What Would Nairn Have Thought

  One of the great post-war writers on architecture and the built environment was Ian Nairn. He was passionate, idiosyncratic, and angry, especially…

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How Much Will You Pay

How much are you willing to pay for your whisky? How much extra are you willing to pay for an incremental gain in…

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BC LCLB guns for SMWS

  Like most visitors to Vancouver I have walked round Gastown, the oldest part of the city, and taken a picture of the…

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The Black Market

It was a dark and cloudy November night in 1945 when Rueben Martirosoff took a telephone call at home.  “I have to go…

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Kritz Not Pomeroy

I thought I was done with Jay Pomeroy but research is never neat and tidy and fully resolved. There are always threads left…

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And Finally

I have written many, many more words about Jay Pomeroy than I would have thought possible. Now though, I have now come to…

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McBain and Maclean

I have been trying to find sources for the way Jay Pomeroy has been described in the whisky literature The previous post mentioned…

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Sam and Jay

As far as whisky history goes the history of Strathisla has two parts. The first is the dim, distant past when the distillery…

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