Liquor Bottles from First World War Unearthed in Israel
An archaeological excavation, conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority, uncovered hundreds of whiskey and gin bottles—dating back to World War I—at a buried British barracks.
The excavation team believes that the camp, located near the city of Ramla, was used by a military force commanded by Gen Edmund Allenby during the Battle of Jerusalem. Originally an agricultural building from the Ottoman Empire, it was later converted to house British soldiers. Apparently, the building burned down and the exact reasons remain unclear.
Ron Toueg, the exaction director, revealed his findings comprising “broken crockery and cutlery” as well as “soft drink and liquor bottles.” He adds, “It seems that the soldiers took advantage of the respite given them to release the tension by frequently drinking alcohol.” On closer inspection, it was discovered some of these were Dewar’s Whisky and Gordon’s Gin bottles.
During the dig, excavators unearthed flint tools dating back to the Middle Palaeolithic age. A tip of a swagger stick belonging to a Royal Flying Corps officer was also discovered—“the first item of its kind ever found in Israel,” according to Assaf Peretz, a researcher at the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Several other items including belt buckles, buttons, riding equipment, and British uniforms were also found.
Comeback of Single Malt Matured in Designer Casks
Glenmorangie, known for its quest to innovate, released its latest offering-- single malt matured in bespoke oak casks, Astar. It holds distinct wood flavour, owing to prolonged maturation inside oak casks of the mountains in Missouri. A limited version, Astar constitutes pronounced richness in flavor.Read More
US Rare Whisky Sale at an All Time High
Whisky lovers are all praise for scotch in a barrel-- the older the better. This year has seen a 100 percent rise in rare whisky sales in just three months. A whisky business analyst recently reported the sales of rare malts over the first half of 2017. He found that between April and June, UK auctioneers sold collectible whisky worth £6.18 million. This marks a 121 percent jump from last year’s £2.8 million over the same sale period.Read More
Smokes and Whiskey by Tejaswini Divya Naik
Smokes and Whiskey-- the titular combination is indeed a fine one! From social drinkers to the moderately frequent ones, all would agree that the two are almost inseparable. The duo is terrific when the heart is broken into unpolished fragments, body refuses to leave the comforter that is perhaps the only shield, and the brain unable to untangle the frightful thoughts that twist themselves into impenetrable knots. Most certainly, we are referring to a post break-up syndrome and so is Tejaswini Divya Naik, through the brilliance of words in her book. Consisting of 42 poems, ‘Smokes and Whiskey’, takes you through the journey comprising the most intriguing leaps and bounds that life has to offer. The verses are mostly about how each ‘leap’ turns out to be a lesson in itself, and ‘bound’ becomes the strategic expansion of the body’s ability to respond to the surrounding that suddenly seems to be dampened like a thin cloth drenched in rain water accumulated through a week.Read More