Business is thriving in this lawless miniature land, as a consignment of fresh moonshine ready for bottling sits at the end of the siding in a former 5 Star petrol tank wagon, the tetraethyllead giving the liquor a real extra kick.
Trials are underway for a premium priced oak cask sea aged liquor, but lack of a suitable vessel to age the spirit through the gentle rocking of the oceans and all that salty air means a little inventiveness is required….
Colin has stepped in and offered his rather old dinghy for the trials in exchange for a crate of you know what. Obviously volume could be an issue, because only one cask at the time can be aged, and the water in the canal is rather static. It also has a rather nasty eggy methane smell due to all the dead fish, sewage and other detritus that’s pumped in to it by the local council and water board as they save money to spend on their plush new offices. But it certainly has plenty of character, but maybe not the sort that will create a sought-after premium vintage.
But of course, that said, beer from Burton on Trent for well over 150 years for some reason, has thrived on brewing ale with a rather fuggy eggy type pong, so they could be on to something. But the famous ‘Burton Snatch’ as it’s known, is down to the high levels of calcium sulphate in the brewing water which creates a similar public loo aroma similar to that of canal water much sought after by bearded pot bellied real ale aficionados, and many a toy train nut of course.
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