January 2009

Maker's Mark

If you go to academic conferences with Celticists, sooner or later, (well, no, it's actually always sooner) the Scots attendees, and some few of the Irish, are bringing out their special bottles of single malt.

I've been attending Celtic studies conferences for more than twenty years now, and have tried single malts many times. I'm afraid I lack the palate to appreciate them. A couple of years ago when a friend coaxed me into trying Maker's Mark bourbon I was very surprised to discover that I like it very much indeed, albeit I am somewhat heretical in that I prefer it on the rocks. (I dare not even contemplate doing the equivalent with single malt. I am given to understand that so doing would damage my immortal soul, and my academic reputation at once).