DRINKS I LIKE AND SOME I DON'T

Always on the lookout for something new to taste.
Hey! I think I remember using a pair of those down in Antarctica.
(Picture stolen from the Ardbeg web site.)

I'm not a drunk or anything, but I could probably be talked into becoming one with some of the liquids in this lineup of precious bottley fluids. (Get it? The movie, Dr. Strangelove? Oh, never mind.) I could also be talked out of becoming one with some of the others. These descriptions will change from time to time, because your tastes change from time to time as you experience more and more whiskies. What you liked yesterday may not seem as good today -- even when it is the same whiskey. These aren't really tasting notes or anything. Just some drivel and only my OPINION, unless otherwise noted. Try stuff out for yourself, and don't just follow the herd. You never know what you may find.


I DO NOT HAVE A DRINKING PROBLEM!

There's milk, a steak, a catsup bottle behind the Scapa, and a soy sauce bottle behind the Evan Williams (low sodium even!) in addition to the chocolate covered espresso beans and the pickles. Also, some of the stuff in the door is food. So there. What I do have is a heating and air conditioning problem. It's all manual. Like I have to adjust the thermostat for the heat BY HAND (My God! What century is this??), and turn the swamp cooling on and off MANUALLY! (Oh, the humidity!) The temperature varies quite a bit during the day from season to season, and during the summer the temperature inside will get warm and stay there if I'm out of town. I was afraid that would damage the goods in some way, so I keep everything in the fridge. As far as I know all the scotches just think they are in the basement of a house somewhere in Kirkwall. The rums may be shivering a bit.

Realistically? I bet I average less than 1 drinks/drams/shots per week. The Scottish government recommends no more than 3-4 "units" (i.e. drinks/drams/shots) per DAY. At this rate I'll have no trouble getting into Heaven. Don't overdo it. It's not about quantity. It's about quality. Sit, relax, taste... Besides that some of this crap is expensive. You'd have to be a politician with a taxpayer-funded expense account to be able to afford 3-4 units per day.


THE GOOD STUFF
...OR...
STUFF THAT MAY BE GOOD THAT I HAVEN'T TRIED YET

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THE NOT SO GOOD STUFF
...OR...
STUFF THAT HAS BEEN REPLACED BY A BETTER VERSION
...OR...
STUFF THAT IS OK, BUT THAT I WON'T BUY AGAIN
...OR...
INTERESTING STUFF THAT OTHER FOLKS HAVE LET ME TRY

Of course this is all subjective, but some of these are things I'd never buy, or buy again. And yes, I have tasted them. It's not like they are okra or anything that you know is bad just by looking at it, and without even tasting it.

I'm starting to taste enough things that just as I find one thing that I like someone shows me a better version. The items that have fallen out of flavor are also in here. They aren't bad. I'm just turning into a snob and getting picky.

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THE SPEED OF SCOTCH

I don't drink often, but when I do I enjoy a nice Balvenie DoubleWood and an Arturo Fuente Rosado Gran Reserva by the fire pit.


FOR INFO GALORE

(Picture stolen from ralfy.com.)

For information about the world of fine whisk(e)ys and other good things to drink in an easy to digest form that won't impair your ability to operate heavy machinery go to ralfy.com and check out the videos of the maltytalented Ralfy Mitchell. His videos will even give you handy tips on how to behave in the world of fine drinking so you won't look like a complete noob -- or an American -- and lots of info to make the whole experience more enjoyable. He's from Scotland, and a member of the Glasgow Whisky Club where they know what they are doing when it comes to this stuff. There are over 900 Whisky Reviews (now Ralfy Reviews) on his site and I have seen them all. It took about 9 months to catch up to the beginning of 2015 after starting to watch them in 2014. All of his videos are entertaining, informative, and straight from the heart. Thank you, Sir Ralfy! (The Queen really should get on that Sir-thing.)

2022-05-28