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6 responses to “Putting my Garden to Work

  1. Ralph ⋅

    Nice! Those pictures could be used on a menu- they look yummy. I was never too big on scotch, but if I happen to run across Bowmore I’ll have to try it. The couple I’ve liked were single malts so it’s worth a try. Occasionally I’ll go for a nice bourbon. Knob Creek has a nice vanilla like smell. Bookers has more of a smokey oak smell. I’ve tried a few other bourbons but always seem to come back to those two.

    • Revel

      Thank you — the scotch was provided by a friend’s friend who was doing something of an informal tasting at a Labor Day party. I’ve never been a huge Scotch fan but going through the different single malts he had, and hearing about the process of making scotch (which is all very organic and would please any person who gets joy working the dirt), I am harvesting a new appreciation for it. Glad to hear you tried it, and thanks for your recommendations too. I’ll give them a whirl — they might just give me one 😉

  2. Susan Reiners ⋅

    Revel, where can I get Bowmore seeds?

  3. Ralph ⋅

    I happened to find a place with Bowmore 12 year old. I gave it a try. It was pretty smooth, and the smell reminded me of Baker’s bourbon (maybe Basil Haden. I’ve tried both but sometimes confuse the two). If I see any 18 year old I’ll have to try it. I asked, but no seeds 🙂

  4. Ralph ⋅

    I will keep an eye out for the Bowmore 18 since aging seems to make a big difference in taste and smell. You are right on the distilling process being interesting. I heard a few short programs from Jim Beam about bourbon. Quality ingredients, pure water, germ free equipment- add yeast, love and lots of care.
    As for ‘a whirl’, Knob Creek is 100 proof, Bookers just shy of 130! Don’t let the high proof turn you away, these are meant to be enjoyed in moderation.

    On the gardening front, the root cutting I took from my bamboo looks like it may be growing roots. I planted it in what is best described as a 1 quart Chinese soup takeout container, which it probably was. Aside from them being deep and not taking up much space, the translucent plastic lets you see something of what’s going on under the surface. I still have a couple red ti plants growing in them. If I wasn’t able to see the roots forming in them after I planted the branches I may have given them up for lost. The roots formed for a long time before there was any signs of life above the surface. I just drill a hole in the bottom for drainage. It’s also another good way to re-purpose something that would have been sitting in a landfill for decades to come.

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