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|Brent 'sampling', in picture format only, the Whiskey at top left - EUR1000 per nip and top right at EUR450 per nip!!! Both are/were Bowmore and the location is the fantastic Louis bar at the Hotel Montana on the shores of Lake Lucern Switzerland.|
Whiskey Maturing in Space
A Scottish distillery is
celebrating the return of the first ever space-matured batch of whisky.
Lets get the whiskey quote our there right at the start! Writers seem to find inspiration?
“Too much of anything is bad, but
too much good whiskey is barely enough.” — Mark Twain
“…..and what would Sir like to drink with his breakfast; Whisky or Tea?”
Whiskey!!! ? So whose idea was it to have Tea for breakfast?. Until the late seventeenth century in Great Britain, beer or whisky was the popular beverage of choice.
If you think that our immigrant population has had an impact on the food we eat, consider poor Charles II. Finding himself a bit strapped for cash he married an extremely well heeled princess from Portugal, Catherine of Braganza. At the time the Portuguese dominated trade in the Far East and tea was very popular among their aristocracy. When Catherine came to the English court she brought her taste for tea with her and it soon became fashionable there as well.
Fashion being what it is, and the upper class needing to be seen to be up with the latest trends……the merchant class was quick to catch on and opened Tea Gardens all over London where “one was beguiled with cakes and tea”. Before long, the middle class, the working class, - anyone with any class at all - had given up whisky for breakfast in favour of tea.
whisky (‘wiski) n. shortened from whiskybae, from Scottish Gaelic uisge beathadh; literally: water of life. usquebaugh is former Irish name for whisky. (Collins Dictionary)
Can Bourbon be considered a Whisky? This is a discussion that is still going on. Meanwhile for thos visiting Kentucky a trail awaits you.
Be careful how you 'toast' when in different cultures!
|Whiskey often conjures up the image of, illegal stills and that term 'Hooch'. Whilst Ireland and Scotland and then the U.S. (so many immigrants form the afore mentioned) are famous for this 'trade' (due to movies), the rest of the world has been at it as long!|
1920's 'Speakeasy Joints"
During the prohibition ear in the U.S. illegal bars hidden from public view exisited. They became known as 'Speakeasy Joints'. Nowadays, some bars have tried to replicate aspects of that era, first and formost they make the whole event of entering the premises a bit of a novelty!
Room 13, Chicago
3222 N Sheffield Ave Chicago, IL
Williams & Graham,
How to get in: Enter the bookshop, pull the book "Savoy" to open up the hidden entrance, maybe do a little reading, why don't you?
The deal: Looking a lot like your grandfather's reading room, Williams & Graham is located inside a bookshop, and features personalized service that even means they call you by name and chat with you! So you'll feel pretty special by the end of the night, also because of their serious list of whiskeys, gins, cordials, wines, and many other things your grandfather DEFINITELY had around his liquor room, but were just as hidden as this place.
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