[lit-ideas] Re: Studies In Chicken and Whisky

  • From: "palma@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <palma@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: Bev Hogue <hogueb@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, colloquium@xxxxxxxxxx, David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Eric Yost <mr.eric.yost@xxxxxxxxx>, evolutionary-psychology@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Franz Huber <Franz.Huber@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, oanderson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Orion Anderson <libraryofsocialscience@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, philosop@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, wokshevs@xxxxxx, lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 15:05:53 -0400 (EDT)

what si your view of Skye?

On Mon, 19 May 2008 wokshevs@xxxxxx wrote:

> Just one minor comment for the sake of maintaining the arches of civilization.
> (It's Victoria Day today in Canada, and thus I offer the following thoughts, 
> in
> keeping with a cosmopolitan sense of what unites us in our common humanity and
> dignity - be we Quebecers or not.)
> Now, regarding those arches and David R's rant below, along with his posting 
> of
> May 12 ("Whisky a la ..."): There is one reference made in both these texts
> that is morally and epistemically worthy of comment. (I don't mean to suggest,
> of course, that there are no other references in these texts of similar
> status.) The matter under discussion here is The Macallan, 12 yr. old.
> No, this malt - like the Toronto Maple leafs -  does not perform well on ice.
> Of course, no single malt scotch whiskey should ever be mixed with ice. This 
> is
> not a categorical imperative, mind you, but rather a hypothetical one:
> If you wish to
> experience comprehensively the possible nosing and tasting notes of a single
> malt, keep the ice in the freezer. All you need is a splash of water, a very
> small splash, for every dram (one and one quarter oz.) of malt.
> To determine whether you have added too much or too little water, do NOT taste
> the malt. For if you put too little water into your sniffer - we all do have
> our sniffers, of course - a taste will debilitate your taste buds beyond
> redemption for the evening ... indeed, to the point where you might as well
> replace the whiskey on its alphabeticized position on the shelf and take out a
> bottle of Jack Daniels from the baement.
> (Apologies to the bourbonites of the world ... but, after all ....)
> Moving right along: Stick your nose into the glass .... further, further ....
> that's it. No, that's too far. You'll drown that way. There, that's the right
> distance, just on top of the liquid. Now breathe in through your nose. Take a
> lo-o-o-ong, de-e-e-ep breath. If you begin to experience a discomforting,
> perhaps even slightly painful, sensation at the back of your nose, you know
> that you have not added sufficient water to your dram. Proceed accordingly.
> Under idealized epistemic conditions of discourse, you should be able to come 
> to
> an agreement with your libational interlocutors on the following generalizable
> tastes: Some sherry. Some honey. Flowery notes (you decide). A nicely rounded
> finish, but nothing to write home about. If the colour amber pleases you, go
> with that ethical conception of the pleasing.
> Thus ends the lesson.
> (Wirchlich! The things I do for civilization and the ideals of a
> liberal education! I trust that our friendly neighborhood stingray, along with
> Newman, Pelikan and Reading appreciate my efforts. Not that I have anything
> against chicken stock, mind you. I catch a cold, too, every once in awhile.)
> Imagine: Socrates never had a taste of the good stuff. Diotima must have been
> one hell of a great libational spirit!
> Sir Walter of the Rock
> Chair,
> Department of Speyside Malts and Hermeneutic Phenomenology
> University of the Famous Grouse
> Edinburgh, Scotland
> Quoting David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> > Critics may be unanimous that no verse which appears on this list has
> > more than an ounce of good sense in it, and that all of it is
> > certifiably green in the meaning department, but if we stipulate
> > this, where does that leave the poor sod who gets attacked for
> > mentioning that he puts ice in his whisky?  I mean he's sitting there
> > quietly on the group W bench, just sitting there with Arlo and a
> > rather large lobster, churning his words, and suddenly, just because
> > he's mentioned frozen water, hordes of pork roasters come at him with
> > ice picks. How much justice is there in that, I ask you?  About as
> > much as you'd get from a blind barman in a New England nunnery.
> > Maybe less.  Bloody minded is what I call it, just plain
> > straightforward bloody minded, like a Yorkshire pig with a hankering
> > for truffles, setting off for France, and finding after the
> > Strindberg roundabout--avoid that one on any bank holiday weekend is
> > my bit of free advice-- and turning left at Helium (if you see signs
> > for Misery, you've gone too far), carrying on past McGonagall's
> > Auction (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/
> > tayside_and_central/7402920.stm.)  that he's actually got no idea
> > where France is.  That's not how we go about life down at the Salt
> > Lake Masonic.  Show me money and I'll show you people with a lot more
> > sense than pigs, people who know their ice cubes from their branches,
> > people who can tell you there's not an ounce of difference between
> > cold water out of a stream and frozen water from the freezer.  Water
> > is water and work is work and that's all I can compress into a
> > postcard-sized rant, so that's all there is to it.
> >
> >
> > David Ritchie
> > taking it home in
> > Portland, Oregon
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