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The word whisky (here always spelled without the “e”), is a derivation of “usky,” shortened from the Irish word “usequebaugh,” which means “water of life.” “Eight boils of malt to Friar John Cor wherewith to make aqua vitae.” This is what appeared in the Scottish exchequer rolls in 1494, and is the earliest written mention of whisky, though it certainly existed centuries earlier. (By the way, this amount of malt would produce approximately 1500 bottles.) The popular story goes that St. Patrick made the first incarnation of whisky in Ireland around the 5th century AD, and it came to Scotland through the passing of tribal rituals from there. Some Scotch purists would argue whisky always had its origins at home, independent of the Irish. Regardless, as with most pleasurable beverages, monks were responsible for the earliest distillations. Whisky is brewed from fermented grain, and was first used for medicinal purposes. At this time, whisky was Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Catawba

    Even older than the Concord grape, this historically-important variety is thought to be a chance seedling from North ...

  • King

  • Flora

    The appropriately named Flora, a cross of Gewürztraminer and Semillon, was developed by Dr. Harold Olmo, UC Davis’ le...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Pedro Ximénez

    Ximénez, Jimenez, Ximénès, Pedro, Pedro Giménez, Pedro Jimenez, Pedro Khimenes, Pedro Ximénès, Pedro Ximenes De Jerez...

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  • Johnnie Walker

    Johnnie Walker is a classic brand of blended Scotch whisky, named for John “Johnnie” Walker, a ...

  • Bruichladdich Distillery Company

    Bruichladdich (try ‘Brook-Laddie’) is a Gaelic reference to the ‘raised beach’ upon which the dis...

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  • I hope you have a good time AS.  I am half English, on my mother's ... ... We visited England, Scotland and Wales around the mid 2000 time frame and had a wonderful time.  But we weren't drinking wine at the time, nor scotch - just beer!  We need to go back again, that's for sur Read More

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  • Balvenie Doublewood 12y NV


    This one disappointed. Not as refined as the price promised. Read More

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  • Johnnie Walker Blue Label Gift Pack


    Overpriced but undeniably smooth. Light smoke and nice finish. Read More

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  • Highland Park Years 1970


    Review for 15... A little heavy on the smoke but its growing on me. Very complex. Read More

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  • Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch 15 Year Speyside French Oak 50 NV


    Not very different than the 12. Good though. Read More

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  • Glenlivet Malt Single Malt Scotch Whisky Years Old NV


    Very balanced and smooth. Not very exciting but it is good. Read More

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  • Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch 18 Year NV


    Good, smooth but unexceptional for an 18 Read More

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  • Just getting settled back into the normal routine after a week drinking great ... having a few wee drams in Scotland.  Back in the heat here in NC we opened this pinot blanc from Willakenzie.  Up front it's a lemony chiffon tart with a nice touch of creaminess on the back of the tongue - very enjoyabl Read More

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  • We did a whisky tasting last night.  There were three whiskeys to ... ... from the Highlands region of Scotland, and her third choice was B (two middle glasses), the Copper Fox Rye. They were all very nice of course, but the Wasmund's Single Malt was her favorite 'by far'. Very interestin Read More

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  • Scotland ain't Piemonte, but it ain't crap either.Had a Mathis Rose of grenache tonight.  Too hot to start right in on red.  Mathis is now my 2nd favorite California grenache, after Bucklin.  Washed it down with a half bottle of Gloria Ferrer Pinot with our Shabbat roast chicken, then as an after dinner (aka post prandial) drink had a little Eli... Read More

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