Liquorature Gathering #036 – “The Pillars Of The Earth” (Ken Follett)
Date: January, 2012
Whisky: BenRiach Horizons 12 y.o., BenRiach Madeira 15 y.o., BenRiach Birnie Moss
Rum: Flor de Cana 5 y.o.
This is what it’s all about. No fuss, no muss. Just a night of the guys being guys. Draining bottles, kicking ass and taking names. Ummmm…right.
This was a simple back-to-basics club night. The gang all crowded around a coffee table in the middle of the room with a few snacks and some great drinks. The book was awesome (one of my all time favorites), the drinks great and the mood was one of relaxed candor. Sometimes it all just aligns and you can see that everyone present is right into it and just glad to be together.
‘Pillars’ is one I had debated picking for some time. Lance initially recommended this one to me a few years back, and while I was skeptical at first, by page 15 or so I’m not certain the jaws of life could have pulled this one from my grip. I’ve since passed on copied to others, and seen the same reaction over and over again. Much like a few other well-known tales, this one was destined to be a club choice at some point. The only question was who would be the one to pick it. Enter Pat.
This is the sort of story that has roots leading to countless potential topics of conversation. I think we jumped all over with this one. Not in a bad way, but in a sort of ‘holy sh*t…what an achievement’ kinda way. The epic scope of the story, played out against a historical backdrop, is just the sort of fodder that sets a few of us historical fiction junkies to drooling. Chris and I in particular, are suckers for this style or genre. To date, ‘Pillars’, ‘Shogun’ and ‘Atlas’ have been three of the most revered Liquorature selections. I can’t see this changing anytime soon either. Hard to depose these grand tales.
Pat tracked down a couple of nifty young malts from one of my favorite distilleries, BenRiach. The Horizons release is the sister expression to the Solstice Scott brought to the club at one point. The Birnie Moss…a fiery young peat monster. The Madeira just smooth and sassy. As to the rum…while I didn’t partake, I do know there are several fans of this one in our midst.
Like I said…a simple night, built on a great yarn. No need for theatrics or thematics. Good call, Pat.
Randoms: “Low cunning to put a horn up your *ss” … a cross-face chicken wing … “I’m a 70’s guy…1170’s” … forest poon … “I pick Johnny Eightpence” reply: “you can’t go full r*tard” … right in the cunny … “she’s got nice boobs” … “…as a financial planner”