Scanning the internet for undesirable websites, purely in the interest of research I hasten to add, I came across innumerable sites. All these sites were there for all to see, not even a warning that they were not suitable for youngsters, or oldsters for that matter.
I was so upset by the images that my research had forced me to view that I took a large glass of my favourite drink — Drambuie. This is a whisky liqueur that was first made for Bonnie Prince Charlie back in the 18th Century.
Drambuie has a long and interesting history so, as I was already sitting at my computer, I clicked on the Drambuie website.
I was greeted by a form — By entering this site, I confirm I am over the legal drinking age in my country of residence — and required to enter both my date of birth and country of residence. Once again in the interest of research, I tried my luck as a 16-year-old from the United Kingdom and received the stern reply — You must be over 18 to enter this site — and was not allowed to enter.
I quickly cleared my browser’s memory and returned to the site as a 50-year-old. (I didn’t want to risk using my real age, they might have asked to check with my carer.) I was immediately admitted to the site but found nothing more exciting than a picture of a bottle of Drambuie and a selection of recommended cocktails — mix Drambuie with grapefruit juice, mix Drambuie with wheat beer, mix Drambuie with almost anything.
The name Drambuie is taken from the Gaelic ‘An Dram Buidheach’. It means “The Drink that Satisfies”. But I was left unsatisfied by a world where unsavoury websites are free for all, but a website for a savoury liqueur makes me jump through all sorts of hoops.
In the meantime, whatever you are drinking — Slàinte Mhath, L’chaim !