So what do you do on a rainy Saturday afternoon, after you get your snow tires put on your car? Hmmm … if you are in Tartu and just visited Hinkus on the edge of town, you head over to Kaupmees. It is a big box food wholesaler stationed next to the model prison, where you can find stuff that the retailers don’t carry.
So I found myself wandering the aisles yesterday and wondering. Lost in my own thoughts, pondering, for example, if Charles II really was such a sex maniac. And I bumped into something a bit different. Bushmills has something new on offer called Irish Honey. Here is what I saw on the shelf
Before saying anything more, I will confess that I have long been a Bushmills devote. It goes all the way back to my university days when I proudly acquired my first bottle for around $10. It sat on my shelf, a beacon for “sophisticated mischief” until one Friday evening … well … errr … never mind. BTW, did you know that back then you could coral a bottle of Chateau Lafite 1973 for around $35! Fancy that!
But back to kaupmees. Bushmills “Irish Honey”? I wondered. And I hesitated. Then I left the liquor section to scrounge for tahini. But I was drawn back. And when I unloaded my loot at the check out counter, there it was. Simply put, I just had to give this honey a go.
Back home I cracked it open, poured out a dram, sat down and started to reflect. Perhaps the 1660’s really were something new. Wilder than the 1960’s? Certainly for some women, anyway. And Lucy Worsley is rather fetching in a cardie! Damn if this stuff doesn’t do the trick! Sweetish, yet not cloying. And even if it got a mixed review from Drink Spirits, I will be stocking Irish Honey this winter.
BTW, Bourbon Blog is more positive.
This unshaven fellow with an odd hat expounds “… the honey part is in the flavor … it’s sort of a background kind of thing. … I had it cut with coca cola …” No question - Pseuds corner material.
Heritage let’s us know that there are other honeys on the market. But with this one, “… you get the true whiskey that comes through …” Hiccup!
Of course, then there is the whiskey palooza and Bushmills 16 … Good Lord!