Arran Malt Collection, Isle of Arran, Island of Arran, scotch, whisky, scotch whisky, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, Gordon’s DTX, Outlander Cast

Small Island, Big Flavor

Scotland in Miniature That’s how the island of Arran, off the southwest Scottish coast, is described. With highlands, lowlands, and a beautiful coastline, Arran has a lot to recommend it for a visit. The fact that the Isle of Arran (the sole distillery on the island), produces The Arran Malt collection, an exceptional lineup of scotch,… [ Read More ]

Four Roses Bourbon, Four Roses, whiskey, bourbon, Kentucky whiskey, Kentucky bourbon, mashbill

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 ]

bourbon brownie, baking, desserts, bourbon, dark chocolate brownies, love to bake, whiskey, Kentucky Derby

The Great Bourbon Brownie Bake-Off Battle

It’s Kentucky Derby week! This week we think of fast horses, fancy hats, and cool Mint Juleps. Me, I think of food and drink (naturally) – fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, Derby Pie (or Pecan Bars)…and, of course, bourbon. It was fortuitous then that I acquired two bottles of whiskey from Ken Gordon of Gordons DTX…he… [ Read More ]

Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, scotch, whisky, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, Highlands, Islay, Scotland, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Gordon’s DTX

Not Playing Favorites

No favorite scotch 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… [ Read More ]

Macallan and Highland Park, The Macallan, Highland Park, scotch, whisky, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, Orkney Islands, Speyside, Scotland, Vikings, Gordon’s DTX

Of Vikings and Volume

Talking about Pride 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… [ Read More ]

blogversary, Outlander, Outlander Cast, scotch, whisky, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, Gordon’s DTX, Ben Riach, Glenfarclas, Glenrothes, Gordon & MacPhail, Johnny Walker, Kilchoman, Ledaig,

Once ’round the sun

A year has past… Yep, that title is right…it’s been one year since I started this blog, my “blogversary” 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… [ Read More ]

whisky production, scotch, whisky, whiskey, scotch production, scotch distilling, whisky distilling, Glen Moray, Gordon’s DTX, Scotland

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 ]

Nikka Japanese whisky, Old Potrero Rye whiskey, whisky, whiskey, rye, rye whisky, Japanese whisky, Nikka, Old Potrero, Anchor Distilling, Gordon’s DTX, Coffey stills

Across the (other) pond

Separated by an ocean 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… [ Read More ]

Maker’s Mark, whiskey, bourbon, American whiskey, Gordon’s DTX, Private Select, Thanksgiving

Making a mark

A universal holiday 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… [ Read More ]

whisky Wednesday, scotch, whisky, whiskey, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, single malt, Gordon’s DTX, North Shore Whisky Club, 375 Park Avenue Spirits

Sips with friends

Community of scotch drinkers 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… [ Read More ]