Sips with friends

Scotch tasting events are more than just trying out a lineup of samples…they’re about learning things about the brand, the production process, and the expression itself. In the relatively short time that I’ve been going to tastings, both formal (like the Laphroaig tasting event at the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival that started me on… [ Read More ]

Go West and Sip!

There is a romance about faraway places…a setting so different from the one you experience daily. Growing up in Southern California (in the suburbs of Los Angeles, to be exact), I took for granted the mild, relatively unchanging weather; the natural flora of scrub brush and oak trees (and the human-introduced flora of palm trees… [ Read More ]

(Mostly) Single

I was lucky enough to attend a tasting event right before Memorial Day sponsored by the North Short Whisky Club, and hosted by Joshua Hatton of Single Cask Nation and ImpEx Beverage (and general whisky guru). I spoke of Joshua before in relation to his One Nation Under Whisky podcast in my Expectations Upended post. Anyway,… [ Read More ]

Expectations Upended

So what’s that word when you go into a situation thinking you know the basic ground rules, then find that what you think you know might not be the complete picture? Mis…something. I can’t think of the word. You can’t either? Drat…I thought you’d help. When my girls were young and I’d drive them to… [ Read More ]

Hurry up & wait

Age is Just a Number Walking around Boston between September and June you’d think the city is overrun by 18-22 year olds, and you’d be right…there are about 65 colleges and universities in the Greater Boston area and those students are everywhere. The funny thing is that when I’m out walking around and see all… [ Read More ]

What’s old is new again

I’ll admit it…I’m a tree hugger. Well, not literally. Trees are scratchy and can have ants and bugs on them (ewww!), or worse, spiders (shudder). No, I’m in favor of trees in a natural setting…forests, woods, glens, glades…you get the idea. I love being in a natural woodland setting, preferably with the sound of running… [ Read More ]

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Playing the Field

Terroir and Scotch Whisky 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 amount of… [ Read More ]

…and now to explain the “& Scones”

As I mention in my “A Little About Me” page, I love cooking and especially 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 get… [ Read More ]

Why do this?

I am a new scotch whisky drinker. 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 margarita or two. But I only started trying scotch… [ Read More ]