Tag Archives: blended whisky

“American literature floats on whiskey.”

That’s what a college English professor once said to me. Now that I’m older, and well-read, I can see the truth in that statement. Here are quotes from some personal favorites to prove it:   HUNTER S. THOMPSON [1937-2005] “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.” ERNEST […]

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Whisky Vending Machine.

 Automatic Whisky, 1960 Here’s a fascinating old photo from the pages of Life Magazine. At the Second Automatic Vending Exhibition in London, a woman helps herself to a vending machine that serves whisky. The automatic machine could also mix your whisky with a choice of either soda or water. Now, the only thing that could have […]

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Whiskey Wisdom

Whoever controls the whiskey, controls the bliss. Nothing starts the work day better than a good whiskey. Except for maybe a promotion. When drinking whiskey, never charge into it looking for a buzz. Take it slow, let the buzz find you. Sliding a drink down the length of the bar is not as easy as […]

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Nuclear tests help identify fake whisky.

Radioactive material flung into the atmosphere by nuclear bomb tests is helping scientists to fight the multi-million dollar trade in counterfeit antique malt whisky. Bottles of vintage whisky can sell for thousands of dollars each, but industry experts claim the market has been flooded with fakes that purport to be several hundred years old but […]

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Two sublime Whiskies you’ll never taste.

  When a guy says he’s drinking one of these – he’s most likely not. Auchentoshan 1975 Bourbon-Matured Single-Malt This triple-distilled wonder is aged in old bourbon barrels. They say the flavor profile is woven with vanilla sweetness and wisps of smoke. Bottles Produced:  500 Bottles Remaining:  24 Cost:  $750   Compass Box Double Single Blended […]

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Whisky waste becomes the next generation’s bio-fuel.

Whisky Bio-fuel Scientists in Scotland have announced that they have figured out a way to produce bio-fuel from whisky. At first, when we heard this, we were horrified: Why would anyone want to waste good whisky to make bio-fuel? But the process turns out to be rather brilliant. A team of researchers at Edinburgh Napier […]

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The Best Bar in L.A., and quite possibly – all of America.

The Thirsty Crow The Thirsty Crow is one of the best bars in America. The prime Sunset location pulls in an Eastsider crowd of nonchalant dudes and lassies. Situated near Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction, this saloon could easily have been plucked from New York City’s Cobble Hill district, which is to say it’s a new bar […]

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Seagram’s “rocks the boat” with a square whisky barrel.

During the 1950s and 1960s, the Seagram Company conducted extensive research into all aspects of the whisky-making process. Two experiments were conducted with barrels. One was a sort of cradle, in which the barrels were continually rocked. The idea was to imitate the motion of a boat. People first realized that motion could improve the […]

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“All of life is a dispute over taste and tasting.” – Nietzsche

The Many Flavors of Whisky. Once a whisky has matured, it is blended and diluted for bottling – cask strength whisky can be more than 60 per cent ethanol, and the final bottled spirit is 40 per cent. Each distillery has a master blender – a person able to detect hundreds of flavour compounds by […]

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Technology Foils Whisky Counterfeiters

Infrared Spectrometer Authenticates Scotch A new method for detecting bootleg Scotch whisky could help safeguard one of the country’s most important industries, it has been claimed. The technique, developed at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, examines ethanol concentration in undiluted samples and the residue of dried whisky. Unlike other methods, it does not involve expensive lab-based analysis. The new […]

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