Thursday, September 15, 2011

More important news for mikey

"Who wants a nip of the Sheep Dip whisky?" asked Another Kiwi, rather foolishly some would say.

"I could certainly cope with a wee'd ram", says I.

A year ago we touched upon Antarctic whisky, and the research program to reverse-engineer its components, certainly no-one hoping that it contains Shuggoth DNA. There are developments:
In Feb 2011, after required negotiations, Whyte & Mackay company owner Dr Vijay Mallya personally flew to Christchurch to collect and take three bottles back to Scotland using his private jet. Whyte & Mackay’s master blender Richard Paterson and his expert team spent eight weeks deconstructing, analysing and marrying malt whiskies to "recreate" the ancient samples. They needed to match the delicacy, sweetness, fragrance, spice and smokey notes of the "Rare Old Highland Malt". For this they have used malt whiskies ranging from 8 to 30 years of age. The Whyte and Mackay malt brands include Dalmore, Jura and Highland Park. It would be expected that these may form part of the recreation but at it's core is malt whisky from Glen Mhor, which was the original Mackinlay distillery before it closed in 1983.

Whisky Magazine man Dave Broom is claimed to be the only other person in the world to have tasted both the original and the recreation. Whyte & Mackay’s website quotes him as "The Shackleton whisky is not what I expected at all, and not what anyone would have expected. It’s so light, so fresh, so delicate and still in one piece – it’s a gorgeous whisky. I think the replication is absolutely bang on."
So where can you taste the stuff? It turns out not to be so difficult if you live in upsy-downy land.

If the consumers undergo massive ontogenic transformations (resulting from the unmasking of hitherto-methylated HOX genes) and transform into a body-plan with novel sense organs and five-fold-symmetry, we will have to conclude that there was some DNA contamination after all.


fish said...

"So, where'd you get the yeast to ferment with?"

"No comment."

tigris said...

You only think the 'S' in S. cerevisiae stands for Saccharomyces.

Substance McGravitas said...

Additional references to the Elder Things appear in Lovecraft's short story "The Shadow Out of Time" (1936), and the novella "At the Mountains of Madness," which is the main source of information about them.

When the best source of such valuable information is a racist lunatic it's obvious that science has failed.

H. Rumbold, Master Barber said...

Wouldn't the ethanol denature any DNA that might be present? Anyway, I think it's neat that there are chemical reactions on the scale of decades that improve the flavour of wines and spirits. I also like the pitch drop.

mikey said...

It has whispers of gentle bonfire smoke slowly giving way to spicy rich toffee, treacle and pecan nuts.

What? The? Hell????

They let an assclown that would write THIS have some of Shackleton's Uisge?

This idiot doesn't seem to understand the concept, and should suffer general ridicule and opprobrium. Repeatedly.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

certainly no-one hoping that it contains Shuggoth DNA.

You're thinking of dessert, old chum!

tigris said...

Shoggoth-free desserts are only for people with the diabeetus.

J— said...

deconstructing, analysing and marrying

The wisdom and skills of Derrida, Freud, and Benedict XVI applied to whiskey.

fish said...

Tigris wins one Internet.

Smut Clyde said...

Shoggoth-free desserts are only for people with the diabeetus.

Allow me to recommend "The Heart of R'lyeh", by Hieronymous Kitsch (Unspeakable Tomes, 1989). Contains blasphemous secrets, watermelon-based cocktails served by dwarf waiters, and unexpurgated descriptions of nouvelle cuisine.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

and mikey says he finds 3Bulls incomprehensible.

Smut Clyde said...

At least our comments are in the right order.

fish said...

Wouldn't the ethanol denature any DNA that might be present?

Precipitate perhaps.

Eating the worm at the bottom of the bottle not recommended under the circumstances.

M. Bouffant said...

Important news for Smut, if he doesn't already know.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

At least our comments are in the right order.

How can you tell?

Substance McGravitas said...

The Frick was nice. I really liked the portrait of this asshole.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

watermelon-based cocktails

That sounds awesome right now. However, I'm going to have to settle for grapefruit juice and vodka.


Kathleen said...

time to drink already? I'm still hopping myself up on coffee

ckc (not kc) said...

...the portrait of this asshole.

Creation Start Date: 1610
Creation End Date: 1630
Creation Date: c. 1620

10 years to clean the brushes and dispose of the oily rags, I guess.

Smut Clyde said...

I'm still hopping myself up

Veiled Beer References are always welcome here. Let us know when you reach 80 IBUs.