Coming Soon…


April is in the bag—I think. Another month looms and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be very different from the one ending. Minnesota’s “stay at home” order will continue for another two weeks but it’s hard to see how we’ll be returning to anything resembling “normalcy” after that. On the home/work front we’ve been doing four simultaneous Zoom sessions most days and that’s going to continue through May as the kids’ school and our colleges are all staying online. The question right now is what the fall term will look like, for us and for all the people who work at schools and colleges with less security than we are privileged to enjoy.

Those questions are also looming large over the industries whose products I cover on the blog: spirits and food. In all the talk about social distancing and industrial workplaces I haven’t heard too much about what is happening at distilleries. People are certainly drinking more at home but what is going on with employees at distilleries, distributors, importers, stores? Is production being/going to be affected? Casualties in the restaurant world have begun to pile up. The Bachelor Farmer is the most prominent Twin Cities restaurant so far to announce that they will not be re-opening at all. Other smaller restaurants have closed too and I’m sure many others will as well. Will our favourite places survive? Will the industry—farming/food production, distribution, retail, restaurants, bars, food media etc—be able to remake itself to be more equitable and sustainable? Will any of the political and economic transformations that will be necessary to allow all of that actually happen? I hope so but I am not confident.

Even if restaurants reopen in some limited way in the middle of the month I don’t see us going out to dine for a long while yet. I expect we’ll expand our takeout range a bit, maybe even start picking up food to eat in parks near the restaurants and so forth. On the food front I’ll continue to cover takeout and post recipes. And I really am going to finish up with my Goa and Calcutta restaurant reviews this month. There’ll probably be a books-related post once a week as well.

And I’ll keep to the the usual schedule of three booze reviews a week. The long list is below. As always, I invite you to nominate things you might be particularly interested in to the short list.

  1. Aberlour 26, 1989 (Cooper’s Gold)
  2. Ambassador 25 yo, Blend
  3. Auchentoshan 15, 1997 (Old Malt Cask)
  4. Auchroisk 22, 1990 (Whisky Fässle)
  5. Balblair 16
  6. Balblair 2005, First Release
  7. Benromach 8, 2011 (for The Whisky Exchange)
  8. Bunnahabhain 1997-2010, Chateau Lafite Cask (Murray McDavid)
  9. Caol Ila 8, 2010 (Old Particular)
  10. Caol Ila 10 (G&M, Connoisseur’s Choice)
  11. Caroni 15, 1997, Rum (A.D. Rattray)
  12. Clynelish 24, 1989 (Adelphi)
  13. Convalmore 21, 1984 (G&M)
  14. Domaine du Pouchegu 27, 1986, Armagnac
  15. Dufftown 9, 1999 (G&M for Binny’s)
  16. Fettercairn 17, 1995 (Exclusive Malts)
  17. Glen Scotia 14
  18. Glen Spey 12, 1999 (Blackadder)
  19. Glendronach 13, 1990 (Whisky Galore)
  20. Glenglassaugh 30
  21. Glenlossie 29, 1978 (Gordon & MacPhail)
  22. Glenrothes 33, 1972
  23. Hanyu 2000-2012, Chibidaru
  24. Laphroaig 16, Retro Label (The Whisky Exchange)
  25. Nikka 12, Single Grain Coffey Still
  26. Port Ellen 24, 1982 (Signatory)
  27. Springbank 10, House & Tree Label
  28. Springbank 1997, Batch 1
  29. Tamdhu 26, 1984 (WWW forum bottling)
  30. Tomatin 23, 1976 (Old Malt Cask)

8 thoughts on “Coming Soon…

    • Both coming up this month. Taking notes on the MMD Bunnahabhain right now, and I have to say I found it far more smoke-driven than you seemed to. Of course, I’ve held on to this sample for god knows how many years—it may have changed a fair bit despite the fact that you mummy-wrapped the lid.

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  1. As for Restaurants reopening that’s inevitable but it’s going to depend on your comfort zone but I came to the realization yesterday that a lot of people think this is over!
    I say that even though my work is now requiring everyone wear masks and practice Social Distancing but after work yesterday I went to the Von Hansons Meat Market in Woodbury where 2 weeks ago all their Employees were wearing masks so I took mine out of my work bag and wore it inside only to hear chuckles from the now unmasked staff and overheard one of them say dosen’t he know this is over?
    My next stop was to the Kwik Trip across the Street which was packed but I did not see one employee or any of the customers wearing a mask but for the most part they were standing on the dots provided on the floor.
    It’s going to be interesting to see how the Woodbury Costco does with masks being required on Monday as this is only a mile away from the Von Hansons location.

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    • Yeah, it’s crazy. Our local Menards is now requiring masks as well. A friend of mine told me she was there yesterday and a guy was complaining loudly that he had to wear one to shop in a store! People need to understand that if they would like for this to be over anytime soon the least they can do is wear masks.

      I think it’s going to take a long time for us to be comfortable eating in a restaurant. Maybe places that do outdoor seating. The Cities will have to be flexible about allowing restaurants without large parking lots to put tables up on the sidewalks.

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  2. Interested in your opinion of pouchegu Armagnac. I purchased it when it was released years ago and never got around to it. I heard good things.

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