Quinn + Tonik Vol. 30
Easter. New beginnings. New wardrobes. New Adventures. One of the real pleasures of being DQ is the collection of characters who turn up at our door with dreams of daring do, and outfit requirements to go with them. Whether hunting for the best booze in the world, prospecting for emeralds and gold, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, racing across Africa, inhaling Quinn Rosé at the Monaco Grand Prix, or turning up on an elephant at a wedding in India it's all for the better as far as we are concerned.This week one of our crew showed a short movie at The Explorers Club in NYC presenting a mad cap open water swim around Islay in the Hebrides off the coast of Scotland. With a quarter cask. Which was filled with some of the finest scotch money can't buy to produce a very limited edition blended whisky. Some of you may like to procure some. And if you do all the proceeds will go to help the RNLI. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution. A volunteer organization populated by warm and courageous souls who will pull you out of the drink should you ever find yourself drowning somewhere off the British Isles. Say, if you were mad enough to swim around Islay for instance.So, with no further ado, we salute the adventurists amongst us this week. As always, read from the bottom up, grab a glass of the good stuff, and settle back into tales of Empire, Fortune, Speed and Scotch.
watch: lawrence of arabia
Before there was oil and gas, there was sand. David Lean's epic rendition of the life and times of Thomas Edward Lawrence, much better known as "Lawrence of Arabia." Peter O'Toole, Alec Guiness, Omar Sharif, and an all-star, seven Oscar-winning cast and crew.
Watch it again for the fifteenth time. And be mesmerized again.
notable achievements: the great islay swim
You have to have a screw loose to swim around City Island in the Bronx. When you celebrate it with a glass of Laphroaig and are then asked what else you would like to celebrate with a glass of Laphroaig, of course you suggest swimming around a remote, freezing cold, peat covered island off the west coast of Scotland. Where they also happen to produce some of the best whisky in the world; and have more distilleries per square mile than anywhere else in Scotland. Have a read, and raise a glass to Justin, Chad, and our friend Johnnie Mundell as you scratch your head at what on earth possessed them to do this. Other than the fact that they could.
read: the race for timbuktu: in search of africa's city of gold
As Justin was slogging though the water around Islay he was already pondering his next big adventure, and his next big swim - 200 miles up the Niger River from the west coast of Africa to Timbuktu. He could do worse than read about the race to rediscover the riches of Timbuktu by the British and French not long before "El Aurance" was galavanting around blowing things up. Lets just say it may cause him to think twice.
ride: brough ss100
Before the Vincent Lightning, there was the Brough SS100. Vehicle of choice of those with a need for speed. Including T.E. Lawrence, who we are led to believe perished on one. If you have a cool million dollars or so lying around, and a desire to dance with Hunter S. Thompson's "Sausage Creature" you can probably find yourself one in good condition at auction sometime soon. And rag it to over 130mph somewhere. A feat that a Bentley Speed 6 of the same era would struggle to match.
Until then we can all marvel in the magnificent engineering that had gentlemen cut from a certain cloth zipping around at a very high rate of knots with goggles, scarves, and particularly fetching gloves...or snap up a recreation for a mere $60,000
your cocktail: great islay swim single cask whisky
Day 1 had the chaps stopping at Lagavulin, Day 2: Laphroaig, Day 3: Bowmore, Day 4: Bruichladdich, Day 5: Kilchoman, Day 6: Bunnahabhain, Day 7: Caol Ila, and Day 8 had the swimmers circling back to Ardbeg distillery to celebrate the end of a swim that many thought impossible - and celebrate, they did! The whiskies range from 10 to 23 years of age and have been marrying in that very same quarter cask that made its own journey around Islay since the conclusion of the swim nine months ago. The result is a cask of Islay malt whisky unlike any ever produced before.
Cask # 613 produced only 145 bottles for the world. Proceeds from the sale of these bottles will go to RNLI.
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