Inside the Bottle: Sweet Surrender

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Social Distancing: Inside the Bottle

Sweet Surrender

I’m sat here with a dram… it’s an Auchentoshan, and a bottling from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. I picked this one up on an auction site recently.

Sweet Surrender, which spent most of its life, well the first 15 years of it in an ex-bourbon hogshead, it was then transferred into a 1st fill Oloroso hogshead.

It’s really got a deliciously sweet nose, and yes, this is cask strength – 56.5%. Deliciously sweet coffee and vanilla…its aroma is filling the air around me.. a little hug of scent, which always makes me smile.

The weather has been quite a cool after a good few days of sunshine, those dreamy blue skies and soft white clouds what I wish I could just float away on….

I’ve got to say, we’ve had some wonderful weather recently, even though the mornings have been somewhat foggy and frosty, it has always improved. Perhaps you have ventured outside, safely, because you have to work? If you’ve had to go out to work, then I hope you remain safe. Maybe you’re able to live somewhere where you can get out for walk, or have a garden, then I hope you’ve enjoyed it…even for a short spell!! It is so good for the soul & it takes us away from the here and now!!

A couple of days ago the sunshine gave way to cooler weather, and thankfully it’s raining now, which saves me watering the garden, every cloud and all that. I’m so glad I have done all of it, it was a good time to do some thinking… some recollection, and just being me. I’ve read a book by my favourite author Milly Johnson in between writing this. I love her stories, I read another this time last year too, that just hit home.

Some of my thoughts need a little work, and some are just there, happily resting in the places of my mind, and thinking about these bring forth feelings that make my heart smile.

So, it is now a couple of days later, and I’ve just poured myself another dram of this whisky, there are some lovely spices coming through on the nose too. I’m still enjoying those other aromas from the other night…there is something really appealing to my senses… hints of fruit and very well worn leather, some very light nutty notes too. There is a scent that reminds me of perfume/aftershave…

Now where was I? Ah yes…social distancing.

Thankfully those that understand the seriousness of this situation are adhering to all the advice and toeing the line. Some aren’t and we can only hope that the penny finally drops, or something makes it drop for them. These inconsiderate idiots (I could use stronger words) are the last thing we need… get a bloody grip, stay home, and stay the hell away from me when I have to shop for essentials. I think I need a 2 metre stick to prod them with.

We really need this to pass before the world loses any more loved ones, friends or colleagues. We also need to return to normal, whatever this new normal will be. I for one, and I know I’m not alone in feeling this, I desperately miss being out and about, I’m especially missing the whisky side of life. So, between me and you, if you see me re-posting my older blogs, then understand that I have just reread them, and for a moment I am back to where I was, and I am sharing them with whoever is kind enough to read them..

I just hope we don’t rush getting back to normalhowever much I’m champing at the bit. Safety has to come first. I’m really concerned about Mum, she turns 89 at the weekend. News from the nursing home is that all is well, but she’s so painfully frail, and that’s the reality of the situationand I hope others with elderly relatives or those with challenged immune systems are safe, and well.

I’ve picked up my glass again… Mmmm a lot of sugar when I’m taking a sniff… it’s just lovely, it’s making me smile, always a good thing. It’s almost peachy...and there’s a dark chocolatey fruity character too. And some lovely spices… it’s really revealing itself layer by layer.

and I’m thinking “I hope the miles soon melt away”.

Hmmm, it has a nice mouthful… a delicious warmth from the spices, that dark fruity chocolate aroma translates to a bitterness on the tongue, accompanied by a little orange. And this balances any sweetness.

It has to be said, it’s a really nice feeling, you know, having something delicious in your mouth, something you can savour before you swallow. The finish leaves a lingering bitterness.. and a little chocolatey note.

…as I’ve finished this dram I poured, I’m sat wondering about when we might return to this new “normal”. It will be so wonderful to see faces of loved ones and friends… feel arms envelop each of us as we meet once more. A hug, a friendly kiss, and if it’s coming from me, you get a Dutch kiss, that’s three times... I’m like that.

I recalled these scenes in my mind this morning (Saturday 2nd May) as I was just finishing this up… I think we will see scenes like these playing out right in front of our eyes…

I guess I’ll finish with this, be safe and wise if you have to go out,  your idea of 2 metres is someone else’s 12 inches…!! Clap for the NHS and carers on a Thursday evening. Donate to charities if you are able to, you could even shout thank you to those who carry out the day to day jobs for us, like the bin men and the postie (I do!!)

If you can, say hello to people, care for elderly neighbours and check if they need any assistance. My neighbour and I have a policy of waving to one another each day, in addition to phone calls.  As well as checking her blinds are open, we ensure she is well.

This will pass soon. I do think this will change the way we live too. These recent times have been tough, mundane, scary, heartbreaking… and life altering.

Just remember, journeys may change…

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