the whisky lounge - a journal tracking a whisky maturation project involving a newly-acquired oak cask and a significant amount of patience

Friday, February 15, 2008

I Want to Be a Part of It

I have a very good friend in New York City who can be a bit of an endearing pest from time to time. Every few months, I get a message along the lines of "why haven't you come to visit me yet?" It's not because I dislike her at all; rather, in my line of work I have either not enough free time (but plenty of money) or not enough money (but oodles of free time).

But I'm going to bite the bullet and actually schedule a trip to the Big Apple. My friend will get some quality Ian time, and I'll be able to explore a city I quite like but haven't seen in ages. And I'll also be exploring the liquor stores. I have a suspicion that I'll be able to find several things in NYC that I couldn't get here in Ottawa, and more choice is always a good thing, if you ask me. I'm specifically going to keep an eye out for young cask-strength whisky. Here's hoping I can get my paws on something.

Oh, and in other news, I have secured two litres of home-made hard cider with apples supplied by a local farmer. The cider was made by a buddy of mine, and he's graciously giving me some to see if I can transmogrify it into applejack. Depending on the timing of my trip to New York, I might do a quick batch of applejack, then return to do a batch of whisky, or the other way around.

I'm not really sure if applejack in a cask after sherry and whisky will be a good idea or not, but I like to live dangerously.

I'll keep you posted.

Cheers,

Ian

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