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  • Best Scotch for about $100-200 per bottle?

    07/07/2014 10:01:11 PM PDT · by KJC1 · 75 replies
    I am not a Scotch or whiskey drinker; I am asking FReepers on behalf of a friend of mine. He used to drink Johnnie Walker Black, and insists they changed something to make it inferior. The price on Black has since gone down. Then, he switched to Gold and sometimes Blue. He thinks the Gold has gone downhill, and the "jury" is still out on the quality of the Blue. I'd like to buy him a bottle of something nice that will make him happy. But, as I said above, I'm not a Scotch drinker so I'd be an ineffective...
  • Bill Clinton reveals it took Hillary 'six months of very serious work to get over' her concussion

    05/15/2014 10:33:06 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 41 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 15, 2014 | Francesca Chambers
    Bill Clinton reveals it took Hillary 'six months of very serious work to get over' her concussion after accident - so why did State Department claim that she 'fully recovered' a month later Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered a concussion and blood clot in December 2012, for which she was hospitalized for three days Karl Rove suggested last week that Hillary Clinton is hiding something about her health On Tuesday Bill Clinton spoke out about his wife's health and said 'there's nothing to' the Republican's claims Hillary's concussion 'required six months of very serious work to get over,'...
  • Just Like Beer, Scotch Gets Canned

    02/08/2013 6:57:39 PM PST · by Drew68 · 57 replies
    ABC News ^ | 09 Jan 13 | Lauren Torrisi
    Just when the controversy over the banned FourLoko has died down, a beverage company has come out with straight Scotch in a can, just like soda pop. Though there’s been no uproar so far, as was the case with the alcohol-caffeine combo FourLoko, Scottish Spirits’ “Scotch in a Can” is being marketed as a “distilled and matured in Scotland for a minimum of 3 years in oak casks.” It has notes of “honey, vanilla, butterscotch, apples and pears,” and a “hint of peat and smoke in the background,” as described on their site. Each can contains about eight shots or...
  • How to Drink Whisky

    01/05/2013 4:29:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 111 replies
    National Geographic ^ | January 5, 2013 | Andrew Evans
    It smelled like bacon. I was afraid to say it out loud, though—I doubt any real food and drink connoisseurs compare the smell of some grand old Scotch to an everyday pork product, but that’s what my nose captured. In the heart of Edinburgh, in a room walled with brass- and bronze-colored bottles, I sniffed more and more whisky and soon captured a whole rainbow of aromas: cloves, apples, vanilla, sage and strawberries. And that smokiness I smelled as bacon? That comes from the Scottish peat they burn when heating the mix. Not everyone loves whisky, but as alcohol goes,...
  • How Scottish Scientists Re-Created a Hundred-Year-Old Whisky (Shackleton's Antartica Scotch)

    01/22/2012 4:18:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 52 replies
    PopSci ^ | 01.04.2012 | Paul Adams
    How Scottish Scientists Re-Created a Hundred-Year-Old Whisky Preserved in Antarctica since 1907, the Scotch that Ernest Shackleton drank is now available in stores In 1907, Ernest Shackleton and crew set out on the ship Nimrod to visit Antarctica and, they hoped, the South Pole. The good news was, the entire party survived the trip, thanks in part to the Rare Old Highland Whisky they brought to the frozen continent. But the expedition was forced to evacuate in 1909, some 100 miles short of the Pole they sought. And, as winter ice encroached and the men hurried home, they left behind...
  • Personal / Please help me pick a scotch

    12/14/2011 5:12:55 PM PST · by lilyramone · 131 replies
    I am needing some help in buying a gift for my husband please. I have about $80 left to spend for this christmas gift. He knows the other gifts he is getting and I would really like to surprise him with this one. I know he would love a good scotch. Money has been very very tight until about a month ago and the best scotch I have seen him ever buy is Makers Mark but he'll say that it is okay but not great. I have no idea what is good in this price range. I read a prior...
  • (VANITY) Need advice on the perfect Scotch to buy for my male friend for Christmas

    12/01/2011 7:08:11 PM PST · by girlangler · 150 replies
    me ^ | 12/01/11 | me
    I need some advice. I have a very special friend who loves good Scotch. He has everything else, so I thought I might wrap up a good Scotch for Christmas. I know he'll use this, unlike some worthless gift he won't want (I actually got him a massage for his birthday last sumer and he wouldn't go -- it's a macho thing). Okay I know this thread is going to raise some silly answers, but I am a beer drinker, and don't know a thing about the "refined" spirits. Id appreciate any serious answers to my question.
  • How to tell real whiskey from fake -- faster

    07/25/2011 10:38:33 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 77 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | July 25, 2011 | Provided by University of Strathclyde
    Methods for distinguishing between authentic and counterfeit Scotch whisky brands have been devised by scientists at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Researchers from the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry have found new ways to compare the content of whisky samples to determine if they are the whisky on the label or an imitation brand. A series of blind tests successfully put the real whisky brand and the fakes in the right categories. The system could enhance the technology industry uses to tackle the trade in illicit whisky, which costs huge sums in lost revenue and threatens brand reputation....
  • Scots government bid to overturn US haggis ban

    01/23/2011 4:57:35 AM PST · by MadMitch · 50 replies · 1+ views
    A US government delegation has been invited to Scotland in a bid to overturn its 40-year ban on haggis. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead's invitation comes two days ahead of Burns Night, when suppers are held in honour of poet Robert Burns.
  • I need a recommendation for a budget scotch

    12/31/2010 1:44:20 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 116 replies
    vanity ^ | 123110 | me
    Here's the deal. I've never been much for any type of whiskey. I have some single malt that's almost gone and I really didn't care that it was (it's taken me years to go through one bottle)...but. I've suddenly found Rusty Nails: 2 parts scotch 1 part Drambuie twist of lemon Sweet but not cloying like straight Drambuie. Just a really nice sipping cocktail ("sipping"...what a concept). But while I have plenty of Drambuie in the house I'm about out of scotch. So I need a recommendation of a decent scotch for mixing. I don't want swill but I'm not...
  • Just Spoke W/ Very Senior USN Officer. Says MSM and public school-educated citizenry have No Clue.

    11/10/2010 4:08:36 AM PST · by upstanding · 235 replies
    Friends and Fiends | 11/10/2010 | Friends and Fiends
    Just spoke with old friend, very senior retired USN skipper. Says his contacts, many of whom were his "boys," are concerned with how stupid the MSM and Americans are and at how the Internet has fueled rampant ignorance. As I was calling him, he was calling me to call my military and IC friends to have a laugh and share some scotch to ease our aching heads.
  • FReeper needs advice on which imported Scotches and Whiskies are the best?

    05/20/2010 1:52:56 PM PDT · by erod · 89 replies · 1,263+ views
    Hi Friends, I am a Scotch and Whiskey novice for the most part. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy Jack Daniels and Johnny Walker, but I’m limited in my knowledge of these two great liquors. The other day I realized that if the euro continues its fall and the dollar strengthens I will be able to buy more imported booze at cheaper prices (I know what you’re thinking, thanks Captain Obvious). So if this is the case (and hopefully it is) what would FReepers recommend as good imported liquor particularly in the Scotch and Whiskey categories? Best, -Erod
  • 70-year-old Scotch aged well: world's oldest bottled single malt whisky

    03/12/2010 4:53:58 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 47 replies · 1,951+ views
    upi. ^ | March. 12, 2010
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, - It was love at first taste for aficionados who gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland, to sip a 70-year-old Scotch whiskey, the world's oldest malt whiskey. The Mortlach 70-year-old Speyside, bottled in a hand-blown crystal decanter with a silver stopper, made its debut to enthusiasts at Edinburgh Castle Thursday, The Times of London reported Friday. David Urquhart and Michael Urquhart, grandsons of a former owner of Gordon and MacPhail's Scotch producers, are making the Speyside product available in 54 full-size bottles and in 162 smaller bottles to the public. But sipping the septuagenarian Scotch ain't cheap, The Times said....
  • Scotch Whisky Meant To Warm Antarctic Explorers Retrieved After Century Locked In Ice

    02/06/2010 9:26:13 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies · 1,108+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | February 5, 2010 | AP
    Scotch whisky meant to warm Antarctic explorers retrieved after century locked in ice Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand - This Scotch has been on the rocks for a century. Five crates of Scotch whisky and two of brandy have been recovered by a team restoring an Antarctic hut used more than 100 years ago by famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Ice cracked some of the bottles that had been left there in 1909, but the restorers said Friday they are confident the five crates contain intact bottles "given liquid can be heard when the crates are moved." New Zealand Antarctic...
  • Team drills for century-old Scotch whiskey in Antarctica

    11/16/2009 8:36:45 AM PST · by buccaneer81 · 22 replies · 1,703+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | November 16, 2009 | NA
    <p>WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A beverage company has asked a team to drill through Antarctica's ice for a lost cache of some vintage Scotch whiskey that has been on the rocks since a century ago.</p> <p>The drillers will be trying to reach two crates of McKinlay and Co. whiskey that were shipped to the Antarctic by British polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton as part of his abandoned 1909 expedition.</p>
  • Scotch: The perfect drink

    09/04/2009 4:07:49 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 135 replies · 4,269+ views
    examiner ^ | September 1 | David Rager
    It is the era of designer drinks: bubblegum martinis, vodka essences, caffeinated schnapps. You name it. In spite of all their flair and fun, when you sit down to really enjoy a drink for the craftsmanship and complexity, you really only have a few good choices, and they were usually created over a decade ago. For years I had been a wine guy (not whinny, mind you). I took the classes, began to dig into certain vintages and the regions and vineyards around the world, and I developed a taste for the European wines, which tended to be drier and...
  • Kennedy Funeral Live Thread

    08/29/2009 8:13:50 AM PDT · by cmj328 · 963 replies · 27,834+ views
    Didn't see this.
  • More than 20,000 take to streets to protest Johnnie Walker plant closure

    07/26/2009 4:33:29 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 28 replies · 244+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | July 26 2009 | Simon Johnson
    More than 20,000 people joined a march and rally in Kilmarnock in the latest step of a campaign to try and force the company to reconsider. Among those present were Alex Salmond, the First Minister, and Des Browne, the former Scottish Secretary, who said that the protest showed Diageo had "got it wrong". The firm has announced that it will close the plant in the town, which has been linked with Johnnie Walker since 1820, with the loss of 700 jobs. A further 200 jobs are to go with the closure of its distillery in Port Dundas, Glasgow, although 400...
  • The Ten Best Scotch Whiskies

    01/22/2009 1:15:02 PM PST · by Daffynition · 204 replies · 5,292+ views
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 22 January 2009 | Chosen by Charles Maclean
    Take a load off with one of these wonderful scotch whiskies. [1]Johnnie Walker Black Label Perfectly rounded, deep and full, this is the blended Scotch most admired by blenders. If I had to take only one whisky to a desert island, it would probably be this one. 40 per cent ABV [2]Lagavulin 16 Year Old The prince of the Islay malts, this is deep and dark, with notes of fruitcake and sweet seaweed. A voluptuous texture and a fragrant, smoky finish. For drinking with poetry, late into the night. 43 per cent ABV [3]The Glenrothes 1985 A big, rich Speyside,...
  • I need help being a suck-up

    01/20/2009 5:35:07 PM PST · by Glenn · 136 replies · 1,680+ views
    Me | 01/20/2009 | Glenn
    I need to suck-up to my boss. He is a scotch drinker. I know nothing about scotch. What can I purchase for him that will really impress him?
  • Stiff ruling for N.S. distillery

    04/09/2008 4:20:01 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 17 replies · 457+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | April 08, 2008 | Adrian Humphreys
    The Nova Scotia distillers of Glen Breton, Canada's only single malt, make its richly gold and aromatic whisky by mimicking the masters, copying every step of the process used in Scotland for centuries. Its homage to Scotch, however, has now been found to be too close for comfort. The tiny Glenora Distillery on Cape Breton Island, a Gaelic community with deep roots in Scotland, can no longer use the word "Glen" in its whisky's name because it misleads consumers into thinking they are drinking Scotch, according to a ruling released yesterday by the Federal Court of Canada. The ruling in...
  • 81-year-old Scotch sells for $54,000

    12/09/2007 1:30:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 1,132+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/9/07 | AP
    NEW YORK - A bottle of 81-year-old Scotch sold for $54,000 at this New York's first liquor auction since Prohibition. An anonymous collector bought the pricey potable at Christie's sale of wines and spirits on Saturday. The 100-lot auction sold a total of $304,800 worth of rare wine and liquor. The top lot was a collection of 729 bottles of whisky, which went for $102,000. The $54,000 bottle was distilled at Macallan in Scotland in 1926, bottled in 1986 and rebottled in 2002. Prohibition lasted from 1920 to 1933, but New York State did not allow auctions of spirits until...
  • Scotch distillery to reopen after 80 years

    03/11/2007 8:05:52 AM PDT · by em2vn · 16 replies · 601+ views
    UPI ^ | 03-11-07 | Staff
    A Scottish whiskey manufacturer plans to reopen an Islay distillery that was put out of business 80 years ago by Prohibition in the United States. Executives at Bruichladdich, a private company that reopened another distillery on Islay in 2001, said their plan to bring the Port Charlotte distillery back to life is part of an effort to keep at least some Scotch-manufacturing in Scottish hands, The Scotsman reported. Seven of the eight distilleries now on Islay are foreign-owned. "The only Scottish one here is us. There are very few truly Scottish distilleries left now in the country," said Mark Reynier,...
  • Happy Birthday, Sen. Ted Kennedy--NOT!!!

    02/22/2006 7:26:51 PM PST · by ExcursionGuy84 · 20 replies · 518+ views
    ExcursionGuy84 | 02/22/2006 | ExcursionGuy84
    On my way home from work, while listening to my favorite local Christian station, 89.7 WMCU "Spirit" FM... The DJ mentioned that today was Senator Edward Kennedy's birthday...74 years "young", I quote. I nearly hurled.
  • DFU SONG: In the Air Tonight (Mary Jo would die if she breathed the air tonight)

    09/06/2005 12:15:15 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 3 replies · 405+ views
    DFU SONGS | 9-2005 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - IN THE AIR TONIGHT (0:35) If Mary Jo was breathing in our air tonight, she'd die If Mary Jo was breathing in our air tonight, she'd die If Mary Jo was breathing in our air tonight, she'd die...she'd die (1:14) Teddy Lifeguard sent out his letter...about the GOP ----- They've poisoned water and our air Just take a big breath, my friends, and you will see They have a right wing agenda, you should know Send money to me right away And I will spend some on Scotch...but the rest will be used To shut those guys...
  • Last bottle of world's oldest single malt whisky leaves Scotland

    02/25/2005 5:36:40 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 94 replies · 2,427+ views
    AFP ^ | 2-25-05
    Last bottle of world's oldest single malt whisky leaves Scotland Fri Feb 25,12:29 PM ET Offbeat - AFP LONDON (AFP) - The last remaining bottle of the world's oldest single malt whisky left its distillery in Scotland bound for Hong Kong, where it will be the star attraction at an airport shop. The bottle of Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937, left to mature in a cask for 64 years before being bottled, is heading for Hong Kong's Chep Lap Kok Airport, where it will be available for a well-heeled buyer, but only at a steep cost. Previous bottles sold direct by...
  • Resort worker accused of taking scotch bottle worth $3,200

    02/18/2005 2:09:43 PM PST · by IonImplantGuru · 2 replies · 290+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 2/18/05 | Scott Simonson
    It gives new meaning to the phrase "lifting their spirits." The theft of a $3,200 bottle of Scotch whisky from the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa has resulted in a felony charge against a Pima County man. You heard right: That's one bottle of Scotch, costing about the same as 228 of the 20-bottle packs of Bud Light sold at your local Circle K. Pima County Sheriff's Department investigators said a resort employee at La Paloma was caught trying to steal a 50-year-old bottle of The Macallan Scotch, imported in a hand-cut crystal bottle. [snip] Even Tucson's tonier resorts...
  • Free Republic Scotch Whisky Drinkers' Club

    02/15/2005 8:38:12 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 56 replies · 932+ views
    myself | Pyro7480 | Pyro7480
    I've been a Free Republic member since 1999. One of the many things I have observed in my time here is the many "fans" of scotch whisky here. I cannot recall the first time I had scotch, but I've only been drinking it "regularly" for less than 2 years. I definitely prefer the "single malt" scotches over the blended varieties. It is definitely an acquired taste, especially the more "peaty" varieties of scotch. But there is something very "wholesome" and unique about scotch. I just can't put my finger on it. It's one of life's pleasures that you don't have...
  • Doctor Dean's Autopsy: Why He Died Tonite

    01/19/2004 9:36:34 PM PST · by Doctor Raoul · 17 replies · 275+ views
  • teddy

    11/27/2003 4:47:27 AM PST · by sopwith · 17 replies · 183+ views
    11/27/03 | none
    Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?" - Senator Ted Kennedy, 1973 - Ted Kennedy had a record of serious traffic violations. Their nature formed a pattern of deliberate and repeated negligent operation. Particularly bothersome was a June, 1958 conviction for "reckless driving." - On March 14, 1958, Deputy Sheriff Thomas Whitten had been on routine highway patrol outside Charlottesville, Virginia, when an Oldsmobile convertible ran a red light, sped off, then cut its tail lights to elude pursuit. A...
  • 2003 British Open Final Round Threaad

    07/19/2003 9:17:27 PM PDT · by Archie Bunker on steroids · 52 replies · 582+ views
    ESPN ^ | July 19, 2003
    Sunday tee times SANDWICH, England -- Final-round British Open pairings and tee times. All times Eastern: Time Pairing 4:45 a.m. Greg Norman, Padraig Harrington 4:45 a.m. Shingo Katayama, Skip Kendall 5:05 a.m. Tom Lehman, Trevor Immelman 5:15 a.m. Tom Watson, Markus Brier 5:25 a.m. Darren Clarke, K.J. Choi 5:35 a.m. Gary Murphy, Mike Weir 5:50 a.m. Raphael Jacquelin, J.L.Lewis 6 a.m. David Lynn, Anthony Wall 6:10 a.m. Duffy Waldorf, Tom Byrum 6:20 a.m. Ian Poulter, Brad Faxon 6:30 a.m. Hennie Otto, Peter Fowler 6:40 a.m. Marco Ruiz, Phil Mickelson 6:50 a.m. Jose Coceres, Andrew Oldcorn 7:05 a.m. Retief Goosen, Paul...
  • Scotch Whiskey: A Rugged Drink for a Rugged Land

    07/18/2003 6:42:54 PM PDT · by Archangelsk · 153 replies · 7,755+ views
    The NY Times ^ | 071603 | R.W. Apple
    July 16, 2003 Scotch Whiskey: A Rugged Drink for a Rugged Land By R. W. APPLE Jr. ELGIN, Scotland IAN URQUHART, a gently spoken, 55-year-old Scotch whiskey man who heads the firm of Gordon & MacPhail, led the way through his firm's 6,000-barrel warehouses here in northeastern Scotland, identifying some of the choicest lots for an overseas visitor. "That's 60-year-old Mortlach," he said fondly. "We bottled some of it in 2000 and more in 2001. There's still a little left. That cask was filled for my grandfather. It slept right through my father's generation." He walked past a cask of...
  • Billion bottle record for whisky

    06/12/2002 7:58:26 PM PDT · by LarryLied · 30 replies · 749+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 6/13/02 | Simon Bowers
    Scotch whisky is proving more popular than ever, with more than 1bn bottles of the spirit exported from Scottish distilleries for the first time. Concerns that sales of whisky were declining in the face of the inexorable rise its Russian rival, vodka, were eased yesterday after the Scottish Whisky Association announced that exports had recovered, and last year reached record levels. The overseas market for Scotch last year contributed £2.3bn to Britain's balance of payments, with every drop distilled in Scotland and aged, by law, for at least three years. The chancellor also takes about 70% in tax on the...