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A Man, His Passion, and a Vespa: The Recipe for a Whisky Odyssey

Imagine that you're on vacation, sipping a glass of your favorite whisky while relaxing outside of your hotel on the Scottish isle of Jura. Suddenly, a man arrives on a Vespa loaded up with camping equipment and painting supplies. Intrigued, you strike up a conversation and learn that his name is Ben Birdsall, and that he has just arrived from Switzerland to travel the Scottish Highlands and Isles, hopping from distillery to distillery along the way."Are you an alcoholic?" You ask. "No," He replies. "Are you wanted by the police?" asks a friend. Birdsall retorts: "Not yet."

Lagavulin 16

Picked up a 200ml bottle "just to see" if the $110CAN price was justified for the full sized bottle, it is.  Smokey, rich, and lush, complex and tastey.  I haven't done a formal tasting yet but it reminds me of the Ardbeg Uggie, jsut a little softer in the mouth (the Ardbeg is 54%ABV though).

Ardbeg 10

A little expensive here in Ontario at $100, but a great whisky for $50US.  Tried this one on vacation for the first time and I think it lived up to most of the hype.