I've been skimming sources outside of my note card compilation, just to give me some variation to the redundancies, and just read in Grossman's Cyclopedia (Ó 2002) that "Grain whisky in Scotland is whisky and not neutral spirits, as some people believe." They then go on to say that this grain 'whisky' is "distilled out at slightly over 180 proof."
the distillation of grain in Scotland does still constitue a Whisky there, as grain whiskies are commonly used in blended whisky. I've not read that all grain whiskies are distilled to 180 proof. Might cross reference that with Michael Jackson's guide to Scotch Whisky.
yeah, never got the Single Malt Guide (selling for ~$200 used now...), and his general Whiskey book is not so cerebrial... There's a new Scotch whisky Guide one can download for $30 (www.scotchwhiskyresources.com); I'll get on that when I have $30 to spare (rough year)! Thanks for the input Eric!
This is a video I shot in SF last month; for anyone that's into
Scotch, this was a pretty cool event, and Star and I had a great time
covering the event. I've got it posted on my website (
www.thewineandchocolatediet.com ) and Youtube, and I thought I'd post
it here since there's a discussion on the topic.