Mountains, Bears and Laphroaig QC

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Hi all! It’s been a while since I’ve last posted. I had a dissertation to hand in, as you well know, and then I went away on a rather deserved brake – away from all the fuss and fast-paced everyday life of a whisky blogger.

Along with two best mates from school we went to one of the most off-the-wall crazy locations in Europe – an Eastern Carpathian mountain range in Poland, Ukraine and Slovakia. Packed with bears and wolves, covered for the most part by ancient forests and offering unforgiving weather conditions the place seems to be one of the last bastions of genuine wilderness on the Old Continent. Just to give you an idea – over the course of 8 days we spent there we saw a grand total of 16 women – that’s exactly two a day. You may think it is a sad state of affairs when guys start counting… feckin’ right! Luckily it never got quite Brokeback-Mountain-desperate, as my colleague Jenna had suggested it would! Anyway.

If you have ever trekked for a few days with all your gear on your back, in snow and mud, against gashes of freezing wind, you know that every pound shaved off your backpack matters. But I willingly added extra weight and dragged along a bottle of Laphroaig Quarter Cask to keep us going during those long, freezing and lonely nights. And it was a stroke of sheer genius on my part – absolutely magnificent drink, just the right people to share it with and epic surroundings.

Have you ever had whisky in such brilliant circumsances? I bet you haven’t but I still want to read your stories!


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