How much is a dram in cl?

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How much is a dram in cl?

Postby Foxhound » Thu Jan 15, 2004 5:58 am

See topic. I'm only 26 years old and was introduced to Whisky via Chivas Regal, I'm trying different whiskies now. But how much is a dram. I want to keep things healthy here. :wink:

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Postby Admiral » Thu Jan 15, 2004 8:01 am

There are many different definitions, theories, and opinions as to what the precise measure of a dram is.

I like this version: "A dram is a measure of whisky, the size of which depends on the generosity of the pourer".

Assuming that a dram is a standard measure of spirits, then (in this country at least) a standard measure is 30ml (millilitres). This is 3 cL.

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Postby Aidan » Thu Jan 15, 2004 9:49 am

Here is an article that explains it, although the writer thinks Ireland is in the UK, so maybe he got other facts wrong.


Postby Matt2 » Thu Jan 15, 2004 4:53 pm

a. A unit of weight in the U.S. Customary System equal to 1/16 of an ounce or 27.34 grains (1.77 grams).

b. A unit of apothecary weight equal to 1/8 of an ounce or 60 grains (3.89 grams).

c. A small amount; a bit.

Take your pick depending on how much you want to drink :)

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Postby SasquatchMan » Fri Jan 16, 2004 1:26 am

Whatever a dram is, I usually need two at the very least. :lol:

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Postby Shigga » Wed Jan 28, 2004 5:17 pm

hm dunno a dram that I pour myself is a 2-3cl standard, especially on tastings with friends, since it sums up to about 5 or 6 different drams then ;) . For a real good friend it's the same, but the number of drams isn't limited. :D I usually get enough of one whisky after drinking a dram...

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Postby Leonidych » Wed Jan 28, 2004 7:09 pm

Well, I just looked in my English-Russian dictionaries and found three definitions similar to those posted by Matt, except for the last one:

c. A gulp of whisky.

Which strongly supports the idea that dram is an individual affair! :wink:

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