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Friday, May 25, 2012

Illinois College of Optometry's Graduation

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Vision Plans Need to Support Optometry

It is time for all stand alone vision plans to work with optometry for the benefit of our patients. We can no longer separate eye from vision care. It confuses our patients and costs all in time, money, wasted resources. Vision plans need to step up to the health care plate in the 21st Century. Now.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Pondering Life by Dr. Jim Sheedy

My friend and colleague, Jim Sheedy, OD, PhD has figured out life! He starts at the big bang....and moves all the way to the modern day.

He says: Have you ever just wondered about life? What is Life? Is there God? How do we fit into the universe? What is our relationship with other living things? What does it mean to be human?

Doctor Ergo provides you with a firm background and vantage point from which to view those questions. You will gain a comprehensive perspective on Life and the human condition - from the Big Bang, through Life history on this planet, to the current condition of our human mind and species, and some solid thoughts on what

This is a Story of Life....

Want to learn what it's all about? Click here.
PS I just ordered my copy!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Nicolò Paganini: More than a composer

Nicolò Paganini stands out as the most famous violin virtuoso of his time, but it wasn't just his playing that etched his name in musical history. Paganini's compositions not only set the standard for modern violin technique, but also influenced future generations of composers seeking to emulate his equally virtuosic writing for the instrument......

Finding out about your Italian heritage is always fun. I knew Paganini....the composer, but not the violin virtuoso. Read more about it by clicking on Nicolo's name above.... DM

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sensory and Chemical Analysis of ‘Shackleton’s’ Mackinlay Scotch Whisky

Sensory and Chemical Analysis of ‘Shackleton’s’ Mackinlay Scotch Whisky


J. Inst. Brew. 117(2), 156–165, 2011

Three cases of Mackinlay’s Rare Highland Malt whisky were excavated from the ice under Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1907 expedition base camp hut at Cape Royds in Antarctica in January 2010. The majority of the bottles were in a pristine state of preservation and three were returned to Scotland in January 2011 for the first sensory and organoleptic analysis of a Scotch malt whisky distilled in the late 1890s. Sensory analysis and the higher alcohol and maturation congener profiles describe a lightly peated malt whisky matured in American white oak sherry or wine casks. Analysis of process related compounds together with combined gas chromatography (GC) mass spectrometry and GC-olfactometry analysis of fermentation related congeners show a distinctly ‘modern’ style of malt whisky. While Scotch malt whisky at the end of the 19th century was generally regarded as heavily peated and harsh in character, Charles Mackinlay & Co. Distillers were producing a malt whisky with an altogether more subtle character at their Glen Mhor distillery near Inverness. The sensory and chemical analysisof this unique whisky artefact significantly changes our understanding of the quality and character of Scotch malt whisky produced by our distilling forefathers.

Read the full article by clicking here! DM

Maino's Whisky Tasting Notes: MacKinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Day 14: Doc Maino's Time Warped Aged, Micro-barrel, Very, Very Small Batch Whiskey

Day 14: Doc Maino's Time Warped Aged, Micro-barrel, Very, Very Small Batch Whiskey 

Today is Day 14. The Bourbon mash has been sitting in the oak barrel for 14 days. Notice the color change? It is a bit darker than last week. The aroma this time is very less pronounced. Less corn. Less alcohol. The taste is also less. Less sweet. Less corn. Less alcohol. is not changing the way I thought it would. Stay tuned for more commentary next week.


My Time Warped Aged, Micro-barrel, Very Small Barch whiskey has now aged 7 days. The color has started to turn significantly whiskey like...going towards pale gold. The aroma is hi-octane alcohol with lots of corn, grain, cereal. Very sweet, not real whiskey-like just yet. Let's see what happens on day 14.

 Day 1

As many of you know, I have been studying whiskey. In particular single malt Scotch whisky. As a connoisseur in training, I have used many resources including books, videos and even going to Scotland! It is now  time for me to take my apprenticeship one step further....and take on the task of creating aqua vitae for myself.

The end result (I hope) will be
 "Doc Maino's Time Warped Aged Micro-barrel Very Small Batch Whiskey"

To assist me in this task, I have enlisted the Woodinville Whiskey Company of Woodinville, WA. They have a unique aging whisky kit that should result in a Bourbon-like elixir after a certain period of time.

 The kit, as noted to the left, comes in a nice box that protects all the needed ingredients.
The ingredients include an Oak barrel, two liters of mash, two glasses, and a funnel.

You start by putting hot water into the barrel so the wood swells. After 3-4 days it should be ready for the Bourbon mash.

Stay tuned for more.