No, not the blog. Though I’m still not posting as much as was previously normal, and I’m not sure when I will be, the blog is not going anywhere. I am though. I am off to London in the middle of the month and will be there for a decent chunk of time on work. The trip will culminate—or so is the plan anyway—with a 10-day jaunt up to Scotland. The plan originally had been to take advantage of cheaper continental travel within Europe and go to Italy or France or Spain or the Netherlands, but if you are an Indian citizen living in Minnesota, getting a Schengen visa is a huge pain in the ass. So Scotland it is and it’s not just a consolation prize. I am telling you all this in order that I may ask for your input on a few things, some whisky-related, some food-related, and some Scotland-related. If you think you are in a position to answer these questions, read on!
The Whisky Question
I will be taking some samples with me to London for review purposes but my plan for regular tippling there is to purchase six full bottles and slowly work my way down them over a few months. I’ll probably avoid bottles with which I am already very familiar—no Highland Park 12 or Laphroaig 10 and so on. So, the question is this: if you were in London what six bottles would you choose to provide good variety? They should be easily available and ideally should be things that are not easily available in the US. Bonus points if you can make a case for bottles that change interestingly as they stay open over a couple of months.
The Food Question
If you are familiar with London please make some recommendations for Asian restaurants of any type. I am pretty well set for higher-end places, as well as for the big-name Indian places, but are there smaller curry houses or Chinese or Thai restaurants you’d recommend? What are some good places for kababs? Are there cuisines available in London that we don’t see much of in the US?
The Scotland Question
The plan is 10 days in Scotland. No bookings have been made yet but we are thinking we will go from London to Edinburgh by train and spend a few nights in Edinburgh. Then by car to Craigellachie and a few nights there. Then by car to Skye, stopping at Loch Ness along the way. And then from Skye back to Glasgow via Glen Coe, stopping in Inveraray on the way—and then from Glasgow back to London. The kids will be along and so this is not a whisky-focused trip. My plan with the above itinerary is to visit Aberlour from Craigellachie and then Talisker on Skye. That’s probably it. If you’re familiar with Scotland, what recommendations/adjustments would you make for/to this itinerary? Are there castles, lochs, towns we should be sure to stop at? Any interesting food purveyors or bars that we should not miss?
Thanks for any input you can provide on the above. I will still be posting whisky reviews, though probably not at a faster clip than I have been for the last month—there might be a few more at the end of March when I hit the fourth anniversary of the blog. Thanks for your patience and for reading along, whenever you do.