Notes on a Cellar-Book

Notes on a Cellar-Book

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...an enthusiast for the olive as some of my friends. And the devilled biscuit, a capital thing in itself, is rather violent for a fine wine. Plain Passover bread, or those 'Thin Captains, ' which somewhat resemble it, seem to me best of all. Nuts pass, of course, but most 'soft' fruit is questionable. Grapes go not ill, but I have sometimes felt a moral qualm, in marrying a grape too nearly to what is in a way its giandmother. Some accept peaches and nectarines; I rather doubt, though I am very fond of the latter. Strawberries have many votes, and some good stories, in their favour. But the one fruit which seems to me to go best with all wine, from hock to sherry and from claret to port, is the medlar--an admirable and distinguished thing in and by itself, and a worthy mate for the best of liquors. CHAPTER VII SPIRITS--HOLLANDS AND WHISKY There is perhaps no division of any cellar, past or present, actual or possible, which to-day excites in the mind of a pious pilgrim to Lantern-Land such mixed feelings as that devoted to the produce of fermentation plus distillation. And when fond memory brings the other light of other days before him, the pilgrim must be a man of most angelic mildness if the predominating element of the mixture is not something like indignation. The present writer was informed, not long before the war broke out, by two trustworthy experts, that eighteen pence a gallon or threepence a bottle was an outside and indeed extravagant cost to fix for everything concerned in the production of most excellent spirit at proof. Now you get (when you can get it) stuff watered to 300 under proof at half a guinea. But let us, if possible, forget this tragedy, and return, if not to the blissful times and places elsewhere recorded, when and where..show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 180.34 x 241.3 x 2.54mm | 113.4g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236592328
  • 9781236592323
  • 2,258,054