Moominpappa (top left) shows the kids how it’s done Credit: Moomin Characters
Moominpappa (top left) shows the kids how it’s done
Credit: Moomin Characters

World’s coolest dad: Moominpappa’s whiskey crush

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World’s coolest dad: Moominpappa’s whiskey crush

Ever since we learned to read, we’ve loved the Moomin books, which are like no others. At Scotchwhisky.com, Richard Woodard reminds us that Moominpappa, father of central character Moomintroll in the series by Finnish author Tove Jansson, is a whiskey fan.

Don’t know the Groke from a Hattifattener? We encourage you to spend some time in Moominvalley, where beauty and terror are neighbors and a hippo-esque creature with a snout, tail and top hat drinks the hard stuff. Polymath Moominpappa’s favorite dram, Old Smuggler, is a real Scotch blend. And in 2014, Woodard relates, Swedish distiller Mackmyra Whisky made 300 bottles with the same name to mark the 100th anniversary of Jansson’s birth.

 

Lost at sea

Whiskey helps drive the plot in one of the later novels, which sees Moominpappa move the family to a remote island where he plans to start over as a lighthouse keeper. Cabin fever sets in—until the sea makes his dream come true by washing up a crate of Old Smuggler. Suddenly all is good. Sounds perfectly reasonable.🥃

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