approachable whisky, Kentucky bourbon, Alabama-style bourbon, Speyside scotch, Highland scotch, Islay scotch

It’s summertime…the sipping is easy

What does it mean when a whisky is termed approachable? I don’t know about you, but to me it means that dram is gentle, i.e. it doesn’t hit you over the head with a blast of strength, spiciness, or smoke. That expression might be the entry to a particular distillery’s range of offerings, or just… [ Read More ]

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Sipping on Islay time

Ah, island time…unhurried, palm trees swaying in soft tropical breezes, white sandy beaches, fruity drinks with little umbrellas…(hold up there, where are we?) Oh, sorry…wrong island! You’ll forgive that this California girl has been to Hawaii, but never to Islay (although I really do want to go there someday). But you’re right, it’s Islay time we want to… [ Read More ]

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Bully Boy, Boston local

Staying close to home We celebrated Mother’s Day a couple of Sundays ago, and my family treated me to something I hadn’t done before…we toured a whiskey distillery. Oh, I’d visited breweries and wineries, but I’d yet to see in person how whisky was made. And since my dream trip to Scotland and Ireland hasn’t… [ Read More ]

its moving day, moving my blog

It’s Moving Day!

Hi all! I’m excited to announce that I’m moving my blog to a new address…ScotchandScones.com! If you’re an email subscriber, no worries…you will automatically be sent to the new site. If you’re a WordPress.com follower, please head to my new URL and subscribe via emails (you’ll receive your laurel…and hearty handshake once done). Either way,… [ Read More ]

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Going bold

Go big or go home…what does that phrase mean to you? It’s often heard in ads about sports drinks or pickup trucks, something about determination and grit. For me, it implies plotting a course of action, then having the tenacity to bear it out even if there are challenges that seem daunting. In other words,… [ Read More ]

not playing favorites

Not Playing Favorites

I don’t have a favorite child – they’re both my favorite. My daughters are unique and wonderful, and that’s not just because I’m their mom…just ask anyone and they’ll tell you the same. I love them fiercely and equally, and I’m quite the Mama Bear when required (don’t mess with a red-headed mama is my… [ Read More ]

Irish Whiskey Traditions

(Pot) Still Traditions

History and tradition grounds me. A few years ago I took one of those genetic DNA tests, and unlike so many people I know, there was very little ethnic diversity in my gene pool. What those results meant to me was that, despite my not being able to trace back my family tree beyond a… [ 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 ]

Of Vikings and Volume

Pride…it’s an emotion that can elicit both positive or negative reactions. Too much pride in one’s abilities leads to boastfulness and hubris (a negative judgement), yet pride in one’s heritage, or adherence to quality work is encouraged. Whenever I research a distillery for the various tasting panels I present here, I’m struck by the pride… [ Read More ]

blogiversary

Once ’round the sun

Yep, that title is right…it’s been one year since I started this blog, my blog-versary as it were. There’s been a whole lot of baking and whisky tasting going on! I started this project just to have a place to keep my notes on scotch tastings and do a little British/Scottish baking, but it’s really… [ Read More ]