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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Clan Fraser whisky, Clan Fraser, Outlander, Jamie Fraser, Diana Gabaldon, STARZ, Scotland, scotch, whisky, blended scotch, blended whisky, NHSCOT

Fangirling & scotch

So I’m a fan of this show… I might have mentioned 1 or 2 times (or a 100…I lose track) that I’m a fan of Outlander, the STARZ TV show and the book series by Diana Gabaldon. And by that, I mean I’m an I’ve-gone-off-the-deep-end-and-am-now-treading-the-water-there sort of fan. I discussed my obsession and how it… [ 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 ]

Single pot still Irish whiskey, Single malt scotch, Irish whiskey, Ireland, Scotland, Speyside, Orkney

Ireland vs. Scotland

Single Pot Still Whiskey vs. Single Malt Scotch I don’t mean that title literally…I know that both countries are beautiful and their people are friendly and welcoming. I’d really love to visit there someday (note, if anyone wants to sponsor me to go to, you know, make sure I’m right, I wouldn’t say no…). No,… [ Read More ]

impex beverages samples, scotch samples, scotch, whisky, Scotland

Across the board across the Pond

Getting to Yes I’ve been writing this blog for 6 months (whoa, it’s my semi-anniversary…yay me!), and I’m having fun doing it, and I’ve been talking to a lot of people who have been very generous with their advice. One in particular is Joshua Hatton of Single Cask Nation and the One Nation Under Whisky podcast (among… [ Read More ]