You can take the man out of Liverpool…

Bill is staying with us over New Year. He arrived yesterday, bearing an excellent gift:


He swears blind he paid for it.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. It is an excellent gift, although I can't help noticing that some bastard has attached a bottle of Laphroaig to it.

    Happy New Year!

  2. I saw the new year in with a 12 year old bottle of Ledaig & Jools Holland's hootenanny.

    My Scottish cousin tells me there is a lot of snobbery concerning single malts. In his words 'whisky does not carry on maturing in he bottle. There is no difference between a 12 year old malt & a 30 year old malt'.
    While in Inverness (home of the four & twenty virgins) I saw a 1947 malt for sale at £130 a nip. That's the Scots for you!

  3. It's the amount of time that whisky is aged before it's bottled that counts (as well as the type of barrel it's aged in, the local water supply, and a whole host of other stuff). A 12 year old malt is still a 12 year old malt, even if it has been in the bottle for 20 years.

    Bobby Womack stole the hootenanny. The least said about Adam Ant, the better.

    Happy New Year to you too.

  4. I've developed a taste for the peaty tasting malts from the western isles. The locals say that Glenfiddich & similarly named whiskies are just for the tourists.

    We were in a bar in Chateau D'Oex (Switzerland) recently & they brew the local beer actually in the bar.

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