In the monastery, we would chant the Sequence for Pentecost every evening after Compline. I found this recording with the chant and translation. If you prefer to sing your prayers (or have others sing them for you), this is a simple and lovely way to pray the novena.
At a snail’s pace, better wine that is meant to be kept a few years is actually getting corks.
The sorry fact is that corks are actually one of the worst ways to seal wine! Some industry estimates put the failure rate at 10%. I think it’s substantially lower for synthetic corks, but they also get looked down on for expensive wine.
Robert Mondavi himself spent the last decade or two of his wife advocating the twist offs instead.
I do this for singing. The more they’ve had, the better people think I can sing!
not whisky, but beer:
Take ten gallons of ale, and a large cock, the older the better; parboil the cock, flay him, and stamp him in a stone mortar till his bones are broken (you must craw and gut him when you flay him); then put the cock into two quarts of sack, and put it to three pounds of raisins of the sun stoned, some blades of mace, and a few cloves; put all these into a canvas bag, and a little before you find the ale has done working, put the ale and bag together into a vessel; in a week or nine days time bottle it up; fill the bottle but just above the neck, and give the same time to ripen as other ale
From The Complete Housewife, 1739
There are enough historical references that apparently Cock Ale was really made on a regular basis. (hmm, autocorrect just capitalized it!). I’ve seen another recipe that also uses ham . . .