Posted in Lifestyle, Sartoriana, tagged cigar, Clan MacLeod, David & John Anderson, Dewar's, Lagavulin, MacLeod tartan, McCurdy's dept store, Scotch, Tartan on December 24, 2011|
Dewar’s scotch bar mascot c. 1960s
A dress MacLeod tartan unlined cotton tie, presumably the same David & John Anderson of 19th century Glasgow, still extant.
And finally 2 forms of smokey goodness. Please forgive that only one of them is from Scotland, and to even compete with the peat of Islay the Cubans will have to be alight.
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A recent addition to our house (and mascot of our in-house pub, The Kilted Midget), Mr. Fergus “Old Smuggler” MacSmugglerson. We met him recently at the estate of a former liquor salesman, in whose attic he had been retiring for some years. The wee lad was looking for new accommodations and we couldn’t possibly refuse. He’s about 28″ tall (too small for most amusement park rides, except for “It’s a Small World,” of course), and a surprisingly weighty doll. Unlike many Scots I’ve known, by sundown he is still very well balanced on his feet. He’s perfect for our modest house and always formally dressed to host the party.
Supposedly the brand, in some form, dates back to 1835, and is currently owned by Compari (since 2006) with a press release claiming that “…Today Old Smuggler is sold in over 20 markets with significant presence in the US, where it is the 8th largest selling Scotch, an important position in Argentina where it is the 2nd selling whisky, and strong sales in Eastern Europe.” 8th?
Above we catch a sight of his spats (an accessory in need of a revival if there ever was,) sporran (a.k.a. the flask pocket), and sock flashes (which the Baroness has recently claimed for the fairer sex, as she has begun sporting them with the numerous plaid skirts she wears week to week.)
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