Desert Island Drams – Mark from WhiskyWhistle

This weeks nomination is made by one of my favourite whisky twitterers.  Mark has been a virtual aquaintance for some time now and is a genuine gentleman. Marks choice today?

If you are only having one dram on a desert island  then you probably should make it a stunner…

My name is Mark Kaufmann, and I am a YouTuber, blogger and amateur spirits critic through my multi-platform infotainment entity called WhiskyWhistle. I hope to become a whisky industry professional in the near future. 

I ‘daylight’ as an ESL educator in Seoul, South Korea where I live with my wife Eunhye and our three children. 

When The Amateur Drammer asked me to write for his Desert Island Drams series, I immediately said yes without thinking of the contemplative time necessary to do so. At the time, my wife and I were preparing for the birth of our third child, so something always interrupted my plans or altogether absconded away with my memory and/or cognitive functions. Now our baby Mae Karen has reached her fourth month and has decided to help Mommy and Daddy by sleeping a solid eight hours at night, giving me the time to pursue my spirited interests and hence can make good on my promise. 

 So let’s begin, shall we? 

 For reasons unknown (and frankly unimportant) I’m on a desert island. Unless a low flying aircraft sees my nightly fires and radios for help, I’m stuck here for the duration. Indeed, I am tethered to this rock in the middle of the ocean for good. The island and waters will provide for my basic needs, and it seems warm enough at night. 

As luck would have it, one of my bags washed up on the island shore with me – my essentials bag containing socks, underwear, a change of clothes, and a bottle of whisky(hey so what this is my fantasy!) – and not just any whisky at that! It even has a sea-worthy label. 

It’s a bottle of Ledaig 42 Year Old known as Dùsgadh from the Tobermory Distillery. 

 42 Dùsgadh is a whisky made from the first distillate off the stills at the distillery after a long silence.  This gorgeous bottle was to be a gift – now it would become the only thing to look forward to, indeed perhaps the only thing to live for, save rescue. 

 I chose this exquisite bottle as a gift – I wanted to give something extraordinary, something I would have never bought just for myself. Based on my experience with the distillery’s younger expressions which I adore, and knowing the care with which they make their fine whisky, I felt confident, no, certain, that the recipient would have a mind-altering time-stopping sensory-overloading experience from the sight, to the smell, to the taste, and to the finish, the lasting flavours that remain after swallowing. 

How ironic that a whisky meant to leave a lasting impression would simply be my last. 

But this is not where the story ends, at least it might not be! If by million to one odds I get rescued in the next 8 years, I will have a surprise waiting for me in 2024 – a bottle of whisky made from the last distillate to come from said stills before being replaced – is offered with every purchase of the 42 Dùsgadh! My plan is to drink just 1/32 of the bottle every quarter to make it last. 

If I live out all of my days on the island, I’ll have 8 years to sip and enjoy a rare whisky. If by chance I am rescued, another rare whisky, albeit a young one, will await my return. Whatever my fate, the whisky will not disappoint!


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  1. Too amusing there Mark! Must say a Ledaig is a mighty fine choice… and a 42 year?? Quite the bottle to be stranded with. 🙂

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