Now that I’ve broken down some old myths about Scotch whisky and given you some practical recommendations for starting points, let’s take a step back and get down to brass tacks for a minute here. Crowing about what whisky isn’t without telling you more explicitly what it is, and then giving you buying recommendations without any sort of guidepost about what exactly you’re supposed to do with these mysterious bottles once you get your hands on them, seems counterintuitive at best, potentially negligent at worst. Rest assured, as in all cases there is at least some method to my madness. Today I’ll be covering the first question What Is Whisky? In my next post, I’ll dive into the second, How Do You Drink It?
Now that I’ve hopefully erased some of your prejudices about Scotch whisky with my introductory post, it’s time forge ahead and offer you some nuts and bolts practical suggestions about which whiskies you should try in order to kickstart your newfound malty obsession. Below are 5 recommendations that should serve as great starting points for the whisky novice (and damn enjoyable drams for the seasoned whisky pro to boot).
Hello and welcome to The Whisky Mafia. My plan for this blog is to help induct more loyal soldiers into the whisky drinking fold, with a particular emphasis on understanding and appreciating Scotch single malt whiskies. In order to do that, dear reader, you’ll first need to disavow yourself of some preconceived notions about Scotch whisky that are a common barrier for entry into what can at first glance appear to be a bafflingly complicated and closed off world. Let’s get right to it, shall we?