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

Small blog, big dreams I’m a lowly blogger, small in the wide world of food and whisky bloggers. However, I want to be bigger and, well, significant (who doesn’t?). I’ve been writing this blog for 6 months (whoa, it’s my semi-anniversary…yay me!), and I’m having fun doing it. But the question is, how do I… [ Read More ]

Glendalough Irish whiskey, Irish whiskey, whiskey, Glendalough Distillery

Expectations upended

I’ve said before how new I am to this world of whisky (yes, we believe you’ve mentioned that a time or two or twenty). I’m always feeling that I’m playing catch-up when I go to a tasting…that everyone there has a leg up on me. They know about scotch and bourbon and rye and how… [ Read More ]

Kentucky bourbon, Kentucky Derby, American whiskey

Run for the Roses…and Bourbon

It’s Derby Week Last weekend was the Kentucky Derby. How do I know this? Every restaurant I went into on Saturday had it on their TVs. How much do I know about it? Not much. My husband asked me which horse I would bet on (if I bet, which I don’t), and I replied, “The… [ Read More ]

whisky or whiskey, Irish whiskey, whisky, whiskey, Ireland

Can I buy a vowel?

Whisky or Whiskey? What’s in a name…an ‘e’, yes or no? When my girls were little and we would be waiting for something/someone (think doctor’s office, mechanics, restaurant table, etc.), I would play a little spelling game with them based on their favorite show at the time, “Wheel of Fortune” (in my house aka “the… [ 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 ]

learning about scotch, scotch, whisky, laphroaig distillery, laphroaig, Scotland, Islay

Why do this?

New to whisky I am a new scotch whisky drinker, and I’m still learning about scotch. Having developed a taste (and apparently a tolerance) for alcohol at a relatively late age (early 40s), I went from the sweet to dry white and red wines, then sweet to straight gin and vodka drinks, including perhaps a… [ Read More ]