To The Single Malt A collection of the toasts and poems of the Brisbane Sept

Address To The Single Malt

Fair amber fluid of glen and fire

whose legacy both boon and dire,

whose love can lead me to the mire,

Oh barley bree

You make an honest tongue a liar

and fool of me.

Barley, yeast, spring water fair,

grist to mash then copper's glare

You know how much I love you there

with smoky peat

your favours I so happily wear

demands I meet.

Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin

Islay's passion's kith 'n kin

your peaty body, warm as sin

I hold you near.

No beer, nor wine nor cool iced gin

dear, need you fear.

Aged beauty sequestered in oaken casks

sleep well in sherry's fine timber mask

until you're ready for my hip flask

to warm this heart

that is simply all I ask

until we part.

By Juliette Bentley

A Sonnet upon Malts

(Richard Bramley with apologies to Robert Burns)

1. Fourteen, sonneteers thy praises carol 10/10

2. What magic myst’ries in that number lie! 10/10

3. When malt hath 14 years in the barrel 10/10

4. Now that’s when 14 drams will make you fly. 10/10

5. Fourteen full years a whisky’s age must be; 10/10

6. Beyond 14, Balvenie’s time is past; 10/10

7. But 14 years give Talisker a blast. 10/10

8. Yet just 10 years by Islay’s Atlantic sea; 10/11

9. And already Ardbeg has nose and taste 10/10

10. At 13, even Caol Ila’s strength’s in vain. 11/11

11. But 14 good years and Laphroig’s not to waste; 11/10

12. Aged 14 years it renews our life again. 10/11

13. What lubrications can be more upon it? 11/11

14. 14 good drams make a whisky sonnet. 10/10

QMWS – Brisbane Sept Richard Bramley

Toast: 9 April 2013

There are good ships,

and there are wood ships,

The ships that sail the sea.

But the best ships are friendships,

And may they always be.

Here’s to the single malt!

Robert Burns


Here’s a bottle and an honest friend!

What wad ye wish for mair, man?

Wha kens, before his life may end,

What his share may be o’ care, man?

Then catch the moments as they fly,

And use them as ye ought, man!

Believe me, happiness is shy,

And comes not ay when sought, man!

Robert Burns (1759-1796)


April's Toast 2017

Balblair 97's rose gold gleam

spicy, fragrant from oaken dream.

Resting in barrels till complex and aged

until perfect by the Distiller's gauge.

Raisin, Spice and vanilla sweetness

seduces with lingering creamy caress

Let us raise a glass to the single malt.

by Juliette Bentley

Peter's Toast

Benromach and Benriach

By Juliette Bentley Brisbane City Sept Bard for May 2016

While evenings cool, shadows lengthen

and autumn is replete

Benromach and Benriach’s ministry

With whispers of soft peat

Remind us winter is coming

And so our hearts might thrill

At thoughts of drams to ward off

A cold night’s winter chill.

From the heart of Speyside, Morayshire

And the hill of the red deer

Burnside’s deep Springs from earth’s dark womb

glisten cool and clear

and though most Speyside tastings

lack the magic smoke

the handcrafting from copper stills

heartens most weary folk.

And so I say let’s raise a glass

And though we may find fault

Tonight I propose this simple toast

God bless the single malt.

Caol Ila - 12 Year Old Whisky

The Sound of Islay, sweet water's salt wash

Once caressed the bow of the SS Pibroch

Dissembling with none on seal frolicking strait

Disgorging casks, and coals for still's grate.

Port Ellen barley, Loch nam Ban's clear stream

A fine place to establish Henderson's dream.

Sadly, the distillery was passed pillar to post

Till 1863 when it found secure host.

Sea fresh soft peat, still plays on the nose

floral and peppery, pale golden it glows.

Smokey smoothness, a whisper of peat,

Fresh, citrus, herbaceous, delicious, complete.

A prize winning malt of lingering finish

Its delicacy and subtlety does not diminish

And while it belongs now to Diageo's stable

up to eighteen years it rests for the table.

By Juliette Bentley

February 9 2016 For Brisbane Sept

July 12th Toast to Australian Single Malts

Hellyer’s Road 12 and Smiths of Angaston 12

Burnished copper’s silky glow

With oily sweetness so mellow

You linger, toasty honey, lavender’s kiss

An Australian offering’s not remiss.

The verdant Barossa’s orphan child

Smith’s Angaston, creamy honey, mild

Full bodied dried fruit notes and vanilla haze

Cigar box wood and leather glaze

Just two editions prick Scotland’s rank’s

To sit beside history’s liquid banks

The Macallan, Old Pulteney and Highland Park

expert marrying different oaks impart,

three 12-year-old malts of true distinction

Here’s to our Single malt selection.

The Single Malt.

Juliette Bentley Bard of Brisbane City Sept July 2016


‘Our prize tonight may seem aloof when first you broach its body

But make its acquaintance and win some rounds and soon you will think it bonny

For on your tongue it fair belongs as long as your name’s not Gordon

Its pungent nutty blue peat smoke will dispel any boredom

Its sweet and heathery perfume will fair arouse the senses

And so Laphroaig stands on its plinth to make you take your chances To the single malt!’

Written by Juliette Bentley for June 2016 Meeting (Quiz Night)

Port Ruighe

Port Ruighe’s sweet smokiness of fading wood fire,

and fruity richness of sweet ripe plums.

Make the day seem less dire

As to its spell our palates succumb.

Veils part revealing honeyed malt

and the delicate delight of toffee cream.

Subtle medleys of cedar-wood,

a smoke and maritime notes’ dream

So gently edged by dark chocolate, vanilla.

while upon the palate the smoke recedes

a quiet reflection of floral notes emerging

as we consider our day’s deeds.

A long and memorable mouth filling whisky

satisfies many of our sept’s needs.

To the Single Malt

By Juliette Bentley September 2016

"Whiskey Speech"

"If you mean whiskey, the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean that evil drink that topples Christian men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pits of degradation, shame, despair, helplessness, and hopelessness, then, my friend, I am opposed to it with every fibre of my being.

However, if by whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the elixir of life, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer, the stimulating sip that puts a little spring in the step of an elderly gentleman on a frosty morning; if you mean that drink that enables man to magnify his joy, and to forget life's great tragedies and heartbreaks and sorrow; if you mean that drink the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars each year, that provides tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitifully aged and infirm, to build the finest highways, hospitals, universities, and community colleges in this nation, then my friend, I am absolutely, unequivocally in favour of it.

This is my position, and as always, I refuse to be compromised on matters of principle.

(Address to the legislature by a Mississippi state senator, 1958)

QMWS – Brisbane Sept Richard Bramley

Toast: 8 May 2012

"Here's to cheap whiskey

however it may taste.

it's always there when you need it

and always knows its place.

Whether you're on top o' the world

or things are heading south

may you always have cheap whiskey

and may you never miss your mouth"

Here’s to the single malt!

May you ne’er lack for a friend nor a dram to gi’e him.

“Here’s to the single malt!”

Created By
Juliette Bentley


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