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#50296 - 24/03/17 10:09 PM Speyside Whisky Festival 2017
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Well we're only a month or so from this year's Speyside WF.
I plan on attending again this year, It will be my fourth. Doing another side trip to Islay for 4 days as well. Dropping by to visit Rab and have a few mystery malts, picking up my stash from under his stairs. I also plan on visiting Wolfburn at the end of the trip.
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#50297 - 27/03/17 12:13 AM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Dave N]
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Hi Dave, have put fresh bog rolls in the downstairs lavvie, your stash is safe, have some interesting bottles from Martin for you to sample, and I am busy making space by draining the dregs shelf.
Is Graeme pitching up here at the same time as you and Madonna?
Roll on April.

Cheers, Rab.

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#50298 - 27/03/17 02:52 PM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Wee Rab]
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We're picking up Graeme at the Aberdeen airport. We'll be dropping in to your place on Friday the 21st.
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#50310 - 05/04/17 11:31 PM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Dave N]
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Hi Dave,
Jon and Vikki might hopefully be up for the Canuck Shebeen weekend, so warn Graeme round two is on the cards, and Vikki takes no prisoners! As you already know, hehehe.
I have some great drams on the shelf, unopened, and waiting.

Cheers, Rab.

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#50312 - 06/04/17 05:25 PM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Dave N]
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Sounds like this could be a competition fit for Friar's Carse. All you need is an ebony whistle.
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#50318 - 09/04/17 10:02 PM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Dave N]
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Hi Raymondo,
Jon and Vikki are definitely coming up for round two with Graeme and Dave, and I fear it will take more than an ebony whistle to keep them at arm’s length. I might have to hire the local bouncers to keep order.
Intrigued by your reference to a Friar’s Carse, not a phrase with which I am acquainted. What does it mean?
Looking forward to a couple of good tasting nights, and Buphendra’s port finished cask will be ready for drining, so it will be a grand weekend.

Cheers, Rab.

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#50319 - 10/04/17 01:03 PM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Dave N]
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A famous drinking trophy competed for by Capt Riddell of Glenridell, Fergusson of Craigdarroch and Laurie of Maxwellton, at which Robert Burns was present. The bacchanalian revelry took place at Friar's Carse part of which I think is now The Crichton Institute and isn't far from Burns farm at Ellisland. The last person standing (who could still manage to blow the whistle) was deemed the winner and got to retain the whistle until he was challenged again. It came originally from Denmark to Scotland but had been competed for in Poland, Russia and Sweden.
The "Whistle o' Worth I think is a Burn's song. Unfortunately I've no idea where the whistle is now but if you produce a whistle and place it on the table when Jon and Vikki arrive, it could be quite a party.
A really useful bit of information think ye not young Rab!


http://www.robertburns.org/works/291.shtml

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#50320 - 10/04/17 02:22 PM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Raymondo]
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It sounds like we're going to have to rest up for that weekend!!
We had a great time two years ago when Jon and Vikki came to visit.
Rab, do you know if Martin has those plastic blow up sleeves you can put on the bottles for shipping??
This will be our fourth trip to Scotland and our third Speyside WF. See you in 11 days.
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#50321 - 10/04/17 02:50 PM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Dave N]
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Well Raymond, you have wakened a memory of that which was long forgotten in my misspent youth in the late 50s.
My father owned the Palmerson Hotel in Maxwelltown, and at that time, Jimmy McGowan was my best pal and his dad was the head baker at the Crichton, and all the stories of Burns, The Frierskerse, The Hermitage, the ivied cott have come to the fore.
Indeed Burns used a diamond to scratch verses on the window pane at the ivied cott.
I have never been a great reader of the Bard’s work, other than the shorter verses and songs.
I have a copy of the complete work of Burns, and am ashamed to say it is seldom opened, and even then, usually as a reference book.
The Crichton now is nothing like it was when I was a lad. In my day, it was a ‘mental asylum’ and it was huge. It had a laundry, a bakery and massive kitchens and vast gardens.
I suppose I should have looked for the Friar’s Carse on the internet!

Cheers, Rab.

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#50322 - 10/04/17 08:44 PM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Dave N]
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Rab - I fear the internet would not have told the tale as well as Raymundo , so by not looking it up you were enriched , rather than informed.

We lose so much , by having too much to hand , the tale told is always better than the event reported , even an old hack , gin yersel would concede thon?

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#50328 - 19/04/17 11:23 PM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Dave N]
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Well Grant, as ever, your words of wisdom are pretty much on the head of the nail. You should try and arrange to visit when there is a scheduled Whithorn international tasting.
I bumped into Yolanda this afternoon, and she revealed she has not touched a drop of whisky since here services at Bladnoch ceased. She is dramming on brandy and gin, and looking forward to the production of Newton Stewart mother’s ruin.
Only a couple of days now until the Canadian Shebeen Crew arrive.
We have switched the Friday night tasting to Saturday night, as Bhupendra fasts on a Friday, and he will be bringing his port finished bottles for consideration.
I can’t wait to see how the Shebeen scoring system works with that dram!
Roll on Friday.

Cheers ‘n’ beers, King Rab of Britain.

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#50329 - 23/04/17 07:34 PM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Dave N]
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Well, a wild whisky weekend was enjoyed by everyone who visited Whithorn.
Dave Nalepa and his wife Donna, Graeme McKenzie, Jon and Vikki Trueman, Bhupendra and Ashok.
Over two nights, a total of 30 individual whiskies were sampled, and 24 new bottles were uncorked.
As usual, Jon turned up with a selection from the weird to the wonderful. The weird was a bottle of three year old Gold Cock Red Feather at 40% abv from the House of R. Jelinek, established by appointment of His Majesty Prince Vilem of the Czech Replublic !
The wonderful included a hand filled bottle of Deanston. 11 years old, sherry matured and bottled at 60.1% abv; an 8 year old sherry matured Springbank Society bottling at 57.2% abv; an NAS Gerston at 43% abv from the Lost Distillery Company; a Method and Madness single pot still Irish sherry finished from Midleton, and an NAS Glenglassaugh Peated at 44% abv.
Canadian bottles included NAS Lot No. 401 Rye at 43% and an NAS Crown Royal Northern Harvest at 45% abv.
Others sampled over the weekend were an NAS Westport finished in an Oloroso Octave at 47.4%; a 15 year old Macduff at 46%; a 16 year old Dailuaine F&F at 43%; 25 year old Tamnavulin at 51%; an 8 year old Bladnoch from a Seguin Moreau wine cask at 43%; two sister cask bottles of 15 year old Bowmore at 52.5 %; a 7 year old Ardmore from an Islay cask at 55.9%; an NAS Mortlach Rare Old at 43.4%; a 4 year old Ailsa Bay first batch at 48.9%; an NAS Spey Tenne port matured at 46%; a 10 year old Glen Breton Ice at 57.2%; an NAS Redbreast Lustau Edition at 46%; an NAS Glen Scotia Double Cask at 46%; four different 25 year Cambus single grains from sherry casks ranging from 52.7% to 64.2%; Bhupendra’s home port tub finished vatted malts at around 51% and the same vatted malt prior to post tub finishing.
I have no idea how long it will take to finish off what is left, but every dram will bring back memories of two wonderful nights in King Robert’s kitchen.
We also managed to drink about 10 bottles of Harrogate Still Water and a dozen packets of Howdah Indian snacks.
Looking forward to the next Canadian invasion already!

Cheers ‘n’ beers, HRH Wee Rab.

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#50331 - 24/04/17 08:29 PM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Dave N]
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Whoops, forgot we also tried the Nikka Samurai Gold & Gold at 43% abv. It was a Japanese airport duty free bottle with full metal armour and helmet. I opened it because the metal screw-top seal was allowing ullage, so it was better in my glass than thin air.

Cheers, Rab.

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#50334 - 25/04/17 08:13 AM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Dave N]
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Ullage, one of my favourite words , along with pandiculation , and susseration !

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#50335 - 26/04/17 02:08 PM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Dave N]
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Well Grant, I am counting us quits now, following the Graip – Grape spelling incident :o)).
I had to look up one of your favourite words as you spelled it incorrectly. I am sure you knew all along it is ‘sussuration.’
There is a school playground joke I remember asking ‘why do women engage in pandiculation when they get out of bed in the morning?’
Answers on a postcard please.

Cheers HRH Rab.

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#50339 - 10/05/17 12:04 PM Re: Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 [Re: Dave N]
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Well we arrived back home on Thursday safe and sound, albeit a raging head cold. I'd like to thank Rab and Janet for the hospitality shown to us during our visit. We had a grand trip to Islay for 4 days and then 5 days in Speyside for the festival. A final overnite trip to Thurso and a tour of Wolfburn.
I arrived back home with 12 full bottles, 1 500ml, 2-250ml, and a handful of miniatures. Also a half dozen Glencairn glasses from the tours. None broken:-))
Slainte

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