Great Islay Swim, scotch, whisky, scotch tasting, Islay, Scotland, Laphroaig, Single Cask Nation, One Nation Under Whisky, Justin Fornal

Doing great things

Not your normal scotch tasting I went to the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival this past weekend, the fourth time I’ve gone. It was there that I first tasted scotch at the Laphroaig tasting with Simon Brooking, and that little sip led me down a winding path to here (see Why do this? for more… [ Read More ]

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How to delight a fan, Pt. 1

Make it a surprise   In my last baking post (two weeks ago…my how time flies!), I talked about the DIY Wedding Cake my younger daughter and I made for my older daughter’s wedding, and I mentioned the TARDIS cake we made for the groom. We all wanted to surprise him (both daughters and I), and boy did it… [ Read More ]

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It’s a gift

…of High Rye whisky Recently I was given two gifts, one a gift of history, the other a gift of love. And both were gifts of high rye whiskey, something that I can now appreciate (I remember when rye was a novelty for me…ah, memories…). Longtime readers know that I love history and family lore.… [ Read More ]

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DIY Wedding Cake

** NEWS FLASH!! ** We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post to bring you the news that my beautiful older daughter and her loving (and tall) fiancé were married this past Sunday, on what was my husband’s and my 34th wedding anniversary! It was a wonderful day, filled with family and friends from far and near,… [ Read More ]

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A tasting do-over

I’ve done this before, and I’m not afraid to ask I’m doing my best to network with people in the whisky world, reaching out and asking for samples. The first time that approach paid off was when I connected with Joshua Hatton, the ImpEx Beverages Brand Ambassador, whom I had met at my first North Shore Whisky Club… [ Read More ]

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All Hail Caesar dressing

Your salad gets dressed Let’s talk about getting dressed…er…I mean dressing your salad. Yes, I know I normally write about baking (my tag line is “…Explorations in a glass and in the oven”), but long-time readers know that I like to avoid preservatives and additives whenever possible. Salad dressing is one of those easy-to-make-but I-don’t-know-how/want-to… [ Read More ]

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Out West with High West Rye whiskey

Ah, the romance of the American West… Scenic vistas with roaming bison, snow-capped peaks in the distance, rodeos with cowboys on horseback…that’s what I remember from a camping trip with my family in Yellowstone National Park some ** ahem ** years ago. It truly was beautiful, and still is (at least when the area isn’t… [ Read More ]

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Have Lemons (& Limes & Mint)? Make…

Do you remember when I told you about the High Tea tradition I have with my daughters? No? Well, I’ve been taking them to tea on their birthdays since they were each 5 years old…it’s our way of celebrating them on their special day. On our very first tea date, my older daughter was served a lemon… [ Read More ]

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Mashbill math, Four Roses Bourbon style

Combinations and Permutations I’m a math geek…longtime readers know that (how can we forget?). Starting with …and now to explain the “& scones”, I’ve mentioned ratios, calculated volume, and generally waxed poetic on the subject. (I come by it honestly…I started out life as an Aerospace Engineer after all). So when I was researching Four Roses bourbon… [ Read More ]

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Tiramisu truffles…a finger food treat

What do you do when you want to serve tiramisu as finger food? Normally, this Italian dessert is made with coffee-dipped ladyfingers layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, then topped with cocoa powder…it’s not really something you can eat without a spoon. Why did I want to mess with a classic,… [ Read More ]