A rose by any other name
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare certainly was not referring to whisky when he penned this famous line. There is whisky and there is whiskey.
When one thinks „Scotland”, one thinks „whisky” as well – there’s no doubt about it! This amber liquid is strictly connected with Scots. Its tart taste makes impression like whisky is a real man’s drink. Well, without difficulties we could find also women charmed by its flavour. Why not take a tour and get to know Scotland’s best distilleries?
Let’s start our journey from the Highlands. It is there where most distilleries can be found. Homeland to courageous highlanders known from “Braveheart” this region is also the place where best scotch whisky is made. For example, if you’re staying in Glasgow only 15 miles separate you from Glengoyne Distillery. Production of whisky started here over 200 years ago. To the north you can find Dewar’s World of Whisky and Distillery at Aberfeldy. Czytaj całość »
What can be better way to warm up the Winter evenings than to prepare some fabulous drinks? Here, right now, we are presenting you some of the finest, Scotch whiskey based cocktails and drinks – as fine whiskey warms up even on the gloomiest times!
Drinks like: Rob Roy, Highland Margarita or Sour Mix
Since the beginnings of Scotch Whisky a long time has passed and it evolved into what could easily be named queen of beverages. It is the best selling alcoholic drink in the world and not without reason. Since the first mention of whisky in 1494 (oddly enough, found in notes of Inland Revenue), distillers had the time needed to perfect brewing procedures.
One of the things that are not common knowledge is that whisky is actually colourless in the beginning. It only gains its rich colour after either seasoning in sherry casks or adding caramel, that is supposedly not influencing the taste. While tasting of whisky, its age and the cask it’s been brewed in. You can know an aged whisky by thin trickles slowly making their way down the sides of the glass. Czytaj całość »
Just as France has its wine regions, Scotland has its whisky regions. Each one produces whiskies of various qualities which, even to the novice, are noticeable in taste, colour and aroma. Every distillery in Scotland has its own story to tell and peculiar traditions, adding to the romance and mystique of Scotch whisky distilling.
A visit to a whisky distillery is an unforgettable and unique experience, and no matter where you are in Scotland there will be a distillery nearby. A trip round Scotland isn’t possible for everyone, so it helps to be informed about the characteristics of each region’s whisky, and tailor visiting distilleries to individual taste.
The lowland region covers the area from the border with England and from the Clyde estuary to the Tay estuary. The main feature of lowland whiskies is their dry, light flavour and colour, mainly due to the lighter lowland barley and smaller amount of peat used in the barley drying process. Although they are light, they have a sweet, almost fruity taste and make a great aperitif, perfect for the newcomer to Scotch whisky drinking. Notable lowland whiskies are Auchentoshan, Bladnoch, and Glen Kinchie. Czytaj całość »