I`m just back from 12 days in Glasgow It was a great trip – nothing glamorous like a vacation and most of the time was dedicated to work but it`s always fun to visit that city.
As I`ve explained in the past, my biggest love in life are friends and family. Food is a close second. While food will never be the most important, friends and family with food are often better than without. I know my view of the world is a little skewed… 🙂
When I travel for work, the biggest sacrifice is lack of time with friends and family – lost memories that I will never gain back and time that will never return. This may sound very flowery but as a guy who has spent almost 7 weeks away from home in the last 4 months (nothing compared to some), it doesn`t feel so exaggerated. At this pace I would miss almost 20 weeks a year away from home. Thankfully my travel now slows (not a coincidence – I travel during the toughest eating months so I can be here for the spring-fall harvest eating).
My way of compensating for such travel is fairly easy: I buy something (generally food related) that I can’t (or sometimes wouldn’t) buy at home. I share this with friends and family and we have a memory we simply couldn’t have without the trip and making the trip personally rewarding.
Alcohol is a frequent purchase because it travels so well and you can buy something specific to the area that you’re in, such as Scotch.
Having been to Glasgow 8-10 times in the last 4 years I have my own shop that I go to, my own special place to buy a bottle. This trip sees me come home with a 1991 Bottle of Glen Moray ‘Carn Mor’ (‘Celebration of the Cask). It’s bottle 73 of 81 of the series which I believe was limited only to cask 2997. I am a sucker for such detail – the handwriting on the bottle and label which specifies the bottle number makes me feel somehow connected to the art of the process rather than any mechanical machine behind it. I also find it interesting to see the dates it was distilled and later bottles – I wonder what I was doing on each of those days and enjoy the simple precision of the label and the knowledge of small trivia that made this bottle what it is.
Being cask strength (it is bottled at 52.6%), the Scottish generally insist on mixing tis with a bit of water – but the choice is deeply personal.
A few photos (digital tastings are tough to share over the Internet):