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Long Distance Dram

Picture of a whisky being poured seen on a monitor, a bottle and a glass standing in front of it
Picture of a dram of whisky being held up in front of a monitor, two people doing the same on the monitor

Three and a half years ago I filled my own bottle of cask strength single malt whisky using the valinch at Bruichladdich distillery. Back then I also decided that I would keep it for a special occasion. This week the special occasion finally arrived:

Three months ago I was made redundant, this week I started in a new job. If that's not a good enough reason for a special occasion I can't think of many better ones.

For those readers who don't know, I'm from Germany, but live in Swindon/England. My parents still live in Germany, where I grew up. Meaning we needed a solution for a long distance celebration with a wee dram of Islay Single Malt Whisky. Skype provided the solution:

We set up a video call using the webcams we had bought a while ago. I showed my parents how I opened my bottle and poured my dram. My mother then poured a dram for my father and one for herself, they were having a Laphroaig Quarter Cask Double Cask Matured.

When we were ready on both sides we lifted our glasses so that we could see them on our respective monitors. Slainte! While we couldn't share the whisky as such we could at least see each other enjoying our drams and talk to each other (yes, those are my parents on the pictures above, I took a few pictures to document the occasion).



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