Whisky World

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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.

Back in 2011, the Islay-based Ardbeg distillery sent several vials of whisky to the International Space Station, where they were spun around the earth at 17,227 mph, orbiting 15 times a day for almost three years.

The astronauts up in the ISS were not allowed to neck the booze, sadly, because it was up there as part of an experiment to test how zero gravity conditions affected the maturation process.

Control vials were kept back at Arberg's Scottish headquarters and they will now be compared with the space dram.

A white paper will be published on the scientific research – and perhaps then someone will finally get to drink the well-travelled whisky.

Dr Bill Lumsden, director of distilling and whisky creation at Ardberg, said: “Ardbeg is known for taking risks in its development of some of the most coveted whiskies in the world, so it is fitting that it is the first whisky ever in space. We are now close to the end, close to finding answers to something previously unknown which is truly exciting.”

Don't get excited about getting pissed up on orbital grog just yet though, because the whisky is likely to command a hefty price tag.

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

“...When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whiskey?” — Ernest Hemingway

“My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.” — William Faulkner

“Each of his phrases was rather like a little ancient island, inundated by a miniature sea of whiskey.” — J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories

“Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it's time to drink.” — Haruki Murakami

“The light music of whiskey falling into a glass—an agreeable interlude.” — James Joyce

“Whiskey makes the heart beat faster but it sure doesn't help the mind and isn't it funny how you can ache just from the deadly drone of existence?” — Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last

“Whisky is liquid sunshine.” — George Bernard Shaw

“Maybe there is no Heaven. Or maybe this is all pure gibberish—a product of the demented imagination of a lazy drunken hillbilly with a heart full of hate who has found a way to live out where the real winds blow—to sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whiskey, and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested…” — Hunter S. Thompson

“There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren't as good as others." — Raymond Chandler

“…..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!

Hooch Guide
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
How to get in: Use the alleyway next to the Old Chicago Inn, find the red-lit gate with "RM-13" on it, tell the doorman the password of the night. Consider yourself lucky if you can gain access to this cocktail bunker. It's only for guests of the Inn, members (who pay a yearly fee), and guests of either of those two groups, and its Prohibition theme stretches from the decor (stand-up radios, photos of street cars, a green light at the end of a dock that symbolizes your quixotic longing for Daisy Buchanan) to the cocktails, which only use booze that was available then. Also, there's a dress code, it seems jackets can be available for those without them, so don't wear your jeans, or anything other than trousers!
What you're drinking: Everything's from the 1920s, so go with a classic like a Manhattan or egg-white-rocking Clover Club.

3222 N Sheffield Ave Chicago, IL 60657
+1 773.472.2278

Williams & Graham, Denver
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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