Turnstone are colourful, chubby little wading birds that usually frequent rocky shores. I encountered them a lot when I lived by the sea.
Rye is a grain which can be distilled into whiskey usually associated with rich dry spices on tasting. I can’t get enough of rye whiskey.
Dancing Cows is a distillery on the South coast of England that make Turnstone Rye. I was keen to acquire a bottle.
Despite only mailing to UK addresses, I availed of the AddressPal service from An Post – which I’ve successfully used before – to try and secure this otherwise unobtainable bottle.
On this occasion the no liquid rule was strictly adhered to and the delivery failed.
A few emails with Dancing Cows were exchanged. I suggested another UK address or my moneyback and awaited a response.
Several more emails were followed up by a couple of phonecalls.
Now Turnstone usually turn up on Irish shores with the winter migration and I was hoping to spot one soon.
There is a term however in birdwatching circles when you go out to see a bird and fail to find one. It’s known as ‘dipping out‘.
Well I certainly ‘dipped out’ on spotting Turnstone Rye on the mighty River Shannon.
Should have gone to Master of Malt!
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