Whisky Women, Champagne Widows

ChampagneWhisky.com wouldn’t be ChampagneWhisky if it weren’t for women in whisky and champagne. And not just the one sitting here behind the keyboard writing this post. I’m just going to put up a couple of excerpts today, in honor of International Women’s Day 2014, which has been celebrated for a century on March 8. “In…

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Barley Doors

When one door closes, another door opens, in a quote attributed to Alexander Graham Bell that’s meant to reflect an optimistic perspective on the ebb and flow of opportunity. In the case of the spring barley intended for Scottish whisky production, a genetic door closing on one pernicious blight unexpectedly led to a door opening…

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Two Trails

A brisk wind is chasing rain across the sky in quick, sharp intervals, strobe lights of sunshine cutting through. Just enough for a good run under a blue sky, between the raindrops. I had planned to write about spring barley and the malting process that leads to single malt whisky, but before I could even…

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The Real Thing

Scotch whisky will soon have something else in common with Champagne besides being one of my favorite beverages: It will have protected geographical status. Like many other coveted products, Scotch whisky is often counterfeited. Fake Scotch whisky is estimated to cost the industry £500 million annually, approximately ten percent of  overall sales. A new Spirit…

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Golden Note

Last Sunday of 2013, and the sun slivered through heavy rain clouds now and then to cast a brief, golden light on an otherwise grey day. We finished off our Whisky Advent Calendar with a 40-year-old Glenfarclas, a real treat. I’ve had a bit of a cold, so I can’t really say as much as…

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Solstice Unspools

Welcome Winter Solstice 2013. Last year I was relieved that the Mayan End of Days turned into just another day; this year, I’m relieved that the icy grip of early winter thawed for long enough to do some end of year, last-minute garden work. We’ve been keeping ourselves warm with our Whisky Advent Calendar, and…

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Whisky Thanksgiving

We’ve had our Whisky Advent Calendar sitting on a shelf for weeks now, and it was a consolation to us yesterday. Yes, we have already entered the final month of a year that has flown by, but on the bright side, we got to open the first day of our whisky calendar. The first red-waxed…

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Whisky Wheel, Bilingual

Over on Whisky For Girls, Rachel MacNeill recently posted an English-Gaelic guide to translating the flavors of whisky – uisge beatha (‘water of life’). I’ve taken the liberty of making a ‘whisky flavour wheel’ from her list, and I hope I haven’t made too many mistakes! But I thought it would be a fun tool,…

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Locavores and Disruptive Technologies

A recent exchange with woman whisky writer Rachel MacNeill last week about whiskies produced in Austria was based on a misunderstanding. I thought she had been to a tasting of Austrian-produced whiskies, when actually she had been holding a whisky tasting in Austria. The moment between miscommunication and clarification, though, got me thinking that whisky…

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Seasonal Calendar

On an evening run last night, the sky was blazing while the meadows and paths held strange flying carpets of white. Autumn is creeping in, leaving the first tentative misty patches at ground level before the great fogs of winter settle over the Lake Geneva basin. Time to prepare for the upcoming season. And so…

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