Thursday, January 10, 2008

Quite a night

Lower Body Resistance was the name of the game last night... it went well - a bit awkward with bands pressing on my tendon but I suffered through... and then zipped across the city for my meeting. I arrived late, sat through very boring budget / financial reports and the like patiently waiting for the pi├Ęce de resistance..... January meetings are always fun with a bunch of Scots, meaning that they are dedicated to Robbie Burns and therefore we eat a traditional Haggis. Which despite knowing what is in it, I enjoy. So here we are after the meeting, standing in awe of the haggis being piped in, then one of the members recited the traditional Robbie Burns Ode to a Haggis. The recitation was quite well done, and the Haggis was tasty, but the real treat came when our President thought to serve the traditional New Year's Drink.. Atholl Brose. Another tasty concoction, this time made of whisky steeped in oatmeal, drained, mixed with brandy, cream and honey. Quite nice indeed... sadly I had only a small sip, but I might have to make this another time! I've pasted a bit of an explanation as to the history of this tasty brew.. Slainte!



The history of the Scottish drink Atholl Brose It is not known for how long Scottish folk have been drinking Atholl Brose but the earliest recorded recipe dates back to 1475. Prior to this Atholl Brose recipes were handed down from generation to generation as each person was taught to make this delicious drink.




The drink is so sweet and tasty that legend has it that it led to the capture of renegade Iain MacDonald the Lord of the Isles who was leading a rebellion against the King. He was caught supping at a well that had been filled with whisky, oatmeal and honey at the order of the Earl of Atholl who knew that MacDonald drank regularly from the small well. The Duke’s recipe was the downfall of Iain MacDonald who stayed to enjoy the drink and was captured by this cunning trap. Since then Atholl Brose has been enjoyed by many a Scot since.The drink is so sweet and tasty that legend has it that it led to the capture of renegade Iain MacDonald the Lord of the Isles who was leading a rebellion against the King. He was caught supping at a well that had been filled with whisky, oatmeal and honey at the order of the Earl of Atholl who knew that MacDonald drank regularly from the small well. The Duke’s recipe was the downfall of Iain MacDonald who stayed to enjoy the drink and was captured by this cunning trap. Since then Atholl Brose has been enjoyed by many a Scot since.

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