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 ]

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 ]

Ardbeg samples, Ardbeg scotch, Islay scotch, Ardbeg Day sample lineup

Sipping on Islay time

Dreaming of islands 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… [ 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 ]

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 ]

Scotland's whisky making regions

All over the place

Scotland’s scotch regionality It’s not news that Scotland has many different scotch regions, and it’s not news to say that those regions each have their own unique flavor signature. What is interesting is when the scotch is blended to represent and highlight the best of what each region has to offer, and we get to… [ 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 ]