The Angels’ Share, A Whisky Galore For Today

The “Angels’ Share” is a new bitter sweet comedy by veteran director Ken Loach. The film and the whiskies are all intertwined.

The film was partly inspired by the old British Comedy “Whisky Galore” (1949), which is one of the great all time British films.

It also however reflects Loach’s gritty style and his social values, with the underlying theme being the hopeless unemployment situation that faces so many youngsters in so many inner cities.

So why is this here on a site about malt whisky? That essentially is the centre of the whole plotline. The hero, Robbie (unknown Paul Brannigan) is determined to make a new life for himself after a bad, criminal start in young adult life. He has recently become a father and discovers a taste and skill in malt whisky. This is guided by his probation officer, ably played by veteran actor John Henshaw (John Henshaw _IMDB).

He determines to put this new found skill to good use, but instead more crime beckons. The other inspiration for Loach was the film “That Sinking Feeling” (1980) in which a heist of a load of sinks is featured. Sure enough The Angels’ Share also involves an attempted heist, but this time of a Million pound very rare whisky.

The comedy element is worked very well in this film and as in one of his earlier films Kes the interaction between the hardy probation officer and the young offender are done with great sympathy. I thoroughly recommend this film for those reasons, and the heartwarming parts are not to be missed either.

The antis? The Scottish accents are not exactly easy to follow for many and I do believe that subtitles may be used on its international release in the US! This apart it is a thoroughly enjoyable film.

This is reflected in its recent award at the Cannes Film Festival 2012.

So what is The Angels’Share? In malt whisky terms this is the amount lost through evaporation from casks during the maturation in barrel. 2% is the usual figure quoted and has become part of whisky folklore, so some long aged whiskies are bottled from barrels with less than 60% remaining. Whatever the truth there is no doubt that long aging certainly changes the character of any whisky.

The distillery featured in the film is Balblair and indeed some of their products are eye wateringly expensive but they also have some very affordable whiskies too. you can see some of these at the Whisky Exchange

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