Saturday, January 28, 2012

Scotch, Bourbon, and Me

I used to say that I'm probably one of the only Irishmen you'll ever meet who doesn't much care for potatoes or whiskey. These days, that statement is no longer valid, as I've found that I actually do kinda like whiskey. Well, so far, it's just a few kinds of scotch that I've enjoyed.

Like with anything, once I find that I like it, I want to learn more about it, as you may remember my adventures into the brewing of beer, which I really DO enjoy, and DO plan on getting back into... The thing about beer though, aside from the fact that yes, I do love it and consider myself a beer snob is that when you're looking for a buzz, you (or at least *I*) have to drink a relatively large amount of carb-laden liquid. You have to pee a lot, burp a lot and feel bloated later, etc... Which, let's be honest, I don't really mind... But in the interest of getting more effect from less substance, and not turning to opiates, I decided to give whiskey a try again.

More than all that though, I've always liked the smell of it. I always thought it smelled sweet like apple juice. It's one of the few food products that don't taste anything like it smells, at least the first time you taste it...

I was told once some years ago when expressing my distaste for whiskey, that perhaps I just wasn't "sour enough yet", and that it may come with age. Perhaps that's what's happened, I guess.

Tonight, I am going to a scotch and bourbon tasting, hosted by a fellow who owns a package store nearby. It's one of those invite only sort of deals. This all precipitated from a side trip I took to his store while looking to buy some cider, which I was doing for field research... you see, I wanted to try (and WILL! I swear it!) brewing cider, cause fundamentally, I thought it sounded easier than beer... get some cider, drop in some yeast, right? There's a little more that goes into it, of course... But I wanted to find out what different kinds tasted like in order to figure out how I wanted to go about making it etc... anyway... I was poking through the scotch area, as I'd had a couple kids that my father in law used to drink, and found them interesting.

The owner happened to be there, and we started talking. A couple minutes later, he'd produce three half-drunk bottles of a few different scotches, and I was tasting. He'd put me on a fairly short mailing list for his scotch news letter, and tonight will be the first such tasting I will attend.

Looking very forward to it, because this stuff isn't exactly cheap. I'd hate to spend $40 or more on a bottle of something that I ultimately find I do not like.

What are your thoughts on scotch or whiskey? Do you like it? If not, what's your favorite drink?