Monday, 22 February 2010
Legal Lewis whisky will make history
Published on 21 Feb 2010
A Stornoway-born Glasgow publican is preparing to make whisky history by bringing home a cask of the first spirit to be distilled legally on the Isle of Lewis in more than 160 years.
Mike Donald, manager of Glasgow’s Sub Club and head of marketing for music bar MacSorleys, is setting off tomorrow on a 600-mile round trip to secure the only cask to leave Lewis free from the threat of the dreaded excise man since killjoy prohibitionists demolished the island’s sole distillery in 1844.
The “new make” spirit is only two years old, and will not officially become whisky for another 12 months, but a handpicked group of drinkers will be given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to taste the new dram when Mr Donald returns to the city on Thursday.
Made by the purpose-built Abhainn Dearg distillery in Uig, the Spirit of Lewis whisky, as it will be known, is described as “intensely floral” and “extremely drinkable” in its underage spirit form.
Drinkers should be warned, though, that at 65% abv, the new make spirit packs a punch that will take the breath away from even the hardiest of Scottish tipplers.
Mr Donald will be joined on his quest by colleagues Mike Grieve and Paul Crawford, the owners of MacSorley’s bar, and photographer Brian Sweeney, who will document the three-day journey.
The bar’s island-born marketing manager said it was fitting Abhainn Dearg should make its debut at MacSorley’s, a Glasgow bar with more than 100 years of heritage as one of the city’s best-loved Highland haunts.
“I’ve been doing a lot of digging about the history here,” said Mr Donald, “and the thing that kept coming up was that it was a real Highland bar, a home away from home for Highlanders.”
The owners of Abhainn Dearg – meaning “red river” in Gaelic – have agreed to release a 40-litre cask to MacSorley’s, which took its name from the publican who opened it in 1899.
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Monday, 15 February 2010
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Whiskey review video, this was purely done for fun as they say "art imitates life" and I hope that Ralfy who has been more than informative about Whiskey and Whisky to me to help jumpstart my taste buds with regards to Whiskey and Whisky finds this perhaps amusing, flattering and although this ties into amusing I hope he finds it as fun to watch as it was to make.
I in NO WAY wish to formally impersonate or take credit for this idea it is strictly a parody and tribute in its intention. Please see www.ralfy.com both linked above.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Saturday, 13 February 2010
Whisky theft from local yard
Feb 12 2010 by Jackie Grant, Dumfries Standard Friday
THIEVES made off with whisky worth £250,000 from a Locharbriggs lorry depot situated only metres from a police station.
Two trailers full of Grant’s whisky were stolen from Currie’s European between 6.30pm on Wednesday and 4am on Thursday.
Shocked Currie’s operations director Alister Cook described the theft as “unbelievable”.
He said: “We’ve worked very hard to put in place a 24-hour security system and will just have to wait for the police investigation to reveal how this has been able to happen.
“There can be 100 trailers in the yard at any one time, so it’s difficult to say whether the thieves just got lucky.
“The yard is right next to Locharbriggs Police Station.”
Finance director Stephen Turner added: “We are anxious to find out what happened and just feel extremely disappointed. The whisky was for onward shipment to Europe and we’ve had to explain to the customer what’s happened.”
Detective Inspector Graham Kerr, the officer leading the investigation, is appealing for people with information to come forward.
He is particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the area of the yard, which exits onto the main A701 road running through Locharbriggs and Heathhall.
He said: “It’s difficult to say whether the thieves had any inside knowledge at this stage, but they turned up at the yard with two cabs before driving away with the trailers.
“The container type trailers are yellow with the Currie’s insignia on the side and contained 26 pallets of Grant’s whisky each, which had been delivered to Locharbriggs from the Grant’s warehouse in Bellshill. One contained the standard size 70cl bottles and the other was full of litre and a half bottles.
“It is a significant value of whisky, not including the value of the trailers themselves.”
Police were interviewing Currie’s employees yesterday in an attempt to get to the bottom of the theft.
Detective Inspector Kerr added: “We are currently trying to speak to everyone who has been in and out of the yard in the last 24 hours.
“You would need to do a fair bit of planning to carry out a theft of this magnitude, particularly when there is 24-hour security at the gate.
“Hopefully it won’t be long before we find the trailers dumped somewhere, which will give us a lead with the investigation.”
....... if you are offered cheap bottles in the Pub, be warned, they may be stolen Scotch.
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
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Monday, 1 February 2010
Thursday, 29 January 2009
in the year 2000 my dad gave me a bottle of whisky as a present, just a wee thank-you for
my taking him in the car down to Wemyss Bay and over on the Calmac ferry to the Isle of Bute to visit Mount Stewart, followed by a return trip via Colintraive and Inverary back down Loch Lomond to Glasgow.
As I remember, it was an excellent day out and even the sun was shining which is a rare event in any Scottish summer. As a dark rum and tonic drinker, the whisky was, well, ............ a demanding experience !!! but shortly after he left me to return to the Isle Of Man, I had no choice but to drink the whisky as I had run out of rum. The whisky and tonic tasted fine ! till I ran out of tonic and had no choice but to finish the whisky with water, and as the level in the bottle went down, less and less water.
On finishing the whisky, I stared at the empty bottle of 12 y.o. Bunnahabhain and the next day at the local
supermarket, passed on by the rum and the tonic and instead bought my first bottle of Single Malt.
The Bunnahabhain lasted a week, and then I bought 6 varied single Malts, ............... and now it all
seems such a long time ago.
How time flies !
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