Perth W.A. Pipe Band

Ha Ha Ha I love this. It’s brilliant the things you stumble upon thanks to google. Here’s a wee snippet from the newsletter of a Pipe Band from Perth, Western Australia

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Whisky for Dafties.

One of the more unusual shows at the Perth Fringe Festival this year was a Scottish comedian who did a whisky tasting stage show. Ali, Dave, Malcolm, Jamie and Gary attended the performance, which included tastings, facts about whisky history and distillation, plus hilarious audience participation. The comedian took one look at the Perth Highland boys and asked “Are you lot an aging boy band?” to which Ali replied that we actually were a pipe band!

 

 

 

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A nice wee review from Adelaide Fringe

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After over three years touring his show Whisky for Dafties (Dummies), Scottish comedian and whisk(e)y enthusiast Alan Anderson is back with the next lesson on the world of distilled malts and grains. The hour sees the comedian introduce the intimate assembly to four differing drams of whisk(e)y, noting the difference and encouraging audience members to share their opinions.

It is a welcome relief that Anderson really does know his stuff. When he wanders off on a tangent about his favourite single malts from around the world it is clear that Alan’s passion for this poison knows few limits (except for the 60 minute time slot). Anderson uses the time he has to build on the knowledge of participants, gauging the individual level of experience which can vary greatly from absolute novice to seasoned taster – which is no mean feat. His irreverent approach makes the podcast show very accessible to anyone with little to a good amount of whiskey experience. However, it is clear that he had much more knowledge to share and perhaps a Whisky for the Advanced show is in order for next year – if so, sign me up!

It’s an absolutely fantastic way to kick-off (or continue) a night of drinking. Out of respect to the artist please leave all Christmas cakes and Johnny Walker Reds at the door.

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Edinburgh Fringe FullMooners signed bottles

Last night at a very special Edinburgh Fringe FullMooners benefit gig, the acts all signed 2 bottles of limited Edition Single Cask 16 year old Arran Single Malt Scotch Whisky which we will be auctioning off later in the year during the Glasgow Whisky Festival.

John Bishop, Stephen K Amos, Phill Jupitus, Jason Byrne, Jason Manford, Ed Byrne, Brendon Burns, Phil Nichol, The Pyjama Men, Glen Wool, Terry Alderton, Andrew Maxwell, Sir Tim Fitzhigham and Lady Carol all performed in a benefit for Comedy Director Paul Byrne who, at the start of the Fringe, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Big thanks to the guys at Glasgow’s Good Spirits Co and The Creative Whisky Co for supplying the malt.

Details on the auction to follow.

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Edinburgh Fringe charity bottle signing and auction

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Big thanks to the guys at Glasgow’s Good Spirits Co and the Creative Whisky Co for these two exceptionally rare bottles of 16 year old Single Cask Arran @ 51.8%abv. Tonight at Edinburgh Fringe all the Paulmooners acts will taste from & sign 1 bottle which will be raffled tonight. And sign the other unopened bottle to be auctioned off during Glasgow Whisky Festival. Proceeds going to Paulmooners and A.N.other charity still to be chosen by the GWF people. https://www.underbelly.co.uk/node/5204833

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Mixing Mumford & Whisky is very risky.

A brilliantly funny Blog from Whisky-online.com. Well done.
 
 
 

The future of whisky.

The future of whisky.

Diageo’s head chief of things Dr Ebenezer Plinth has announced that Mumford & Sons are to take charge of all areas of their Scottish distilling programme, all Diageo distilleries will come under the umbrella of their new leadership. The announcement comes shortly after the revelations in an STV interview with the band in which they declared an interest in creating their own whisky, twiglet-faced key pusher Ben Lovett said

“It’ll happen. It takes a few years to make, so we better get cracking.”

Dr Plinth said in a press statement,

“…natural instinct and knowledge such as that just can’t be learned, Ben and his band mates have clearly just been born with whisky hard-wired into their DNA, that’s why I’ve just fired Jim Beveridge, Nick Morgan, Caroline Martin and Keith Law to make room for Mumford & Sons.” 

Not as good as Mumford & Sons. At least in terms of whisky knowledge.

Not as good as Mumford & Sons apparently.

The move was instigated after the band implied that their whisky would need at least three years of maturity, a level that would keep it in line with their music and fan base. Marcus Mumford (the fat one) said after the announcement:

“This is great news for us. We’ve always wanted to make a whisky that would be suitable for the kind of muddy, ecstacy strewn shit fields we like to play. The kind you can imagine selling to an undulating crowd of surging media twats that will happily pay £5 a shot. This is right up my groove man.”

Mumford & Son’s first line of duty will be applying their natural flair for distilling across Diageo’s entire range of distilleries helping distillers to understand how to make perfectly decent whisky in only three years. Speaking privately in a really relaxed manner loo-brush faced Ted Dwayne said:

“I’m really excited, I think once we’ve done our first cask then that will probably be the biggest hurdle out of the way. Obviously the second cask is always tricky but we’ve got some really cool new ideas about where we’d like to take our whisky, I mean that the beauty of where we are right now and where you are after your first two casks, the third and fourth casks can really be anything you want them to be. Obviously we want to experiment with rapping, we spoke to Jay Z about it, he’s really into micro-brewing actually. Wait, are we still talking about about whisky? You’ll have to forgive me, I’ve just had a Tizer, I’m a little out of sorts.”

When pressed about specific initiatives that Mumford & Sons would be working on Dr Plinth said:

“…well the boys have some great ideas about where to take the Talisker Weather Series, I’m really looking forward to the next edition which will be called ‘Storm 2: Stiff Wind’. They’ve also talked about changing the Johnnie Walker portfolio by replacing the word ‘label’ with ‘babel’, they said it would sell more bottles because people would think it was their second album in liquid form and that it was cool because it rhymed and I’m not one to disagree with that kind of market intuition.” 

Seen here collecting the 'most bullshit, ill thought out, middle class thing to do with all your fucking money' Brit Award sponsored by Alex James and all his fucking cheese.

Seen here collecting the ‘most bullshit, ill thought out, middle class thing to do with all your fucking money’ Brit Award sponsored by Alex James and all his fucking cheese.

Peter Dinklage lookalike and lead Banjo throttler Winston Marshall has already outlined the band’s plans to record their forthcoming album in the warehouse at Royal Lochnagar distillery.

“Well we really want to fuse our two scenes together but also it’s common knowledge that musical vibrations can help make really mellow flavoured whisky. Our brand of soothing folk-rock is perfect for lending whisky that real smoothness that it should have. Also whisky is a grass roots industry, just like us, so it’s fitting that we should record in an environment that is totally all about wood and rusty metal things and dampness and shit. We can’t play in every warehouse that Diageo own but they’ve promised us that they’ll play our music through loud speakers during working hours. That way the whisky will improve but the workers will also have a workplace filled with chilled out vibes.”

Dr Nick Morgan said while waiting for a bus back to London:

” I can still pay the guitar better than all of them put together, even if you cut off my hands and dragged me to Sunderland behind a pair of flatulent oxen! Do you have any spare change?”

 

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Wetting the Royal baby’s head.

Last month a limited edition bottle of The Macallan Royal Marriage Single Malt Scotch Whisky sold for £1,000.

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With the royal baby news and 10 days until the expected arrival of my own 2nd child, should I open this one and toast the 3rd in line to the UK Throne… or now that it is likely worth twice as much, stick it up for auction?

Is any whisky worth TWO GRAND?