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Posted: 1/9/2005 4:03:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2005 4:04:06 PM EDT by jimmybcool]
Sorry. It was bound to happen.


A sad day in scotland I'm sure. A hit on the economy there.

I have shared many a memory with Macallan.

What can I do?



When I find something special - better.



I had to switch.

Sorry Macallan.

It's Irish all the way for me now. 16 year single malt Bushmills is TOO GOOD.

Course, we might have to finish the current stock sometime.





Link Posted: 1/9/2005 4:26:17 PM EDT
I had to look this all up.

www.scotch-whisky.org.uk/Scripts/search/searchfiles/qa-lead.htm


What is Scotch Whisky?

Scotch Whisky is a distillate made in Scotland from the elements of cereals, water and yeast, all of which nature will in due course replace.

Is Scotch Whisky the world's leading spirit drink?

Yes. It outsells every other noble spirit in world markets.

When consumers ask for a Scotch, what exactly do they mean?

They usually mean a blended Scotch Whisky, that is a blend of as many as 50 individual Scotch Malt and Scotch Grain Whiskies. The wide range of single whiskies available in Scotland ensures the continued high quality and consistency of brands of blended Scotch Whisky and, year in year out, enables blenders to ensure that all their brands maintain their individual characteristics. Blended whiskies account for 95 per cent of all Scotch Whisky sold in world markets.

What is a single whisky?

It is the product of a single distillery. Most distilleries produce Scotch Whisky primarily for the purpose of blending, but many retain some of their production for sale as single whiskies. A single Malt Whisky is the product of one Malt Whisky distillery and a single Grain Whisky is the product of one Grain Whisky distillery.

What is the legal definition of Scotch Whisky?

Scotch Whisky has been defined in United Kingdom (UK) law since 1909 and recognised in European Community legislation since 1989. The current UK legislation relating specifically to Scotch Whisky is The Scotch Whisky Act 1988 and the Orders made under it, which came into effect in June 1990 and superseded that part of the Finance Act 1969, as subsequently amended, defining Scotch Whisky.

For the purposes of The Scotch Whisky Act 1988 "Scotch Whisky" means whisky:

(a) which has been produced at a distillery in Scotland from water and malted barley (to which only whole grains of other cereals may be added) all of which have been:

(i) processed at that distillery into a mash;

(ii) converted to a fermentable substrate only by endogenous enzyme systems; and

(iii) fermented only by the addition of yeast;

(b) which has been distilled at an alcoholic strength by volume of less than 94.8 per cent so that the distillate has an aroma and taste derived from the raw materials used in, and the method of, its production;

(c) which has been matured in an excise warehouse in Scotland in oak casks of a capacity not exceeding 700 litres, the period of that maturation being not less than 3 years;

(d) which retains the colour, aroma and taste derived from the raw materials used in, and the method of, its production and maturation, and to which no substance other than water and spirit caramel has been added.

The Scotch Whisky Act 1988 prohibits inter alia the production in Scotland of whisky other than Scotch Whisky.

The Scotch Whisky Act 1988 and The European Spirits Definition Regulation both specify a minimum alcoholic strength of 40 per cent by volume, which applies to all Scotch Whisky bottled and/or put up for sale within or exported from the EU.

What is a Blended Scotch Whisky?

A Blended Scotch Whisky is a blend of a number of distillates each of which separately is entitled to the description "Scotch Whisky".
The period for which any blended Scotch Whisky is regarded as having been matured is that of the most recently distilled of the spirits contained in the blend.

Which spelling is correct, Whisky or Whiskey?

Most well-known dictionaries give both spellings. The Oxford English Dictionary points out that ‘in modern trade usage, Scotch Whisky and Irish Whiskey are thus distinguished in spelling’. American-made whiskey is usually spelt with an ‘e’.

What is the difference between Scotch, Irish, Rye and Bourbon Whiskies?

Scotch Whisky is whisky which has been distilled and matured in Scotland. Irish Whiskey means whiskey distilled and matured in Ireland. Whisky is distilled in Scotland from malted barley in Pot Stills and from malted and unmalted barley or other cereals in Patent Stills. The well-known brands of Scotch Whisky are blends of a number of Pot Still and Patent Still whiskies. Irish Whiskey distillers tend to favour three distillations rather than two, as is general in Scotland in the case of Pot Still whiskies, and the range of cereals used is wider.

As regards Bourbon Whiskey, the United States Regulations provide:

(i) that Bourbon Whiskey must be produced from a mash of not less than 51% corn grain;

(ii) that the word ‘Bourbon’ shall not be used to describe any whiskey or whiskey-based distilled spirits not produced in the United States.

Rye Whiskey is produced both in the United States and Canada but the name has no geographical significance. In the United States, Rye Whiskey by definition must be produced from a grain mash of which not less than 51% is rye grain. In Canada, there is no similar restriction. The relevant Canadian Regulation states:

‘Canadian Whisky (Canadian Rye Whisky, Rye Whisky) shall be whisky distilled in Canada, and shall possess the aroma, taste and character generally attributed to Canadian Whisky.’

Canadian Whisky is in fact often referred to simply as Rye Whisky or Rye.

What are spirits?

The term spirits describes the product of distillation, whatever the raw materials, or whether it be in a pure state or contaminated by impurities normally present in any distillate. Generally, the word refers to any volatile inflammable liquid obtained by distillation.
Spirits for human consumption, or potable spirits, are the distillates of alcoholic liquids, the alcohol in which has been formed by the fermentation of sugar as contained in grapejuice, sugar cane, etc., or in saccharified materials such as specially prepared cereals, e.g. malted barley.


Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:49:25 PM EDT
I was under the impression that vodka was the biggest selling spirit worldwide. Mayhaps this page is basing its calculation on money spent not volume.

I'll still always love scotch. but i am really enjoying this Bushmills. The 16 year single malt is smooooth.

Some people say I like whiskey. I dunno.





Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:51:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 6:04:41 PM EDT
My wife says she likes Blantons.

Whatever that is
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 6:06:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jimmybcool:
I was under the impression that vodka was the biggest selling spirit worldwide. Mayhaps this page is basing its calculation on money spent not volume.

I'll still always love scotch. but i am really enjoying this Bushmills. The 16 year single malt is smooooth.

Some people say I like whiskey. I dunno.

img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-12/907040/whiskey1.jpg






You may be an alcoholic.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 6:36:27 PM EDT


I have a un-opened bottle of "The Famous Grouse"/Finest Scotch Whisky. A customer gave it to me, about four years ago, as a Christmans gift. It came in one of those metal containers. He works for a importer. The Famous Grouse is Blended and Bottled by Mathew Cloag & Sons Ltd, Perth, Scottland.

Link Posted: 1/9/2005 8:01:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2005 8:09:02 PM EDT by Reaganite]
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Link Posted: 1/9/2005 8:41:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jimmybcool:
I was under the impression that vodka was the biggest selling spirit worldwide. Mayhaps this page is basing its calculation on money spent not volume.

I'll still always love scotch. but i am really enjoying this Bushmills. The 16 year single malt is smooooth.

Some people say I like whiskey. I dunno.

img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-12/907040/whiskey1.jpg







If you like whiskey so much, how come all those bottles are full? You'll never make it as a whiskey drunk just buying the stuff, ya got to drink it man.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 9:29:43 PM EDT

Blasphemer!


Bushmills is fine. Never tried the sweet-sixteen though.


Link Posted: 1/10/2005 12:50:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 1:20:46 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Garryowen:
AZHTARFCOM Wiskey...


?Que
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 1:27:16 AM EDT
Well you all sure seem to know your whiskey, I dont mess with it, those get to expensive for me.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 3:49:19 AM EDT
"I love Scotch. Scotch, Scotch, Scotch, Scotch. Slurp. Ummmm."

Ron Burgundy
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 4:20:15 AM EDT
Bushmills Millennium Malt.

If you can still find any for sale, buy it.

Distilled/Casked in 1975, bottled in 1999 for the Millenium celebration. Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

Link Posted: 1/10/2005 6:10:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By innocent_bystander:
My wife says she likes Blantons.

Whatever that is



I believe Blantons is a bourbon.

Link Posted: 1/10/2005 6:12:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:
Blasphemer!


Bushmills is fine. Never tried the sweet-sixteen though.







Course, maybe I'll need to try some of the Macallan 25 year old stuff.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 6:13:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By FightingHellfish:

Originally Posted By jimmybcool:
I was under the impression that vodka was the biggest selling spirit worldwide. Mayhaps this page is basing its calculation on money spent not volume.

I'll still always love scotch. but i am really enjoying this Bushmills. The 16 year single malt is smooooth.

Some people say I like whiskey. I dunno.

img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-12/907040/whiskey1.jpg







If you like whiskey so much, how come all those bottles are full? You'll never make it as a whiskey drunk just buying the stuff, ya got to drink it man.



Yeah, THOSE are full.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 6:14:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Garryowen:
Why don't we have a wiskey BBQ? We all meet up someplace and the host provides a location and a grill and everyone bring either a bottel of good booze, a big hunk of red meat and/or a side dish?

I'll bring a bunch of shot-glasses and well all try/grade the wiskeys over the course of the night and post results for the official AZHTARFCOM Wiskey...



I like the idea so long as my house is walking or falling down distance. I'm not driving from Tempe after a whiskey tasting.

Link Posted: 1/10/2005 6:15:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By npd233:
Bushmills Millennium Malt.

If you can still find any for sale, buy it.

Distilled/Casked in 1975, bottled in 1999 for the Millenium celebration. Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

www.potstill.com/photos/bm1975.jpg



Ohhhhh. Nevver say that stuff. If I see it I'll buy it.

Link Posted: 1/10/2005 7:49:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 10:51:19 AM EDT
I'll have to try the Bushmills 16, I tried the 10 several years ago & wasn't very impressed. I've always liked the Black Bush & usually have a bottle of that on hand, although my current favorite is still the 18y Macallan.

Just another expensive hobby to add to the list.......

Nice little collection jimmy.

CDKayak
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 2:22:41 PM EDT
CD

Thanks. I acctually like the 10 year Bushmills too. Very nice. A good cchange from the stronger Scotchs in the collection.

As mentioned above I am not a bourbon drinker. Don't care for it. I also don't like the strong peaty Scotch like Laphroig or the like. Glenmorangie and Macallan both work. And now there is Irish whiskey in the mix. Ahh, life is good. In a few hours I shall have a glass of one. Tonight might be a scotch night simply because I can.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 2:26:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 2:39:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By npd233:
Bushmills Millennium Malt.

If you can still find any for sale, buy it.

Distilled/Casked in 1975, bottled in 1999 for the Millenium celebration. Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

www.potstill.com/photos/bm1975.jpg




They took it out a year early.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 2:47:25 PM EDT
Aww Striker, don't go. Annyone that likes tequila andd Knob Creek can't be all bad.



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