> > Great scenario! I can hear the looping tumbleweed and the lonesome >wind > > whistling past the saloon . . . but everyone knows Bartender Kim prefers > > Scotch :-) > > > Yeah, the old timers here ought to know Kim likes "Scotch" but all >whiskey > drinkers ought to know that "Scotch" is American slang for "Scottish > Whiskey". We should also know that Scottish and Irish whiskey are made from > barley whereas the stuff from Kentucky and Tennessee is made from corn. > Further, it is sacrilege to pour Scottish or Irish whiskey over ice, whereas > iced is about the only way to get the American stuff down. I've come to wonder that it was this and not just a spelling error that made the difference between "whiskey" and "whisky". On a trip to Edinburgh three years ago, my then-future wife and I would hit a number of pubs, most notably the Deacon Brodie (named after the not-so-gentlemanly fellow who actually inspired R.L.Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde"), where, before our attendance of tours, would garnish ourselves by sampling the huge range of scottish whiskey. I had mine 'neat' with water on the side. Having stopped smoking tobacco some years ago, I'd finished getting my taste buds back to working order, and had begun enjoying wine-tasting as a result; I applied the same technique to whiskey. There were some that made one wish for a bit of the old tobacco though, as they were no doubt engineered to have with a cigar. Others were smoky enough on their own - 20 yr-old Ardbeg for instance - to supplant the mere desire for a cigar. Funny since, when a smoker, I could barely manage a sip of whiskey without making That Face. Now that I'm not a smoker (and alas even non-tobacco -wink- is out of reach, dammit!) I find a bit of whiskey to be a needed bit of business towards the end of some evenings. In a GOOD bar in the US, you won't get a look like you've got antennae if you ask for Scottish Whiskey. I won't say no to Chivas though, and in a slide can adjust to Grant's or Dewar's, though in comparison there is a huge difference. Even BELL'S is better, hoot mon. By the way I've put a newly-restored piece on the Studios site, "Fever Dream", which has nothing to do with Whiskey, well, at least THAT intoxicant. :) Stephen Goodman http://www.earthlight.net/Gallery_Front.html - Cartoons & Illustrations http://www.earthlight.net/Studios * The free Loop of the Week! http://www.live365.com/stations/218194 * EarthLight Online / Live!