And the progress update on the building of the Ark. Yea verily though it hath rained for two score and three days we still have faith that the summer is well nigh. It also helps that the Scotch Library curator must check the quality of the single malt scotches entrusted to his care! Thus bringing me to this year’s Single Malt Library Report. This year’s report due to the burgeoning number of single malts was conducted with the help of an assistant library curator.
He insisted that he be pictured along with the library prior to evaluation and enumeration. And with a face like that it is easy to see why he is the most spoiled boy on earth. Ok ok enough proud father blather —
the Single Malt Scotch Report:
Aberfeldy 12yr highland 50%
Aberlour 12yr highland 100%
Ardbeg 10yr islay 15%
Auchentoshan 12yr lowlands 80%
Balvenie 14yr speyside 75%
Bowmore 12yr islay 45%
Caol Ila 12yr islay 75%
Dalwhinnie 15yr highland 75%
Dewar’s Monarch 15yr blend 80%
Dun Bheagan 15yr islay 30%
Edradour 10yr highland 40%
Glen Breton 10yr Cape Breton Ca. (Happy 150th Canada!) 50%
Glen Farclas cask strength 12yr speyside wee dram
Glen Kinchie 12yr Edinburgh highlands 75%
Glen Livet Master Distillers reserve 12yr speyside 80%
Glen Livet 12yr speyside 60%
Glen Livet 12yr speyside 50%
Glen Morangie The original 10yr highlands 45%
Glen Morangie Quinta Ruban 12yr highlands 80%
Glen Rothes 12yr speyside 80%
Haig Club ? age Edinburgh highlands 80%
Highland Park 18yr Orkney 100%
Highland Park Dark Origins Orkney 80%
Jura Superstition ? age islay 80%
Laphroaig 10yr islay 45%
Macallan 12yr speyside 70%
Speyburn 10yr speyside 75%
Scapa 16yr Orkney 50%
Tomatin 12 yr highland 100%
Yamazaki 12yr Japan 70%
There you have it – the Library encompasses more different Scotches than most drinking establishments. We are running low on Ardbeg (15%). But it is god awful iodine(ic) and salty and Mike will just drink it up if we get more. LOL We could also use a new bottle of Laphroaig. On a side note as Janet says “What the fuck are you going to do with all those bottles of scotch????? You’re never gonna drink them all and I’ll just have to throw the shit out when you’re in you 80’s and you don’t come back from a portage trip! You should just have every one bring up a dirt cheap 1.75 l plastic bottle of vodka – its what you’re drinking these days any way!! And besides you can get the bottle of vodka for about 12$.” Ok ok be that as it may – and far be it for me to disagree with The Evil One, but one of my goals when I get back to India this fall is to purchase a bottle of single malt that is produced there.
Things are moving along here at camp and the west dock is nearing completion. Work is proceeding between rains and blustery cool weather. The log runners are joined and decked and I have located the piling brackets but not yet attached them. I have also built all new pilings. The next things to be done are to drill and attach the brackets then set the dock. No big problems are envisioned but whenever a new dock is swung into position and set up there is liable to be rocks obstructing the area where the new pilings will sit. Its always a good idea to have swimming weather when this point is reached so the rocks can be manually cleared from the piling areas. I am hoping that we get the weather for it this weekend.
I am still taking both the boys for a walk each morning after I wake or am woke by Kevin. Mr. Bart is getting Kevin slowly trained as to what is proper doggie etiquette and days go by without any snarls on the walk. Kevin still is a little exuberant for Bart but he seems to be enjoying Kevin more each day. Kevin is still completely flummoxed as to how he can’t catch Bart when Bart turns on the after burners. Bart still keeps the camp safe from any large flying birds by chasing them as they fly over the camp. He is so fast that he often has to stop and wait for the birds to get caught up as the fly over so they may be properly escorted off the premises! Kevin enjoys these exercises as well but he has no idea what Mr. Bart is chasing because he is chasing Bart and barking too. It is a thing of beauty to see 9 year old Bart spy a bird and take off full bore with little Kevin in hot pursuit but losing ground every stride! Its also great fun to watch as Kevin and Bart run like crazy boys in front of the lodge. It inevitably occurs that Kevin ends up chasing Bart – cutting corners and jumping obstacles that Bart circumvented yet never keeping up. I know it is only a matter of time till Kevin gets his “springs” but Bart is not giving a step to him yet.
It is amazing how much a new puppy renews everyone in contact with it! Kevin has definitely renewed us all! We still miss Baxter but mostly we say how much we wish he were here to see this craziness.
With all the rain we haven’t done a lot of fishing but the blackflies aren’t bad at all and the water temps are in the low seventies F and the weed beds are pretty well developed so I look forward to finishing off the dock and getting the Piscarious back into the warm bosom of mother Firth. We’re also hoping to fire up the pizza oven this holiday week end. Happy 150th Canada!