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  • Lagavulin

    This is a wonderful Islay malt that Greg Olton and I discovered in the bar at the White Swan hotel in Stratford-on-Avon in 1990. It's very smoky and peaty, sort of like Laphroaig, but not quite as "in your face" as Laphroaig. ...
  • Laphroaig

    I've been drinking Laphroaig since 1986 (I think) although it's been available here longer. It's the heaviest, peatiest, smokiest, single malt that I know of. Another Islay, it's another of my favorites. Only a died-in-the-wool Scotch lover would ever dri...
  • Springbank

        Springbank is a wonderful single malt, very sophisticated and very mellow. I have been to the distillery in Campbeltown twice, have viewed the casks that I (with four other Scotch loving friends) own, and enjoy the firm's success. Spri...
  • Bruichladdich

    Bruichladdich is the only independently-owned distillery on Islay, and perhaps in Scotland. It was purchased by several large corporations, including Jim Beam, years ago and was mothballed in 1994, but a group of Scottish businessmen and Jim McEwan, maste...
  • Ardbeg

          Another Islay malt, this is my second-favorite of the Islays. A difficult choice, I must say, because I would drink any of my four favorite Islay malts all day long--if I could. ...
  • Caol Ila

        In the world of single malts this, to me, is the holy grail, when it's a cask-strength, single cask bottling from the Society. Like almost all my favorites, it's an Islay, where the water is very peaty and mossy, so the single malts ma...
  • Frogs & Loans

    A classic groaner that gets a laugh every time.   ...
  • Nairobi

        From what we were told, the Moi government didn’t do much for Kenya or Nairobi. It wasn’t all bad (especially in comparison to many other governments in sub-Saharan Africa) but it wasn’t real good, either. The new government under Mwai K...
  • London

      We had decided in advance that we should spend a few days in London to relax after spending two weeks in Africa. After all, Chris and Greg had gone with us on our first trip to the United Kingdom in 1990. So, we discussed it with Marilyn at The Travel...
  • Ngorongoro Crater

      We flew from Grumeti River Camp air strip to Lake Manyara, where we had lunch at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge. We drove to Ngorongoro Crater from there, which took an hour or so, and stopped for some photos on the way. We also stopped at the ATM for mone...
  • Serengeti

    We flew from Kichwa Tembo private air strip to Kisumu on the Kenya shore of Lake Victoria to process through Kenya emigration. There, the emigration officer noted that Sue’s passport had the wrong date on it—the woman who had processed us into Jomo Ke...
  • Maasai Mara

      Maasai, as we learned, is spelled two ways: Maasai when referring to the place, and Masai when referring to the people. ...
  • Mt. Kenya Safari Club

      The Mt. Kenya Safari Club was founded in 1959 as a gentleman’s club, catering to game hunters and others who were interested in African life and conservation. William Holden was one of the original three owners and the place attracted many famous gu...
  • Amboseli

    Amboseli was our first stop after leaving Nairobi, so it was also our first experience with the small plane, in-country flights that would become the norm for the next ten days. We departed from Wilson Airport on an Air Kenya DeHaviland Twin Otter and a...