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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

recycling casks for scotch, cask finish, Balvenie Doublewood, scotch, whisky, whiskey, Scotland, Speyside

What’s old is new again

I’ll admit it…I’m a tree hugger. Well, not literally. Trees are scratchy and can have ants and bugs on them (ewww!), or worse, spiders (shudder). No, I’m in favor of trees in a natural setting…forests, woods, glens, glades…you get the idea. I love being in a natural woodland setting, preferably with the sound of running… [ 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 ]