Liquorature is first and foremost a Canadian book and whisky club. It is a closed collective of the elite and literate (the eliterate, if you will). We meet once a month to discuss a predetermined book, and drink fine whiskies (and rums). We have a predetermined host for these gatherings, with each month’s host responsible for selecting a book…choosing the scotch…and opening their home and pantry for the eve. Our caveat for books…they must be fiction. This is, after all, an escape, not an assignment. The conversations are focused and intelligent (at least until the levels in the bottles drop), the humor is always present and the atmosphere is always somewhat pretentious. If you have made it this far…and are still reading…you’ll know that is not a bad thing. Membership to these meetings is for the time being closed, excepting ‘occasional travelers’ (at our discretion), yet outside opinion and discussion is always welcomed.
Liquorature was formed in January of 2009. Our first gathering was in February. Our brief tenure has proven to us that, though divergent in many aspects of our lives, it is remarkable how similar much of our taste in literature is. A few exceptions have polarized us, but for the most part there is a near unanimity in appreciating the books we have tackled. As we march through the years ahead I’m sure this will change. The approaches to book selection will vary more, I imagine, as we get to know one another. I think we all look forward to revealing the next selection.
Our whisky and rum choices have taken us around the globe. The more we sample, the more divergent our tastes become. The benefit being, of course, that this leads to a wider sampling range for us.
Liquorature.com has grown into an entity of its own. Our whisky, rum and book reviews on this website are starting to be noticed outside of our small circles. Your reading and appreciation is in turn appreciated by us. We work hard to analyze our books, and even harder to develop our noses and palates. Reviews, by nature, are subjective. We understand this. Our aim is provide an idea as to the character of what we are reviewing. The power then shifts to you, dear reader, to determine where to spend your hard-earned dollars.
We have no agenda here. We are independent and opinionated. Our biases will shine through, and those offended be damned. We would have it no other way.
Here on Liquorature.com you’ll find our thoughts and opinions on books; our reviews, ratings and notes on whiskies and rums; write-ups on each of our meetings; and most importantly…a place to discuss all things related.
So how did this all come about?
Well…there were a few reasons for starting this League of Extraliterary Gentlemen.
First…I have been fortunate enough to read some brilliant books in my life, and it is nice to be able to share them, and discuss them with others who understand.
Second…I believe we are trapped by what we are exposed to. A diverse group of guys selecting books leads to a wider circle of exposure.
Third…I have some really great friends in my life. This was an opportunity to see more of them.
Fourth…I missed the intellectual discourse so prevalent in my university days.
Fifth…I love fine whisky.
The question has been raised, is this a book club supplemented with whisky…or a whisky club supplemented with books? The answer is simple. Both. The two compliment each other. In vino veritas. I believe we all open up a little once the water of life begins to flow.
…Oh yeah…and not one of us has conquered War and Peace or Finnegan’s Wake.
Feel free to peek around, or login and comment. Suggestions are welcome for both beverages and books. Join our online collective at Liquorature.