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Don't say, "Scotch" in Scotland, just "Whiskey" ....

Updated on January 23, 2013

.....or was it the other way around ?

"Don't ask for Scotch at a pub in Scotland, just ask for Whiskey; unless you want to be laughed at."

My tour guide said something of a kind. We were at a distillery, one of many scattered amongst the castles on our itinerary, and I had an extra glass the other tourist didn't want. So the Scotch, I mean Whiskey, I mean may have, duh, started to get to my head.

Or he, Robert, got it confused. He was known for that. His cologne couldn't keep up with his whiskey fumes. He, the guide, did give the driver of our tour bus the wrong directions. We had to turn around twice, and it was only the second day into our tour of Scotland. I remember that much. I've often wondered if he, Robert the tour guide, had anything to do with the amount of distileries we had on our 'to see' list. In retrospect I should have given him a noogie "there's more to scotland than the distilleries, laddie."

However, having said that, Scotland is the mother, the King and Queen, if you will, of all Whiskey. And it is said that the acquisition of information on any topic increases your appreciation for it. This can easily be said of my introduction to this booze called Whiskey and the fine art of making it. And it has led me to other brands and their unique, artful distillery process; which I will share in future Hubs.

Spending time with true, serious connoisseurs of fine scotch and single malts, wish I could have spent more time with them; gave me the much valued insight as to what to seek in a full bodied scotch. They have made it a life ambition, their reason to live, to test what the worlds finest has to offer. Many of these gems are not easily obtainable and run steep in price. Some are on the wish list of the greatest testers everywhere.

Certainly too are the batches that are still maturing that so many professionals are waiting for, with absolute excitement. Given the time it takes for some of those blends to achieve an appropriate maturity to be appreciated causes many to keep close tabs and an eye on the process. Like covert spies trying to find hints of up and coming blends that can be scrutinized.

As many professional testers will tell you, and I'm far from being one of them, the better of the best still and almost certainly will always come from Scotland. Period. They have mastered this art to the extent that they are the art of it. They have the precision and dedication that are second to none.

My Scotland Hub - Stepping Back


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    • johnwindbell profile image

      johnwindbell 7 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Well bless your Pagan heart. Thank you for the lovely piece of your life, you certainly didn't have to.

      And no it's not a case of the dreaded 'block'it's the case of grabbing the time to do it. It's always there. I've been using hubpages as an editing avenue - one chapter per page.

      But then I'll get an idea for a hub page, and their I'll go. I can hear my manuscript screem, "Hey, where the hell ya, whats wrong!"

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      Merlin Fraser 7 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      As a pair of Whisky lovers both you and Lesley may find the following true story of interest and a little amusing.

      My father, now sadly no longer with us, was a pub landlord, a real connoisseur of Scottish Whisky, an avid fan and collector of Single Malts and at the peak of his collection had over 50 on display behind the bar. This was in the days before he became his own best customer which was after he saw an advert to “Drink Canada Dry” which he tried to do single handed.

      Anyway I digress, one busy Sunday lunch time this rather well to do, well dressed gent entered the lounge bar and was excitedly perusing the selection of Single Malt Whisky on display and attempted to engage the old man in conversation. This was no easy task when he was busy with a bar full, however dear old Dad must have been in a good mood because he indulged the customer and was impressed when at last the choice settled on a Twelve year old bottle of ‘Islay Mist’ from the top shelf. This required the fetching and setting up of a step ladder which was done, the bottle retrieved and the ladder folded and put away.

      “Make it a Double,” only served to impress even more and when the words of, “have one yourself,” were added I could see a long night ahead for the rest of the bar staff and me.

      Duly and fairly measured out two glasses of liquid gold were placed upon the bar.... then it happened !

      “Just fill it up with lemonade....there’s a good chap!”

      The bar fell silent, the regulars melting into the dim corners or heading for the nearest exit, this was going to be Bloody.... But No ! Nothing ! Without so much as murmur of objection my father withdrew the glasses out of harm’s way and returned the contents of one back to the bottle he then went and fetched the ladder once more and put the bottle back on the shelf.

      In a clean glass he poured a double measure of Teachers and passed it to the customer with a fresh bottle of lemonade, charged him a lot of money and with his well won double measure of Islay bid him Good day and returned to his customers in the Public Bar.

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      Merlin Fraser 7 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      Hey John, why you sitting on your story... writers block, brick wall ? Don't mind helping if I can...

      Is it a 'WhoDunIt ? Or like my first one a "WhyDidHeDunIt ?" Writing is a tough old game but you'll find plenty of support on here. Some even for Free !!!!

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      johnwindbell 7 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Thanks much, Lesley. I never knew a Pagan I didn't like. However, that's not the case with whisky or rather whiskey lovers.

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      Lesley Rodgers 7 years ago from Glasgow, Uk

      Glad you brought the whisky thing up @Merlin :) As a Scot, pagan and whisky lover I would've done it myself. Lol, nice hub @johnwindbell.

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      johnwindbell 7 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Makes more sense to me. The other reason I love Scotland so much. Hey, you wouldn't need any help around the house or with your manuscript? I have a murder mystery I've been working on for five years. Mine has Hemp overtones, however.

    • Merlin Fraser profile image

      Merlin Fraser 7 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      Thank you, first person this year to recognise I'm a agan and not a Christian !!!

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      johnwindbell 7 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Yes, I had noticed that with my checker. Thank you, Merlin. Had used that spelling originally, but then I thought I'd hear from somebody about it. Figures!

      Happy Solstice to you.

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      Merlin Fraser 7 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      Think you need to check but your spellchecker sounds as if it maybe American in origin....

      Scottish Whisky has no E... That's Irish Whiskey !


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