The Blue Chartreuse or British Blue Cat
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 - 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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