Drumheller club cel­e­brates scotch

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The golden liq­uid can trans­port you from a field of heather to a fire­side where smoke rises in swirls to your grandma’s kitchen as she pulls a peach cobbler from the oven. Trav­el­ling to var­i­ous times and places is made pos­si­ble with each sniff, each sip. Drink­ing Scotch whisky is an ex­pe­ri­ence in which to be de­lighted.

The Drumheller Scotch Club cel­e­brated the elixir on Satur­day, May 14. They toured the val­ley and tasted var­i­ous whiskies along the way. They also took time out to hon­our a kin­dred spirit of the club, Dr. Jeff Chung with a spe­cial tast­ing.

The tour, like oth­ers be­fore, gave par­tic­i­pants a chance to learn more about scotch.

Whisky can only be re­ferred to as scotch if it is dis­tilled in Scot­land. Once serv­ing a small mar­ket, scotch has re­cently been ex­posed to many world­wide, due to in­ter­na­tional travel and glob­al­iza­tion. Peo­ple from all over the world have quickly be­come in­fat­u­ated; caus­ing an ex­plo­sion of de­mand, which has re­sulted in a Scotch whisky drought.

Due to the aging process and small-scale busi­ness of tra­di­tional dis­til­leries, sup­ply sim­ply can­not meet de­mand, push­ing prices for ma- ture malts higher than many can af­ford. Most dis­til­leries are chang­ing their busi­ness strate­gies and tech­niques to meet a grow­ing mar­ket.

Al­though whisky is be­ing re­leased without hit­ting tra­di­tional ma­tu­rity ages, the new dis­tillery tech­niques cre­ate drams with com­plex­ity and char­ac­ter. Most dis- tilleries are re­plac­ing fa­mil­iar 10, 12, 18 year old range with whiskies with no age state­ment. For ex­am­ple, Ma­callan re­placed its aged state­ments to a color se­ries (gold, am­ber, Ruby).

Al­though it is dis­ap­point­ing for long-time scotch lovers to lose the abil­ity to pur­chase a fa­vorite, new dis­til­leries pop­ping up in coun­tries around the world are pro­vid­ing af­ford­able and great-tast­ing whisky.

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The Scotch Club Cel­e­brated World Scotch Day with for a wee bit of golf. a tour of the val­ley. Along the way they took a break

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