Single Malt Scotch Whisky
|My first Scotch in Scotland|
As I am a big fan of cognac, Irish Whiskey, and Bourbon, I was looking forward to trying Scotch Whisky in the land where it was invented, distilled, and for which it is famous. The twist is, I don’t enjoy the taste of peat or smoke, and so many Scotch Whiskies are heavily laden with both peat & smoke. I was delighted to find out not all of them are.
Waiting for my colleagues on Thursday after work at the hotel bar, I partook of an Oban, 14 years, “medium bodied with fresh peat and a whiff of the sea”. It was a fine introduction, and I savored each sip.
I then moved on to Bowmore, 12 Years - subtle notes of lemon and honey with distinctive smokiness. Nice, but a little too much smoke for me.
Dalwhinnie, 15 years - creamy vanilla, heather honey & just a hint of highland smoke. It was enjoyable.
At dinner I had a Highland Park - characteristic honey sweetness followed by fruit - and it was a pleasure for my taste buds.
A fine dinner of aged, local, British beef with mushrooms, lively conversations with my 3 colleagues, a glass of Monkey Shoulder - a blended Scotch Whisky the kids are drinking now-a-days - and we were off to the Bon Accord, rated (on Google) as “the 2nd best whisky bar in Glasgow” and walking distance from the Hilton. I think Google was wrong, and it is actually “the best whisky bar” not only in Glasgow, but perhaps all of Scotland. Excellent service, friendly atmosphere, a selection of +300 whiskies as well as a variety of drafts.
Thomas, the owner’s son, recommended a Glen Dronach, 12 year, aged in Sherry Casks. It was amazing, smooth, and remarkable - for 12 pounds, it should be. Knowing I did not like smoke, Thomas recommended an Isle of Jura 10 year and a Glenmorangie Original 10 years. Both were excellent drams. I bid farewell to my colleagues, and walked back to my hotel, digesting the evening.
|Bon Accord has excellent steaks as well|
When I awoke on Friday morning, I had 10 seconds of “ught-oh… is this going to be a bad morning?” Sat up, cleared my head, and found I was fine. In slow motion, but no head ache, no nausea, no loss of balance. En plein forme. Did some email, slowly did yoga, grabbed a good breakfast of haggis, and walked into work.
Friday night, the exploration continued.
Auchentoshan 12 year
Glengoyne 10 years
Balvenie Double Wood 12 years
Old Putney 12 years
A glass of Bon Accord Glen Grant 20 years
and finally, a glass of secret batch, made only for the tasting society of Scotland of which owner Paul McDonagh is a member. No name on the bottle, just a number, ordered by the father and poured by the son to give to their delighted Californian customer. It was an amazing way to end the night.
I am a Huge Fan of single malt Scotch. Tasty, delicious, high quality, no hang-over, magical. If you’ve never tried it… you’ve been missing out.