Gathering of the Clan

A Gathering of Fly Fishermen
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 Post subject: Many moons ago....
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:10 pm 
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... when I was still a peddler, I convinced a lovely woman to join me on a trip to Canada. Yes, for a time I had customers in Quebec and Ontario, but I digress.
We were in a cozy small hotel in Quebec City that overlooked the River Ste.Laurent. After settling in, I cracked a bottle of Bombay Sapphire, mixed in a splash of Noilly Prat extra dry vermouth and crushed a cube of ice into the stemmed glass...At the time it seemed it couldn't get any better. Dinner was in a nearby small French restaurant called Bonapart's I don't recall the main course, but we ended with Creme Brulee. The lady told me that she would never forget that evening....she just told me how to spell the dessert.

Then, many years later, Douglas Gilmore introduced me to Hendrick's Gin...it is a tad better than Bombay, but it now only gets me pleasant smiles.

Moral of the tale? "Gather ye rosebuds while you may."

Bux

The full Herrick poem reads:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime,
You may for ever tarry.


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 Post subject: Re: Many moons ago....
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Casanova Laine. You should send this to Playboy.


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 Post subject: Re: Many moons ago....
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That Hendricks: Brad, my son, was with me at some liquor store outside of Syracuse, on our way to Canton. He saw a bottle of Hendricks and said "Hey dad, this gin is made in Scotland. You should buy it." I made some retort about what the hell did the Scots know about gin, but I took his advice.

Edward, you, Brad and I, along with Boyd Russell, discovered Hendricks together, on the porch of the cooks cabin at Stillwater. I think Wade may have been there.

I think I also turned you onto Highland Park...and you taught me the excellence that is Lagavulin.


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 Post subject: Re: Many moons ago....
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Douglas,

A century ago we would have been regarded as two shiftless young men well on the road to perdition.
Three cheers for perdition of this sort!
Add Tony Delany to that stellar group on the porch at Stillwater.

Bux


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 Post subject: Re: Many moons ago....
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Discriminatory twits. You left me off the porch because I was drinking bourbon.


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 Post subject: Re: Many moons ago....
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Squire,

The bourbon you bring is closely related to what earlier gentlemen called "water of the horse."..
You must have noticed that others are prone to seating themselves upwind.

Bux


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 Post subject: Re: Many moons ago....
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It was Doug who turned me onto Hendricks also. It was also Ed who turned me onto Lagavulin. Two fine spirits from two fine gentlemen.

At the first GOTC in Pa first time I met Doug and Ed. At that point someone else in that cabin had some shine. Doug handed me a class and I thought my head was going to blow off my body.


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 Post subject: Re: Many moons ago....
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Tony,

I remember that "Shine" that someone had brought...wow! It must have been 150 proof...it made everyone's eyes water. Doug will have to verify the "proof" reading on that stuff, it came from down near his digs I think.
I vaguely remember the mouth and throat burn and my eyes watering....it killed conversation until well after the first, and only, swallow.
Was Gene there? he'd be the likely suspect to bring confiscated stuff like that and claim it was just pure local 'shine. :roll:

Bux


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 Post subject: Re: Many moons ago....
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I didn't notice anybody sitting down wind of me when I brought Van Winkles. In fact, they honeyed up so close I was starting to wonder about them.


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 Post subject: Re: Many moons ago....
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Colston,

It felt so out of character that you would have brought a pleasant, consumable spirit for others, rather than just yourself, to imbibe. I recall those earlier bottles of bupkes that you proudly donated to the communal GOTC bar.....whilst you poured your glass from a slender bottle stashed in your rear pocket.
This was in those early days of the GOTC, when Mr. Gilmore put Macallan, Mr. Wendt offered Talisker and I placed Glenfarclas on that open bar.
We usually let ancient history slide, but on some occasions it is necessary to respect accuracy.
So be it.
Bux


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