Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The First Meeting

Members should be advised that the first meeting of The Distant Thunder Whisky Club will take place on Saturday, 16th May 2009. All members will be updated via email of the time & location.

We have not yet decided about the first choice of whisky. Members can make suggestions by leaving a comment below (click 'comments', anyone can leave a comment...but members should identify themselves via their first name).

Payment will be required at the first meeting.

Secretary,
D.T.W.C.

17 comments:

  1. Richie ! Bells - Grouse ! Who invited you ! I'm thinking more along the lines of a classic Speyside or smooth Western Highlands whisky for our first outing. Or possibly some monopolistic Isle of Skye - Talisker anyone? Of course I would always prefer some Islay peat - but don't want to inflict people at this early stage.

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  2. Would I be a bit over indulging to suggest a Glenfiddich 40 Year Old at a mear $2600.00AU a bottle.

    "Casks for this, the fourth vatting of 40 Year Old, were laid down in 1961, 1965 and 1966 - the same years The Beatles first performed at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, Sir Winston Churchill died and The Sound of Music was released, respectively."

    But really I am still keen to go the Glenfiddich 21 Year Old but it seems everyone has been there done that apart from me. (sigh) And I have noticed they are no longer saying aged in 'Cuban Rum Barrels' but rather 'Caribbean Rum Barrels'. Viva the revolution I think I may have missed the boat.

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  3. I think peat should sit out the first meeting. We should go for something less in-your-throat. I am always happy for that peppery Dr. Talisker taste. Not sure the first meeting could afford something too out-of-pocket, but as the kitty grows we can definitely argue in meeting for something older. Speyside is a safe bet, but is it too safe?

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  4. Ooohhh.... that's two for talisker already! Can we start up one of those voting thingies for the choice of the first whisky?
    Brad.

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  5. As a bit or a Whiskey greenhorn Ill leave it to the more learned members to select the first drop. I fear my calls for Laphroaig may be viewed as somewhat un-creative.

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  6. I wouldn't mind a 21yo Glenfiddich either. If that's not popular then the 10yo Glenmorangie or the Ardbeg are both interesting tastes at reasonble prices, which would allow us to save some cash for a more expensive bottle at meeting 2.

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  7. Gents,
    Rather than try to decide this by committee at each meeting perhaps a good solution would be for the host, in this case Bradley Earl, to be resoponsible for selecting the Whisky as part of his hosting duties. That way, we will avoid this situation occuring at every meeting. It will also allow the host to theme his event as he wishes.

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  8. Excellent idea Colonel in Chief, I second this suggestion. The meeting host should be given executive powers to decide the whisky choice for that meeting.

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  9. i think the host should definitely have the benefit to indulge in the choice.

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  10. Given I won't be able to attend Meeting 1- I'd like to vote for Johnny Walker Red Label.

    The idea of the host choosing is good though. Given that it's Brad- I'm guessing it will be Ardbeg!

    Jay

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  11. Ok - first thing first - it's Earle... not Earl. Second, more than happy to choose the whisky. I have 6 weeks to um and ah over this decision now - and will love every minute of it. Will avoid the Islay exposure on this occassion. Although Andrew - your suggestion on Laphroig is outstanding. For a self confessed greenhorn, you've already established a good reputation for yourself (in my eyes anyway!). Will look for something a little more palatable for everyone, learned and new. A Fiddich is a pretty good suggestion along with the Talisker... oooh... this is going to be fun.

    Brad.

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  12. Sorry Brad,
    I was just trying to make it sound a bit less redneck. In future I'll try to remember you come from the deep north. Have fun choosing your whisky. That reminds me, I have some Cuban cigars that I'd like to donate to the club, but I won't bother bringing them if Chel won't let us smoke them. So my question is - are you master of your castle? Should I bring the cigars?

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  13. I am going to have to say no the the Cigars Colonel. Besides from the fact my small balcony may fall should all of us be out there smoking, my better half will likely have my blood should she come home and find the place smelling of 'oh so sweet' Cubans.

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  14. Brad,
    I'm sorry, I don't know what I was thinking. It's obvious now that I should have asked Chel directly about the cigars. In future I will direct any enquires I have to her first, then let you know what she said. That way we wont have any more of these embarressing situations.

    PS: Men, at the 1st meeting in addition to the sublime pleasure of whisky consumption I suggest that we allocate some time on the agenda to outlining to all members (but especially those getting married soon) the proper relationship that a man should have to his household.

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  15. Brad. Your roots are firmly planted in Havana's finest. I recall being with you at the start of the journey, on Old Compton St SOHO (and no not in a 'hello sailor' kind of way) back in 2002/03 when we went looking for a suitable whisky for our accompanying cigar extravaganza in Chiswick.

    I think our quandry to the seedy pensioner shop assistant , who clearly put Laphroig on his corn flakes, was 'what's good with a cigar?' He looked at us with peat and money in his eyes and cried
    ARDBEG ! ! ! He dropped dead after that and would be turning in his grave if he knew first whisky club knight was WITHOUT CIGARS!!!

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