The Gaelic “usquebaugh”, meaning “Water of Life”, phonetically became “usky” and then “whisky” in English. However it is known, Scotch Whisky, Scotch or Whisky (as opposed to whiskey), it has captivated a global market.
Scotland has internationally protected the term “Scotch”. For a whisky to be labelled Scotch it has to be produced in Scotland. If it is to be called Scotch, it cannot be produced in England, Wales, Ireland, America or anywhere else. Excellent whiskies are made by similar methods in other countries, notably Japan, but they cannot be called Scotches. They are most often referred to as “whiskey”. While they might be splendid whiskies, they do not captivate the tastes of Scotland.
“Eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor wherewith to make aqua vitae”
The entry above appeared in the Exchequer Rolls as long ago as 1494 and appears to be the earliest documented record of distilling in Scotland. This was sufficient to produce almost 1500 bottles, and it becomes clear that distilling was already a well-established practice.
Legend would have it that St Patrick introduced distilling to Ireland in the fifth century AD and that the secrets traveled with the Dalriadic Scots when they arrived in Kintyre around AD500. St Patrick acquired the knowledge in Spain and France, countries that might have known the art of distilling at that time.
The distilling process was originally applied to perfume, then to wine, and finally adapted to fermented mashes of cereals in countries where grapes were not plentiful. The spirit was universally termed aqua vitae (‘water of life’) and was commonly made in monasteries, and chiefly used for medicinal purposes, being prescribed for the preservation of health, the prolongation of life, and for the relief of colic, palsy and even smallpox. There were monastic distilleries in Ireland in the late-12th century.
Scotland’s great Renaissance king, James IV (1488-1513) was fond of ‘ardent spirits’. When the king visited Dundee in 1506, the treasury accounts record a payment to the local barber for a supply of aqua vitae for the king’s pleasure. The reference to the barber is not surprising. In 1505, the Guild of Surgeon Barbers in Edinburgh was granted a monopoly over the manufacture of aqua vitae – a fact that reflects the spirits perceived medicinal properties as well as the medicinal talents of the barbers.
The primitive equipment used at the time and the lack of scientific expertise meant that the spirit produced in those days was probably potent, and occasionally even harmful. During the course of the 15th century, along with better still design, the dissolution of the monasteries contributed to an improvement in the quality of the spirits produced. Many of the monks, driven from their sanctuaries, had no choice but to put their distilling skills to use. The knowledge of distilling then quickly spread to others.
The increasing popularity eventually attracted the attention of the Scottish parliament, which introduced the first taxes on malt and the end product in the latter part of the 17th century. Ever increasing rates of taxation were applied following The Act of Union with England in 1707, when England set out to tame the rebellious clans of Scotland. The distillers were driven underground.
A long and often bloody battle arose between the excisemen, or gaugers, as they were known, and the illicit distillers, for whom the excise laws were alien in both their language and their inhibiting intent. Smuggling became standard practice for some 150 years and there was no moral stigma attached to it. Ministers of the Kirk made storage space available under the pulpit, and the illicit spirit was, on occasion, transported by coffin – any effective means was used to escape the watchful eyes of the Excise men.
Clandestine stills were cleverly organised and hidden in nooks and crannies of the heather-clad hills, and smugglers organised signaling systems from one hilltop to another whenever excise officers were seen to arrive in the vicinity. By the 1820s, despite the fact that as many as 14,000 illicit stills were being confiscated every year, more than half the whisky consumed in Scotland was being swallowed painlessly and with pleasure, without contributing a penny in duty.
This flouting of the law eventually prompted the Duke of Gordon, on whose extensive acres some of the finest illicit whisky in Scotland was being produced, to propose in the House of Lords that the Government should make it profitable to produce whisky legally.
In 1823 the Excise Act was passed, which sanctioned the distilling of whisky in return for a license fee of £10, and a set payment per gallon of proof spirit. Smuggling died out almost completely over the next ten years and, in fact, a great many of the present day distilleries stand on sites used by smugglers of old.
The Excise Act laid the foundations for the Scotch Whisky industry, as we know it today. However, two further developments put Scotch Whisky on firmly on the world map.
Until now, we have been talking about what we now know as Malt Whisky. But, in 1831 Aeneas Coffey invented the Coffey or Patent Still, which enabled a continuous process of distillation to take place. This led to the production of Grain Whisky, a different, less intense spirit than the Malt Whisky produced in the distinctive copper pot stills. The lighter flavored Grain Whisky, when blended with the more fiery malts, extended the appeal of Scotch Whisky to a considerably wider market.
The second major helping hand came unwittingly from France. By the 1880s, the phylloxera beetle had devastated the vineyards of France, and within a few years, wine and brandy had virtually disappeared from cellars everywhere. The Scots were quick to take advantage of the calamity, and by the time the French industry recovered, Scotch Whisky had replaced brandy as the preferred spirit of choice.
Since then Scotch Whisky has survived. It has survived Prohibition, wars and revolutions, economic depressions and recessions, to maintain its position today as the international spirit of choice, extending to more than 200 countries throughout the world.
That’s an interesting wee lil’ read. Get some whisky in ya gut!!
Monty Panesar has been fined for urinating on two bouncers at a nightclub in Brighton
At his finest, he has been feted as a national treasure.
But cricketer Monty Panesar was in disgrace yesterday after a drunken rampage which ended with him urinating over a group of bouncers.
The spin bowler had already been thrown out of a nightclub after a group of young women complained that he was bothering them.
Panesar, 31, had been in the 14-man England squad for the Test that ended with England retaining the Ashes on Monday, but did not play.
He has not been included for the next one, which starts tomorrow.
The trouble began in the early hours of Monday when he was ejected from Shooshh on Brighton seafront, which was hosting a Gay Pride event.
He is believed to have gone on to the promenade above the club and relieved himself over the doormen below.
Witnesses said the bouncers gave chase and cornered the cricketer in a pizza restaurant before putting him in an arm lock and dragging him back to the venue in tears.
A source added: ‘The bouncers noticed water falling on them – then realised what was happening.
‘They chased Monty into a pizza shop and he was shouting, “Help! Help!”.
‘He struggled a bit and didn’t want to go. But once they had him locked in, he gave up and walked back with them.’
The married cricketer, who lives in nearby Hove, was detained for 45 minutes before the police arrived and issued him with a £90 spot fine for being drunk and disorderly.
The incident happened at Shooshh nightclub on Brighton beach on Monday night when Panesar was kicked out of the club
Shamed: Monty Panesar is a firm favourite with cricket fans, but his off-field exploits have landed him in trouble
He had been to a vodka bar before moving on to the club. Panesar’s spokesman said he did not dispute being fined for his drunken antics and added that he wanted to express his ‘unreserved apologies for any offence caused by his behaviour’.The bowler, whose full name is Mudhsuden Singh Panesar, is a Sikh who has said he ‘channels the discipline’ of his beliefs into his cricket. But alcohol is prohibited by his religion.Two years ago he was arrested by police after reports of an argument with his wife in a pub car park.He was interviewed before being released without charge.
Victorious: Matt Prior, Jonny Bairstow, Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad and Joe Root exit the bar
Aptly named: England chose the ‘Australasia’ bar in Spinningfields to celebrate the win
Panesar, who has 164 Test wickets, plays for Sussex. County chief executive Zac Toumazi said it had begun a ‘full investigation’.
This is not the first time England’s star players have got themselves into trouble with their drunken antics.
Following the Ashes series win in 2005, Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen went on a marathon drinking session before a reception in Downing Street. Flintoff later denied reports that he had urinated in the flowerbeds at No10.
Flintoff also infamously had to be rescued from a pedalo in St Lucia after a drinking session during the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
ASHES TO ASHES: FURTHER EMBARRASSMENT AFTER PLAYERS SPOTTED SMOKING
In a further embarrassment to the England team, players were photographed smoking after their Ashes triumph.
It was gained by pressure, not talent of their own
Persecution is what they scream
World domination their ultimate dream
Kicked out of England in the 12th Century
For extortion and deceit while lending money
OUR WEAPON IS TRUTH x4
They own the media, they own TV
They got a finger in the pie of every industry
In the entertainment business, it’s a high percent
An anti-Jewish backlash is what they try to prevent
The government’s no better, it’s a Zionistic tool
So if you vote for this government, then you vote for Jewish rule
OUR WEAPON IS TRUTH x4
So join our racial battle all across the land
We want our country back now, our destiny in our hands!!
OUR WEAPON IS TRUTH x4
The anti-British monarchy have got some Jewish blood
For wealthy Jewish businessmen, they do all that they could
So don’t be taken in my friend, stick with your own kind
Don’t take their propaganda, or they’ll control your mind
OUR WEAPON IS TRUTH x4
Die On My Feet…….
(I can’t find an audio file or video that works… but its from the album “Fires Of Our Rage” by Fortress….. these are the lyrics anyhow….)
These are the times that try good men, the trials, the tribulations. Now it’s make or break, but it ain’t too late! This is a war of attrition!
I won’t submit to their masterplan, we’re history if we don’t make a stand. So many content to serve and to please, I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees! No slave to the master, no sheep to the fleeced, I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees!
It gets frustrating, so many weak willed, who let opportunity pass them by! What drives me on… are the ones who refused to swallow their pride!
Take it in your hands and seize the day, don’t let a single chance fade away! Subservience is a fatal disease, I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees! The cold dead earth will inherit the meek, I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees!
So scared of change, comfortably nowhere, heavens forbid we should think for ourselves. No backbone heads down a culture of slaves. Servants to the state and material world, I won’t be a victim of circumstance, be your own master or a rabble of servants!
I won’t bow and scrape just to appease, I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees! Liberty or death, I’ll stand on my feet I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees!
Die On My Feet – Found at Truth Militia… What a great set of lyrics!
(If anyone can find the video or audio file for “Die On My Feet” then post it in the comments section…… I’ll add it to the post later…..)
INTRODUCTION: Gerhard (or Gerry as he’s known) was born in 1928 Germany. As a 17-year-old at the end of WW2 he fought alongside many others his age, giving all they had for their “Volk und Vaterland”. They were the last reserves fighting a hopeless battle by this stage (in 1945). It was “Alles für Deutschland”, ’till there was no fighting power left. Gerry’s father got killed in the war but thankfully Gerry survived and made a living driving trucks until 1953. He lived in communist East Germany until he saw an advertisement wanting potential immigrants to Australia. Gerry had had enough of communist rule and headed to Australia in 1953. Here in Australia he also drove trucks until his retirement, always keeping a keen eye on politics and the world surrounding him. Now in his 80’s, he is keen to see some of his philosophy and political thoughts passed on for posterity.
I first met Gerry 18 months ago and I’ve gathered some valuable knowledge from him; albeit over a couple of beers! In these posts; of which there will be a few over time; I am going to write-up some of his work. A minor detail to note is that I’m going to edit sentence structure, grammar, and spelling errors which Gerry wrote. He does about 90% proper English with 10% “errors”. Although I think the “errors” are just bits where he infuses German into the English!
I chose the name of this blog “volkundvaterland” in honour of the Germans who fought for the correct ideals in WW2. If only the British colonial countries (and the US) had SUPPORTED the correct side in the war, the world would be a lot better place. But Jewish control of the US and the British Empire meant we were always destined to be misled; and misled we were….. Our soldiers fought believing they were doing what was right too; in the SPIRIT of fighting for their people and country, or “Folk & Fatherland” if you like that phrase…. I do, and that’s why I use it on the blog banner.. The “Nietzsche Haus” is what Gerry calls his small “philosophising” shed where he writes his stuff.
Over to Edition 1 of Gerhard’s “Nietzsche Haus” Writings:
Dated: May 2013
CAPITALISM & GREED
“Capitalism is an old theory by Scottish economist Adam Smith, 1723 – 1790. Although modern science rejects most of his economical teachings as erroneous, he still remains one of the greatest economists in England. Smithonian Capitalism is based on Free Trade, demand and supply, and LOVE of profit! “When the cup of the rich runneth over, the poor shall get the splashes”.
In time, the love of profit turned into GREED for profit, over the course of 300 years. This deregulated freedom also deregulated morals. It sent many economies to the brink of bankruptcy.
Capitalism is materialistic, it pollutes and destroys this world, with its ever-increasing population. There was no ‘farsightedness’ in those old brains of Adam Smith, only insatiable GREED for profits.
Greed is a psychological disorder, an unstoppable desire of ancestral, animalistic gluttony – Feeding as much as it can, ’till it becomes sick? Greed is irrational, selfish, primitive, and in modern times, uncivilised.
The recent Wall Street Financial Crisis was caused by greedy “Money Hoarders” – By the insatiable Jew!
The Jews art in getting riches is to lend money at low-interest rates, then gradually raise them, eventually garrotting the borrower. Be wary of the stealth of a Semitic “Money Hoarder”!
The naivety of Australians means they cannot really grasp this menace. The Australians have had the Jews for only the last 200 years in their country, whereas the Europeans have had Jews for 2000 Years. They were bought in with the Roman colonization of Europe. Since ancient times the Jews were hoarding money and defiling people wherever they went. When they were expelled for their abominable behaviour, they would move to “greener pastures”, where they carried on as before, until they were expelled again. ‘Till this day, without people realizing it, the Rothschild bankers in England financed all the wars and colonisation for England. This is why England still has an “open heart” for the Jews today. Thereby explaining America and England’s eagerness to protect Israel and Jews throughout the world!
Hitler’s National Socialists knew the truth about the Jews and “persecution” of Jews followed. All the financial crisis’ in the world are created by the Jews insatiable financial greed. He is the true human parasite on this planet!”
THAT CONCLUDES THE FIRST EDITION OF “Gerhard’s “Nietzsche Haus” Writings”. More to come in the future…..( That was only so short because it took a while ‘wording’ the intro bit!)
UPDATE – (17,7,13) More can be found here: http://nordicantisemite.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/the-jewish-curse-1/