The Glenlivet: Cheaper Hook(h)er


Inexpensive and delicious.  Glenlivet is an excellent example of good quality and a “good” price.  Glenlivet, ‘glen of the smooth place,” and brother is it smooth.  If you can’t fit the bill of fancy old-age malt, by all means consider this as an option.  I am a huge fan of the Speyside scotches and will recommend many of these delightful malts. 

Published in: on October 24, 2007 at 3:49 am  Leave a Comment  

Why this one?


Recently a panel of “experts” named Talisker the “Best scotch in the world”.  What are these people thinking.  Many people do for some reason enjoy this Highland malt (should be Island malt), but I have yet to discover why.  I purchased a bottle of Talisker a while back and I was immediately dissappointed.  The best scotches in my mind are full-bodied, yes, but smooth at the same time.  This liquor grabs hold and never lets go.  There is an overwhelming taste of salt and pepper with this scotch (not uncommon with a number of Island scotches), but I’m not eating food I’m drinking Scotch.  I’m not totally dissing the distillers of this beverage because somehow they have found a market.  I will say though if you’re angry and need a slap in the face and a kick in the nuts by all means consume Talisker.  However, if you wish to enjoy a great, smooth, sipping Scotch choose something else, this one is not for you.

Published in: on October 15, 2007 at 8:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

My First Trip to Port





Nose:  Crisp, winey

Palate:  Fruity, peaty balance 

Finish:  Lingering sweetness, floral




This was the first port wood finished Scotch I have had the pleasure to enjoy.  It was rather amazing and one of the smoothest 12 year olds I have had.  If you are a Scotch-hesitant fellow or lady, with this single malt there’s no need to worry.  This whisky was so great I believe I need to sample much more.


Published in: on October 11, 2007 at 6:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Slainte and Hallo Scotch Drinkers

 This being my first post, I thought I would share a bit about myself.  I’m proud to have Scottish heritage, Burns, through my Great Grand Father Edward Myron Burns.  I live in the great state of Indiana, yeah Hoosiers.  I have been drinking Scotch nearly 10 years now and began my libation gestalt began with this magnificent spirit.  It is not that I depise every other spirit (except Gin and Tequila), but I simply take great pleasure and satisfaction in enjoying a good dram of Scotch over any other liquor.  This is why I love informing  people about this Scottish “water of life” (whisky-[Scottish Gaelic-uisge-beatha/uisge-“water”, beatha(n)-“life”]).  If you have never experienced the splendor of a “good” Scotch, worry not there are plenty out there.  My goal with this site is to examine and explain Scotch varieties and tastings as well as give my own personal critique of particular single malts.  I say single malt because I will seldom examine blends, and if you’re unsure what the difference is between a single malt and a blend, don’t worry I’ll get to that.  Questions, comments, and opinions are welcome, but please be civil.  So whether an aficionado or newbie to the glorious realm of Scotch-dom,  read and enjoy.      

Published in: on October 11, 2007 at 5:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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