Tuesday, May 29, 2012

D.T.W.C at The Grey Bush Manor

The Unclean at his cleanest

Saturday, 28th April marked the much awaited D.T.W.C meeting at The Grey Bush Manor. For the six members + one guest (Michael, guest of the Baron) who undertook the long and arduous journey to Castle Hill they were well rewarded for their effort.

The meeting got underway just before six, with refreshments (the odd stubby or two) and some light food. As is customary, contact via Skype was established with fellow member The Diplomat (who now resides in Brisbane) including pre-posted sample dram in hand, and the official meeting of the DTWC was underway.

The host whisky was placed on the table and all were asked to pour a dram and lively discussion followed as to the identity of the chosen liquor. All members are sufficiently attuned to the finer whiskys so they quickly narrowed the liquor down to the Islay Region. After much mulling, (and half the bottle drunk) the identity of the whisky was revealed.

The whisky was a Lagavulin single malt, special release limited edition Distillers Edition (1995). Once the formalities were over the members sat down to a sumptuous dinner of Vienna Schnitzel, Cooked in the traditional Polish way by Malwina, the Grey Bush's mother-in-law. The meal was an obvious success (as attested by the applause Malwina got when she walked through the dining room). When the formal part of the evening was complete all members retired to see how many different types of whisky they could sample. The beauty of these meetings is that each person brings along a bottle of whatever whisky they are drinking at that time, and places it on the table for all members to try. As all members drink quality whisky, this tasting session is an absolute hit.

Some time that night, (I have trouble remembering what time the meeting broke up) the members called upon their designated drivers (ie. their wives) and so the DTWC meeting came to a close.

The next meeting of the DTWC has been tentatively set with The Alchemist as the host.

The Grey Bush


  1. I recall most members did a runner at 9pm leaving only the dedicated appreciators to hold the fort. Glad we were not spectators to The Unclean's matching velvet thong he spoke of.

    Looking forward to the whisky review.

  2. Gentlemen of the gallery, I could be in Sydney next month (June) for work. I hear there is a whisky bar in the 'City of' these days...me's a thinking a dram or two could be on the cards. Will keep you posted.

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed my final whisky night Sydney before moving north to set up the UK outpost of the club.

    There was something distinct, and definitely very pleasant, about the Lagavulin. I wouldn't have picked it was finished in sherry casks, but then perhaps the Pedro Ximinez casks used are a bit different from your standard sherry finish.

    Diplomat - I'm assuming you are referring to The Baxter Inn? It is down a lane way opposite Red Oak. I've heard good reviews but haven't been. (Although I don't know a serious whisky drinker that has been there.)