Jun 28 2013

I have arrived!

I’m at O’Callaghan’s in Dublin, with a cup of tea. I’m hydrating first. Guinness later.


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  1. 1

    Good to hear. Don’t get too soggy!

  2. 2

    A cup of tea fits nicely into the stereotype too.

  3. 3

    Feck the Guinness PZ, go for an Ardbeg on ice.

    Looking forward to hearing you at the conference and hopefully meeting a few FtB folks.

  4. 4

    I prefer hydrating with a dram of Connemara peated Irish whiskey poured neatly into a Glencairn* whisky glass holding by a tablespoon of water, then repeating as necessary.

    *A short-stemmed bardolino wine glass will work in a pinch.

  5. 5

    I’m here too! Tea sounds good.

  6. 6

    Tea! Way to start the weekend with blasphemy, that! I’m resting, will be down in a bit.

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    Steve LaBonne

    Feck the Guinness PZ, go for an Ardbeg on ice.

    Ice? ICE???!!??!??

  8. 8

    Hi Steve,

    Yeah, I know but its pretty strong and a bit of ice tempers it and helps bring out the peat.

    (And its Scottish, not Irish… I’ll be shot by my own countrymen I fear!)

  9. 9
    Doc Bill

    I recommend the Pig’s Ear restaurant. Tell them Doc Bill sent you and they will look at you and say, “Who?” I guarantee it.

  10. 10

    Btw, does the conference have a hashtag?

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    Steve LaBonne

    Ardbeg is cask-strength and does benefit from just a drop of water. But I can’t go along with ice in any really fine whisk(e)y. The low temperature numbs the taste buds so you might just as well buy something cheaper. Having said that, de gustibus…

  12. 12

    But Guinness IS hydrating! Didn’t you ever hear that Guinness Is Good For You? Or that they give it to new mothers, or any of that?

  13. 13

    Hydration is so overrated.

  14. 14

    Ardbeg? Ice? Never!
    Most whiskys contain a lot of volatiles. Adding ice would be llke smelling a rose in a plastic bag.

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    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    Feck the Guinness PZ, go for an Ardbeg on ice


    Go sit in the corner and think about what you have done.

  16. 16

    Just don’t forget, PZ, to continue your “Sunday Morning in Church” investigations. A “foreign” country will give you miles of perspective, and hoardlings could accompany you for the wine and crackers. (Can one bring one’s own cheese in Ireland?)


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    @ Rev. BigDumbChimp

    ok. :( I will be easily found that way I guess.

    @ Steve LaBonne

    de gustibus…

    Indeed, and thank you!

    Agreed. My preference is for neat Redbreast, probably one of Ireland’s finest drinks. But you can’t beat the incredible earthy, prehistoric intensity of Ardbeg, and the ice makes you think of the icy chill of those cold Hebridean latitudes. You can smell and taste the ancient bogwood….

  18. 18

    I’m over in the Mont Clare! I can’t wait for tomorrow!

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    Lucky you, with Riverdance, the last night of the LGBTQ festival, and Brian May and Rod Stewart playing gigs in Dublin tomorrow night, I can’t get a bed anywhere. So I’ll be sleeping in the street outside the Alexander if anyone cares to join me for a whisky sing song.

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    Popped by as soon as I could, but there was only one man in the bar, and I didn’t recognise anyone in the pub. At least I know where it is now.

    To bed!

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