7 most famous whisky lovers in history
Individual preferences aside, the simple pleasure of ending a long day with a glass of their favorite Scotch is irreplaceable for whisky lovers. Even famous names in our history have found the drink irresistible. If you are a whisky lover looking for some inspiration in life, we suggest you take a look at these seven whisky lovers who made it large.
The most recognizable name in the world of pop and jazz music, Frank Sinatra is an icon of the 20th century. If you love drinks and music, then you sure would have heard of Ol’ Blue Eyes. Sinatra used to say, “Alcohol may be the man’s worst enemy, but the Bible says, love thy enemy.” His love for whisky was so great that he was buried with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 when he died in 1998.
Speaking of whisky stories, Mark Twain the prolific author of books like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, was one of the greatest whisky lovers of his time. His given name, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was quite a mouthful and so was his love for the amber liquid. He was once quoted, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whisky is barely enough.”
The former British Prime Minister is often remembered for his leadership during the World War II and enjoys a certain infamy in the commonwealth countries. Good or bad, Churchill did know how to enjoy his whisky and cigars. He referred to his service in the South African War, saying, “The water there was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it.”
As glowing and elegant as a glass of Scottish single malt, the Oscar-nominated beauty Ava Gardner used to say, “I wish to live to 150 years old, but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other.” The Ava Gardner Trust and Legacy Talent and Entertainment even partnered with Seven Jars Distillery to produce the Ava Gardner Select Bourbon Whiskey in her memory.
The famous Japanese writer and poet, Haruki Murakami is known for works like The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and 1Q84. However, he also has a discernable liking for whisky from his motherland. If you did not know, Japanese whiskies are known for their light sherry and floral notes. Murakami probably has the best quote for our favorite liquor, “Whisky, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink.”
George Bernard Shaw
Speaking of whisky, how can we ignore the great Irish playwright. The man who penned Pygmalion and Caesar and Cleopatra, used to call whisky “the liquid sunshine.” Well, there’s no doubt that George Bernard Shaw could turn a phrase, and we certainly agree with him.
Also known as the National Bard or Robbie Burns – Robert Burns is widely regarded as Scotland's national poet. He is considered a pioneer of the Romantic movement and serves as an inspiration for both liberalism and socialism. Burns loved his Scotch as ardently as any man born in the Highlands. He would say, “Freedom and whisky gang together!” Perhaps that’s why Burns Night is celebrated with such fervor every year by Scots around the world.
Whisky and the Chinese New Year
Although many of us may not follow the Chinese calendar, it is a fascinating one even at a glance. A traditional Chinese calendar follows the pattern of a typical lunisolar calendar which means that it is not the Gregorian calendar that one is accustomed to seeing. If you are wondering how a lunisolar calendar works, it is simply by taking into consideration both the moon phase and the time of the solar year. Depending on how the solar year is defined, that is, if it’s a tropical year or a sidereal year, the season or constellation is determined. A very interesting fact about the traditional Chinese calendar is that it has undergone centuries of evolution. It has several aspects that differ even within the Chinese cultural sphere.Read More
Call of Hebrides: Discovering Bruichladdich
Could it ever be that a young and wandering Bacchus trod upon the Scottish isles of Islay and fell in love, blessing it with gurgling streams and vast green meadows that’d bear greatest of Scottish distilleries that ever were? Bacchus may have taken a break from his love of vines and indulged himself in the resplendent warmth of uisga beatha, but Islay sure is blessed. Of the many distilleries strewn on the isles, Bruichladdich Distillery stands a testimony to the changing colours of time, as layers upon layers of stories settle on its ageing walls. The journals of a man long gone, by the name of Rudd Harvey talk of the birth of Bruichladdich that has stood the test of time.Read More