Bluffer's Guide to Whisky: Bluff Your Way in Whisky (Bluffer's Guides Series)

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An old Gaelic proverb has it that "There are two things best taken naked, and one of them is whisky", and to maintain your status as an expert you will say that only two mixers are allowed: water, preferably from a Highland tap or a bottle, or more whisky. Bluffer's Guides is a series of snappy little books containing facts, jargon, and all you need to know for instant expertise.
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Overview

An old Gaelic proverb has it that "There are two things best taken naked, and one of them is whisky", and to maintain your status as an expert you will say that only two mixers are allowed: water, preferably from a Highland tap or a bottle, or more whisky. Bluffer's Guides is a series of snappy little books containing facts, jargon, and all you need to know for instant expertise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781902825991
  • Publisher: Can of Worms Enterprises LTD
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Series: Bluffer's Guides
  • Pages: 64

Meet the Author

For fifteen years Sussex-born David Milsted lived in the Scottish islands of Orkney (Highland Park and Scapa), Islay (Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhainn and Caol Ila) and Skye (Talisker) - which is as near to heaven as any whisky fancier could get. He claims that he would choose to work in a distillery if he ever had to get a proper job - which, fortunately, he hasn't.

A professional author, his greatest pleasure besides writing is to run whisky tastings*. He moved back to England on a mission to civilise his fellow-countrymen, and now does so from Dorset.

* Find out more from david.milsted@virgin.net
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The Bluffer's Guide to Whisky


By Milsted, David

Oval Books

Copyright © 2000 Milsted, David
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1902825993

Jargon
Like all the best things, whisky is a fairly simple business that can easily be made to sound exclusive and impressive by a judicious application of the arcane and by a liberal sprinkling of jargon. If you keep in mind that no two whisky's are alike, while bearing in mind that 99% of whisky drinkers cannot tell the difference, you cannot go wrong.

Blends
You would be better advised to try cracking the formula of Coca-Cola, than attempt to discover what has gone into a bottle of your usual brand of blended whisky.

Distilleries
There are dozens of Speyside distilleries, mostly clustered about the line from Elgin to Dufftown. Be sure to quote the old Speyside jingle: 'Rome was built on seven hills, Dufftown on seven stills'.

Irish
Irish Whiskey tastes sweeter because no peat is used to kiln the malt; this is odd for a country that has virtually more bog per hectare than anywhere else on the planet.

Highland qualities
As one of the principal variables of whisky, water should enable you to anatomise the contents of your glass in terms that leave the average wine enthusiast eating your dust. Enthuse about its unique 'Highland qualities', that is to say ready-infused with mystic trace elements of peat, granite, heather, midge, tweed, damp and Roman Ninth legion.


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Excerpted from The Bluffer's Guide to Whisky by Milsted, David Copyright © 2000 by Milsted, David. Excerpted by permission.
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Table of Contents

The Basics 7
Varieties 8
Blended Whisky 12
What's in It? 12
De Luxe or Premium Blends 15
Super De Luxe Blends 16
Supermarket Blends 16
Single Grain Whisky 17
Miniatures 17
Name Your Bluff 18
Common Names 18
Silly Names 20
Phoney Names 21
Characteristics 21
Malt Whisky 22
The Bluffing Elements 22
Water 23
Barley 24
Peat 25
Yeast 26
Pot-stills 27
Cask 29
Colour 31
The Pay-off 32
Types of Malt 33
Vatted Malt 33
Single Malt 34
Single-Cask Malt 35
The Ultimate Bluff 36
Regions 38
Eastern 38
Northern 38
Perthshire 39
Lowland 40
Island 40
Islay 41
Campbeltown 42
Speyside 43
Glenlivet 44
Whisky Notes 48
Labels 48
Mixers 50
Glasses 50
'Scotch': A Warning 51
Glossary 52
The Process 52
The Product 57
Appearance 58
Nose 59
Taste 60
Character 61
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