Tipsy Tales

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Drambuie: A Toast to Friendship

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Speed bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing, Onward, the sailors cry Carry the lad that’s born to be king Over the sea to Skye (A Skye boat song written later based on the incident) The boat moved steadily to the Isle of Skye, away from the mainland of Scotland. Bonnie Prince Charlie, who bravely fought against the English was aboard. But you wouldn’t recognize him easily. He was now in the boat in the attire of an Irish … Continue reading

Apocalypse now: Breaking Spirits

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1997. It was 10pm. All beverage outlets in the city were closed. The party was only reaching its climax. Everybody present desperately needed a couple of pegs more for the road, but they were looking down an empty cache without a single bottle left. As the host I smiled, and asked my confidante to pull out my last number from the cupboard – a bottle of Bacardi. “Wow!” everyone interjected in unison. I smiled proudly. It was magic indeed to … Continue reading

When America went Dry

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Oh, yes, yes. Let us ban it. Let us drain our kegs empty. Let the employees of Beverages Corporation find something else for a job. Let us pitch the last bottle of rum to the Arabian Sea and declare our land dry and truly His own. But wait. Statistics from history somehow predict a grim future. Banning the hot liquid is not easy as one might imagine. King Barebista of Trace tried it in 50 BC . Six years later … Continue reading

The Sea Within – Linie Aquavit

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Some drinks are concocted after long meditations and elaborate experiments. Berries are handpicked with extreme care; the essence is extracted without drawing the bitter components, distilled through a cumbersome process, and stashed away in casks deep down the earth for a painfully long period for maturation. After centuries of trial and error the final drink is perfected. But a rare few are stumbled upon. Like the Norwegian Linie Aquavit. When in 1805, Heinrich Meincke and his sister Catherina Lysholm, loaded … Continue reading