Liquorature Gathering #003 – “Red Mars” (Kim Stanley Robinson)
Date: April, 2009
Whisky: Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Glenlivet 21 y.o.
Rum: Zaya, Flor de Cana 18 y.o., Appleton’s Master Blender’s 30 y.o.
This was the first of our “rum nights”. Monsignor Surujbally, being a connoisseur of the cane, provided a couple of fine rums to sample. One in particular, a spicy sipper called Zaya, struck a chord with all. The first truly great rum I have tried. Being the gracious host he is, Lance also broke out a couple of high end whiskies for those of us not so into the pirate juice. One of these just happened to be the famous Johnnie Walker Blue Label. A nice blended scotch whisky, but not what I would have expected for ~$200 a bottle. Slightly…well…underwhelming. Not that I would pass on a dram though. Being as this was my first go at this one, I will have to sample it again with a clean palate. The second was a Glenlivit 21 Archive. Bold and beautiful.
Conversation was flowing and interesting. This was quite a slog of a book. Not necessarily a bad thing though, as it was a tome delightfully burdened with detail and well thought out pacing. The science and engineering were where most of the conversation was centered. Technical merits and genre comparisons were favored topics. We were detail-oriented and heavily opinionated…though not in a polarity sense.
As I do every time I am at Lance’s place, I must note…love that big sectional sofa for reclining and conversing in. Topic conversation was about two hours. Tack on an additional hour worth of Zaya praise.
Another great night.