All Things Scottish: Day 4

Time for a wee dram…today we celebrate the best of Scottish beverages!

1. Moniack Mead. Being a lifelong D&D geek and medieval history enthusiast, I like me a good mead. And THIS is a good mead!! Nae, it’s a GREAT mead! It is not that crap they sell in the PA state stores, which is just crap white wine with faux honey-flavor added. Moniack Mead is the real thing….pure fermented honey. When you open the bottle and take a sniff, it smells like honeycombs and sunlight dancing upon fields of sweet clover. It is the best mead ever, hands down.

If Odin himself were to come down to earth from Valhalla and ask for a drink, even The All-Father would be pleased by Moniack Mead. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it, because I cannot get this mead anywhere in the U.S.!! And because I live in a police state, I cannot get it shipped to me from Scotland!! The ONLY place we’ve ever found it (besides right at the castle where they make it) is in Toronto, in their higher-end liquor shops. And even they only get it in stock maybe twice a year. Why must fate be so cruel?!?! If anyone out there reading this is in the U.K., please email me. I will pay you obscene sums of cash to ship some Moniack to me.

2. McEwan’s Scotch Ale. Not much to say about this other than, “Mmmmm.” I like it better than Guinness; it’s not so much like road tar. AND unlike the mead, McEwan’s is readily available for purchase in PGH, even though you do have to hunt around for it.

3. IRN-BRU. Just what is IRN-BRU? I can’t tell you much, other than that it is Scotland’s favourite soda-pop. It’s orange in colour. It’s definitely an acquired taste, but just what does it taste like? I don’t know. I’ve had it, I liked it, but I can’t describe it. The true nature of IRN-BRU is a mystery as shrouded as the Loch Ness monster. But it is an intrinsic part of the Scottish Lifestyle Experience, and thus should be treasured and consumed whenever possible.

4. And BW wants me to put in a plug for Balvenie Double Wood Scotch. I don’t have much to say about it, other than that it’s a Scotch that I can drink without making an ‘auugh’ face. :) SO I’ll just quote from their website:

The Balvenie Doublewood Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two woods. During its period of maturation The Balvenie Doublewood is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill Spanish oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt – the traditional casks, having previously held bourbon, soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour.”

Appetising, no?

One Response to “All Things Scottish: Day 4”

  1. Simon Says:

    Ah, and here I sit sipping on a fine bottle of Moniack Mead. Lovely Stuff.

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