February 27, 2006

Distillery To Begin Making Old-Recipe 184 Proof Whisky
— Ace


A Scottish distillery said Monday it was reviving a centuries-old recipe for whisky so strong that one 17th-century writer feared more than two spoonfuls could be lethal.

Risk-taking whisky connoisseurs will have to wait, however - the spirit will not be ready for at least 10 years.

The Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay, off Scotland's west coast, is producing the quadruple-distilled 184-proof - or 92 percent alcohol - spirit "purely for fun," managing director Mark Reynier said.

Whisky usually is distilled twice and has an alcohol content of between 40 and 63.5 per cent.

Bruichladdich is using a recipe for a spirit known in the Gaelic language as usquebaugh-baul, "perilous water of life."

Thanks to Scott.

Apologies... for the very light and trivial blogging I've done today. I'm pretty busy with life-type stuff at the moment. Thanks to LauraW and Tanker for picking up the blog-slack.

Posted by: Ace at 10:54 AM | Comments (37)
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1 shoot, my uncle used to make stuff that strong and he could get it done in an afternoon.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at February 27, 2006 10:56 AM (pzen5)

2 "perilous water of life"

Hell, I believe if you drink this stuff, the Sleeper might awaken!

Dave at Garfield Ridge

Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at February 27, 2006 11:01 AM (y1hCN)

3 M-m-m-mwhoa! That's good booze!

Posted by: Cautiously Pessimistic at February 27, 2006 11:07 AM (JKlMI)

4 A spoonful to get roaring drunk? Gimme some o' dat.

Posted by: kevlarchick at February 27, 2006 11:10 AM (M8lyz)

5 184 Proof?!? Holy Jesus! Why not just drink turpentine or gasoline and get it over with? Your liver would explode like a grenade!

Posted by: Monty at February 27, 2006 11:17 AM (UdJCa)

6 What's trivial about whiskey? Especially 184 proof whiskey? That's not trivial, that's essential information. I'm setting an alarm on my calendar for now + 10 years.

Posted by: West at February 27, 2006 11:21 AM (U4C9I)

7 Anyone ever drank Everclear? 195 Proof. That's the kind.

Posted by: Sweetmeats at February 27, 2006 11:26 AM (6slOJ)

8 "... in an attempt to replicate the Scottish drink described in a 1695 travel book, The Western Isles of Scotland, which contains what is considered to be the world's oldest whisky-tasting note. The book also includes a warning that the drink takes effect immediately, so by imbibing any more than two spoonfuls, 'it would presently stop his breath and endanger his life'"

Uhmm, I think I'll pass. I'm sticking to my Glennfidich 18 and Johnny Walker Blue Label.

Posted by: jmchez at February 27, 2006 11:30 AM (8XMTP)

9 184 proof, eh?
They should sell it in Ball jars, not bottles.

Posted by: harrison at February 27, 2006 11:39 AM (QJtdZ)

10 Drinking Everclear is like drinking gasoline. It just burns. There's actually a warning on the label about not drinking it straight. And that's 190 proof.

With that being said, put me down for a bottle of this.

Posted by: brak at February 27, 2006 11:45 AM (yHvEo)

11 Yet more proof that the Ace O' Spades™ Lifestyle is taking over the world. Except for the $700 a case part. For it to be the AOS™ the case would cost $3.97 and a blowjob.

Posted by: Iblis at February 27, 2006 11:46 AM (9221z)

12 The Bruichladdich guys are really cool. They're basically a bunch of whisky enthusiasts who bought the distillery after it had been mothballed for several years.

Posted by: tachyonshuggy at February 27, 2006 11:54 AM (iKhSD)

13 Anyone that has drunk Everclear will never forget it since it burns the crap out of your throat. Can't believe that 184 proof whiskey is any better although with the additives it may at least taste like booze rather than like a petroleum distillate..

Posted by: docdaved at February 27, 2006 12:02 PM (gfcbm)

14 I remember an epochal college party where we drank something composed of:

1. Everclear
2. Hawaiian Fruit Punch
3. Watermelon Pulp
4. Watermelon Schnapps
5. Salt

Large amounts of this stuff was dumped into a (sanitary, brand-new, plastic) garbage bin and mixed together. It was served out in chilled highball glasses, and was deadlier than a brain aneurysm. Two of the revelers that night had to go to the ER for alcohol poisoning, at which point the local constabulary found it necessary to break up the party and dump the mixture out on the ground. There was a large, fan-shaped wedge of dead grass all through the next summer where the mixture had been spilled.

Good times, good times.

Posted by: Monty at February 27, 2006 12:11 PM (/V4PN)

15 I have drank more than two spoonfuls of Everclear and lived to tell the tale -- thanks to the porcelain God.

Posted by: shawn at February 27, 2006 12:13 PM (B8ta7)

16 I'm pretty busy with life-type stuff at the moment.

Anyone else suspect that Ace went and got himself a real job?

Posted by: shawn at February 27, 2006 12:15 PM (B8ta7)

17 Here's another good trash can punch recipe:

Fruit Cocktail
Lime Jello
Lots of Ice

The Jello's for flavoring and doesn't coagulate, and it helps keep folks from vomiting. Limit your serving sizes.

Any leftover fruit cockatil found on the bottom of the can at the end of the evening will be very tasty and get you very wasted.

Posted by: bbeck at February 27, 2006 12:32 PM (qF8q3)

18 We put blue and red food coloring in it at a party one night and put a sign in front of it that said "Death with Dignity"

Posted by: Dave in Texas at February 27, 2006 12:38 PM (pzen5)

19 Give me 10 minutes.

Make it 5.

Posted by: DDG at February 27, 2006 12:43 PM (4uzEh)

20 Red Death Party

Red Death Party

Take a trash can, mix 10 parts red punch with 1 part everclear.

Invite all your friends over, ask that they bring a liquor, rum, whiskey, schnapps, whatever.

Empty bottles of booze into the garbage can as they enter, add appropriate amount of punch per bottle.

Die on front porch in awkward position.

Good times, good times.

Posted by: Pupster at February 27, 2006 12:57 PM (Qki3V)

21 Apologies... for the very light and trivial blogging I've done today.

If that's something worthy of an apology, I'm sorry for everything I've ever written.

Posted by: Feisty at February 27, 2006 01:32 PM (2aWAl)

22 Monty,

Sounds like Jungle Juice.

Posted by: Sweetmeats at February 27, 2006 01:41 PM (6slOJ)

23 I remember an epochal

Monty, it was epochal in the same way that the meteor shower than ended the Jurassic was epochal....Nothing survived.

Posted by: DDG at February 27, 2006 01:50 PM (4uzEh)

24 So, I'm sitting here at my desk at work, looking around, feeling pretty good, having a laugh reading Ace of Spades between tasks. And it occurs to me, I have no idea how I got here. "This is not my beautiful house. This is not my beautiful wife." The last few decades have been a blur. I just somehow sortuv woke up here.

Monty, was I at that party? Because, if so, it might explain a thing or two I've been wondering about. Please advise.

Posted by: sandy burger at February 27, 2006 01:54 PM (Sw8Cn)

25 Sandy Burger:

Monty, was I at that party?

Well, if you went to the University of Wyoming in 1989 and was at the Alpha Tau Omega frathouse one chilly night in March....

I was not a member of the frat, mind you. I was a zitty, stick-figure geek then as now; I was there as the guest of a non-geek ATO member who thought my horizons needed broadening. He passed out shortly after we arrived, and I ended up watching old movies with other sci-fi dorks in the "community room" downstairs until the cops busted up the joint in the early hours of the morning. I found out about the ER casualties later the next day -- dumb freshmen both who wanted to impress the ATO seniors.

We used to call it "Alcohol Tau Omega".

Posted by: Monty at February 27, 2006 02:08 PM (djE5R)

26 Sandy, turn off the radio and get to work!

Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime/water flowing underground.

Posted by: Bart at February 27, 2006 02:10 PM (7JiGw)

27 Jungle Juice, Wobble Water, Mystery Punch, whatever you called it. That stuff was a staple of our dorm floor.

I remember one party during the first month of my freshman year where we made a batch of vodka punch using either Hawkeye or Paramount vodka (Val-U-Rite wasn't readily available out here in flyover country in 1986), because being cheap bastards, we calculated how much it would cost per cup to make 10% alcohol punch and the vodka was about 1.5 cents cheaper per serving. We made several five gallon batches, and the last batch of the night was going slowly so we decided to take turns drinking it forcibly. The drinker was held up by his ankles and dunked into the bucket headfirst, where he attempted to drink as much as he could while the holders did a loud 20-count. We finished all but the bottom 3 or 4 inches, and when we dumped out the remains the next day there was a hairball the size of a lab rat on the shower floor. Good times, man. Good times.

Posted by: Russ from Winterset at February 27, 2006 02:27 PM (Ffvoi)

28 Whisky that strong, just like the cask-strength varieties, is meant to be diluted with spring water. Any whisky above about 50% is too concentrated to be drunk neat, and a little bit of water liberates a lot of complexity.

Bruichladdich is good whisky. I love the Islay malts (Ardbeg is my favourite).

Posted by: David Gillies at February 27, 2006 02:57 PM (x502S)

29 Any whisky above about 50% is too concentrated to be drunk neat

Sure. If you're a pussy. Or if you have some weird mania about keeping your liver and kidneys in good working order.

Posted by: Monty at February 27, 2006 03:05 PM (djE5R)

30 Same as it ever was.

Posted by: kevlarchick at February 27, 2006 03:14 PM (M8lyz)

31 Will it be the ROTGUT whisky from the OLD PANTHER distilraries?

Posted by: spurwing plover at February 27, 2006 03:58 PM (fOAmE)

32 I prefer Bacardi 151. 7 shots - worst hangover ever.

Posted by: Gary at February 27, 2006 04:06 PM (ELzsF)

33 I remember bribing everybody I knew who was going to Ireland to bring back Tullamore Dew. I'd save it for special occasions etc.... I burned 1/2 my beard of doing flaming shots of Bacardi 151 once. Terrible stink and pain. Anyway, thanks for all the memories. I have to go call my sponsor now.

Posted by: hutch1200 at February 27, 2006 06:41 PM (nXmrG)

34 Funny thing about Tullamore Dew, it wasn't all that special once you could get it here in Pa.

Posted by: hutch1200 at February 27, 2006 06:44 PM (nXmrG)

35 I went to a backyard party in college one time where there was a huge batch of the infamous "trash can punch" mixed up, except it wasn't in a trashcan. Whoever was throwing the party had found an old porclain bath tub, the kind that stood 4-6" off of the ground on claw feet, and had drug it out to the backyard of their rent house, put a rubber plug in the drain and filled it up with magic elixer. So throughout the evening people wander by and drag their plastic cup across the top for a refill. I go over to get my fifth refill or so, and their's a Goddamn black labrador dog laying in the tub, cooling off in the punch. I feel like a pussy now, but at the time it seemed like a good idea to forego the punch and make a beer run. When I got back from the beer store, I noticed that the dog was gone and people were again filling their cups from the tub. Me and my buddy went over to see if somebody had cleaned out the tub and put in a fresh batch of hooch. No, they hadn't. There was dozens of short black dog hairs floating around on top of that shit, and either no one noticed or no one cared. They drank it all the way down to the plug. Me and my buddy laughed our asses off at that one for days.

Posted by: Sticky B at February 27, 2006 07:36 PM (EJgMZ)

36 Touching story, Sticky B. Hair of the dog that bit them, I guess. (Pussy that I am, I think I would have accompanied you guys on that beer run, myself.)

For some reason, it reminds me of that Cheech & Chong movie, Up In Smoke:

"Yeah, my dog ate my stash, man. Had it on the table, and the little motherfucker ate it, man. I had to follow him around with a little baggie for three days before I got it back. Really blew the dog's mind."

Posted by: sandy burger at February 27, 2006 07:58 PM (NA4RK)

37 The Irish call it ''poteen'' [sounds like putcheen]
a/k/a white lightning. It's already available for sale, and has won awards.
www.irish-poteen.com/awards. Though they do caution not to light a match in the same room. Those no smoking rules make sense.

If you search ''poteen'' you'll get alcohol reviews on the triple and quadruple distilled stuff. They love it. It's described as smooth and fruity , naturally, w/o the addition of the cheap fruitpunch.

I was at the bad fruitpunch parties (all of them) at FIJI Columbia U. But I don't remember seeing Sandy Burger there.
Then again, I don't remember...don't recall...accidentally shredded all my notes and flushed them...they were just copies...they were out of toilet paper...

Posted by: at February 27, 2006 08:23 PM (++PlU)

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