mudshark wrote:Lagavulin! My favourite single malt without an 'e'. My (English) ex-brother-in-law and I did a pilgrimage to the Isle of Islay. We bought a bunch of different single malts: Bowmore, Laphroaig, Lagavulin. The latter is by far the best, we decided. Smokier than Smoky. Or is it Smokey?? Of course it is.
I love Scotland. Some of my best friends are Scottish. Spent a lot of time working and playing in Aberdeen, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Montrose, Invergordon etc. etc. I seem to remember that in the heydays of North Sea Oil there was even a faction that wanted independence for Aberdeenshire, but I could be mistaken. I just loved the utter pessimism of the Aberdonians: it's shite today, it'll be worse tomorrow, let's go the casino and get shit-faced. I always wondered whether or not that attitude stemmed for the fact that that city is so utterly fucking grey. There is (was) a very interesting hotel near Aberdeen: Maryculter House. It's a re-vamped castle built by the Knights Templar somewhere in the 12th or 13th century. Very enjoyable to stay there when there's no wedding which unfortunately wasn't that often because every Aberdonian worth his tartan wanted to get married there.
As it goes I am from Aberdeen. It is a silver city not grey, see , we can be positive.