Scotland scotch regions

All over the place

It’s not news that Scotland has many different regions where scotch is produced, and it’s not news to say that those regions each have their own unique flavor signature. What is interesting is when the scotch is blended to represent and highlight the best of what each region has to offer, and we get to… [ Read More ]

(Re)Visiting Friends

I’ve been told time and again that everyone’s palate is different, that what you taste won’t necessarily be what I taste. I’ve also been told that what I taste can be different from one time to another, and I’ve found that to be true as well. And I’ve found that I’m better able to describe… [ Read More ]

Glen Moray scotch whisky

Back to Basics

So how is it made, scotch? I’ve heard whisky described as “beer that’s grown up”…you make beer, distill and age it, then drink (responsibly, of course). Is the process of making uisge-beatha (pronounced “ooska-veha” and literally means “water of life” as Irish monks of the early Middle Ages called their precious liquid) really that simple?… [ Read More ]

Using my “Nog”-gin

I’m not a recipe creator, I’m a recipe adaptor. That is to say, I take recipes that I find and tweak them so they satisfy my philosophy regarding ingredients and cooking techniques. My ingredient swaps tend to be based on my own palate preferences (or what I know my family will like/accept), dietary needs, ingredient… [ Read More ]

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Across the (other) pond

Whisky has become big business in Japan, and there are many great choices from which to choose. I recently had the good fortune to attend a Whisky Wednesday at Gordon’s DTX that not only featured Nikka Japanese whisky, but also offered a tasting of Old Potrero rye whiskey from Anchor Distilling & Importing in San Francisco. It was… [ Read More ]

Making a mark

Yesterday was Thanksgiving in America. It’s one of my favorite holidays, and not just because of the traditional dishes (turkey, cranberries, pecan pie, pumpkin pie…ok, I’ll stop because I’m drooling now), ALL of which are my favorites. No, it’s because everyone, regardless of race, religion, color, or creed, has something for which they can be… [ Read More ]

Cleaning Up

A computer glitch. That’s the reason…ok, one of the reasons, I started writing whisky reviews on this blog. When I first discovered scotch, I knew I needed to write down what I had tried and what I liked about it, so when I’d go into restaurants I’d know what to order. So I did, using the… [ Read More ]

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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 ]

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Ireland vs. Scotland

Single Pot Still Whiskey vs. Single Malt Scotch I don’t mean that title literally…I know that both countries are beautiful and their people are friendly and welcoming. I’d really love to visit there someday (note, if anyone wants to sponsor me to go to, you know, make sure I’m right, I wouldn’t say no…). No,… [ Read More ]