About the book: “I think crush is the perfect word to describe it, too, because it simultaneously means 'to have a brief infatuation with someone unattainable' and 'to be violently squashed.”
About whiskey: Big caramel on the nose with a sweet and almost briney taste. Light spice at the end. Medium finish with some light smoke oak.
About the location: A staircase near the back of the bar takes curious drinkers down to an intimate, candlelit space with weather-beaten benches and beautiful wooden beams that give the room a saunalike feel without, thankfully, the temperatures to match.
**Bonus points: We will try to get Elna Baker (the author) to attend our meet-up.