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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex_UK View Post
    Looks like a fabulous Burns Supper. Not a big haggis fan, but would have been happy with the cheeseboard! (And Scotch! ) )

    Did you know that a 2003 survey of American tourists in Scotland revealed that a third of them thought haggis was an actual animal!
    Yeah, I can believe that, lol! Insular, thick feckers... It was a really nice night, and quite different from the more formal affairs I've attended in the past. The feeling of a close community spirit in these little village pubs is palpable, warm and friendly, and so different from the soulless and impersonal nature of chain establishments, which I utterly detest.

    Superb food (both in terms of quality and value), a great selection of beers/local ales, all enjoyed in a convivial atmosphere... What more could you want?

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    A rye tonight as I'm sore..

    Warm me up..

    Lot40.. A nice drop

    What's a "rye"? Otherwise, I love your glass -particularly the base! Is it silver? No doubt the whisky inside is good, too

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  3. #2353
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    What's a "rye"? Otherwise, I love your glass -particularly the base! Is it silver? No doubt the whisky inside is good, too

    Marco.
    Rye whiskey has a mash bill of at very minimum 51% rye cereal in it. That would be called barely legal lol. Some have 100%.
    Its quite spicy stuff. They are starting to put a bit of rye in other whisky now I hear,..

    Glass is pewter based. Nice and heavy.
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    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    Then I saw it. I saw a mum who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Was that what you had in Maxims?

    Marco.
    Yes it was, though being a restaurant I paid nearly double that. However it wasn't the cheapest wine on the list; which is an embarrassment of riches, with several bottles costing €1,000 or more.
    Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    No worries, if you try the Bandol I think you'd love it. Remember though that Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a Rhône wine, and not from Burgundy

    Nuits-Saint-Georges, however is fabulous, although Gevrey-Chambertin is where it's *really* at with red Burgundy. However prices, especially of the best vintages, can be eye-watering!

    Pommard and Savigny-lès-Beaune can offer decent value with Burgundy, but the use of Pinot Noir will mean quite a different style of wine than you're used to from Bordeaux!

    Chinon and Saumur-Champigny are also beautiful red wines from the Loire Valley

    Marco.
    Yes of course - a 'senior moment' on my behalf.
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  6. #2356
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    Friday is whisky night..

    Fettercairn Fasque.. Distillery just at foothills of cairngorm range around Laurencekirk.

    It's been going for nearly 200 years so they know a thing or 2.

    The fasque is very nice.. Quite rich, smooth with decent finish.
    Not sure what this cost as it was some time ago, but time to drink..
    Lovely stuff, and worth finding..

    Maybe a bit of coffee and vanilla in there too.
    Regards,
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    **I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    “Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy.”

    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    Then I saw it. I saw a mum who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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    I have been a drinker in my time but i avoided touching scotch only on very rare occasion. If i had i would deffo be in a box by now, without fail.

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    this is very nice so having another....but you do need the willpower to say...enough
    Regards,
    Grant .... ؠ ......Don't be such a big girl's blouse

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    OPPO BDP-103D - PANASONIC UB450 - PANASONIC 4K ULTRA HD - AVANTREE LR BLUETOOTH - NURAPHONE' BOSE, CAMBRIDGE & SONY HEADPHONES - 2*ZBOOK'- ROON - MULTI HDD'S -

    **I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    “Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy.”

    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    Then I saw it. I saw a mum who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Nice one, dude. Still enjoying the Viognier? How was the Shiraz?

    Marco.
    Smooth as hell. I couldn't believe it yesterday as they were giving it away at £4.95 a bottle. Insane.

    Its not that complex but it needs to be warm to get the flavours out. If slightly cold it is a bit bland.

    That doesn't sound too positive but it is really nice stuff. Their wines just aren't that complex as a rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Friday is whisky night..

    Fettercairn Fasque.. Distillery just at foothills of cairngorm range around Laurencekirk.

    It's been going for nearly 200 years so they know a thing or 2.

    The fasque is very nice.. Quite rich, smooth with decent finish.
    Not sure what this cost as it was some time ago, but time to drink..
    Lovely stuff, and worth finding..

    Maybe a bit of coffee and vanilla in there too.
    Looks like a nice dram that one, Grant.
    Regards
    Robin

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