It is interesting that Engine Room seems to have elected himself as the arbiter of any ‘drinks’ discussion that takes place on our diablog. Probably because he accounts for 50% of world consumption.
How much does he really know!? He has obviously strong views on Scotch (about which he regales us all regularly) and on which, as it is not one of my favourite ‘alcohols’, I have very little knowledge other than, as earlier mentioned, I far prefer Irish whiskey to anything else of that type. He also seems keen on (and claims to know everything about) beer. Yuchhhh.
The final straw for me though was his obvious delight in sharing the bonkers idea of ‘blend your own’. BYO has been a byword for years when restaurants want to avoid carrying large stocks of wine, but Blend Your Own? Good grief, would anyone actually want to? What machinery do they use?
Who in their right mind would want to ‘Blend their Own’? If your favourite and best fitting jeans are Gap would you want to Make your Own? If the best dish in the best restaurant in your area is ‘Maitre Fabrice’s Rognons a ma Facon’ would you want to Mix your Own?
If Gaudy designed buildings are your thing would you Draw and build your Own? How much scorn would Engine Room pile on ‘Homemade’ wines – from say cauliflower – which are proudly presented to you as being ‘like a good burgundy’?
Is the geezer who has spent his life refining the taste and smell of his pride and joy to be replaced by people who have no idea of what he aimed at? Does his experience count for nothing? The people offering this nauseous service should be disposed of as quickly as their lack of taste and style.
Something about which I know a fair bit is Cognac – and as a word of warning, never use the word ‘brandy’ when you are in the Cognac region! The producers loathe it with a passion, though I honestly don’t know why unless it is because they associate it with any cheap alcohol. I must find out sometime.
Anyway, I am fortunate to have good friends in and near the town of Cognac and regularly visit them and local suppliers of the wonderful product. The whole essence (which I would assume applies to a Scotch or any other similar product ) of their success depends on their ‘nose’ and taste for you to prefer marque (see, even avoided brand!!) A to B.
Would I (could I) dare to not only Blend my Own but maybe with that of their biggest rival? They spend lifetimes perfecting what they do – growing the grapes, sleeping by the still, buying the bottles and printing their own labels.
Maybe it is time to pass on a little of what they have taught me over the years…