Very simply, it reminds me of rum and raisin ice cream. This is surely good enough reason to put it at the top of the list, especially if the island I am castaway on happens to be a sunny and tropical sort of place. In the early days of running English Whisky Co. it is no secret that not only was I relatively new to whisky, I wasn’t too sure it was likely to become my favourite drink. My father, who had fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition by opening the whisky distillery, had a favourite whisky for every occasion, but I was struggling with peated whiskies and found others could be too warm without copious amounts of water. Our Chapter 7 was the first whisky I wanted to drink socially and really truly enjoyed. I felt I had come of age in the world of whisky!
Peated Sherry cask (previously known as Chapter 16)
If my island were a rather windy and desolate place, I think it may be time to swap the sunshine rum cask for a warming sherry cask. I cured my ambivalence of peated whisky on a long sailing trip across the bay of Biscay; it seems that every whisky has a time and place when they come into their own. I can now attest to the fact that being cold, tired and exhausted and covered in sea salt is a very good way of instilling a love of smoky whisky.
I actually think my preferred island would be a little windy and overcast at times, the whole idea of permanent sunshine might be a bit much for my folliclely challenged noggin.
In general I am a fan of Japanese whisky, not only the taste but also because I believe their whisky makers have been instrumental in breaking the Scotch-only mentality of whisky drinkers worldwide. I am a great fan of Ichiro Akuto and think his work at Chichibu Distillery is exemplary. I keep promising myself a trip to Japan to
go and visit... each time I mention the idea of a work trip to Japan at home, everyone thinks I will simply go skiing and not do any work, they may have a point, hence the trip is on my wishlist.
A favourite hotel of mine has always stocked Blantons and it has crept from an occasional tipple into a go-to whisky when visiting this hotel. My first visit to a Binny’s in Chicago blew me away. The shop was a size of a regular UK supermarket and sold nothing but booze, row upon row of different brands of American whiskey dominated. I would have to live and breathe American whiskey for a decade before having
a clear understanding of all styles produced there.
Any whisky at all - I am not bothered...
I am getting a little bored of drinking whisky sat on my little island and with boredom brings ingenuity and having worked out a way to open the numerous coconuts strewn around, it is time to experiment. Coconut milk and whisky? Or what about the local mangoes, I just need to work out a way to extract the juice...
A luxury item…
Assuming I have some basics such as water (I do like water for life in general). I think next on the list has to be a boat. I have a pretty low boredom threshold, so would be nice to bugger off when the whisky ran out, or go and fetch someone to help drink it all.