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What could put one more in the mood for the 19th Annual Northeast Florida Scottish Games & Festival this Saturday in Green Cove Springs than a manful whisky tasting?

We’re not talking Cutty Sark® or Canadian Mist® but real, single-malt Scotch.

And really there’s nothing like a good stiff belt at the top o’ the weekend to take the edge off and clarify the mind.

Scotch is scotch, right?


Although perfectly acceptable spirits, the aforementioned Cutty Sark® and Canadian Mist® are blends.

Single-malt is bottled from one barrel. It’s smoky, thick, sweet and, yep, it burns like fire.

That’s why you sip it.

Scottish distillers have worked for generations to find the right wood for the barrels and the right mix of sheep dung and peat to give their whisky just the right flavor.

Read it again – the color and flavor of Scotch come from burning sheep dung and peat onto the inside of a wooden barrel.

This may explain why Scotland is the only country in Europe that the Romans couldn’t conquer.

Meet your spirit guide

You have to wait a while for single-malt Scotch to mature because the crystal-clear whisky leaves the still and lives in a barrel for 10, 12, maybe 18 years and ages.

Then it’s ready to drink.

While you wait, you need a guide to steer you around the greener scotches to the liquid gold comes from the highland glens.

There will such a one at ye olde Whisky Tastin’, but no word from the hosts who he be.

Stay tuned and bottoms up.


Whisky Tasting

  • Fri., Feb.21, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sponsors Reception, 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $25 per person + fee
  • The Hilltop Club
  • 2030 Wells Rd.
  • Orange Park, Fla.
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