This is the first Blog post from The Quiet Man, Michael Morris our Sales Director and the most travelled man in Ireland – 223,000 miles last year ! – and myself, Ciaran Mulgrew will try to post on our travels through the whiskey world.
I’m going to show my age here and say that one of my favourite bands are the Irish ragamuffins the Hothouse Flowers, with Liam Ó Maonlaí doing for adolescent Irish boys hairstyles what South Korea did last night to Germany’s hopes in the World Cup – wrecking them entirely.
Anyway one of the Flowers greatest songs and in fact one of the greatest songs of all time is Don’t Go, give yourself a treat, down tools and take 5 minutes to watch it here on You Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDEY1UeIsr4 believe me it’s worth it.
The ‘boul Liam belts out “The smell of fresh cut grass and it’s fillin up my senses………..” and last weekend at the Shane’s Castle Country Fair as I stood on The Quiet Man stand sampling and selling our whiskies I knew exactly what he meant, fresh cut grass fillin’ up my senses and the wonderful smell of fried onions cooking slowly at a burger stall drifting across the breeze.
The delights of an Irish summer, albeit one with a difference as the sun stood tall in the sky, the crowds happily eating and drinking their body weight in samples as they savoured the delights of local craft food and drink producers wares. As another Belfast man like myself, the great Van the Man Morrison sings “I wish it could be like this all the time”
It’s summer show time and in the whiskey business that means pitching up the stand, setting out the whiskey and chatting to customers as they amble around the stalls. Last week it was at Shane’s Castle where Albert Titterington has run a fantastic event for decades, the week before that it was the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham – England as opposed to Alabama, but nearly as warm as we sweltered beneath a tin roof at the NEC.
Next week it is the Belfast City Airport’s Northern Ireland producers event and Michael’s daughter Sara, much easier on the eye than Michael himself, will be there on July 1st and 2nd. If you are passing through the airport call and see Sara, not long returned from the Washington Whiskey Show, in the Duty Free shop.
Alas it is an indoor event so there will be no smell of fresh cut grass to fill your senses, but plenty of The Quiet Man to take a rampage through your taste buds.