Flag of my father- Remember our troops both past and present.
by Jeffrey Topping
I would like to thank all of the forum members , their friends, and families for their service to their country. In the USA we celebrate Memorial Day as a weekend celebration to honor the fallen and the living. To never forget the past so as not to re-live it in the future.
A special mention for my father deceased active duty Captain Douglas C. Topping, 1976.
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11 , and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
This weekend the Flag of my father will once again see the light of day.
The Wild Scotsman
Twas The Night Before Christmas Scotch Whisky Style
By Jeffrey Topping
My personal adaptation of the famous “Twas the night before Christmas” written by Clement Clarke Moore (1779 – 1863). This year I decided instead of posting my written prose that I would read it too you!
From My Family to Yours, Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Years! Or as one might say in Scots, “A Blythe Yule an a Guid Hogmanay”
Merry Christmas, Zalige Kertfeest, Feliz Natal, Sheng Tan Kuai Loh, Gladedelig Jul, Happy Chritsmas, Hauskaa Joulua, Joyeux Noel, Frohliche Weihnachten, Eftihismena Christougenna, Nodlig mhaith chugnat, Selamat Hari Natal, Buon Natale, Kurisumasu Omedeto, Feliz Navidad, Hartelijke Kerstgroeten, Boze Narodzenie, Boas Fetas, Sarbatori Vesele, Hristos RAzdajetsja, Bozic, Screcno Novo Leto, Felices Pascuas, God Jul, Nadolig Llawen, Cestitamo Bozic, Gozhqq Keshmish, 3id miled majid w tkoun senet khayr, Shnorhavor Amanor yev Surb Tznund, Shnorhavor Nor Daree yev Soorp Dzuhnoont, Bones Navidaes, Zorionak eta urte berri on, Z Bozym naradzenniem, shubho bô?odin, i’taamomahkatoyiiksistsikomi, Sretan Bozic i sretna nova godina, Natale hilare et annum faustum, Linksm? Kal?d? ir laiming? Nauj?j? Met?, Hristoc se rodi!, Nollick Ghennal as Blein Vie Noa, Nizhonigo Keshmish Baahózhó Doo Nínanahí, God jul og godt nytt år, Glæd Geol and Gesælig Niw Gear, En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr, kerismas mob?rak, Weso?ych ?wi?t i szcz??liwego Nowego Roku, Cr?ciun fericit ?i un An Nou Fericit, S Roždestvom Khristovym!, A Blythe Yule an a Guid Hogmanay, Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ùr, Vesel boži? in sre?no novo leto, Losar La Tashi Delek, ?yi Noeller ve Mutlu Y?llar, Bon Nadal e bon ano, A freylikhe nitl un a guter nayer yor, Ngikufisela uKhisimusi oMuhle noNyaka oMusha oNempumelelo
Wild Scotsman Cigar Shirt by Real Men Smoke Cigars
by Jeffrey Topping
There is nothing better than having a wee dram of Wild Scotsman Scotch Whisky except if it involves the enjoyment of a great cigar. My friends at Real Men Smoke Cigars in Miami Florida has made the ultimate cigar shirt. Generous pocket to hold a few cigars, lighter/cutter pocket on the side, and made out of 100% polyester to create a very breathable and cleanable cigar shirt. Add an embroidered Wild Scotsman Logo, priceless.
Get your shirt here: Wild Scotsman Cigar Shirt
*one lucky person will get a shirt with the “Wild Scotsman signature” above the cigar pocket.
Getting with Scotch and Cigars – Cigar Aficionado On Line
by Jeffrey Topping
Friday is always a great day when I see my Wild Scotsman Black Label Cigar Malt on the on line pages of Cigar Aficionado on line. If you have not seen the story by Jack Bettridge on my own personal Cigar Dram than check out the story here: Getting with Scotch and Cigars
Just need to find a bottle? Order here: Wild Scotsman On-line
Well, for those Scott’s, Irish, Welsh, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian’s, Finn’s, Dutch,and etc..who lived in North America in one of the original Continetal Colonies today is a day that has never been forgotten. My own family coming from both Germany and Scotland looking for better opportunity and a better life in the 1800′s and found it here in America. Having settled in the Pennsylvania region of this country and moving outward. Taking there knowledge and traditions from the old world and making them into something new in the new world.Today, we celebrate our offical Declaration of Independance from Kingdom of Great Britain and its King which occured on July 4th 1776.
I have lived in Germany, Turkey, and the USA in addition to traveling the world I feel blessed to have had these opportunities and life experiences to share with others. My fondest 4th of July memory was my first parade on July 4th 1976 after returning from living in Germany. I had decorated my Huffy Thunderoad bicycle with red, white, and blue ribbons and road it in the parade. That night followed with a spectacular fireworks display on the runway outside the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Museum with a live military band.
God Bless America and God Bless our Brave men and women fighting for our Freedom and the Freedom of those less fortunate both here and across the globe.
The Wild Scotsman Family
I am pleased to announce that according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) latest news bulletin, NEW CHAIRMAN FOR SCOTCH WHISKY ASSOCIATION AS EXPORTS BREAK RECORDS posted in December of 2012 that Scotch whisky is, “earning £125 every second for the UK balance of payments. The value of exports over the nine month period totalled almost £3billion – an increase of 23% on the same period of 2010.” The United States led the way with £430.7m in export value and France led consumption (USA 2nd)with 39,409,542 Liters of Pure Alcohol (LPA) exported.
The down side for 2011 was the ruthless and uneducated attack on Scottish Whisky Heritage and Tradition with the full ban of the historical terms “VATTED and PURE” to describe the blending of either Single Malt or Single Grain Scotch whisky from different distilleries. Now we must use the term “BLENDED Malt Scotch whisky” or “BLENDED Grain Scotch Whisky”. If being “accurate” in describing the contents of a bottle was truly at the heart of the issue the SWA would have fully demanded the the term “SINGLE MALT and SINGLE GRAIN” be accurately changed to “Single Blended Malt and “Single Blended Grain” as ALL Single are BLENDS unless they are only bottled out of one (1) cask with the cask number duly noted on the bottle.
We here at Wild Scotsman have taken a few steps backwards over the past few years due to the ailing economy but we have been working on expanding into our new direction of providing top quality privately labeled Scotch Whisky for both “on/off” premise license holders in the USA. With every adversity there is always an opportunity if one can look and work out side the box. For us 2012 is bringing new opportunities with our Private Label Scotch Whisky, Wild Scotsman Scotch Whisky, and whisky related talks and tastings.
New Brands arriving in January 2012!
21yr North Islay is aged exclusively in a Sherry Butt (sorry cannot name this distillery) bottled at 50% alc/vol, no added colour, no chill filtration.
38yr Bunnahabhain bottled at 51% alc/vol, no added colour, no chill filtration
From our Family to yours
Happy New Year!
State Of Ohio -Not Supporting Ohio Company and Ohio Brand
by Jeffrey Topping
In the current economic and political climate in Ohio we have heard a lot about support local business and Ohio companies, however, those statements do not match the actions of the state of ohio. Wild Scotsman has lost 3 of 4 brands in a massive delisting. We willingly gave up two of our four brands to keep our flag ship products on line in Ohio. Now we are only left with Blend No 888 which does not ever bare the name sake of our Company. As Ohio Taxpayers every bottle of liquor on the shelf in Ohio belongs to you. You have a say in what brands Ohio has to carry. If you believe as i do that Ohio should support Ohioans than I ask you to contact the office of John Kaisch and ask him:
“Why does the State of Ohio not support Ohio business”
“Why does the State of Ohio support big business over small business”
Select Issue: choose>>other
My stance and the letter from Ohio:
Below is the delisting letter from the new head of the Division of Liquor Control. The basic impact to me is that I would need to take the 30% mark down on all my brands and give the state a $9,000 (value of mark down) in a credit to which they would basically buy inventory off credit. This is a loose-loose situation for my brand. A 30% reduction in price is a death nail in trying to re-introduce a brand back into the market. It takes me from $69.99 on the shelf to the mid $40’s. The head of liquor control told my broker that I could reintroduce my brand next year, however, the financial impact to my brand from now to then is detrimental.
In the past State of Ohio Liquor Control directors took a positive position on Ohio Companies and Ohio Brands even though there were no legislative obligations to do so. Basically, it was good business to support Ohio. The NEW director’s tact seems more lopsided towards large companies/distribution.
The State of Ohio is also not giving small business the tools to be more competitive with the big companies in regards to beverage sales. We are not allowed to contact spirits samplings within the store like both beer and wine. This is a huge advantage to the large companies as their marketing dollars can make up for this list tool.
With your help we can support Ohioans, Ohio business, and keep our state friendly to small business.
September 30, 2011
Dear valued vendor
The end of 2011 is fast approaching, and it is time to prepare for 2012. With your support The Ohio Division of Liquor Control has consistently performed month over month. You have brought innovation ”New Product”, price off promotions, Rebates, stack outs and value added packs to our table. We have tried to support your growth plans by buying over 300 new items and features in 2011.
As you are aware, Ohio Agencies inventory and display on average only 600 items, Ohio DOLC lists, warehouses and stocks over 1700 items, It is now time to consolidate and liquidate.
In preparation for a great 2012, we need to insure adequate merchandising space in our agencies for your new introductions. The de-list 2011 project is focused on this initiative. If a product is not performing at a comp store sales rate of 2 bottles per month or 1 bottle if over $50.00 then it is time to move on and utilize our space for something new.
Special consideration has been allowed for SPO, (special order) in support of the broker and supplier efforts we are maintaining items with national account distribution or unique clustering opportunities. Special order, unique or planned limited distributed items which have proliferated beyond their original distribution objective must be scaled back and productivity measurements must be met prior to gaining additional distribution.
The 2011 DOLC de-list program addresses our mutual objectives. De-listing is only 10% of the opportunity; we accomplish our goal by eliminating unproductive inventory from our agencies. As partners looking forward we are requesting your support in this mission!
2011 DELIST PLAN
Attached to this memo is a spreadsheet showing a possible 4 sections: KEEP, DELIST*, DELIST** and KEEP W/CONDITIONS. The Division of Liquor Control is requesting your support in accomplishing our goal.
No action necessary, (You convinced us)
DELIST* – initial list of brands agreed upon
>Bottle inventory, retail base price, and total cost of agency inventory (as of 7-30-2011) supplied. You may up date.
>Sell down Nov, Dec, Jan.
>Eliminate the need and expense for broker transfer.
>Focus on in store display work for the holidays.
>DOLC REQUEST, 30% Mark Down per bottle off the retail price. (Agency inventory)
…DOLC will accept additional MD should you deem necessary. This will be managed as a Division generated Credit/Debit Memo process with funds withheld from future Bailment Purchase Orders.
Remove all remaining warehouse inventory by 10-31-11
DELIST ** (SAME DELIST* requirements)
>DOLC will turn these items to NA (non allocate) effective 10-1-2011.
>Brokers must insure National Account inventory needs are met
>JAN 15th-2012, NEW REDUCED agency allocation list goes into effect, based on broker or supplier requests or by DOLC best store performance.
>Reduce the need for broker transfers.
>Reduce the on hand inventory.
>Focus on the key agencies supporting the item.
>Future expansion possibilities via National Account support, product trends and supplier
Marketing plans in 2012.
>DOLC REQUEST; 20% Mark Down per bottle off the retail price on all bottles sold from Oct-1-2011 until Jan 31st , 2012 (Agency inventory) If vendors agree to this program new quotes must be submitted showing the price reduction for 11-01-11 (The Division will need quotes by October 10th.) The Division will create Credit/Debit memo(s) to recover funds from future Bailment Purchase Orders.
(Should a supplier elect to discontinue their item rather than consolidate, 30% mark down on retail base price of all agency inventory is requested. See DELIST* above)
Together we can clean up years of neglected items, we can clean up the back storage rooms, and we can open shelf space for new and exciting product. Each of you has told me “THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE” now is the time! Please submit your support to Janet Watson NLT October 10, 2011.
Thanks in advance for your support
Your 2012 partners at DOLC are looking for a great year
Chief of Agency Operations
Wild Scotsman Most Interesting People 2011 |Cincy – The Magazine
By Jeffrey Topping
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