We Cannot Taste Spirits
“‘Your Imperial Highnesses, I am Scottish by nationality, and am proud that Scotland, among many other virtuous and good things, also produces excellent whisky. I wish your Imperial Highnesses would honour my country and myself by tasting Scotch whisky!’ Murad answered: ‘Perhaps you are not aware that our Prophet prohibits the drinking of alcoholic liquor. We thank you, Colonel, but we cannot taste spirits!’ ‘Oh, but your Prophet did not know what Scotch whisky was, and, surely, he did not expressly prohibit that whisky! ‘” The Memoirs of Balkan Diplomatist by Čedomilj Mijatović. Published by Cassell and Company, Ltd., 1917.