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April 19, 2013

Scotch Whisky Cocktail: How to Mix a Blood & Sand

By Colin Kearns

Regular readers of the Wild Chef might recall that when it comes Scotch whisky, I’m not exactly a connoisseur. I’ve always had trouble getting past the smoke (most of the Scotches I’ve tried have been on the peaty side), and I’ve just always been a bourbon guy.

I’ve been trying to keep an open mind about Scotch, though, and I’m starting to come around. It started earlier this year, on a winter trip with friends. I had a glass of Highland Park 18, neat, and loved its spice and warmth. And just a couple of weeks ago, I got to try two whiskies from Grant’s distillery. First, I tasted a sample of their Family Reserve, the brand’s wildly popular flagship blend. Then came the Scotch surprise—a bottle of Grant’s ultra-limited Stand Fast.

The Stand Fast was a special project for Grant’s: After discovering an “ancient whisky book” that belonged to Grant’s founder, William Grant, their master distiller, Brian Kinsman, went to work recreating the 1912 Stand Fast that was described in the old book. After some trial and error, Kinsman found a blend that came “very close to what William Grant created back in 1912.” The result is a whisky with a beautifully light color, a rich and malty nose, and a sweet and smoky taste. It’s absolutely delicious. Grant’s only made 100 bottles of the Stand Fast, and you won’t find them in any spirit store near you. They’re keeping them all to themselves—to share, enjoy, and preserve. After just the small glass I was lucky enough to try, I can’t say I blame them.

And while I’m sorry that you can’t experience the Stand Fast, the folks at Grant’s did share a Scotch cocktail recipe that I highly recommend you try this weekend. It’s sweet, smooth, and has an absolutely killer name. Enjoy. 

Blood & Sand
- 1 part Grant’s Family Reserve (or other whisky)
- 1 part cherry herring liqueur
- 1 part Lillet Rouge (or other sweet vermouth)
- 1 part fresh orange juice
- Orange half-moon slice (optional)
 
Combine all of the ingredients (expect the orange slice) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker frosts, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe, and garnish with the orange slice.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 52 weeks 7 hours ago

Scotch is meant to be sipped at room temperature. I couldn't do this to good Scotch.

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from 2Poppa wrote 51 weeks 6 days ago

Scotch is at its best when it is slowly savored in an unhurried appreciation, as the golden liquid is tilted and turned in a tulip glass releasing its hidden qualities in an aroma that tantalizes the taste buds to desire.
Scotch is not only an experience but a celebration of the day in a life of friends and family.

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from Nathan Ryver wrote 51 weeks 4 days ago

What is a good Scotch for a Bourbon man to try? Always looking to broaden my imbibing horizens.

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from 2Poppa wrote 51 weeks 2 days ago

Nathan, the following list enumerates some of the best brands that are highly regarded and reverently reckoned by patrons of scotch whisky all over the world! If you've just taken your first step towards experiencing the mellow joys of this liquid gold, this list is a must-read for you!

Famous Brands of Scotch

Chivas Regal

Johnnie Walker

Highland Park

The Glenlivet

Springbank Scotch Whisky

Talisker Scotch Whisky

Rob Roy

The Macallan Scotch Whisky

Scottish Leader

Dalmore Scotch Whisky

Dalwhinnie

Black & White

McClelland's

Vat 69

Long John

Ballantine's

Stewart's Cream of the Barley

100 Pipers

Isle of Jura Scotch Whisky

Passport

The Glenrothes

Clan Campbell Scotch Whisky

Clynelish Scotch Whisky

Cragganmore

Auchentoshan Scotch Whisky

Something Special Scotch Whisky

Bailie Nicol Jarvie

Glen Elgin

Whyte & Mackay

Windsor Premier

Black Bottle Scotch Whisky

Teacher's Highland Cream

Haig Scotch Whisky

Cutty Sark

Royal Salute Scotch Whisky

Buchanan's Scotch Whisky

The Famous Grouse

Mannochmore

Rosebank

Inver House Green Plaid

Hankey Bannister

Bowmore

Scapa

Aberfeldy

Glen Scotia

anCnoc

Inchgower

Ben Nevis

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from 2Poppa wrote 51 weeks 2 days ago

Nathan, the following list enumerates some of the best brands that are highly regarded and reverently reckoned by patrons of scotch whisky all over the world! If you've just taken your first step towards experiencing the mellow joys of this liquid gold, this list is a must-read for you!

Famous Brands of Scotch

Chivas Regal

Johnnie Walker

Highland Park

The Glenlivet

Springbank Scotch Whisky

Talisker Scotch Whisky

Rob Roy

The Macallan Scotch Whisky

Scottish Leader

Dalmore Scotch Whisky

Dalwhinnie

Black & White

McClelland's

Vat 69

Long John

Ballantine's

Stewart's Cream of the Barley

100 Pipers

Isle of Jura Scotch Whisky

Passport

The Glenrothes

Clan Campbell Scotch Whisky

Clynelish Scotch Whisky

Cragganmore

Auchentoshan Scotch Whisky

Something Special Scotch Whisky

Bailie Nicol Jarvie

Glen Elgin

Whyte & Mackay

Windsor Premier

Black Bottle Scotch Whisky

Teacher's Highland Cream

Haig Scotch Whisky

Cutty Sark

Royal Salute Scotch Whisky

Buchanan's Scotch Whisky

The Famous Grouse

Mannochmore

Rosebank

Inver House Green Plaid

Hankey Bannister

Bowmore

Scapa

Aberfeldy

Glen Scotia

anCnoc

Inchgower

Ben Nevis

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from 2Poppa wrote 51 weeks 2 days ago

Sorry about the double post, but the spam filter said it wouldn't be posted.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 52 weeks 7 hours ago

Scotch is meant to be sipped at room temperature. I couldn't do this to good Scotch.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from 2Poppa wrote 51 weeks 6 days ago

Scotch is at its best when it is slowly savored in an unhurried appreciation, as the golden liquid is tilted and turned in a tulip glass releasing its hidden qualities in an aroma that tantalizes the taste buds to desire.
Scotch is not only an experience but a celebration of the day in a life of friends and family.

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from Nathan Ryver wrote 51 weeks 4 days ago

What is a good Scotch for a Bourbon man to try? Always looking to broaden my imbibing horizens.

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from 2Poppa wrote 51 weeks 2 days ago

Nathan, the following list enumerates some of the best brands that are highly regarded and reverently reckoned by patrons of scotch whisky all over the world! If you've just taken your first step towards experiencing the mellow joys of this liquid gold, this list is a must-read for you!

Famous Brands of Scotch

Chivas Regal

Johnnie Walker

Highland Park

The Glenlivet

Springbank Scotch Whisky

Talisker Scotch Whisky

Rob Roy

The Macallan Scotch Whisky

Scottish Leader

Dalmore Scotch Whisky

Dalwhinnie

Black & White

McClelland's

Vat 69

Long John

Ballantine's

Stewart's Cream of the Barley

100 Pipers

Isle of Jura Scotch Whisky

Passport

The Glenrothes

Clan Campbell Scotch Whisky

Clynelish Scotch Whisky

Cragganmore

Auchentoshan Scotch Whisky

Something Special Scotch Whisky

Bailie Nicol Jarvie

Glen Elgin

Whyte & Mackay

Windsor Premier

Black Bottle Scotch Whisky

Teacher's Highland Cream

Haig Scotch Whisky

Cutty Sark

Royal Salute Scotch Whisky

Buchanan's Scotch Whisky

The Famous Grouse

Mannochmore

Rosebank

Inver House Green Plaid

Hankey Bannister

Bowmore

Scapa

Aberfeldy

Glen Scotia

anCnoc

Inchgower

Ben Nevis

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from 2Poppa wrote 51 weeks 2 days ago

Nathan, the following list enumerates some of the best brands that are highly regarded and reverently reckoned by patrons of scotch whisky all over the world! If you've just taken your first step towards experiencing the mellow joys of this liquid gold, this list is a must-read for you!

Famous Brands of Scotch

Chivas Regal

Johnnie Walker

Highland Park

The Glenlivet

Springbank Scotch Whisky

Talisker Scotch Whisky

Rob Roy

The Macallan Scotch Whisky

Scottish Leader

Dalmore Scotch Whisky

Dalwhinnie

Black & White

McClelland's

Vat 69

Long John

Ballantine's

Stewart's Cream of the Barley

100 Pipers

Isle of Jura Scotch Whisky

Passport

The Glenrothes

Clan Campbell Scotch Whisky

Clynelish Scotch Whisky

Cragganmore

Auchentoshan Scotch Whisky

Something Special Scotch Whisky

Bailie Nicol Jarvie

Glen Elgin

Whyte & Mackay

Windsor Premier

Black Bottle Scotch Whisky

Teacher's Highland Cream

Haig Scotch Whisky

Cutty Sark

Royal Salute Scotch Whisky

Buchanan's Scotch Whisky

The Famous Grouse

Mannochmore

Rosebank

Inver House Green Plaid

Hankey Bannister

Bowmore

Scapa

Aberfeldy

Glen Scotia

anCnoc

Inchgower

Ben Nevis

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from 2Poppa wrote 51 weeks 2 days ago

Sorry about the double post, but the spam filter said it wouldn't be posted.

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