A-Z of Whisky by Gavin Smith

By Gavin Smith

This is often the revised 3rd variation of the entire A-Z of the area of whisky. Definitions, derivations, assets and meanings of each plausible whisky-related be aware are integrated from aftershots to wort when it comes to Irish, Islay and peat reek. No linguistic stone is left unturned via Smith during this such a lot crucial of reference works for the whisky fanatic. Now absolutely up to date with many new references and revised entries, the A-Z is a needs to for all whisky lovers world wide. 'As a resource of reference it really is trustworthy and quick accessed...as an aide memoire it truly is helpful' - Charles MacLean.

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As Jerry Thomas (The Bon Vivant's Guide) puts it, 'If well done this will have the appearance of a continued stream of liquid fire'. Once mixed, the drink is sweetened with white sugar and served with lemon peel in an old-fashioned glass (a tumbler usually used for serving cocktails on the rocks) 'The Blue Blazer does not have a very euphonious or classic name', adds Thomas, 'but it tastes better to the palate than it sounds to the ear.

It is now superceded by the retort and worm-still'. 1100, according to McNulty; the idea came from the Arabs, and it was used in the medical school at Salerno. The alembic soon came to be used for the production of spirit to drink, which McNulty describes as being ' ... flavoured with raisins to make a kind of primitive liqueur. 1374, 'This Troylus in teres gan distille, As licour out of alambic, fulle fast'. The English word is adopted from the French ⇒alambic, itself an adaptation of the Arabic al-anbiq (al meaning 'the', plus anbiq meaning 'a still'), and the OED records that the term was aphetized from as early as the 15th century to lembick, limbick, and that the full form rarely appears again until the 17th century.

There is no such thing as a small whisky,' wrote Oliver St John Gogarty, and Neil Gunn says of Old Pulteney, the malt whisky of his native Caithness, 'I have childhood memories of seeing it in a bottle perfectly white and certainly new. ' (Whisky and Scotland). Thus this Book of Words strays into the vocabulary of drinking and drunkenness as well as that exclusively pertaining to whisky. There are, perhaps, almost as many synonyms for drinking and being drunk as there are for sexual activity, with Benjamin Franklin offering a list of 228 terms for drunkenness in 1722, and Paul Dickson of the United States having recently compiled a similar index of 2,241 words connoting inebriation.

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