26 February 2006
"Potent Potables" for $1000, Alex
Travel writer Martin Martin visited the western islands of Scotland in the 1690s, and subsequently described his experience with "usquebaugh-baul", the quadruple-distilled single-malt whisky then produced on the island of Islay:
The first taste affects all the members of the body: two spoonfuls of this last liquor is a sufficient dose; and if any man should exceed this, it would presently stop his breath, and endanger his life.
The alcoholic content, needless to say, is formidable: 92 to 94 percent, though it will drop by about one percent per year as it matures. Quipped Bruichladdich managing director Mark Reynier, "To be honest I'm just hoping the distillery doesn't explode."
I surmise there should be plenty of demand for this whisky once it's aged properly, despite its storied physical effects: after all, absinthe makes the parts go yonder, and it still sells.
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