Whisky & Spirits

 
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The brew is first recorded in 1475 during the campaign of the Earl of Atholl to capture Iain MacDonald, Lord of the Isles who was leading a rebellion against the king. Hearing that MacDonald drank from a small well, the Earl ordered it to be filled with honey, whisky and oatmeal. Allegedly, MacDonald stayed sampling the delicious concoction and was captured!

Atholl Brose

Liqueur Day

A favorite celebratory beverage, punch appears everywhere in Dickens' novels whenever a drop of good cheer is called for, most famously at the Cratchit's Christmas dinner in "A Christmas Carol." Ten years after its publication, Charles Dickens began to give public performances of his work. On performance days Dickens stuck to a rather bizarre, punch-related routine. He had two tablespoons of rum flavoured with fresh cream for breakfast, a pint of champagne for tea, and half an hour before the start of his performance, would drink a raw egg beaten into a tumbler of sherry. Dickens' favorite hot gin punch contained Hendrick's gin, Madeira, dark brown sugar, lemon peel, orange peel, 1 pineapple, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg!

Hot Punch

the Publication of a Christmas Carol

Are you a connoisseur of the grape? A wine aficiando? An oenophile? Pour yourself a glass of red wine! All of the most common red wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Pinot Noir are of just one species of grape: Vitis vinifera, which originated from Eastern Europe. The oldest-known winery was discovered in the "Areni-1" cave in Vayots Dzor, Armenia. Dated to c. 4100 BC, the site contained a wine press, fermentation vats, jars, and cups! The parentage of the Merlot grape has recently been confirmed! In the late 1990s, researchers at University of California, Davis showed that Merlot is an offspring of Cabernet Franc and is a half-sibling of Carménère, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The identity of the second parent of Merlot has been identified in 2009 when an obscure and unnamed variety, first sampled in 1996 from vines growing in an abandoned vineyard in Saint-Suliac in Brittany, was shown by DNA analysis to be the mother of Merlot! Cheers! 🍷🍇

Red Wine & Straight Lines

Merlot Day

Irish Coffee (coffee, cream, sugar, and spirits) became popular in the 19th century coffee houses. Today, Bailey's Irish Cream, introduced in 1974, can provide you with all of these components (with the addition of chocolate, vanilla, and burnt sugar)! As is the case with milk, Bailey's Irish Cream will curdle whenever it comes into contact with a weak acid. However, some cocktails call for just that! The Cement Mixer, a shot of Bailey's mixed with lime juice, is sometimes on the list of worst ever cocktails. The drink is traditionally ingested by taking the shot of Bailey's, holding it in the mouth, then sipping the lime juice and mixing both liquids either by swirling them around in the mouth or shaking the head. Who knew? Curdled or not, Sláinte!

Bailey's Irish Cream

St. Patrick's Season

Originally known as Walker's Kilmarnock Whisky, the Johnnie Walker brand is a legacy left by John "Johnnie" Walker after he started to sell whisky in his grocer's shop in Ayrshire, Scotland. The brand became popular, but after Walker's death in 1857 it was his son Alexander Walker and grandson Alexander Walker II who were largely responsible for establishing the whisky as the most the most widely distributed brand of blended Scotch whisky in the world. Science fiction fans will have noticed that in two scenes of Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner (1982), Harrison Ford drinks Johnnie Walker Black Label after it is poured from a futuristic Art Deco bottle.

Johnnie Walker

World Whisky Day

Much loved in the American colonies, where access to eggs and dairy (and liquor) was easily available, eggnog (derived from an egg-less concoction from the 14th century, known as posset “a drink made of hot milk curdled with ale, wine, or the like, often sweetened and spiced") is a popular holiday beverage made with eggs, spices, milk or cream, and various quantities of rum, whisky, sherry, brandy and bourbon. Eggnog has the added distinction of being responsible for the Eggnog Riot of 1826, also called the Grog Mutiny, which took place on this day at the United States Military Academy in West Point, resulting in the court-martialing of many cadets of future eminence. Cheers!

The Whisky Punch

Eggnog Night

According to the liqueur legend, Glayva was first produced in 1947 by wine and whisky merchant Ronald Morrison who wanted to create a liqueur that would warm and comfort.  Upon tasting the liquid for the first time, Hector, the warehouseman declared that it was ‘Gle Mhath” Gaelic for "very good."  From that point on the liqueur was named Glayva.

Glayva

Almond Day

The name "stout" as used for a dark beer is believed to have come about because strong porters were marketed under such names as "Extra Porter", "Double Porter", and "Stout Porter". Guinness Extra Stout was originally called Extra Superior Porter and was only given the name Extra Stout in 1840.

Passing the Porter

Stout Day

Inspired by the real events of 1941, when a cargo ship ran aground in the channel between Eriskay and South Uist, Compton Mackenzie's Whisky Galore is the gentle, comical story of how the booty on board became appropriated by a group of Scottish islanders. The novel formed the basis for the 1949 Ealing comedy, Whisky Galore! directed by Alexander Mackendrick. This movie was remade in 2016.

Whisky Galore!

the Whisky Wreck Incident, 1941

Whisky Blends & Single Malt Dance Index

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Cocktails, Cordials, and Liqueurs Dance Index

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Beers & Ales Dance Index

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The majority of dance descriptions referenced on this site have been taken from the

 

Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary or the

Scottish Country Dancing Database 

 

Snapshots of dance descriptions are provided as an overview only.  As updates may have occurred, please click the dance description to be forwarded to a printable dance description or one of the official reference sources.

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