I do not know much about whiskey (I hardly know anything at all about it, really). I know that Russian men tasting whiskey for the first time in life often say that it’s similar to strong Russian homemade drink – samogon, but I think that is a joke mostly. When I drink whiskey at all (a spoonful or two to a glass of cherry or apple juice) I usually choose Johnny Walker – any label, I’ve tasted blue, black, green and red at least – for two foolish reasons which have nothing to do with its taste: first, I like Maxim Leonidov’s song about Johnny Walker and his limited sons, and second, it has funny Russian transliteration Zjen’ka Volkov which I like. I also sometimes drink Chivas – because they don’t have Walker on Aeroflot flights, only Chivas.
And oh yes, the next whiskey I am going to try is McCallum’s. I think they sell it in my favorite supermarket.
But all these are not single malt.
So you see, I really know nothing about single malt scotch. But Napoleon must be a connoisseur. So what brand(s) will he choose? I googled. The Russian-language site offered Banff, Dallas Dhu, Ben Wyvis, Convalmore and St. Magdalene, the English – Laphroaig, Glentromie, Glenross, Dalmore and Glenmorangie.
All I need actually is two-three brands so that Illya can say in my next fanfic: “When you come to a small cosy bar on Manhatten and drink (this) or (this) or (that) I want you to remember our talk here”.
So – what do you think will be Napoleon’s favorite brands of single malt?