Whiskey Cocktails

When the cocktail revolution began a decade or so ago Whiskey cocktails were a bit player as white spirits were in favor. Not anymore. In truth, white spirits cocktails are relatively new. Grab a drinks recipe book from a century ago and you will find a great majority of these libations to be based upon either Whiskey or Brandy. As brown spirits improved in...

Scotch Whisky Regions

Scotland’s malt Whisky regions are a neat and tidy way of attempting to define style but are these classic definitions still accurate or relevant? Clearly in the case of Lowlands malts and their tradition of triple distillation as opposed to double distillation common in the remainder of Scotland greatly impacts the malt Whiskies of the region. However, this is a choice and not an...

The Modern Haggis

Haggis is one of those foods that provoke a near physical response with just a whisper of its name. If you suggest that haggis grace a dinner plate… your nervous guests may scamper for the door. It’s no secret that some Americans are pretty squeamish when it comes to new foods and even the adventurous eaters may wrinkle their noses at the sight of innards....

Mastering Scotch Whisky

It’s no secret that Scotch Whisky is more popular now than ever with no ceiling in sight. Today it is hard to find a bar or restaurant that does not offer at least a modest selection of Scotch Whisky. Despite the growing number of Whisky converts, many remain confused by the perception of rituals surrounding its service and the peculiar Gaelic place names that...

Scottish Ale

Is it a desire to flaunt the bountiful fields of barley found in Scotland or is it simply a desire to warm one’s bones and soul from the cold northern winds? Regardless of the answer it is certain that the traditional Ales of Scotland are rich with sweet and unctuous malted barley and deeply satisfying. Beer has been produced in Scotland for about 5,000...

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