This is often the revised 3rd variation of the total A-Z of the realm of whisky. Definitions, derivations, resources and meanings of each a possibility whisky-related note are incorporated from aftershots to wort in terms of Irish, Islay and peat reek. No linguistic stone is left unturned via Smith during this such a lot crucial of reference works for the whisky fanatic. Now absolutely up to date with many new references and revised entries, the A-Z is a needs to for all whisky enthusiasts around the world. 'As a resource of reference it truly is trustworthy and quick accessed...as an aide memoire it's precious' - Charles MacLean.
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Thoroughly known as Excise or profit officials, yet frequently identified in Scotland and eire as ⇒gaugers, profit males, and keg-hunters, excisemen played a tricky, usually risky and usually relatively thankless activity within the days while illicit distillation was once a life-style for thus many folks in Scotland and eire. combating 'infringement of the excise legislation' was once a lot more uncomplicated stated than performed in distant components of Galway or Glenlivet, and, as Philip Morrice notes, The exciseman's lot was once no longer a cheerful one. He used to be operating opposed to a hugely influenced, adversarial and infrequently determined part of the inhabitants, whose actions have been both supported or connived at via a majority of the remainder. He was once frequently operating in unusual territory and used to be obliged to take action to a rule-book, while his adversary had none. like several tax creditors in heritage, he had no typical allies, shop the govt. of the day which left him to execute its unpopular guidelines. in truth and fiction he was once portrayed as heavy-handed, humourless, dim- witted and never continuously sincere. the opposite part of the tale, that of the exciseman's shouldn't be forgotten. He used to be anticipated to make his residing from the proceeds of the take which he shared with the exchequer, and from which he needed to meet all his bills, together with occasionally high priced criminal charges. (SGtS) It was once hardly ever wonderful that excisemen occasionally succumbed to bribery to make ends meet, and John Mackenzie (A Hundred Years within the Highlands) recalled that 'Excisemen have been planted in vital stations as an apprehension to evildoers, yet they appeared to remain for all times within the related localities, and file stated they and the average smugglers of liquor have been bosom neighbors, and they even had their ears and eyes close by way of blackmail pensions from the smugglers. ' the definitely unsatisfactory nature in their technique of remuneration could be so much graphically illustrated by way of the tragic and good documented story of Malcolm Gillespie, or 'Gillespie the Gauger' as he used to be extra frequently recognized. Gillespie was once a Highlander who joined the excise carrier in 1799, quickly proving himself to be one among its such a lot devoted and profitable officials whilst it got here to countering the unlawful creation and distribution of whisky in Aberdeenshire. regardless of his successes - taking and destroying an fabulous 25,000 gallons of spirit in the course of his careerhis monetary scenario, principally as a result of the need of paying tremendous sums of cash for info resulting in seizures of whisky, ultimately drove him to falsify returns for spirit which he had seized, and he was once done for the capital crime of forgery in December 1827. Excisemen occasionally misplaced their lives on 'active service', and the actual hazards in their task have been underlined whilst Gillespie indicated at the morning of his execution the scars on his physique from no fewer than forty two wounds incurred within the line of accountability. The makers and vendors of illicit whisky used their specific wisdom of neighborhood terrain to build smuggling bothies that have been often undetectable to even the sharpest exciseman's eye.