January 14, 2005

The Tandoor oven

On the train home I typed 'long burn' into the search engine of the Encyclopedia Britannica, a truly wonderful piece of software. One hit caught my attention, 'tandoori cookery,' and I wondered if the long burn in question was gastric. I learned that a tandoor is a large, underground urn-shaped clay oven fired with charcoal that's used in Indian cooking. Meats are marinated in yoghurt and spices and then threaded on long skewers that are placed vertically in the oven, resting on the ashes A natural dye, Tandoori rang, colors the meat a reddish-orange color. A whole wheat bread called Nan is made by pressing ovals of dough onto the inner walls of the oven. Sounds good, doesn't it? And I don't just say that because its dinner time. So here we have a long-burning wood stove making long-burning roasted meats. What could be better?


At January 15, 2005 6:01 AM , Blogger Brad said...

Let's see. Maybe all that and then the long burn of a highland scotch whiskey. Single malt. Cask strength.

At January 16, 2005 10:03 AM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Brad, please tell me more-- what does Cask Strength mean?

At January 16, 2005 6:59 PM , Blogger Brad said...

If you take a good single malt whiskey and add water to it, it turns slightly cloudy and the aroma kinda opens up. Distillers typically add water to bring the alcohol content down before bottling. Cloudy whiskey doesn't sell well, so they filter it. That takes away a lot from the flavor.

A few of the higher end distillers have started selling cask strength whiskey. It's more potent, but more importantly, tastes better.

The Scotch Malt Whiskey Society http://www.smwsa.com/ is a private club that buys individual casks from different distillers, bottles them under their own label, and sells to their members. Each cask is unique even from the same distiller. Each bottle is a bit expensive but, since I don't drink it often, generally lasts about a year.

At January 19, 2005 12:09 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Brad you are really on to something there.


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