My eye was drawn to a Sun. Tel. story, 8.12.13, quoting a former colleague of mine, Jim Murray, author of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, saying that a fashion for maturing Scotch whisky in old sherry barrels has led to a lot of batches being slightly tainted by sulphur used in sterilisation.
“Generally speaking … The best whisky is coming not from Scotland any more but from Kentucky,” Jim is quoted saying.
He says bourbon-maker Buffalo Trace is “arguably the best distillery in the world”.
I last saw Jim, a one-time Daily Star reporter, at a press corps funeral, where we were all naturally impressed to discover he was making a living out of drinking whisky. It had its downsides, however, he said as we prepared to go into the wake and he opened his boot to take a preparatory slug from the biggest bottle of Gaviscon you ever saw.
Anyway, together with some Christmas product reviews, this Sunday’s papers give me the beginnings of a Filofacts on Shopping For Men. More to be added. Please chip in …
Whisky and Whiskey
Jim Murray recommends in Sun. Tel. 8.12.13:
Buffalo Trace Bourbon.
Four Roses Bourbon.
Irish Green Spot, Yellow Spot or Red Breast.
Jake Wallis Simons recommends in Sun. Tel. 8.12.13:
Auchentoshan Three Wood.
Anything in the Balvenie range.
Anything by Bushmills.
Or Jap whiskies ….
Yazmazaki 12, Hakushu 12 or Nikka.
Alwynne Gilt (Miss Whisky):
Green Spot (Irish).
Charles MacLean recommends for “afternoon whiskies”:
Glenlivet, Bunnahabhain or Oban.
or for after-dinner:
Aberlour a’Bunadh, Macallan Ruby, Lagavulin, Bowmore or Laphroaig.
Teleg Money, 8.6.13, sd Oliver Cromwell gin from Aldi beat Bombay Sapphire in a blind tasting organised by The Grocer and was less than half the price.
4.5.13 – Gdn correspondence on “perfect bloody mary” prompted Graham Benson of Ventnor to recommend juice fm I o Wight’s Tomato Stall. See:
Tom Kerridge, the pub cook, recommends in Obs Food Mag 8.12.13:
Bresaola (Italian cured beef) from lafromagerie.co.uk/ or Sainsburys Taste The Difference.
Chicken liver parfait – Heston’s from Waitrose.
Chorizo – Alejandro Magno from brindisa.com/ or Waitrose Iberico de Bellota.
Ham – Finest Blossom Honey Roast Wiltshire from Tesco.
Saucisson – Pierre Oteiza Jesus Salami from wholefoodsmarket.com/
Cheese and biscuits
Clare Smyth recommends in Obs Food Mag 8.12.13:
Camembert St Normandie from La Cave a Fromage.
Westcombe Cheddar from lafromagerie.co.uk/
or Exclusive Seaside Cheddar from wholefoodsmarket.com/
Tesco British Blue Stilton.
Co-op Truly Irresistible Biscuits for Cheese.
Duchy Original Oaten Biscuit from Waitrose.