The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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.

Quite a recommendation indeed. Now the Bruichladdich distillers on Islay have announced that they will produce a limited run of the stuff according to the old recipe.

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.

(Via Fark)

Posted at 9:01 AM to Entirely Too Cool

Naturally my Scots came up with that. And people say the Irish are formidable drinkers.

Of course it's easier to be a formidable drinker if you don't pass out halfway through the first sip...

Posted by: McGehee at 1:42 PM on 26 February 2006