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 ]

Kilchoman, scotch, whisky, peated whisky, scotch whisky, ImpEx Beverages, Islay, Scotland

New dram on the block

Back to Basics What do you do if you want to take scotch distilling back to its roots, a true “barley-to-bottle” operation? If you’re Anthony Wills, the founder and manager of Kilchoman Distillery, you buy land on Islay, set up shop…er…farm, and create the first distillery to open on the island in over 120 years.… [ Read More ]

Highland games scotch tasting, scotch, whisky, Laphroaig, Bowmore, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, Islay, Scotland, Simon Brooking, peated whisky

What started it all…redux

Doing it all again My husband, a friend, and I attended the New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival at the Loon Mountain Ski Resort in mid-September. This visit marked the third time I’ve gone…the first year I convinced my husband to go because I had just discovered the TV series, Outlander, and was now fanatical… [ 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 ]