Making Sense of Scents

The Whisky Blender

On my last cruise met master Whisky (note without an “e” ) blender Richard Paterson. It was pure synchronicity that two alchemists were on board the same vessel sharing their knowledge with veteran cruisers. What made it all the more entertaining was that Richard had a talk about a 100 year old whisky that was recreated from findings in the ice of bottles left from the Shackleton expedition of 1907 to Antarctica , whilst I had my story of a one hundred year old fragrance, NIGHT STAR, the perfume I had created for me by Chris Sheldrake (now a senior perfumer at Chanel) based on the finding of Adolphe Saalfeld’s bag of perfume samples in the debris field of RMS Titanic.

Whisky Blender extraordinaire

Needless to say we had many a pleasant hour sampling the” water of life. ” The name of the “water of life” produced in Scotland and Ireland comes from the Celtic, which has been official languages for ages. Before bearing the name of “whisky” (or whiskey if it is produced in Ireland or in the United States), the drink was called “Uisge Beata”, which means “Water of Life” in Celtic. The name evolved to become Usquebaugh, then Uisge and finally Whisky.

For those of you interested in obtaining NIGHT STAR, a rich floral, there are 200 bottles of 50 ml Eau de Parfum going to auction at Henry Aldridge’s auctioneers in Devises Wiltshire. You can purchase via the web if of interest.

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