Liquorature Gathering #039 – “1Q84” (Haruki Murakami)
Date: April, 2012
Whisky: Amrut Portonova, Tomintoul 12 Oloroso, Bowmore Tempest Batch 3
Oh, man, am I behind in these things. Worse still…I’m about to start knocking them off out of order. As inspiration strikes…not as desperation demands. Apologies to those faithful readers (all two of you) who have been anxiously awaiting word on what the Literate Gang has been up to.
This evening, under the guiding hand of our host, Chris, turned into quite a ‘do’. For starters, Chris’s mate Lorenzo joined us this eve as one of our Occasional Travelers. Always fun to have the injection of a new perspective and the associated pressure to perform. Come on…of course we wanna show off our little enterprise as something rather more than the pedestrian tripe that most of the populace find themselves surrounded by. Check the egos? Bah!
Days earlier Chris got hold of me looking for a bit of help picking a few malts to offer up. Our little man-date took us to Willow Park Wines & Spirits, where we spent the better part of half an hour shuffling up and down the looooooong wall of whisky and weighing this against that. Credit all to Chris, I was only there providing some background on some of the malts he was less familiar with. In the end he went with a Tomintoul 12 Oloroso, a Bowmore Tempest (for those dirty peaters in our midst) and the absolutely stunning Amrut Portonova. This last was a showstopper. Everyone in attendance was bowled over by this one. An absolutely mind-melting bucket of rich and luscious fruit notes and exotic spices. Needless to say, even at ~60% abv, this was the first to go. The others…well…not long behind.
And for those who needed still a little more sweetness than that offered up by the Portonova and Tom12? A rum by the handle of Mekong. I’ll let Lance speak to this one, as to be fair…I steered clear. (Why reach for rum with an Amrut this great at the ready?)
Though I don’t remember being too uncomfortable, the heat in Chris’s place must have been stifling. The rate of evaporation on the whiskies was simply astounding. In fact, I think we were desert dry by the evening’s end. Always the magnanimous host, Chris pulled out a couple from his personal stores. A 21 year old Glenfarclas ended up being a brilliant nightcap.
And as to the book?
A whole helluva pile of fun really. Though maybe not in the conventional sense. Damn! What a cheeky little tale this was. I simply refuse to try to dumb it down for you here in a few words or less. Personally, I’ll go on a limb here and highly recommend this one. I can promise that even if you don’t like it, per se, you’ll certainly not have read anything even remotely similar to this one. 1Q84 was our first go at a Japanese author, though hopefully not our last. It certainly took us into an immersive new world that seemed completely at odds with our own, and the surreal aspect kept a few of us tottering between adoration and utter what-the-f*ck?
Interestingly enough, Lorenzo is a huge Murakami fan. If Chris was at all fence-sitting as to whether or not to invite his mate to join us, this must have been the icing on the cake. Lorenzo’s insight and input this eve were invaluable and absolutely welcome. And what does one do when the night wears on into the small hours? Why, get a little shut eye, of course. Lorenzo’s Houdini act and subsequent catnap-atop-the-washing machine will go down in the annals as one of Liquorature’s all time funniest happenings.
All in all…one of my favorite gatherings to date.
“I clearly thought she wanted me” … “I’d like to shake your head” … intel-lush-uals … “I want to sleep with her actually” … napping on the washer and dryer … “and suddenly…a dog explodes!” … “yep! I’m here”…Lorenzo sitting in.