Balblair & Old Pulteney, scotch, whisky, scotch whisky, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, Highlands, Nick Taylor, Balblair, Old Pulteney, Brown Sugar Pie Bars

Tasting Once, Tasting Twice

Coincidence? Last weekend I went to a Balblair & Old Pulteney single malt scotch tasting hosted by the North Shore Whisky Club and presented by Nick Taylor. It was a pleasant evening, and I even got to pair a dessert for the group (more on that later). Not too long ago, I went to Whisky Wednesday at… [ Read More ]

Exclusive Malts whisky, scotch, whisky, scotch whisky, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, Highlands, Speyside, Orkney, Exclusive Malts, Single Cask Nation, Whisky Jewbilee, Joshua Hatton, speak out against hate

It’s an Exclusive

Speaking out against hate…again Before we start this week’s post, I have to express my horror, sorrow, and anger about the massacre in a Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend. I’ve had to speak out against hate before, and I can’t believe I have to do it again. A pathetic, cowardly excuse for a human decided that… [ Read More ]

Bringing back scotch, scotch, whisky, Highlands, Orkney Islands, Scotland, Highland Park, Douglas Laing, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, single malt, Ledaig

It’s a gift, Pt. 2

Get them while you can  There are many scotch expressions that we can’t get here in the US (at least, not easily). When I hear of family or friends traveling to the UK, I’ll ask them if they can find a specific whisky for me. Case in point, I’ve been trying to get another bottle… [ Read More ]

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 ]

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 ]

Loch Lomond whisky, Loch Lomond, Scotland, Highlands, single malt, single malt whisky

Taking the High Road

Loch Lomond Whisky (not the song) I admit it freely…before I discovered Outlander (via the TV show), I knew nothing about Scotland and even less about scotch. (Wait, can you know less than nothing about something? Negative knowledge? Maybe knowledge flows out through your ears? Ok, my head is starting to hurt). Loch Lomond whisky?… [ Read More ]

mostly single malt whisky, single malt whisky, Single Cask Nation, scotch, whisky, Scotland, Highlands, Speyside, Islay

(Mostly) Single

I was lucky enough to attend a tasting event right before Memorial Day sponsored by the North Shore 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 ]

exotic cask finishes, food pairing, cask influence

Fancy Finishes and a Chance to Pair

The art of finishing whisky The wonderful thing about whisk(e)y in general, and scotch in particular, is the great variety that can be achieved by in what (and how long) the distillate is aged. I’ve already written about how the scotch industry reuses casks (See What’s old is new again for that riveting discussion). Indeed, much of… [ Read More ]

peated whisky, Beam Suntory, scotch, whisky, Scotland, Irish whiskey, Japanese whisky, Highlands, Islay

Where there’s smoke, there’s…PEAT!

Peated Whisky, what does it mean? I few weeks back I was lucky enough to attend the Whiskey Weekend event at Julio’s Liquor’s in Westbourgh, MA. They had a series of tasting events that lasted over several days, but the one I was most interested in was a tasting presented by Simon Brooking, US Beam… [ Read More ]

scotch whisky terroir, scotch, whisky, terroir, Scotland, Speyside, Islay, Highlands, Chieftain’s Collection

Playing the Field

The importance of scotch whisky terroir 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… [ Read More ]