First up was the film 'The Angels Share' directed by Ken Loach. Expecting 2 1/2 hours of intense soul searching gloom, it was surprisingly funny and rather upbeat. The story follows likeable young offender Robbie escaping his troublesome background and on the way finding a love plus a great nose for the finest whiskies. His 'eureka' moment is when on a group visit to a Scottish distillery the 'Angels Share' is explained: the 2% of whisky in every cask that just disappears into the atmosphere.
Second whisky knowledge of the week was from Bill Bryson's book Mother Tongue. He explains the old Scottish Gaelic saying "sgriob" which means "the intense itchiness that overcomes the upper lip before taking a sip of whisky". Of course! We were wondering how to describe that feeling...
Maybe whilst that feeling of sgriob kicks in we should take a sip of 'muckle flugga' and say it at the same time. I bet that whisky loving angel out there will have problems with that post 11pm Saturday night.
Happy Burns night.