The Blue Chartreuse or British Blue Cat

Talisker - a British Blue, and proud of it!
Talisker - a British Blue, and proud of it! | Source

The British Blue - a proper cat

The British Blue isn't one of your anorexic, neurotic Siamese-style rat-cats - you know, the kind you worry about snapping in two if you stroke them too hard. And he's certainly not modelled after those useless Persian powder puffs that would give a fresh-water trout an asthma attack at 100 yards. No. This is a Proper Cat. Big, strong, sensible and wholly unflappable. A cat with chunk. A cat with shoulders. A cat Henry Ford would be proud of - any colour you want, as long as it's grey! They make only one concession to consumerism - they come in two models - green-eyed and golden-eyed.

Some people insist that the British Blue is just another colour variety of the British Shorthair, but while all British Shorthairs have similar conformation, the Blue has a strong claim to be the King among them, in looks, body strength and temperament. To mark this difference, the British Blue is also known as the Blue Chartreuse - even the French recognise the magnificence of the breed! The females are as beautiful as the males, but never achieve the majestic stature and perfect equanimity of the mature male.

Talisker 10-year-old single malt
Talisker 10-year-old single malt | Source

Talisker - the Cat

The chap in the pear tree didn't start life as 'Talisker'. Like all breed cats, he had a registered pedigree name, given to him by his breeders, Cheltiki British Shorthairs. He was the only boy in a litter of five, and as they were all named after flowers, he became Cheltiki Sweet William. Now, that's OK for a kitten, but it's nae a name tae gang tae the kirk wi', as the Scots would have it.

So, when he became a Paraglider, it was under the new name Talisker. Why? Because the golden eyes were just the colour of that finest of single malt Scotch whiskies. A pedigree name for a pedigree cat.

Talisker - the Whisky

Talisker is the only single malt whisky produced on the Isle of Skye, in the Hebrides, the Scottish Western Isles. It is a full flavoured, peat-smoke whisky, similar but still distinctive from the Islay Malts. To balance the strong phenolic taste of the peat smoke, Talisker is bottled at 45.8% ABV (80 proof), stronger than the normal 40% (70 proof) of most Scotch whisky. It is not a beginner's whisky. The Highland malts, or the sweet MacCallans, are much softer drinks. But many whisky drinkers, Paraglider among them, will list Talisker in their top three single malt Scotch Whiskies.

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Rmnathan 9 years ago from Sharjah

Paraglider, I am not perticularly interested in pets. However, I enjoyed in reading your hub. I think I am bigining to understand something in this field which millions around the world are interested in. Thanks.


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embitca 9 years ago from Boston

Hahha! Scotch and Kitty cats, two of my very favorite things together :)


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Paraglider 9 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Rmnathan - thanks for commenting. This one was never meant to have a serious message!

Embitca - a cat can be wonderful company, along with a glass of single malt and some good music :)


Patricia 8 years ago

I have a black american short hair kitty that I named Talisker. A fine name for a cat. He was named because he had bent little whiskers and was scrawny and all tail and my husband had too much scotch when he named him. He has grown to be a great cat. And, of course, a Talisker is a great scotch.


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Paraglider 8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Patricia - another Talisker Cat, great! It's a fine strong name for a powerful chap :)


Judi 8 years ago

I have a british blue male called Ash. So named as he was born on the day that England won the Ashes. As you will know the breed colour is described as varying degrees of grey from slate to ash, so the name seemed very apt! He is typical of the breed, independent, aloof but very loyal to his "family" . Truly the King of cats and the absolute ruler in our house!


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Paraglider 8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Ash is another very apt name. The king of cats indeed!


gwennies pen 7 years ago

Cute name...I've never heard it before, but I like it. Pretty handsome kitty-cat! Good info on a different breed.


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Gwennies pen - I'll pass your compliment to the old chap, though he's vain enough already!


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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

hi Dave, I like tha whisky Talisker and the Cat too (big and strong yet cuddly), It seems very friendly too, although I am scared of cats eyes at night LOL<

you have a good day, Maita


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi Maita - eyes that glow in the dark, yes :) He's pretty harmless, unless you're a mouse, of course!


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

Paraglider Hi. What a wonderful story and great information about this absolutely beautiful cat, and its name Talisker is perfect,I loved reading this hub.Thank you. :) :)


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Oliversmum - thanks for dropping by. I'll pass on your comments to the chap himself!


suzi 6 years ago

I had a dear blue kitty wh0 passed over 4 years ago - sweet, good girl. And here's some synchronicity - I first heard the name Talisker today whilst listening to a story on the radio about fine whiskey. So I was quite surprised to stumble across it here whilst reading kitty stories. Our current feline pal is a lovely Tortie who has the same name as a kitty in a P.D. James novel, Smudge - another interesting coincidence!


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi suzi - sadly our Talisker is no longer with us, but he ruled the house (and garden) for about 13 years, so we can't complain. Thanks for the read :)


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quicksand 5 years ago

Wow, a hub written long before I enrolled with HubPages! Me, the cat fan likes that cat in the picture!

I can just imagine his eyes contracting as he opens his mouth to say a simple and casual "ngyaew!"

His prominent whiskers too would twitch appropriately. Ngyaew!


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi quicksand - this is one of my earliest hubs. Talisker was a great companion. He always greeted family and friends by rearing up on his hind legs. In his prime, he weighed just over fifteen pounds. Thanks for the visit!


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LyndaT 5 years ago from Ireland

Thank you for your description of the British Blue. Describes my Mouse to a T. Although I don't think he is a pure Blue he certainly has all the attributes. Are they supposed to be heavier than usual? I was worried about his weight. Thanks again.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi Lynda - they shouldn't be fat, but they are certainly meant to be chunky and stocky. Give my regards to Mouse :)


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Talisker 5 years ago from UK

He sounds like a fine cat indeed, I can imagine the shoulders, the chunk and the whisky coloured eyes. I knew of a similar cat once, but his magnificence was slightly diminished when he climbed to the top of the stairs and emitted a very girly "Meh Meh Meh!" until he was 'rescued'

He also had a very pink tongue. Perhaps so noticible due to the rest of him being a block of grey.

Oh and a superb name for a cat :-)


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi Talisker - he was also answered to a shortened form of his name, Task or Tasky. A fine chap, all told :)

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