A few months back I wrote a post entitled “How Do You Drink Whisky?” in which I dove in to some of the fundamental nuts and bolts of whisky appreciation. In an effort to put some of that theory into practice, I’ve decided to put together some tasting notes on one of the purchases I’ve made recently here in the Netherlands. Keen eyed observers may well recall this release was one of the sample bottles I picked up at Van der Boog in Rijswijk. Continue reading “Whisky Tasting Notes – Sansibar Islay 8yr”
Rotterdam – Whiskybase
The next leg of our Low Countries journey (catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 in case you missed them) took us to the sprawling, modern metropolis of Rotterdam. Ostensibly a hardscrabble port city dolled up with some futuristic architecture and a healthy dose of modern art installations, the place was admittedly lacking in some of the Old World Dutch charm to which my wife and I have grown so accustomed (blame it on Ze Germans I suppose). The crown jewel in the city for my money however, has got to be Whiskybase, located not far from Rotterdam Centraal station. Continue reading “Dram Good Whisky – Netherlands Pt. 3”
Rijswijk – Van Der Boog
The next stop on our whisky tour of the Netherlands took my wife and I to the town of Rijswijk. Essentially a suburb of our home base of The Hague, we made the journey via foot power in a little under an hour to mark to occasion of World Whisky Day. Much like De Druiventuin in Leiden, Wine and Whisky Specialist van der Boog is tucked away discreetly in a strip mall, far off the beaten path for your average tourist. Continue reading “Dram Good Whisky – Netherlands Pt. 2”
As some of you may be aware, I’ve spent the entirety of my whisky drinking/writing/speaking/loving career (and my entire life for that matter) in the vast wilds of Canada. As of a week ago, I’ve taken a jump across the pond to settle in the Netherlands for a time, with my new Dutch-born bride in tow. I’m admittedly more or less just relaxing and exploring on my honeymoon for the time being, but whisky has never been far from the back of my mind. I thought I’d document my whisky experiences thus far in the Low Countries for your viewing pleasure.
My plan for The Whisky Mafia going forward over the next several weeks is to navigate away (for now) from the Whisky 101 series I’ve been presenting so far, and delve a little more into some personal stories, tasting notes, & in-depth whisky discussions. Before I shift gears however, I wanted to leave you fine readers with a generous handful of some truly useful additional resources to further your whisky education. I’ve by no means come across the information I’ve presented so far via divine intervention, so let’s take a look at some of the resources that I use on a daily basis to keep my brain soaked with whisky knowledge.
Welcome back! Last time we jumped into the question of What Is Scotch Whisky? and this week I’m following it up with some practical tips and suggestions for drinking and enjoying whisky. The question of how one should best enjoy their whisky is far more a matter of personal opinion than of science, but I aim to at least nudge you in the direction of conventional whisky wisdom when it comes to getting the best possible experience out of your dram. Just remember the golden rule while reading through this post: these are merely suggestions. How, when and why you enjoy your whisky is entirely your business, don’t let anyone dictate to you or try to tell you you’re wrong for getting satisfaction out drinking whisky any way you like it.
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?