Leapfrog anyone? Sorry, I mean Laphroaig of course. That’s the leaping covered, also, Laphroaig has a Royal Warrant which could well give us the Lords’ connection but I’ve got a better tenuous link for you than that!
And it involves cricket. Yes, cricket. Lords Cricket ground to be precise, which is widely considered the home of English cricket (and there’s a fair amount of leaping about while playing cricket, isn't there?). And it’s the history of Lords that gives us our tenuous link drink for Day 10; In 1864 the Marylebone Cricket Club purchased the freehold of Lords Cricket Ground for £18,333 using monies advanced by William Nicholson, Chairman of Nicholson’s Gin. Nicholson also funded the construction of the new Lords Pavillion in 1889, in the form of a £21,000 loan. Shortly afterwards the Marylebone Cricket Club changed their corporate colours from sky blue to red and yellow, in what was thought to be a gesture of thanks to Nicholson, whose corporate colours were also red and yellow.
Sadly Nicholson’s Gin no longer exists, however Gordon’s export evokes the same colour scheme (in fact the packaging is scarily similar) so for Day 10, a nice Gordon’s and Tonic - anything else just wouldn’t be cricket!
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me;
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree
Whisky Impressions is run by Kate Watt. Previously at Springbank and then Glenfarclas, I now design some whisky related stuff and write about it, and anything else that takes my fancy, on this blog.