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A History of Whisky (Whiskey)

Posted on March 27, 2012

Though whisky’s exact origins are unknown, its existence was first documented in Ireland in 1405. Whisky is a strictly regulated spirit worldwide with many classes and types. The typical unifying characteristics of the different classes and types are the fermentation of grains, distillation, and aging in wood. Food Finds about Whisky (Whiskey) There are two legitimate spellings of whisky. One is ‘whisky’ – as spelled by Scotts and Canadians and the second is ‘whiskey’ – as spelled by the Irish and Americans. There is a dispute between the Irish and the Scotts, as to who were the first to make whisky. Scotch and Irish whisky are made the same way, with the exception of malting and distillation process. There are five basic classifications of…

March 27 – World Whisky Day

Posted on March 27, 2012

World Whisky Day

Five Food Finds about Whisky

  • Whisky and whiskey are actually the same liquor.  In American-English and Irish-English, it is spelled “whiskey”.  In British-English, it is spelled “whisky”.
  • A whisky stops maturing after it is bottled.
  • The dark color of whisky comes from the wooden barrels in which it is aged. The wood expands and contracts with the change in temperature, making the movie in and out of the wood. The compounds from wood give whisky its dark color.
  • There are more than 5000 types of Single Malt Whisky.
  • The barrels made from American White Oak have been claimed to produce the tastiest whisky.

Daily Quote

“I always carry a flask of whisky in case of snakebite… and furthermore, always carry a small snake.”  -W.C. Fields

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1860 M.L. Byrn patented a new and improved corkscrew.

1901 Carl Barks was born.  He worked for Disney Studios and illustrated Donald Duck comics.

1923 R.I.P. Sir James Dewar.  He invented the ‘Dewar Flask,’ the original ‘thermos bottle’.

1958 Sheb Wooley recorded ‘Purple People Eater’ on this day.

2001 China reported that its population is now 1.26 Billion.

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A History of Absinthe

Posted on March 16, 2012

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s day, we’ve decided to do a small tribute to the green fairy! Absinthe originated in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland in the late 18th century. It arose to great popularity as an alcoholic drink in late 19th- and early 20th-century France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers. Owing in part to its association with bohemian culture, the consumption of absinthe was opposed by social conservatives and prohibitionists. Ernest Hemingway, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Amedeo Modigliani, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Aleister Crowley and Alfred Jarry were all known absinthe drinkers. A Sazerac, the “original” cocktail, is the official drink of New Orleans. It is a very sweet, flavorful drink, and was originally…

A History of Irish Cuisine

Posted on March 16, 2012

There are many references to food and drink in Irish mythology and early Irish literature such as the tale of Fionn mac Cumhaill and the Salmon of Knowledge. The old stories also contain many references to banquets, although these may well be greatly exaggerated and provide little insight into everyday diets. Honey seems to have been widely eaten and used in the making of mead. There are also many references to fulacht fiadh, which may have been sites for cooking deer, consisting of holes in the ground which were filled with water. The meat was placed in the water and cooked by the introduction of hot stones. Many fulacht fiadh sites have been identified across the island of Ireland, and some of them appear…

Mint Julep

Posted on May 10, 2010

The mint julep is a mixed alcoholic drink, or cocktail, associated with the cuisine of the Southern United States. A mint julep is traditionally made of four ingredients: mint, bourbon, sugar, and water. Traditionally, spearmint is the mint of choice used in Southern states; in particular, Kentucky Colonel. In the use of sugar and mint, it is similar to the mojito. In preparing a mint julep, a fresh mint sprig is used primarily as a garnish, to introduce the flavor and aroma through the nose. If mint leaves are used in the preparation, they should just be very lightly bruised, if at all. However, proper preparation of the cocktail is commonly debated, as methods may vary considerably from one bartender to another. By another…

Wine

Posted on May 10, 2010

Wine is an alcoholic beverage, typically made of fermented grape juice. The natural chemical balance of grapes is such that they can ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes or other nutrients. Wine is produced by fermenting crushed grapes using various types of yeast. Yeast consumes the sugars found in the grapes and converts them into alcohol. Different varieties of grapes and strains of yeasts are used depending on the type of wine being produced. Although other fruits such as apples and berries can also be fermented, the resultant wines are normally named after the fruit from which they are produced (for example, apple wine or elderberry wine) and are generically known as fruit wine or country wine (not to be confused with…

  

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