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Subject: [Leica] Sushi, Laphroaig, and the Edinburgh Castle
From: hopsternew at (Geoff Hopkinson)
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2011 23:20:12 +1000
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Howard, in case  you missed the back story; Dr Ted recently had some
slightly mischievous things to say regarding Ansel Adams. This post was an
attempt to tease him back in a similar vein. In fact I think that Dr Ted's
favourite tipple is Lagavulin but I couldn't quite bring myself to
disrespect it (and my Canadian friend) ;-)
I confess to preferring the Glenmorangie end of the spectrum personally but
have been known to tolerate the peatier concoctions!


On 7 January 2011 20:55, Howard Ritter <hlritter at> wrote:

> I remember my first Laphroaig, at a wonderful place called the Edinburgh
> Castle in San Francisco, a bar that was I think sort of a rallying point 
> for
> the NoCal Scottish expat community...or so my slightly juvenile soul, newly
> imported from an upbringing in Ohio, wanted to think. Fish and chips 
> wrapped
> in pages from the Examiner, and a parrot in a cage by a portrait of Winston
> Churchill. Brian must know the place. I think it's defunct now.
> My Scotch experience was also at a juvenile stage at that point, and when I
> sniffed the aroma of the shot of L. that a friend was urging on me with a
> knowing grin, I was put in mind of summers as a kid when my playmates and I
> would walk down the railroad tracks, and the fragrance of the creosote
> preservative from the railroad ties baking in the hot sun would come up to
> sting my nose.
> I mentally chuckled at such an improbable metaphor...until I quaffed the
> brew, and stopped chuckling. It really WAS creosote. Undoubtedly the most
> memorable first sip of anything, unless that title goes to my first taste 
> of
> beer at age 10 or so (as with Laphroaig, it was a wonder to me that anyone
> would electively spend money and actually enjoy drinking the stuff). Later 
> I
> came to rather different realizations about beer. Don't think that will
> happen with the L.? "strained peat bog water with paint stripper" indeed!
> Oh yeah?as of the present time, also my LAST Laphroaig.
> ?howard
> On Jan 6, 2011, at 1:32 AM, Geoff Hopkinson wrote:
> > Certainly not that Laphroaig stuff!   It's time to have a dig at the
> > Laphraoig cult.
> > I've been an active professional consumer for more than 50 years. I've
> held
> > glasses of Laphraoig in my hand . It may be technically excellent but it
> > doesn't move me... Well sometimes the room may move a little if I hold
> > several glasses of it.
> >
> > Strained peat bog water with paint stripper in it is no accompaniment for
> > sushi! AND it is a monotone dirty brown colour plus smells like burnt
> socks.
> > Real sushi eaters prefer Belgian beer even if it is made by monks (who
> are
> > possibly not sterile).
> > Bite! Ice!  feel Content!  is no motto to drink by.
> >
> > Cheers
> > Geoff
> >
> >
> >
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Replies: Reply from philippe.amard at (philippe.amard) ([Leica] Sushi, Laphroaig, and the Edinburgh Castle)
In reply to: Message from hopsternew at (Geoff Hopkinson) ([Leica] What goes best with Sushi)
Message from hlritter at (Howard Ritter) ([Leica] Sushi, Laphroaig, and the Edinburgh Castle)