Knowledge on the Rocks

What I learned about Whisky is not summed up in one line. 

I learned about legislation and how this is different from continent to continent. It helps to understand the legal limitations that are set to Whisky and Whiskey. It helps to understand how this legislation limits the flavours that are able to be produced by American and Scottish producers. It helps to understand the economics of reused casks from the USA and how this limits the Scotch Whisky Industry. This is a partly self-chosen limitation based on available of reasonably priced casks. 

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Scotland’s Golden Triangle: Why Food and Drink is the Treasure of Speyside

It contributes a staggering £16.55m to the local economy every year and employs over 3,500 people: there’s no escaping the fact that food and drink is big business on Speyside. This tiny corner of Scotland has a population of just 90,000 but it punches above its weight when it comes to gastronomy.

The region is home to over half of all of Scotland’s distilleries – over 50 in total – including some of the world’s top-selling single malts, and food firms with a heritage spanning over a century have made Speyside their home.

But what is it about the area – where the food and drink sector employs almost five times the Scottish average – that makes it a haven for producers?

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Tennent’s Whisky Beer

IMG_20150810_193817586A while ago I received a black box, a mysterious one I might say. I drink, next to whisky, beer. This is mostly Belgium beer. And wine? That is not something you can wake me up for in the middle of the night. With other words, I don’t like wine. Inside this box, I found a bottle of beer, Tennent’s beer. I knew the beer was coming by post, but when? I didn’t knew.

I was looking forward to try somehing new, and there it was, a opportunity to expand my experience in the spirits.

Made me thinking of the following quote from Sid Vicious:

“I’ve only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror.”

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Ginger Grouse unveils refreshingly famous new look

TGG_New_Label_2015_Final_Closed (1)Ginger Grouse has unveiled a refreshing new look reinforcing the brand’s unique heritage. The distinctive new packaging and name Famous Ginger Grouse celebrates the premium whisky ginger beer featuring The UK’s No.1 whisky The Famous Grouse.

Earlier this year, the brand invited Facebook fans to help choose the new design through an innovative research project. The new bottle features the iconic grouse bird in copper taking cues from The Famous Grouse but retaining its own identity.  Continue reading