Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Whiskey Wednesday Trivia: Whiskey in Literature

Some whiskey trivia for you.

Name the book and the woman being described in the passage below.

When she ordered whisky she always chose Tullamore Dew, except on one occasion when she studied the bottles behind the bar and asked for Lagavulin. When the glass was brought to her, she sniffed at it, stared at it for a moment, and then took a tiny sip. She set down her glass and stared at it for a minute with an expression that seemed to indicate that she considered its contents to be a mortal enemy. Finally she pushed the glass aside and asked Harry to give her something that could not be used to tar a boat. He poured her another Tullamore Dew and she went back to her drinking.

Post your guess in the comments. Ill post the answer as an update by the end of the week if no one guesses correctly.

ANSWER: The passage comes from The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the final volume of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. The woman described, of course, is everyone's favorite anti-social sleuth, Lizbeth Salander. Congratulations to James who answered correctly!


James said...

Great quote from a great book. I'll just give initials so as not to give it away.
Character name: LS
Author: SL
Reversed initials a coincidence?

Anonymous said...

It sounds familiar. I want to say it's from a Pynchon or Roth book, but I can't say which one.


sku said...

Nice work James! I put the full answer up in the blog. Seems likely that Larsson enjoyed his whisky.

James said...

Wait, what did I win? A bottle of Ardbeg Provenance?? Wow, thanks Steve! Haha.

sku said...

Hmm, I don't happen to have a bottle of Ardbeg Provenance available just now. How about a Finlaggan? ;)