Have I mentioned that I love Discworld fans?
Thanks to a cunning fan, we are introducing yet another new tradition at NADWCon with the first ever, semiannual Jimkin Bearhuggers Whisky * talk:
The Jimkin Bearhuggers Whisky Talk:
Wherein we consider the definitions for Whisky, Bourbon, and Scotch and, within Scotch, Blended, "Vatted", Single-Malt and single-barrel types. We will also discuss the specifics of wood/barrels, aging in general and age statements.The con budget extends to making bail, so play nice.
We will then look at a map of Scotland and cover the styles and flavors by recognized regions and some specific distilleries across Scotland. There are Irish and Japanese (and maybe other) Single Malt Whiskeys which are "like" Scotch, but can't officially be called "Scotch" if they're not produced in Scotland.
If we have time, we can talk about "beer" and the difference between grain and malt and how a Maltster converts one into the other.
Later on, we can test what we’ve learned. Madison's best brew pub is 3 blocks away.
Photo: The 21st Floor blog
* from the Discworld & Pratchett Wiki
Jimkin Bearhugger dominates the Ankh-Morpork whiskey market. His local state-of-the-art distillery produces enormous quantities of spirits, sometimes aging them for several minutes. For the more demanding palate, Bearhugger's also bottles fine whiskies from distilleries in the mountains. The city distillery is also notable as the site of Fred Colon's one-in-a-million bowshot at the dragon in Guards! Guards!
The phrase "A drop before ye go" (to which Colon observes "I had a drop once, I couldn't stop going") is a nod to the tag line of Roundworld's Bell's Scotch, as is the claim 'Aged 8 minutes' (though Bell's do actually allow 8 years).
The Bearhugger line of beverages includes (in rough order of increasing quality):
Bearhugger has since branched out into liqueurs to serve the expanding cocktail market:
- Bearhugger's Old Selected Dragon's Blood
- Old Persnickety
- Bearhugger's Very Fine
- The MacAbre