I am partial to a whisky or two and last year a friend and I headed on out to Aberdeenshire for three days of hiking and whisky. I’ll leave out the details of the hiking but it involved being lost on a mountain with severe weather, one very big over flowing river, broken boots and exhaustion I have never felt before. It was glorious.
We started each morning at distillery and popped in to whichever one we met on our route. They always welcome you with a little dram, so that plus the two hip flasks we had kept us well oiled and warm along the walk. Day one was Glenfiddich to enjoy their free tour and sample of THREE malts, 12, 15, 18 year old, such a good start. The second day we started at Macallan, my companions personal favourite and a very glassy taste and our last day we kicked off at The Glenlivet and this is where I fell truely in love with this malt, I had been to the distillery before and had tasted their 12yo many times but this time it just clicked with me. It is probably due to the walking, rain, exhaustion etc. but the pleasure of drinking Glenlivet has stayed with me ever since that day.
I of course have others that are favourites but this is one that is most widely available wherever I am. Some people might feel that it’s kind of a “mainstream” whisky so not as cool as some of the more lesser known distilleries and not as refined or enjoyable, you know the type of person I mean. This whisky tastes great and anyone who dismisses it because it’s popular and readily available and therefore not good enough is foolish and or a snobby hipster type. Everyone has different tastes of course and I am not going into tasting notes but this is a popular whisky for a reason and not just because the company has been handled so well. Only thing for it is to go and try it, your welcome.
I’m sharing this little post about The Glenlivet after coming across another online article about the smooth malt on gentlemans gazette. And below is a brief video history of the drink. Be careful though if you are anything like me you will be craving a dram of the malty sweetness instantly.
As you know, sometimes we can find yourself in a situation we didn’t see coming. Just this Sunday passed I was binging on the internet, choosing to spend the oh so “holy” of days deepening my understanding of pomades, how they can be used, what brands were out there, how they are made etc. I know, I’m so cool!
I happened upon Bailey’s Tonsorial Barbershop right here in Copenhagen. They are looking for a barber! Next day I’m in the shop talking with Jermaine and getting a feel for the place, it’s a great shop. Worked around a wine storage and decorated perfectly, mixing mid 20th century American style and popular culture with a clean modern layout. There are pictures of Muhammed Ali, a superman no.1 comic poster even the ol’ Stars ‘n’ Stripes. Jermaine is a very well turned out gentleman taking as much care with his appearance as he does with his clients. The atmosphere is relaxed but formal.
Anyway, I now work from a chair here, after chatting with Jermaine he decided to try me out. You can book time with me Monday to Friday check the link for details on the facebook page.
There is a trusting relationship that evolves between a man and his barber, over time your barber can become someone that you confide in and take advice from, that you trust with the details of your life like no other person who is not a part of your family or close friends. I know this also applies to women but I see it as especially significant with men as us guys are not always known for opening up to one another. Just letting another guy touch your head takes a lot of trust in some cases. Before I did my training if I had touched the head/hair/beard of any of my friends let alone someone I had just met there would have been a swat of the hand and a “the hell you doing” look. Not that I go around touching guys on the head but it has happened lately during conversations about my being a barber and no such reaction not even with people I had just met. The point is that it’s something for a guy to sit and have another man touch his head and once that has happened and the experience is good and the cut is what they want and the atmosphere relaxes them then it’s a new thing altogether. This initial trust can develop into a relationship where by the barber becomes a confidant and the barber shop a place of refuge, a place where it is okay to talk openly without fear of damaging relationships or offending. It can also be a place to be quiet. Most of all it is a place that once you have stepped out you should feel fresh, sharp and better about yourself.
All this has been written about before and here is a particularly good article I found that tells of one mans relationship to his barber that I think says it rather well.