The weather may have thwarted the brave Walking with the Wounded team’s attempt on the summit of Everest, but their journey is still an inspiring story.
And tonight, they will commiserate by staging the world’s highest ever whisky tasting, streamed live on Glenfiddich's website at 7pm tonight. Technology eh?
Private Jaco Van Gass, said: “As a team, we are all deeply disappointed not to be assaulting the summit during this year’s climbing season, however, we are all really looking forward to toasting our last day at Everest Base Camp and breaking the world record for the highest ever whisky tasting.”
While drinking whisky is no substitute for summiting Everest, it’s a great way to spend time with friends and comrades. The team of soldiers, who all suffered serious injuries in action, overcame huge difficulties to organise their expedition, only to be driven back by some of the worst weather conditions Everest has seen in recent years. Perhaps another assault next year may be planned over a glass of Glenfiddich 18 Year Old.
The bottles for the tasting will be delivered by the Glenfiddich Pioneers; competition winners who secured the chance to take Glenfiddich’s core range of malts all the way to Everest Base Camp.
This includes the 12, 15 and 18 Year Old single malts, as well as the recently released 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Madeira Cask Finish.
We’ll be tuning in, or whatever the internet equivalent of tuning in is, and raising a glass to the team tonight, and you can do the same, plus you can ask the them questions via the website.
All the best chaps!