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THE SUBVERSIVE’S GUIDE TO SHERRY BOMB DEFUSING & DISPOSAL
It occurred to me while on page 124,754 of my personal manifesto that the world would be a better place if more people were disposing of bombs. It was Che Guevara that said “Deje el mundo cambiarle y usted puede cambiar mundo”, which has inspired me through my experiences to help change the world for the better.
There are two schools of thought on defusing a sherry bomb. The old school approach is to cut the foil around the bottle between the neck and the cork, which would allow you to remove the foil around the cork and leave the foil on the bottle. The down side to this is you can cut your finger slicing around the neck.
The approach I like is to take the knife and cut up the side of the bottle, away from your body and remove the foil from both the bottle and the cork. This will allow you to see the cork and see if there are any problems occurring. Also for the benefit of the rum drinkers out there you won’t cut your lip swilling from the bottle using this method.
As for bomb disposal, I think the phrase “many hands or mouths make light work” would apply here. So gather your friends, pour a large dram, repeat your favorite toast (“I drink to your health when I’m with you, I drink to your health when I’m alone, I drink to your health so often, I’m starting to worry about my own!”) and do a world of good and start disposing.
August, 2008. 49.9% ABV. Cask # 3509. Bottle 29 of 246. Bottled for WP – Calgary.
NOSE: Toffee, raisins and chocolate.
TASTE: Very silky, not the usually spice parade. Stewed fruits, maybe a bit jammy and some sweet port.
FINISH: Very smooth and long.
ASSESSMENT: Not a hint of sulfur and quite mellow for an older sherry cask. Very different from the 1966 world edition which had way more spice
April 30, 1973 – May 26, 2006. Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. 54 % ABV. Cask # 3650.
NOSE: Coffee, sweet notes and some subtle fruit.
TASTE: Apples and oranges. Fruit cake with a little cinnamon and some marzipan.
FINISH: Long and heavy. Warming at the end.
ASSESSMENT: Bam, green eggs and ham…this is a great first fill sherry bomb. Right in the middle between the silky Tullibarine and the spicy Glenrothes.
1979 – 2006 56.6 % ABV Cask # 13459 bottle # 246 of 492
NOSE: Sharp hot spice, and yes some sulphur notes in the mix. Raisins and dark chocolate with some bananas at the back end.
TASTE: Robust and chewy. Liquorice, raspberry jam.
FINISH: Intense to say the least. Long and warming.
ASSESSMENT: First things first,rant…get rid of the packaging (not the bottles, love the holy hand grenade thing): heavy, sharp wood edges; bottles fall out; hard to store; almost impossible to get out of the cardboard box. I mean really…who designed this? Some rum lover or a single malt sadist?
This is a single glass per night after dinner drink. Maybe a little long in the cask but still good…but you need to love scary sherry to drink this.