Date: July 3rd, 2015
Whisky: BB&R Glen Garioch 1994 Cask #19 Willow Park Exclusive, BenRiach 16 y.o. Sauternes Finish, Liddesdale 21 Batch #8, Bunnahabhain Ceobanach
Hmmmm…let me start by saying that Steve-o needs a kick in the nuts for this pick. Not because it was a bad read, but because it fucking stopped halfway through the story. There couldn’t have been a bigger cliffhanger ending unless Suarez had accidentally walked off a rocky ledge while writing the final pages and dropped the book behind mid-sentence.
I don’t think any of us realized going into this one that ‘Daemon’ was more the first half of a story (concluded in “Freedom™”) than a true standalone novel. Well, shit. Fortunately Scott was ahead of the gang and gave us an early heads up. I managed to finish both books in time for our meet, as did Scott and maybe one other.
On a positive note, however, ‘Daemon’ is the stronger of the two works. Airtight plotting and pacing, with enough of a malevolence and edge-of-the-seat ‘what comes next?’ to keep the pages flying by. That in itself is great, but this book is so much more. The incredible depth of understanding in relation to subject matter and the sheer volume of research behind this one is staggering. I simply don’t want to reveal anything here, but the express with that more people check it out. I expected – in my infinite snobbery – to be thoroughly underwhelmed by this one, and was anything but.
Only makes sense that a book that blew our hair back deserved some great malts, aye? Steve laid out a range of surprising drams. A few I’d not yet made acquaintances with. Personal highlights were likely the two Bunnahabhains; one young, peated and feisty…the other mature, soft and sweet. Together a nice yin and yang.
I believe we were missing at least on of the guys for this one. Le sigh. Unfortunately this seems to be more the norm than an anomaly. C’est la vie. Maybe our numbers need to creep a little ’til there is always a full contingent. We’ll see.
Random notes: The sunset on Steve’s back porch … some ‘extracurricular’ activity for one or two hippies … the “Freedom™” indignation.