"Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantel-piece and his hypodermic syringe from its neat Morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his left shirt-cuff. For some little time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and wrist all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture-marks. Finally, he thrust the sharp point home, pressed down the tiny piston, and sank back into the velvet-lined arm-chair with a long sigh of satisfaction."
Cocaine. Riches beyond your wildest dreams. Exotic locations. Poison. Murder. The British Raj. What more could you ask for?
Weaving its way from London to the Andaman Islands and back, this is DQ's favorite Sherlock Holmes yarn. We can't say the deerstalker stuck. But the affection for tweed certainly did.
Have a read and remind yourself just how good Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was at conjuring up impeccably crafted whodunnits with a leading man and sidekick who have passed the test of time.
Why a DQ suit, again?
One of our loyal gents in his own words...
I was out in Toronto of all places, wearing a tweed DQ suit that we intentionally made to look like a tweed shooting suit. I had just sat down with a friend for dinner at Canoe, and this older gentleman with a much younger woman on each arm comes up, apologizes for interrupting us, and says “you have to tell me where you got that fantastic suit."
Tweed: Sherlock and Duncan approved
We have this lovely green variety that will surely brighten up your fall. Available bespoke or ready to wear.
And now for an appropriate beverage:
Many of us have become a little more than carried away in recent years with our transition from clear to brown spirits. Some of us have been drinking them since being knee high to a haggis in the glens of Scotland. And some of us grew up in the mountains of Japan and decided to make perhaps the best God damned expression of whisky ever to whet a man's whistle. Somehow we wrangled a bottle of what is about as available as the Angel's Share...the Yamazaki Mizunara 18. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past 5 years this is arguably the most sought after brown hooch in the world. Containing a blend of many vintages of Mizunara whiskies at least 18 years old and some older than 50 years old it’s more of a solera method whisky than a true single malt. But don't let that stop you. And while you're at it here are our other favorite whiskies for that extra special medicinal nip now and then.
1. The Yamazaki Mizunara 18.
2. AH Hirsch 16yr old.
3. The Macallan 25yr old.
4. Caol Ila 18yr old.
5. Laphroaig 18yr old.
6. Vintage Bourbon 17yr old.
And while some will tell you to enjoy it neat, others with a drip of water once you have inhaled its neat aromas, and still others with one large ice cube, as far as we are concerned you can drink it however you bloody well please. Just don't put Coca Cola in it for God's sake.