Twas the night before Christmas (Scotch Whisky Style)

Twas the night before Christmas (Scotch Whisky Style)
by Jeffrey Toppiong

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the distillery
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The casks were all stacked in the warehouses with care
In the hopes that the Angles would soon have their share.

The stillmen were nestled all snug in there beds,
Whiles visions of Cask strength whisky danced in their heads.
And Mama in her kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just finished our drams for a long winter’s nap.

When out in the still house there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the distillery I flew like a flash,
Tore open the excise locks, and threw open the doors.

The moon on the copper of the old weathered stills
Gave the luster of midday to the warehouse below,
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature angel and eight tiny casks.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be here to give my casks a nip.
More casks than a forest, his casks did roll in, and he whistled and shouted and called them by name.

Now Bourbon! Now Sherry!
Now, Hogeshead and Firkin!
On, Port Pipe! On Puncheon!
On, Pin and Kilderkin!
To the top of the lein Arm!
To the top of the pagoda!
Now Mash Away! Ferment Away!
Distill away all.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours
The Wild Scotsman

an original adaptation by Jeffrey Topping 2007

Wild Scotsman on Twitter for 2009-12-23

  • Rt @chrisbrogan not if we see you first #
  • In the warehouse to break down the whisky shipment. Pray for no breakers! #scotch #
  • Rt @tight_ash. There would be blood in the streets and then a proper Scottish wake #
  • Half way through! Now un-packing the 27yr Wild Scotsman Caol Ila 27yr. #scotch #
  • All my Scotch whisky babies are in tact! I am a proud papa! Time for a cigar and a dram #scotch #
  • Many thanks to Alec Bradley for sending the box of Tempus Cigars for my Tasting #scotch #cigars #
  • Just delivered Wings Rest their private label scotch whisky #
  • Amazed my 2yr old enjoys eating fried smelts at wings #

Wild Scotsman on Twitter for 2009-12-18

Wild Scotsman on Twitter for 2009-12-15

  • Thr Drink: White Lightning – http://shar.es/a8xUS #whisky #bourbon #
  • Santa bought me a cask of Laphroaig today! Well, I was wearing the santa hat while doing the deal. Wild Scotsman Laphroaig Single cask 2010 #
  • Scotland September 2010. Tour distilleries with the only Master Distiller and Blender of Scotch Whisky in the World, John McDougall #scotch #

American White Dog Spirit

American White Dog Spirit
by Jeffrey Topping
Published: Cincinnati Profile Magazine 2009

My original draft before we hit the revisions

White Dog

Grab your lab coat, bring a glass, and a take a cab as you are enrolled in Whisky 101 with Dr. Whisky and class is about to begin. Whether you drink Bourbon, Scotch, or American Rye there are set guidelines as to how long it must be aged in wood before it can gain one of those coveted titles or it is just clear spirit, white lightning, white dog, or just whisk(e)y.

So, what happens if you have no wood? First, there will be no bungs to pound and no barrels to fill but you could try it old school and just go naked. Second, it is a great opportunity to see why good wood is important to making great Whisky of any kind. The wood imparts flavors and colors directly into the clear spirit in addition to filtering out certain impurities from the distilling process. Some of these flavors and aromas come directly from the wood, its charring process, its previous occupant, or all of the above.

Our friends a Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky and Copper Fox Distillery in Virginia both have provided the class with raw spirit straight from the still. This could defiantly be your great grand-pa’s whisk(e)y or just the guy with the illegal still down the road. Either way too much of either and you will be found naked in the streets.

  • Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1 (corn, rye, and malt) at 62.5% alc.vol.
    -Noses of corn flakes, sugar, with hints of hay. Slightly herbal taste with a light short finish.

    Washmund’s Single Malt Spirit at 62% alc./vol.
    Noses of wood sap, wood chips, and burlap with slight copper taste and herbal finish.

    Washmund’s Rye Spirit (rye and malt) at 62% alc./vol.
    Noses of cinnamon and grain bin followed by tastes of wet rye and barley grain.

  • For a bit of extra credit take a look at the Copper Fox Distillery web site and buy a small barrel, which are perfect for aging these clear spirits. Every month you will notice a slight change in nose, taste, and color. When it gets just right call me and I will bring the cigars.

    Jeffrey Topping
    Wild Scotsman Whisky
    August 2009

    Wild Scotsman on Twitter for 2009-12-09

    • Officially back in the office today from being on the road. Cannot find the desk under all of the mail, paper work and sample bottles. #
    • Looking to exhale lots of CO2 today. I wonder if the EPA will arrest me for breathing! #
    • AT home today spending time with my Daughter who just turned 2 today. #
    • The Birthday bananza has now moved to dinner and then a sinful trip to Toys-R-Us. #
    • Taking my birthday girl to Graters Ice Cream #