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Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down The Crazy River

Fantastic song though from this position 21 years later you can play cliche bingo as the video progresses.

Bigrab’s Whisky Recommendation – Aberlour a’bunadh

I have actually mentioned this whisky before on the old blog but it merits a mention in my recommendation series because 1) It is a very fine Speyside whisky 2) It is cask strength ( 59.6%) 3) It costs just over £30 which by comparison to other normal strength single malts is very competitive indeed.

It really is a similar colour to the photograph and comes in a very attractive bottle with a wooden topped cork and a wax seal. Some people don’t worry about such faldera but I think it all adds to the experience. For example, Glenfarclas 105 which I have featured before is a very similar product to a’bunadh but the presentation of the latter I think gives it the edge. The “whisky bard” Robin Laing was moved to write the following song about it.


The following is from the Aberlour Website

Aberlour a’bunadh is a natural single cask strength malt whisky. Taken directly from specially selected sherry casks it is bottled as simply as possible without the use of modern filtering methods or the addition of water. The three main characteristics that distinguish Aberlour a’bunadh from the other single malts are:

Original Cask Strength means that the whisky is bottled at the strength of the cask, which in the case of the first batch of a’bunadh is 59.6%. Not diluted, the whisky possesses a greater aromatic complexity. Most malts of the old days were cask strength.

Not Chill-filtered. Today most malt whiskies are chill-filtered to prevent the whisky becoming cloudy when adding water or ice. This process, which did not exist in the 19th century, removes some richness and mouth feel as well as some fruit and sherry character. Aberlour a’bunadh is a true replica of the old days’ malts.

Only the best Sherry Butts, which previously held oloroso, have been selected by Douglas Cruickshank, Aberlour’s Distillery Director. These casks are the rarest and the most precious used for whisky maturation. Again, they were used in the old days when sherry was imported from Spain in casks which were then left empty sitting in UK ports or ships.

Tasting Notes…
A 19th-century-style whisky matured exclusively in Spanish oak Oloroso sherry butts, then bottled at cask strength. Dark, luxurious and powerful; a superb after-dinner malt.

Colour
Deep, rich amber.

Nose
An intoxicating aroma of mixed spices, praline and spiced orange, harmonising with rich, deep notes of Oloroso sherry.

Taste
Orange, black cherries, dried fruit and ginger, spiked with dark bitter chocolate and enriched with sherry and oak. Full-bodied and creamy.

Finish
Robust and intense, with bitter-sweet notes of exotic spices, dark chocolate and oak.Aberlour a’bunadh is currently available in France, UK, Duty Free and is soon to be exported to other countries around the world.

Firstly try neat and then add a little water to taste (or not as the case may be) Try some with a good quality dark chocolate. Superb.

Lets Start the Week With a Laugh.

This guy sticks his head into a barber shop and asks, “How long before I can get a haircut?” The barber looks around the shop and says, “About 2 hours.” The guy leaves.

A few days later the same guy sticks his head in the door and asks, “How long before I can get a haircut?” The barber looks around at shop full of customers and says, “About 2 hours.” The guy leaves. A week later the same guy sticks his head in the shop and asks, “How long before I can get a haircut?” The barber looks around the shop and says, “About an hour and a half.” The guy leaves.

The barber looks over at a friend in the shop and says, “Hey, Bill, follow that guy and see where he goes.” In a little while, Bill comes back into the shop laughing hysterically. The barber asks, “Bill, where did he go when he left here?” Bill looked up and said, “To your house.”

And staying on the barber theme, this time in New York.

A Buddhist monk goes to a barber to have his head shaved. “What should I pay you?” the monk asks. “No price, for a holy man such as yourself,” the barber replies. And what do you know, the next day the barber comes to open his shop, and finds on his doorstep four gemstones.
That day, a priest comes in to have his hair cut. “What shall I pay you, my son?” “No price, for a man of the cloth such as yourself.” And what do you know, the next day the barber comes to open his shop, and finds on his doorstep four freshly baked teacakes.
That day, Rabbi Finklestein comes in to get his sideburns trimmed. “What do you want I should pay you?” “Nothing, for a man of God such as yourself.” And the next morning, what do you know? The barber finds on his doorstep…………………………. four rabbis!

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