We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming on quality whiskies, somewhat serious reviews and general pontificating to introduce you to a fine Bombay tradition – the BAR NIGHT.
Now, what you may say makes ‘Bar Night’ here any different than another part of the world?
I’m so delighted you asked!
You see we have a fine colonial tradition of ‘gym khanna‘ in these parts… bastions for a certain sort that once upon a time some were frequented by those mad dogs and Englishmen.
Since then, membership at such clubs may still remain a privilege and yet from time to time a few of us ‘riff raff’ get invited into these rarified domains.
Enter ‘Bar Night’ where more sociable evenings happen opening the doors to members guests on a wider scale.
In our impromptu BMC version, we opened up the ‘Bar Night’ liquor cabinet of our host.
Let’s admit it folks – most of us with a prediliction for quality drams have our ‘jaanta’ (masses) cabinet with an assortment of ‘bar booze’ and then our special ‘reserved’ section hidden away from prying eyes.
Helps avoid those gasps of dismay where a crazy expensive rare single malt is shocked with a bucket of ice or horror of all horrors drowned in soda or some other fizzy substance that has no business going near a prime whisky!
Don’t worry, I haven’t gone all crazy snobby, just some whiskies DO deserve a different sort of treatment.
Here is what we sampled:
- Penderyn Madeira 46% – A clear conversation piece
- Lagavulin 16 year 43% – Return of an old favourite
- Aberlour 12 year 40% – Sherry berry but not a bomb
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