Whiskey it is taking the world by storm. From a resurgence in classic cocktails and variations inspired by them to the hipster whiskey trend, whiskey is everywhere. The problem with something become trendy is that you tend to get so-called experts. 9 times out of 10 those experts don’t know shit.
I am not a certified expert by any means. That said, I have been drink whiskey in various forms for 15+ years. Since the first few of those years I was underage, I drank some pretty cheap and shitty whiskey. I’m pretty sure some of it was just white lightning with food coloring added. So I am going to tell you, this is purely preference and your preference may be different.
When I was in graduate school my whiskey understanding was broadened to include Scotch Whisky. The main reasons Scotch had not been in my is 1) I had the common misconception that Scotch was a harsher burning whiskey than the Bourbon I was used to and 2) I did not have much disposable income until that point and Bourbon was more affordable. The first bottle of Scotch I bought myself was a $20 bottle of McClelland’s Speyside (which is my favorite region). I really enjoyed the flavor as it had mellow flavor with vanilla and caramel notes. After that I began to amass my whiskey collection via gifts and purchases.
One gift was a bottle of McClelland’s Highland Sherry Finished Single Malt Scotch Whisky. I did not really care for it at the time it was given to me but I have found that my whiskey preference changes throughout the year. Recently my liquor cabinet began to overflow* so I began to consume the bottles that were half consumed. One night I grabbed the bottle of McClelland’s and poured myself a couple of fingers and sat down.
On the nose is a little smokey peat but not too much followed by the smell of sherry (go figure). On the front end is just a hint of caramel followed by sherry and then some spice hits you at the back-end. This is a great Scotch for drinking neat. Aged 12 years it is right in the wheel house of what a Scotch should be. The color is a caramel amber color. If you are new to Scotch this is a great intro to try and it is affordable at around $20-25 per bottle.
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*side note, if there is ever a doubt about an engagement gift, but booze. Our friends are awesome and we were given plenty of good whisky/whiskey and rum (our go-to beverages).