great way to spend an evening. when i was in italy, in the spartan packing, our RS guidebook was left behind. thankfully at our hostel in rome, the proprietor had a shelf full of used travel books and gave one to us. i like rick steves the best.
Sad thing to lose! And I definitely agree, I’ve used Rick Steves for years and every time I have to use some other book (in a country he doesn’t have a book for) I find myself disappointed. I just love how personal and balanced he is in everything he suggest. The only thing I find lacking is the food/beverage section - where he tends to focus on historical sights rather than “current” cultural changes in the food and drink industry. A small issue nonetheless.
Primarily we will be staying in Speyside, near the Cardhu Distillery, and we will use that as a home base for exploring the rest of Scotland. If time permits I’m hoping we can make our way to Islay, but we will see.
Where you headed? Sorry I seem to have missed the details if you posted them. Just got back from a great tour - favorite whiskies abroad were: Jameson Distillery Reserve 12 year in Dublin and an incredible Islay blend at cask strength from Cadenhead in Edinburgh.
My wife and I will be in Europe for 3 months: mainland for the first, Scotland for the second, and Ireland for the last, with a week layover in NYC. A good portion of the latter half will be exploring distilleries, and in particular whiskey shops, throughout both countries. I’ll keep my eye out for Cadenhead when I’m in Edinburgh for sure.
Where do you purchase most of your alcohol? I've been trying to find Red Breast twelve everywhere but to no avail.
The last particular bottle was purchased at Tower Liquor off Broadway in Sacramento, CA. A run-of-the-mill liquor store in the area. Took them about 10 minuets to figure out a price for it… we got a deal. When I was in Portland I would generally use 11th Ave Liquor off Hawthorne. They always had a great selection, including Redbreast 12. But it is a hot product, and I’ve heard similar stories of it being a difficult thing to find in some regions. Good luck!