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Good for what ails ye

As the day comes to a close, and the aches and pains of a long day of toil seem to gang up on you, and that deep, peaceful slumber seems a tad more elusive than it was not so long ago -- I offer you a very special remedy for this common human malady. Certain "social circles" in which I circulate have come to refer to this spirituous medicament as McCoy's Celtic Calm. Please allow me to share this "miracle of the malt" with you as you contemplate your evening retirement. May you rest in peace tonight and arise on the morrow with a new reservoir of vim and vigor.


McCoy's Celtic Calm


2 ounces of Scotch single malt (Other scotches will do -- in an emergency.)

Juice of half a lemon

1 teaspoon Vermont maple syrup (Honey will do.)

6 ounces of hot water

Stir gently and briefly in your favorite teacup or a brandy snifter. Sip and swallow slowly. Inhale dilatorily through the nostrils and savor the aroma of this titillating imbibition. Yes, truly experience this derivative of the real "cup of kindness" to which Scotland's favorite son so eloquently referred in his "Auld Lang Syne". The most beneficial results may be derived when this gastronomical delight is enjoyed about 15 minutes before one retires for the evening. Sweet dreams to y'all, now.

Suggested single malts for the above recipe: Aberlour, Balvenie, Cardhu, Cragganmore, Dalmore, Dalwhinnie, Edradour, Glen Garioch, Glendronach, Glenfiddich, Glenkinchie, Glenlivet, Glenmorangie, Highland Park, Macallan, Oban, Old Fettercairn, and any of the Highland malts. The more characterful Islay and Campbeltown malts should be tried later.

P.S. One "school of thought" believes that an ancient forerunner to McCoy's Celtic Calm may be one explanation of why the legendary King Arthur (a genuine Celt, you know) enjoyed so many "nights around the table". There was probably a jug of this "stuff" on it...yep, that's what this school says. Slainte!


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