Monthly Archives: March 2008

What kind of Scotch whisky do you prefer?

WordPress.com doesn’t allow Java script for security reasons. That is why for that poll I am providing a link. Please vote for your favorite whisky http://www.polldaddy.com/poll.aspx?p=468221

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Exarheia…the place with the biggest consumption of Malt!

I was trying to find out which area in Greece is the first in Malt Whisky sales…but i was very lucky in this research, because i found out almost easily that this area was the city of Exarhia, the place where i live!
It’s a coincidence???!!!
So, thanks to information i gained from various sources, i made the conclusion that Exarhia owns almost 30% of the total consumption of Malts in Greece, and that sounds very logical to my ears!

We have many Bars that sell a lot of Malt Brands and of course a lot of arty fellows and tasters who love to drink with quality and not with quantity…!
And of course we have some of the most premium cellars with exquisite Malt Lists.

My favorite Cellar in Exarhia (which i will recommend also to you) is Oinotypo (Κάβα – Οινότυπο) in Charilaou Trikoupi 98 Street, where you can find a huge variety of both bottled and non-bottled wines and of course a lot of Malt Whisky Brands!!
The second one is Marko (Κάβα Μαρκό) in Kalidromiou 20 Street, which has almost 130 Malt labels and you can also taste from the open bottles before you buy, along with the friendly and Malt Maniac owners of this cellar, who will answer in any question and they will initiate you in the secrets of Malt Whisky! I suggest to visit their Web Site, to find out more about this beautiful Cellar (http://www.cavamarko.gr/)

Cava Marko

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My personal Malt Collection…Upd #2

2 new entrances in my personal Malt collection…

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How to enjoy your whisky…A tasting guide

“For the purpose of enjoying malt whiskies you need certain basic equipment: a supply of water, a glass, a mouth, a nose, and -optionally-a pair of eyes. Plus, of course, the whisky.”

Scotch Malt Whisky Society

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the world’s leading specialist in single malt, single cask, cask strength whiskies. Established more than 20 years ago by a group of friends who clubbed togther to buy a single cask of fine malt whisky, the Society retains to this day the same air of camaraderie.

Follow this link to read the full article :

https://www.smws.co.uk/whisky/enjoy.php

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Letter to a poet…

Nikos Kavadias
There is one of my favorite Greek songs called “Letter to a poet (Γράμμα σε έναν ποιητή)” written by a famous Greek poet Nikos Kavadias, who was working as a radio operator in ships and he wrote a lot of poems about his big love, the deep blue sea. This specific song uses the word whisky in the chorus, so i will post the lyrics of it, but only in Greek language…again!
The singer of this really great song, is Dimitris Zervoudakis.

Ξέρω εγώ κάτι που μπορούσε Καίσαρ να σε σώσει
Κάτι που πάντα βρίσκεται σε αιώνια εναλλαγή
Κάτι που σκίζει τις θολές γραμμές των οριζόντων
Και ταξιδεύει αδιάκοπα την ατελείωτη γη

Κάτι που θα ‘κανε γοργά να φύγει το κοράκι
Που του γραφείου σου πάντοτε σκεπάζει τα χαρτιά
Να φύγει κράζοντας βραχνά χτυπώντας τα φτερά του
Προς κάποια ακατοίκητη κοιλάδα του νοτιά

Μακριά πολύ μακριά να ταξιδεύουμε
κι ο ήλιος πάντα μόνους να μας βρίσκει
Εσύ τσιγάρο CAMEL να καπνίζεις ναι
κι εγώ σε μια γωνιά να πίνω Whiskey

Οι πολιτείες ξένες να μας δέχονταν
οι πολιτείες οι πιο απομακρυσμένες
Κι εγώ σ’ αυτές απλά να σε εσύσταινα
σαν σε παλιές γλυκές μου αγαπημένες

Κάτι που θα ‘κανε τα υγρά παράδοξα σου μάτια
Που αβρές μαθητριούλες τ’ αγαπούν και σιωπηροί ποιητές
Χαρούμενα και προσδοκία γεμάτα να γελάσουνε
Με κάποιο τρόπο που όπως λεν δεν γέλασαν ποτέ

Γνωρίζω κάτι που μπορούσε βέβαια να σε σώσει
Εγώ που δεν σε γνώρισα ποτέ για σκέψου εγώ
Ένα καράβι να σε πάρει Καίσαρ να μας πάρει
Ένα καράβι που πολύ μακριά θα τ’οδηγώ

Μακριά πολύ μακριά να ταξιδεύουμε
κι ο ήλιος πάντα μόνους να μας βρίσκει
Εσύ τσιγάρο CAMEL να καπνίζεις ναι
κι εγώ σε μια γωνιά να πίνω Whiskey

Και μια βραδιά στην Μπούρμα ή στην Μπατάβια
Στα μάτια μιας ινδής που θα χορέψει
Γυμνή στα 17 στιλέτα ανάμεσα
θα δείτε την Γκρέτα να επιστρέψει

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Chocolate cake with Whiskey and Lemon

This is a very interesting recipe from a very organized and “tastefull” Web Site, with rich content.
The only thing about this Web Site is that it is only in Greek Language…
So, follow this link : http://www.sintagespareas.gr/sintages/keik-sokolata-me-ouiski-kai-lemoni.html

“Συνταγ�ς της Παρ�ας”

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Whisky Fudge

This is a recipe which some may refer to as Whisky Tablet (similar to fudge but more brittle).

Ingredients:
1 Kilo white sugar
300 grammes butter
1 tin Nestles sweet condensed milk
1 tea cup of whisky
2 pints of freshly made, hot, milkless tea

Method
Melt butter in a large saucepan, then add the tea. Add all sugar stir continuously until all the sugar has melted. Stir in the milk and whisky and stir continuously until the correct consistency is reached (about 10 to 15 min.)

To get the correct consistency have a cup of cold water handy and add a teaspoon of the mixture to it from time to time until it sets firm in the water.
Pour the fudge into a large buttered tray and when partly set cut into bite sized squares.

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Whisky Punch

Scottish Recipes – Whisky Punch
This is a recipe which clearly contains alcohol namely scotch whisky. The Punch can be made either hot or cold.Ingredients for Hot Punch:
1 bottle of whisky (Blended is better-don’t waste good malt!!)
1 pound of lump/cube sugar
2 pints of freshly made, hot, milkless tea
One thinly sliced lemon

Method for Hot Punch Heat but do not boil the whisky (Dangerous and stupid). Pour the hot tea over the sugar and lemon and stir with a silver spoon until all the sugar has dissolved. Add the warm (but not boiling) whisky. Flame and serve.

Ingredients for Cold Punch:
2 pints boiling water
Half a pound of lump/cube sugar
1 bottle of whisky (again use blended)
3 lemons
A few leaves of mint

Method for Cold Punch:
Use a sharp knife to remove the yellow rind (not the white pith) from the lemons before squeezing out the juice. Place the peel, juice, mint and sugar in a large jug and add the boiling water. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. When it is cold, remove the lemon peel and mint and add the whisky. Chill before use. Add some thinly sliced soft fruit before serving from a punch bowl.

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Whisky in the Jar…lyrics

Trying to find a song that has to do with whisky, i remembered a famous rock song, which used to be one of my favorite , back in the “Summer of ’69″…. i mean …’89… when i was a teenager!
“Whisky in the Jar” is probably the most famous Irish traditional song, and is the story about a highwayman – ‘a man who robs travelers on the road’ – who is betrayed by his wife (or his lover). This song has been recorder by many groups such as The Dubliners, The Pogues, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Seekers, The Highwaymen, Roger Whittaker, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, The Irish Rovers, the Poxy Boggards,Seven Nations, The Limeliters, King Creosote, Flogging Molly, Fat Man Squeeze and the Brobdingnagian Bards.
The most famous recordings of this song are 2 rock adaptations,the first one by the Irish rock Band “Thin Lizzy” (1972) and of course by “Metallica” back in 1998, when they won a Grammy Award for this performance.

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Live performances of this Song (youtube) : Thin Lizzy , Metallica

For those who have the guts to sing this song…we are posting the lyrics! Enjoy!

Whiskey in the Jar

As I was going over, The Kilmagenny mountain
I met with Captain Farrell, And his money he was counting
I first produced my pistol, and then I drew my sabre
Saying stand and deliver, For I am the bold deceiver

With me ring dum a doodle um dah
Whack for the daddy o
Whack for the daddy o
Theres whiskey in the jar

He counted out his money, And it made a pretty penny
I put it in my pocket, And I gave it to my Jenny
She sighed and she swore, That she never would betray me
But the devil take the women, For they never can be easy
Chorus

I went into my chamber, All for to take a slumber
I dream’t of gold and jewels, And for sure it was no wonder
But Jenny drew my charges, And she filled them up with water
And she sent for Captain Farrell, To be ready for the slaughter
Chorus

And twas early in the morning, Before I rose to travel
Up comes a band of footman, And likewise Captain Farrell
I then produced my pistol, For she had stole my sabre
But I couldn’t shoot the water, So a prisoner I was taken
Chorus

And if anyone can aid me, Its my brother in the army
If I could learn his station, In Cork or Killarney
And if he’d come and join me, We’d go roving in Kilkenny
I’ll engage he’ll treat me fairer, Than my darling sporting Jenny
Chorus

And finally for all the guitar players out there…we are posting the song’s guitar chords!

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Crab Whiskey Soup

20-38-22-sm.jpgINGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 shallots, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked crabmeat, flaked
  • 1/3 cup whiskey

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat, and saute the shallots and garlic until tender. Pour in the chicken broth, and bring to a boil. In a small bowl, mix the milk and flour. Stir the mixture into the pot, and continue cooking until soup is slightly thickened.
  2. Season the soup with cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Mix in the crab and whiskey, and cook until heated through.

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