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Atholl Brose

The Whisky industry is still a major factor in the Scottish economy but one which tends to be overlooked nowadays with the emphasis on oil and electronics. Scotch, however, is perhaps the best known symbol of Scotland, the world over.

"FREEDOM and WHISKY  gang thegither" wrote our National Bard and one man who firmly believed in the poet's adage was the late Jock Mackie of Kirkcaldy. Jock, an Ayrshire man, born and bred, was both a great fan of Robert Burns and of our National Drink. For Jock, an avid Scottish Nationalist, Whisky and Freedom did indeed "gang thegither". Not only did he fervently believe in Scottish Independence but in the belief that every Scot should distil his own Whisky. A baker to trade, Jock added distilling to his bakery skills! For many years he made his own Whisky until he fell foul of the authorities in the early 1960s. An appearance in Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court resulted in a 50 fine and the confiscation of the still. Unabashed Jock appeared on Scottish Television that night and much to the consternation of the interviewer produced a bottle of his own "illegal" hooch!
Unfortunately we cannot give you Jock's recipe for distilling Whisky but the "water of life" is the basis of an excellent use of oatmeal - Atholl Brose.
Atholl Brose         
Ingredients for one serving : 2-4 rounded tablespoons medium oatmeal, toasted; 2-4 fl oz ( 50-100 ml ) double cream, stiffly beaten; 1 glass Malt Whisky; 1-2 tablespoons heather honey.
Put the oatmeal into a bowl, mix in the cream and leave to thicken. Pour in the Whisky and add honey to taste. Divine!
Atholl Brose ( The Duke of Atholl's recipe )
Ingredients for a house awthegither: 6 oz ( 200 g ) medium oatmeal; 4 dsp heather honey; 1 1/2 pt ( 750 ml ) Whisky; 1/4 pt ( 150 ml ) water.
Put the oatmeal into a small bowl and add water to make a paste. Leave for one hour, then put into a fine sieve and press all the liquid through. Add the honey to the sieved liquid and mix through. Pour into a large bottle and fill up with Whisky. Shake well and always shake before use.
And always think of independent Scots like Jock Mackie when you tak aff yir dram!


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