As I sit here in my house enjoying bottle of Talisker 10-year-old Scotch Whiskey I reflect on when my love affair of Scotch Whiskey began. It was just 10 short weeks ago I was ignorant of single malt Scotch. Yes I have tried several brands of blended Scotch but I just could not fall in love with it like I was in love with Jim Beam Black (my favorite Bourbon). After my friend Charles Brown (my photographer mentor) had prompted me to revisit Scotch but this time try a nice single malt. Here again I was ignorant but enthusiastic to see what all the fuss was about so off to the ABC store I went. I arrived home with a bottle of Dalwhinnie 15 year, poured three fingers worth in a clean water-glass and waited about 5 minutes. After that first taste I was madly in love, like soul mate in love. Next Friday came Oban 14 year (man, that is good) and the next Friday came The Macallan 15 year triple cask and so a tradition began. I call this tradition Scotch Friday, every Friday I enjoy a glass (or a few glasses) of Single Malt Scotch Whiskey. The next Fridays brought The Glenlivet 12 year,The Balvenie 15 year, Lagavulin 16 year, Gleynmorangie The Lasanta, Speyburn 10 year, and Talisker 10 year. Don’t get me wrong I still love Bourbon Whiskey (Jim Beam especially) but I have learned that spirits can be equally as good as different, all having specific characteristics that make them what they are. Being of Scottish decent I may be a little bias but that does not dilute the truth.
Thoughts, opinions, recommendations,
So let Scotch Friday begin.