I am going to start a Whisky Legends Survey. Basically I will ask 5 questions to some of my friends and generally people who have somehow positively influenced the Whisky scene. Just to show the questions and format I will start giving the survey to myself, just because I probably have influenced at least my own Whisky world.
So stay tuned and pray for some people to respond to my survey.
1. YOUR LOVE FOR THE SPIRIT, HOW DID IT ALL START? Tell us about the first days….
Well this is easy, I was 16 and had a dram at the local bar, probably some blend, and immediately decided to collect the stuff, I started going around bars and asking them to keep the empty bottles for me. Soon I had lined up over 20 empty bottles in my mother’s kitchen. The holy woman one day decided that it was too much work having to dust them every week and promptly showed them the way to the garbage. But the bug was in and the rest is history.
2. YOU’RE GOING TO A DESERT ISLAND, YOU CAN TAKE 3 BOTTLES WITH YOU…
Which ones will you take and what else (not bottles) would you take?
I would take Laphroaig 1967 Samaroli, Macallan 1966 and Highland Park 40yo ceramic (if i can find a full one). What else would I take… a box of Loacker’s Napolitanen’s, some porn and a shotgun because, I take it there are no restaurants in this island?
3. BESIDES WHISKY, WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS IN LIFE?
Music, I used to be a composer so… yeah. I paint, I like good thriller books, beautiful women (my wife on top.((well, figuratively)) (((and not figuratively actually))), dogs and Pokemon (no, not the new famous one that get’s you out, the old nerdy one that keeps you inside). And Juventus. A lot.
4. GIVE SOME ADVICE TO THE NEW COLLECTOR and DRINKER
Buy what you like and like what is good. Read the good blogs and follow the auctions to get an idea of trends if you’re into buying to collect and invest. It is way too easy nowadays to stigmatize people who buy whisky to make some money reselling it, when the truth is it might very well be the only way some people can afford to open bottles lately, they buy three, sell two and drink one, nothing wrong with that!
5. WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE, if anything, in today’s whisky-world
Prices. Quality. So many things but I fear I will change nothing in reality.