In search of greater beauty, I am currently undergoing Invisalign treatment, invisible braces. I’ll save you the wonderful details, but the most life changing aspect of it (besides improving my smile) is that the clear, thin gumshield-like aligners have to stay in 22 hours a day. I’m allowed to take them out for eating and cleaning. I have had to give up grazing, and so am now down to just three meals a day. I have, however, lost a stone of weight, so I’m not complaining too much.
I can drink water, carbonated water, or green tea with them in. Anything else will either stain the braces, or get sugar underneath them, risking my oral health! All alcohol contains sugar to some extent, so I even have to limit my whisky tasting. This has led to something of a dilemma. If I can only have one whisky per day, what whisky should I choose?
A brief note to say Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, despite being so close to the end. I have decided today to buck the trend of Irish whiskey tasting that I’m sure will be the norm and have elected instead to try some Japanese Whisky – The Yamazaki, Hakushu, and Nikka Whisky from the barrel. The notes will be up this week. So, drink up, and raise a glass to the Scottish Saint, who wore blue, may have gone to the Emerald Isle and had almost nothing to do with snakes!
Last week, I was honoured to take part in Albannach’s inaugural Digital Whisky Twitter Tasting. I signed up to the tasting after having spotted it online; it went beautifully smoothly from there. My samples arrived the day before the tasting and, despite discouraging opinions from others (suggesting they looked a little like sample bottles from the doctors), they were deeply exciting. The whole affair had an Alice in Wonderland theme – every bottle labelled with “Drink Me” in an elegant presentation box and instructions; beautifully presented.
If I am interested in any hobby, sport or interest I will always (sometimes to the annoyance of those I am talking to) encourage others to try similar ideas, ideals and activities. I don’t do this because I feel everyone should do the same things as I do; that would make for a very boring world. I do it because I am passionate about these things and want to share some of that passion with others; hopefully I might also inspire some passion in them. In my time I have encouraged people towards (in no particular order) photography, cricket, climbing, Scotland, reading, hill walking, video games, arguing, cooking (especially recently `molecular gastronomy’), eating, politics, cinema, badminton and many many more. There is nothing here I would ever dissuade anyone from, nor is there anything, bar possibly bigotry and incest, that I would ever try to talk anyone out of. However, I am also aware that my passion itself can sometimes be off putting in its own right, giving too much information, diving too fast into details utterly beyond necessity and being generally slightly overbearing. I am, however, deeply confused when people seek my decision on either the right ideas to pursue, the best plan to follow any activity, or the correct way to enjoy something. If I can inspire interest then I am happy, but I would not want to dictate the way to enjoy oneself.