Date: May, 2012
Whisky: Amrut Fusion, Amrut Intermediate Sherry, Amrut Two Continents, Amrut Portonova
Rum: Old Port Deluxe
Thank f*ck I’ve finally knocked this big b*tch off my list. After years of getting riled from a few of my more literate amigos for not having delved into Tolkien’s masterwork I finally did the deed. Let’s be clear…I did not come to this one willingly. It was foisted on us by Jay. Just the motivation required to finally do it up. I should note here that this one stretched all rules of acceptability for Liquorature selections. Books are to be single volume novels that stand alone. So how does this three-parter qualify? Well…it was argued that the intent was to have this published as a single volume and that it was actually the publishers who split it into pieces.
Cynicism and skepticism abounded, but in the end we took a majority rules vote and it was allowed to stand as Jay’s choice.
So, the concern I had always had about this one (yes…I knew the story ahead of time from having seen the films) was that it was just another fantasy tale (irrespective as to whether or not is was the granddaddy of ‘em all) and simply did not warrant being chosen due to lack of discussable subject matter. When this happens, we tend to end up with some natter about the writing style, some favorite scenes discussions and a debate on the merits of the genre.
Indeed, we did discuss the genre, compared it to other fantasy we’ve covered to date, compared to the films, etc. Much as foreseen though, there weren’t many ‘true’ discussion points. Maybe this one suffered the same fate as did ‘Atlas Shrugged’. We came in expecting a mind-meltingly deep philosophical discourse and ended up with anything but. Oh well. A lesson to be learned about expectations, I suppose.
For the devourables this eve…Jay threw out a blast from the past for this guy. Pizzas ordered from Gondola. I didn’t even know this chain still existed. I remember going to Gondola when I was a wee lad in Manitoba. Gotta say…bloody delish! Thin crust…crispy as hell…tastier than tasty.
Malts on offer this eve? Also from the far off lands (not quite Mordor, but not far off either). India, this time. A revisit to a couple of favorites, and a couple that were new to some members of the club. All from the Amrut distillery in Bangalore. Fusion, Portonova, Intermediate Sherry and Two Continents. Even the rum, Old Port Deluxe, was an Amrut product. Nice little flight of bevies from one of the most exciting and dynamic distilleries in the world. And yes…these drams were appreciated by all.
So…the libations certainly helped grease the wheels of verbosity. Lance’s juggling of the dwarfs’ names form the Hobbit and the nearly canonical reference to the lesser Jackson, Tito, were cause for great laughter. A line-up of bottles boasting ABV’s of ~50-62% does not fall without a fight, but this little brotherhood of over-the-hill warriors, chubby dwarfs, effeminate elves and other lesser heroes did our best. In the end…we went down swinging.
The Randoms: “It’s gonna happen if you drink that” … Tito Tolkien … Counting dwarfs … “The Tony Robbins of Middle Earth” … “Gargamel” … “You lived in Fionavar?!” … The Mordor gay sign … debate over value of the appendices … sadly, no Robert or Bauer.