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A $4 Million Whiskey Collection is For Sale!

There are six bottles of whiskey sitting on my bar right now. I would not call it a collection, merely several different types that I have not yet finished.

However, one anonymous seller has put up their whiskey collection for auction, and it is valued at $4 million. Macallan scotch comprises a mere $2.7 million of this collection, with some bottles dating back to 1921.

If this sounds like something you need in your life, then the online auction begins on September 27, 2019.

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Illegal Highland Whiskey in Virginia?

If you make whiskey in America, it is illegal to print the word Highland on the bottle.

Just like France protects the word Champagne from applying to any bubbling wine made outside of the Champagne region, Scotland fiercely defends Scotch Whisky from foreign impersonators.

The Scotch Whisky Association is currently suing the Virginia Distillery Company for its use of Highland on one of its bottles. While the Virginia-based booze-maker transparently points out on its label that it is a blend of Virginia & Scotch whiskies, it is still in violation of U.S. federal regulations.

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Barbados has a Distillery Older than Every Whiskey Distillery in the World

The world’s oldest continuously running Rum distillery is in Barbados (Mount Gay) and I did a bit of a double-take when I uncovered today’s Booze Fact of the Day.

As you know, we have touched on the oldest Irish whiskey distillery, the oldest Scotch distillery, as well as the oldest American whiskey distillery.

Apparently, the Mount Gay distillery (founded in 1703) is 54 years older than Kilbeggan, 72 years older than Glenturret, and 80 years older than Evan Williams!

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339 Swimming Pools of Whiskey

I have been staring at this screen for sometime now trying to come up with a tie in to today’s Booze Fact of the Day. I do not have one, but I still find this statistic fascinating.

In 2015 224.3 million gallons (849.1 million L) of Scotch were sold. That is enough to fill 339.3 olympic swimming pools.

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Johnnie Walker is the World’s Most Popular Blended Scotch…and that’s OK!

People like to look down their noses at blended scotch, because Hollywood leads us to believe that drinking blended scotch is like drinking scotch with training wheels.

In reality, blending scotch allows distillers to offer a product that will be more consistent over time. Single-malt scotches are subject to variations in flavor that stem from variations in the climate & skill of the distiller.

Johnnie Walker is the most sold blended Scotch in the world.

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Tobacco Liqueur Has No Nicotine

As we have touched on here before the distillation process extracts the alcohol from a liquid, and leaves behind a bunch of stuff. Debris and molecules like yeast, hops, water, capsaicin (the spicy part of hot peppers) are unable to tag along and become booze, too.

Nicotine is another chemical that gets left behind in a still. Perique is a tobacco liqueur that takes advantage of this, and has no traces of Nicotine. An especially rare strain of tobacco—Louisiana Perique—lends a distinct blend of woody, cognac, and scotch flavors.

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