslan Whisky, sweet red vermouth, Angostura bitters topped off with an orange and infused cherries from Distillerie de la Chaufferie served in a handsome martini glass.
It was a snowy Christmas Eve 1965, Don Duncan and I were ensconced in his disabled Jaguar coupe of unknown age and origin in his unheated garage. It was chilly as the two of us downed a bottle of Cutty Sark won at an office Christmas party. We were rapidly warmed by the whisky as the bottle was passed back and forth and although I don’t recall our conversation that night no whisky passed my lips for the next 15 years.
Scotland, clipper ships, Robert Burns and other fun facts
- Cutty Sark Scotch whisky was created on 23 March, 1923 as a product of Berry Bros. & Rudd, with the home of the blend considered to be at the Glenrothes distillery in the Speyside region of Scotland.
- The whisky was named after the clipper ship Cutty Sark - the fastest ship in the world at the time.
- The ship name came from the Scots term "cutty-sark", the short skirt mentioned in the famous poem by Robert Burns, "Tam o' Shanter”.