No problem, thanks Doug and Grant. I'm enjoying the autumn sunshine here in Long Ashton Bristol with some wonderfully coloured woodland at the back of the house. Tomorrow I'll make my regular pilgrimage to the secondhand bookshop in the National Trust property of Tyntesfield just a few miles away. Do I need more books? Definitely not but I did pay a little more for my flight so that I could bring an extra case and I'm going to get value for money on the return flight to Dublin.
Hi Doug, Martin (whiskybroker)is busy bottling about fifteen different casks of rum for another company just now and I was asking him what they nosed and tasted like so that he could make a comparison. One of seven casks that I bought and was thinking of bottling was a 1999 Uitvlugt. The distillery closed in 2000. They used both column stills and pot stills. The rum in this cask was distilled in an ancient wooden Port Morant still which I'm told was then moved to "Diamond" the last surviving distillery in Guyana. It is quite strong at approx 61% That and because I probably paid too much for the cask may make it too expensive, probably about £55. I think it would be wrong to reduce the strength although unquestionably the drinker will add water. The out-turn will be about 170 bottles. I do think it is collectable but is it a decent rum? Incidently the other casks are 12yo Guyana Diamond and Belise Travellers which might be every bit as interesting and much less expensive. Haven't quite made up my mind on this one. I am however satisfied that the 29 yo Strathclyde is worth the money. I have five casks ranging from 52% to 57% and I want to taste them again because they are quite distinctive. I intend to keep the other four casks because I think as 30 yo they should sell well. Price, not cheap but definitely good value at about £65 and definitely only to forum members.
Re tenth share of barrel of Glen Ord, priced at £150. If you are still interested email me, firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll then have a contact address to which I will forward details. Sorry for delay.