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    NY Times on Scotch whiskey

    Today's New York Times has a good in-depth article on Scotch.

    ..."a rugged drink always tasting of peat and often of heather or seaweed made by rugged individualists amid a rugged landscape."

    There's mention of a 60-yr-old Scotch and how 90 percent of production is consumed abroad. (Maybe they drink bourbon!)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/16/dining/16SCOT.html

    Cheers,
    Omar


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    Re: NY Times on Scotch whiskey

    A quote from the article: "The word whiskey, after all, evolved from the Gaelic word usquebaugh, which means water of life, exactly like eau de vie in French and aquavit in Scandinavian languages."

    I think I had noticed that, subconsciously, but it had never really come to the forefront in my mind. Good writers notice things like that.

    Very interesting article. Thanks.

    Tim

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    Re: NY Times on Scotch whiskey

    "a rugged drink always tasting of peat..."

    I read the article yesterday morning and sent them an email about it.
    Those fact checkers at the NY Times are really on top of things...

    (1) Scotch always tastes of peat is like saying that bourbon always
    tastes of rye and that pizza always tastes of pepperoni. Not true
    at all. Don't they teach journalism students to be wary of the
    word "always"?

    (2) They've bungled the whisky vs. whiskey spelling.


    Tim Dellinger

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    Re: NY Times on Scotch whiskey

    Despite some errors, I thought the article was generally a good one.

    Bob

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    Re: NY Times on Scotch whiskey

    Slightly askew from the topic...the old stereotype that "big city" newspaper men were always hard drinking s.o.b.s brings to mind what the management and staff were pouring during the recent Howell Raines/Jason Blair fiasco...are N.Y. newsmen scotch, bourbon or martini men (and women)? Or do they pound "Manhattan's"?

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    Re: NY Times on Scotch whiskey

    There's probably a reason why R.W. "Johnny" Apple is writing for the food & wine section of the NY Times now. This skewering from SLATE magazine may be it:

    http://slate.msn.com/id/2081240/


 

 

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