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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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Whiskey + 1941 A.D. = Aspirin

Those of us who enjoy cocktails owe a debt of gratitude to the medical community. Be it straight out of the bottle or infused with herbs, for thousands of years doctors and healers have turned to alcohol for treatment of all manner of disorders.

Somewhere along the line people started enjoying the feeling that herb-infused medicinal alcohol afforded, and when mixed with wine birthed the grandfather of Vermouth.

More recently, in 1941 Dr. Harold George Wolff of Cornell University declared that, “Whiskey is one of the cheapest and best painkillers known to man.” According to his studies, 2 ounces of whiskey would increase human threshold for pain by 45% for 2 hours.

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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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American Oak + French Oak = 46!

Everybody who has had nothing better to do over the last 7 months than religiously re-read every single one of my Booze Facts of the Day will readily recall that Bourbon gets aged in new American Oak barrels.

French Oak has not traditionally played much of a role in American whiskey-making. Its small pores age the spirit more slowly, and above 50° F (10° C) it can impart off-flavors.

This is why for Maker’s 46 the good folks at Maker’s Mark took barrels made out of new American Oak, and added a ring of French Oak staves to the inside: they get the best of both flavorful worlds this way. Additionally, they tunneled into a limestone mountain in order to keep the barrels below that 50° year round.

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Apparently Fish Don’t Like Whiskey

It takes a matter of hours to make moonshine, from there it takes a minimum of 4 years to turn it into Whiskey. Since commercial distilleries are of course constantly selling whiskey, this means that they must constantly be distilling whiskey—which means they need to have the ability to store 4 years worth of rotating sales in their barrels.

To accomplish this task, bourbon distillery Barton 1792 had 29 rackhouses, or 5-story buildings that hold tens of thousands of aging whiskey barrels each! On June 22, 2018 one of these rackhouses collapsed, and with it 530,000 gallons (2 million L) of pre-mature whiskey crashed down to the earth.

The only casualties were 800 fish that perished as result of too much whiskey flowing into a nearby tributary.

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Whiskey Barrels, Angels, & Science

Whiskey barrels hold 53 gallons (200 L). While distillers may fill their barrels with this much, they will never retreive 53 gallons of whiskey at the end of the aging.

Barrels for aging spirts are tightly sealed, but they are not meant to be airtight. Each year that a spirit ages it will lose between 2 – 12 percent of its volume.

Before modern science could explain this phenomenon people assumed that angels were sneaking down and sampling from the wares. They named this curious happening The Angels’ Share. Today, we call it Evaporation.

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Dogs, Movies, & Wine—Oh My!

Do you like movies? Do you have a dog that you also like? Well then have you ever considered moving to Plano, Texas?

Me neither, but they do have a movie theater that for $15 not only allows you to bring up to two dogs, but will furnish you with 1 movie and either 4 whiskeys, or bottomless wine!

Don’t be surprised if this dog-friendly theme crops up again. Recently, the girlfriend and I were asked to leave the patio of a neighborhood bar because we had a beagle lying quietly at our feet. In line with yesterday’s dog-friendly brewery BFD I like this trend of supporting canine inclusion into our public life.

Here’s a picture of our menacing dog, Biscuit.

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