Scotch tape was not named after Scotch whisky
July 27, 2010 11:01 AM Subscribe
I'd like to know more about the Scotch that's are sitting on my desk right now. Beyond "oh this is peaty!" I'm interested in background information and historical yarns.
posted by soma lkzx to Food & Drink (11 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Here's what I've got:
Glenmorangie 12 (port finish)
The story is that I teach a series of classes about things I don't know anything about, and tonight I've got one on Scotch. I have the basics mostly down - peatiness, the regions, how you malt your barley, grain vs. malt, stuff like that - but am looking for some more interesting tidbits.
Let's say I had some Glenlivet - I'd mention that once taxed distillation became legal, bootleggers would burn down the legal distilleries so that legal distillation wouldn't catch on, and the law would be overturned. As a result, George Smith (who ran Glenlivet) carried two pistols, one to protect himself, and one to protect the distillery.
The Cutty Sark is in the mix solely so I can mention how it shows up in like every Murakami book ever.
Really, anything goes!