Cocktails

Whisky for the Ladies

June 17, 2011

Winter is the perfect season for enjoying a delicious single malt whisky.  I wasn’t always a whisky admirer though.  In fact, it took me a few years to learn to appreciate the taste of a good single malt whisky.  I remember the moment when all of this changed.  My husband and I were sitting in a lonely bar in a beautiful old pub in Loch Lomond, Scotland.  At the other end of the bar was the only other occupant, an older gentleman who was partaking in his evening dram.  He overheard that I was Australian and we started talking.  We got onto the subject of whisky and the fact that I wasn’t enamoured with the drink.  He immediately asked if I would try a whisky that might be to my taste – it was a glass of Dalwhinnie.   He said I would enjoy it’s lightly smoked, honey flavour.   It was served straight-up with a splash of spring water.  I was instructed to enjoy it slowly, I did, and I’ve acquired the taste.

My husband loves a good single malt whisky.  So it only seemed fitting to give him a bottle for his birthday recently.  I found a a bottle of Jura Single Malt whisky.   He loves the smoky peat flavours of  whisky from the Scottish Isles.   The Isla of Jura is 7 miles wide and 30 miles long, there is but one road, one hotel and one distillery.  It’s a small and close-knit community of less than 200, united by the island they love and the warmth of its people.  Good enough reason for me to buy it.  I also bought two beautiful Glencairn crystal whisky glasses.   He usually drinks  whisky from an old-fashioned so this was something new for him to try.

Glencairn whisky glass has a unique and stylish shape which has been crafted with care, to enhance the enjoyment of whisky.  The tapering mouth allows an ease of drinking not associated with traditional nosing glasses whilst capturing the aromas on the nose.  The wide bowl allows for the fullest appreciation of the whisky’s colour and the solid base is designed to be easy on the hand.

If you’re a newcomer to the flavours of a good Scotch whisky, then you might find this quick guide on how to appreciate Scotch whisky interesting.

Note: The lovely old pub that my husband and I visited also has a B&B with spectacular views of the loch.  If you’re interested, you can view their website HERE.  It’s renowned in the area as the old pub by the 500 year old oak tree.  I often wonder if that lovely gentleman is still sitting at that very same bar in Loch Lomond.  Slainte mo charaid!

Slainte Mhath!


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