Friday, July 19, 2024

Lightly Peated

Whisky, Blabber 'n' Smoke


The more I taste whisky the more I think about it, the more I think about it the more I am amazed at the way a drink can be  fundamentally simple and yet infinitely complex. There is both mystery and wonder.

When I started this was just a place to record impressions from distillery visits and the like – basic, unremarkable stuff – but then my interest changed. I began to look for stories and characters and the way whisky was embedded in its culture.

There are no tasting notes. I have shied away from tasting notes as I have no special expertise and my palate is not particularly discerning.  I am interested in the things that surround whisky and leave it for others to evaluate its quality.

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  • Dear David
    I just came across your website by chance, trying to find out more about Jay Pomeroy, my father’s “producer /backer” many decades ago. My father was George Kirsta whom you mention in connection with Sorochintsy Fair in the 1940s.
    I am trying to help an Austrian phd. student who is writing a thesis on my father’s life and work. Since Pomeroy is only a name to me I thought I would do some digging, which I’m used to doing as a journalist and author. If you know more about J P and that era I would love to hear frim you.
    Since I am at some stage planning to write a memoir about my family, any more such information would be very welcome. I do have Kyra Vane and Diana Menuhin ‘s books and agree Diana’s is the more accurate one, having met and talked to them both!


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