We made it, to the final competition session, despite a power cut on the underground. There’s a mist over the water: dimma, in Swedish. There’s a saying ‘in i dimman’: into the mist. Almost, “unto the breach”. Beginning at 9 AM, yes, that’s NINE O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING!!! with the category I traditionally think of as Best After-breakfast Whisky, but which in reality, is Deluxe Blends.
Once you get your head around the concept of putting-whisky-in-your-mouth-at-09.00-hours-is-OK-because-I’m-only-tasting, you discover, your senses of taste and smell are better earlier in the day. Still, it feels a very weird thing to do.