Pt1: Whisky And Me

This was originally written Christmas 2016. I am allowing myself a little latitude on this one, but it does contain a story from my life, as well as pass on some knowledge so I guess that is in the spirit (no pun intended) of things. It’s a 2 part posting, story first and recommendations second. Until I was in my mid 30’s I would never touch whisky. My father was from Edinburgh and there was always a bottle of Teachers or Bells knocking around the house when he was there. Having illicitly sampled the stuff I thought it was awful, even the smell made my insides churn. That impression of whisky stuck with me for many years. Late one Saturday afternoon I started to develop a really bad tooth ache. In order to try to anesthetise the pain until I could get booked into my dentist on Monday, I decided…

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Pt 2: Whisky And Me

Whisky And Me (Pt2) I will of course be giving my son a solid grounding in the world of whisky. Below are some of the basics of Scottish whisky and a few of my personal favourites. Scotch falls into four basic types: Lowland These are from the southern border regions and tend to be fairly light often featuring floral, fruity, and vanilla type flavours and aromas. Islay The island of Islay has several distilleries and these tend to produce stronger tasting and more heavily ‘peaty’ whisky which has a more smoky taste to it. Personally I find these more of an acquired taste but they do go very well with a good cigar on a cold night. As ever there is always an exception to the rule which I’ll come to later. Speyside This region in North East of Scotland around the river Spey produces whiskies that tend to be…

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A Life Worth Living Is A Life Worth Recording

In today's Genforward Living Legacy genealogy blog I'd just like to pass on some thoughts about why we do all of this: What’s the point of paying for life insurance? What does it really do for you? Well, for a lot of people it’s about making sure that their family is provided for financially in some way when the inevitable time comes. Some just pay for it because they have to, in order to secure a mortgage or other loan of some type. Of course we all know that money matters, but it’s not irreplaceable. In fact too much money at the wrong time can actually prove to be damaging (just look at the way some of the big lottery winners turn out given money without proper guidance). There is however something that is not so easily replaced. That something is you. Your presence to guide and protect those you…

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