- The Dried Remains of Single Malt Scotch. [more inside]
In 1891 author and lecturer ”Max O’Rell
” (being the pen name of one Léon Paul Blouet) published an amusing account of his travels through the States and Eastern Canada - "A Frenchman In America
" - that, along with the charming illustrations, reflect on then popular national stereotypes and character and is presented on Project Gutenberg in its entirely. (via
. I have nothing more to add.
on Metafilter, we unearthed hundred year old scotch. So let's talk about scotch.
There's a lot to say. [more inside]
During his unsuccessful 1908 attempt to reach the South Pole, universal badass Ernest Shackleton
left five crates of Scotch whisky
and two crates of brandy buried in the ice under the floorboards of his hut at Cape Royds
. The crates were dug up in February
, and conservators are working
on ten of the 114-year-old whisky bottles, some marked with ‘British Antarctic Expedition 1907 Ship Endurance,’ with an eye on replicating the long-lost blend. [more inside]
For those of you who are celebrating Tartan Day on April 6, a little primer on tartans. Tartans
began in Scotland as woven wool patterns used as district identifiers, created using locally popular patterns and, originally, different natural wool colors. The word tartan originally just meant the style of weaving -- take the yarn over two cross strands, then under two, then repeat. Eventually the meaning changed to what we now accept, the patterns of colors in the weave, also called the sett. [more inside]
"The Billboard Liberation Front today announced a major new advertising improvement campaign executed on behalf of clients AT&T and the National Security Agency.
Focusing on billboards in the San Francisco area, this improvement action is designed to promote and celebrate the innovative collaboration of these two global communications giants." [Via Threat Level.]
On the Limits of Self-Improvement,
wherein Christopher Hitchens
delves into "an entire micro-economy based on the pursuit of betterment."
Scotland shamed: Japan wins whisky challenge.
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre hosted a tasting in Toronto, and a 20-year-old Nikka Yoichi
, distilled in Hokkaido, beat out a 16-year-old Lagavulin
(my own favorite) and 12-year-old whiskies from Cragganmore
(also excellent). This is reminiscent of the 1976 tasting
in which California wines beat out French ones and put California on the map; can America someday produce a world-class scotch-type whisky
(the preferred spelling in Scotland), or shall we simply continue to take pride in our bourbon
Weapons of Mass Drunkenness.
The ever vigilante U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency
has been monitoring the web cams
at the Bruichladdich Scotch Whisky Distillery
on Islay island, Scotland, to make sure the facilities are not being used to make chemical weapons. I, for one, am glad to know that my government takes the safety of whiskey distilleries seriously. [First link via Boing Boing
What's your favorite type of liquor?
After the success of the beer thread
, I figured some people might want to talk about their favorite scotches
, and gins