scotch whisky terroir, scotch, whisky, terroir, Scotland, Speyside, Islay, Highlands, Chieftain’s Collection

Playing the Field

The importance of scotch whisky terroir Okay, hands up…who knows what “terroir” means? I know all you wine aficionados do…put your hands down, smarty-pants. In wine making, terroir refers to the character imparted to the wine based on the environment in which the grapes are grown (like the type of soil in the vineyard, the… [ Read More ]

Scottish bannocks, bannocks, oatcakes, sourdough bannocks, Outlander Kitchen, Theresa Carle-Sanders, Scotland

Finally…a recipe!

Time for bannocks In my last post I told you about science and magic and my approach to baking (in case you missed that fascinating dissertation, you can find it here). Now it’s time to get to the meat of the “& Scones” half of this blog (no pun intended)…Today we’re going to talk about… [ Read More ]

love baking, Michael Ruhlman, Theresa Carle-Sanders, outlander kitchen, ratios, baking, baking science

…and now to explain the “& Scones”

As I mention in my “A Little About Me” page, I love cooking and especially love baking. Where else do you get the melding of magic and science? What magic, you say? Look what happens when flour, sugar, and butter are combined and subjected to heat…Scotch shortbread appears! Voila! Well, maybe not quite “voila” but you… [ Read More ]

learning about scotch, scotch, whisky, laphroaig distillery, laphroaig, Scotland, Islay

Why do this?

New to whisky I am a new scotch whisky drinker, and I’m still learning about scotch. Having developed a taste (and apparently a tolerance) for alcohol at a relatively late age (early 40s), I went from the sweet to dry white and red wines, then sweet to straight gin and vodka drinks, including perhaps a… [ Read More ]