My secret admirer – an update

Yesterday I wrote about my secret admirer and the book I received. You can read all about it here.

If you’re too lazy to click, here’s the gist of the story:

I received a book that I didn’t order.

The book came with a standard form-letter addressed to “Dear Whisky Friend”. Well that didn’t help. But it also had an order number and the name and email address of the editor, along with a line that says “email me if you have any questions about your recent purchase”. So I did.

Hello there,

I just received a copy of the 2011 Malt Whiskey Yearbook – order number 3683.

I have to be honest with you, I have no recollection of ever buying this book. Don’t get me wrong, I love Single Malt, and I would most likely buy the book, but I didn’t.

So I’m puzzled. I’m thinking someone else made that purchase for me, as my credit card statement doesn’t list this purchase. But the book only came with a generic “Dear Whisky Friend” letter. Would you be able to tell me who bought this book? That way I can thank the proper person.

All the best,


This morning I got a reply from the Editor:

Hi Mike

You´re right, it was another person who ordered the book for you and paid for it.

However, I´m sorry to say that I am not in the position to reveal who that person was. By law I´m obliged not to reveal any information from my customer record to a third party. Sorry.

Hope you´ll enjoy the book.

Best regards / Ingvar

Ingvar Ronde
Malt Whisky Yearbook

So it looks like I’m out of luck to get a name, but at least I know I’m not crazy enough to order books without remembering. Still, I have a few “suspects” lined-up. So I fired an email to the first one. He’s Mike from (those guys are amazing, and they’re helping me plan my Scotland trip. I’ll do a post just about them soon)

Hi Scotland Mike

[Some stuff about the Scotland trip]

I would also like to thank you for the Whisky Malt 2011 yearbook I received in the mail yesterday. I had no recollection of ordering this book, and wrote to the editor to ask who ordered it for me. Well, he wouldn’t tell me who did, but let’s just say you’re on top of my “suspects” list, since it’s a book about Whisky, it was paid for in pounds, and you’re pretty much the only guy in Scotland who knows my mailing address.  😉 If it’s not you, I’m sure you can find something else to apply the thank you to. 😀


Canadian Mike

But still no dice. BTW, I don’t call him “Scotland Mike”, and I don’t call myself “Canadian Mike”. I only did this not to confuse you.

Hi canadian Mike,

[Some stuff about the Scotland trip]


Scotland Mike

P.S. The book must be from some secret wealthy benefactor! The “wealthy” bit rules us out of that category.

So I’m back to square one. And by the way, the book is awesome.



  1. OK, OK. You try to do a good deed anonymously, try to brighten someone’s day without taking credit and look what happens. It was me. I did it. I sent the book.

    No, I didn’t. I’m just kidding.

    Or am I?

  2. Well, it wasn’t me, but it’s brilliant to send secret gifts, as long as LovelyWife isn’t bent out of shape. (I’d worry about Dawg being bent if I started receiving secret admirer gifts.)

  3. @Finn: Oh cool! Well, to express my thanks, I’ll mail you a 40yo bottle of Ardberg. Or will I? 😉

    @Poppy: It didn’t even cross my mind. I think LovelyWife was more worried that I actually had forgotten about ordering the book. 😉

  4. As pleasant as you are, I’m surprised you don’t get gifts all the time. Having said that, I’ve never bothered to send you anything.

    American Delmer

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