Blended Pumpkin Comfort

  The weather over the last week has turned decidedly seasonal-appropriate, with a dusting of snow on the Jura range and wind that is anything but gentle. The bird feeders are out, the garden is tucked in against the cold, and it was time for some comfort food. Pumpkin soup, fortified with Gruyère cheese. Usually…

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Golden Note

Last Sunday of 2013, and the sun slivered through heavy rain clouds now and then to cast a brief, golden light on an otherwise grey day. We finished off our Whisky Advent Calendar with a 40-year-old Glenfarclas, a real treat. I’ve had a bit of a cold, so I can’t really say as much as…

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Solstice Unspools

Welcome Winter Solstice 2013. Last year I was relieved that the Mayan End of Days turned into just another day; this year, I’m relieved that the icy grip of early winter thawed for long enough to do some end of year, last-minute garden work. We’ve been keeping ourselves warm with our Whisky Advent Calendar, and…

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Whisky Thanksgiving

We’ve had our Whisky Advent Calendar sitting on a shelf for weeks now, and it was a consolation to us yesterday. Yes, we have already entered the final month of a year that has flown by, but on the bright side, we got to open the first day of our whisky calendar. The first red-waxed…

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Seasonal Calendar

On an evening run last night, the sky was blazing while the meadows and paths held strange flying carpets of white. Autumn is creeping in, leaving the first tentative misty patches at ground level before the great fogs of winter settle over the Lake Geneva basin. Time to prepare for the upcoming season. And so…

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Whisky Advent Calendar – An inventory

I wanted to list the contents of our 2012 Whisky Advent Calendar by day. We purchased the calendar from Master of Malt, which explains the MoM listings. Whisky calendars are available from other suppliers and I imagine their drams contain other whiskies. My next attempt will be to place them on the Whisky Tasting Wheel.…

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There are whiskies. And then there are whiskies…

Whiskies that make you wonder why you ever liked whisky. Whiskies that, if a friend served them to you and you’d never had whisky, you would have to wonder what you had done to make your friend dislike you enough to give you such nasty brew. Just the questions we were asking ourselves yesterday when…

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Whisky Advent Calendar: Open!

Over the weekend we finally got down to business with our Whisky Advent Calendar, and the one thing I can already say without hesitation is that this is one holiday treat I will be repeating again next year. The sturdy little flaps take just the right amount of effort to pry open, the bottles take…

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Patience and Distraction

Full disclosure: It’s December 7, and I haven’t opened my Whisky Advent Calendar yet. Oh, I want to. But I’ve been showing admirable self-restraint. My husband and partner in whisky tasting has been in New York on business, and I just didn’t feel it was fair to try new whiskies without him, so I’ve been…

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