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Bloomsday: soap, whiskey and Ulysses

Today is Bloomsday, so let’s wash our hands with lemon-scented soap, pour ourselves some whiskey, pick up Ulysses…

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Agave and Cinco de Mayo

It’s Cinco de Mayo today, so it seemed the right time to write something about agave. It was…

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Virtual Speyside Whisky Fest 3: Walking the Speyside Way

Yesterday’s musings on this virtual Speyside Whisky Fest looked at what ‘Speyside’ means. It brought back memories from…

Virtual Speyside Whisky festival 2: Identity

‘What is Speyside?’ I asked George Grant at the recent DramFest. He gave me a slightly old-fashioned look.…

Whisky and Place: blue beaches and bioregions

This one has been fermenting for a while and was going to be one strand in a new…

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A Virtual Speyside Whisky Festival (Day 1)

As we can’t meet up in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, over the next four days I’ll…

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Alasdair Gray, alchemist of hope

  One of the questions we’re still asked about “The Amber Light” was why ‘other people’ (meaning those…

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The Final Leg: China Trip part 5

This is the final account of my whisky roadtrip around China taken last year – before COVID19 hit.…

Flora, Fauna, Whisky and Noodles: China Trip part 4

This is the penultimate part of my China roadtrip taken last year – before COVID19 hit. Happier days,…

More whisky! More crab! China Trip part3

This is an account of a trip to China taken before COVID-19 hit.    We’re in Xiamen for…