A lob­ster and a bot­tle of whisky

The Oban Times - - Community News - Iain Thorn­ber iain.thorn­ber@bt­in­ter­net.com

RE­TURN­ING to mar­itime mat­ters, a friend told me a good story re­cently of a well-known fam­ily of dis­tillers who, many years ago, spent a lot of time sail­ing around the west coast.

Oc­ca­sion­ally, when they went into a bay at the end of the day and wanted fresh food or a change of diet, they would look for a lob­ster pot buoy. They’d pull up a creel and if it con­tained a good-sized lob­ster they would re­place it with a bot­tle of their own whisky. I don’t know who got the best deal - prob­a­bly the fish­er­man as lob­sters in these days were ten-a-penny, but I sure would have liked to have seen the ex­pres­sion on his face when he saw what he had caught.

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