Whisky Galore!
Whisky Galore!
By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 7 comments



Earlier in the year, I went to the ever-popular Hopscotch Spring Beer & Scotch Festival in Fremont, Seattle. My party trick is for them to lay out a selection of single malts and I get to guess which part of Scotland they come from. If I lose, I pay for the shot; if I win, I get it for free!


But this year one of the local Washington wine snobs stepped up to the plate for a go, and asked me: “Do they have spittoons?” My poor father would have been spinning in his grave at such a thought, if we hadn’t cremated him. But recovering from the shock, I explained to him: “I’m Scottish. We don’t waste whisky.”


And on this auspicious night of nights, when several wee drams are going to be hammered over Hogmanay, very fittingly, my favourite movie shown on the BBC over the festive season was the truly wonderful 1949 Ealing comedy classic, Whisky Galore!  But what many don’t realise about this little gem of a movie, is that it is based on true events.


In February 1941, a ship carrying nearly 30,000 cases of whisky destined for Canada was wrecked off the Scottish island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides. The islanders began to salvage the bottles from the wreck – and the incident later became the inspiration for Compton Mackenzie’s book and subsequent movie of the same name, Whisky Galore!


“Ulsge Beatha”, as they would say in Whisky Galore!


Nikon FM3A & Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ais
Kodak Tri-X 400 (@250)
HC-110 (Dil.B – 1:31 – 6.30 min)
Plustek 7600i & Vuescan




  • Bottoms up!

  • PURRfect timing as I sip and muse the subtle flavours of Oban ...
    Debating if I should skip buying a bottle of Champagne tomorrow and try 'Dalwhinnie'

    Any suggestions John .... I lift my Glass, Happy New Year !

    • Oban is my particular favourite also! The Macallan's was because I was invited to a friend's apartment

  • Macallan, Elliot would be Proud !

  • a real treat for those that Love Scotch and Elliot Erwitt...
    youtube video of Elliot in Scotland... shooting Life in motion and the Macallan distellery

  • Happy new year brother, thank you for the flowers they are lovely yet again xxxx