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Whisky quotes – Haruki Murakami

“Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink.” -Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

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2 thoughts on “Whisky quotes – Haruki Murakami

  1. I’ve just checked out your blog, and enjoyed your first few
    posts! I’d like to – if I may – open a discussion about single
    malts (or indeed single casks) vs. blended whiskys.

    It is my opinion that many neanderthals drink blended whisky
    rather than single malts, for cost/drunkeness tradeoff
    reasons. But this fact has unfortunately meant that even bigger
    and snobbier neanderthals, who are able to think only by
    antithesis, figure that only single malts are worth good
    drinking.

    In fact, nothing could be further from the truth!

    Consider the reasons for blending whisky – and there are only
    two:

    1. To utilize large quantities of poor cheap primary product to
    create a cheap and (importantly) *consistent* finished product for
    consumption by neanderthals

    2. To blend primary components in order to create a final product
    which is more complex and sophisticated than its primary parts

    Now I can hear some snobby neanderthals at the back grunting
    something about point 2. How can that be the case? they ask. Well
    its simple. How does one create a whisky which is pleasing to the
    (sophisticated/trained) human palate? (And let’s be clear – when
    we’re talking about quality in whisky that is the ultimate – nay,
    the only – criterion). I’ll tell you: trial and error.

    Now tell me – which is the faster feedback loop?

    (i) putting raw ingredients in a barrel and letting them mature
    for 10 years (or 30!)

    (ii) blending intermediate ingredients to the taste of
    an (expert) human palate

    Hmm.

    So my thesis is that it is possible to create a blended whisky
    which is of higher quality than any single malt.

    Disclosure: my favourite whisky is a fabulous blend by Compass
    Box Whiskies called “The Peat Monster”.

    1. It looks like that should have been a guest post!

      While I will agree with you that there are spectacular and outstanding blends (and The Peat Monster is certainly one of them), I have not tried a blend that I enjoy more than some of my single malts.

      Two of my recent favourites are the Bruichladdich Black Art and The Dalmore Castle Leod. Both are fantastically complex and deep in flavour, and do not have some of the rough edges of some other singles (e.g. the Talisker Distiller’s Edition, which while a good whisky, I found quite hard going).

      I will need to write about that Dalmore soon.

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