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.

Virgin Oak.

Anything in the Balvenie range.

Anything by Bushmills.

Or Jap whiskies ….

Yazmazaki 12, Hakushu 12 or Nikka.

Alwynne Gilt (Miss Whisky):

Glenmorangie 10.

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.

Tomato juice

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 or Sainsburys Taste The Difference.

Chicken liver parfait – Heston’s from Waitrose.

Chorizo – Alejandro Magno from or Waitrose Iberico de Bellota.

Ham – Finest Blossom Honey Roast Wiltshire from Tesco.

Saucisson – Pierre Oteiza Jesus Salami from

Cheese and biscuits

Clare Smyth recommends in Obs Food Mag 8.12.13:

Camembert St Normandie from La Cave a Fromage.

Westcombe Cheddar from

or Exclusive Seaside Cheddar from

Tesco  British Blue Stilton.

Co-op Truly Irresistible Biscuits for Cheese.

Duchy Original Oaten Biscuit from Waitrose.



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