I recently polished off a couple of small bottles that I picked up on my travels in Scotland, and unsurprisingly some tasting notes appeared!
Happy New Year to all of my readers! For the fourth successive year, I have received more views than in the previous year, and so I will continue to give this blog an honest go in 2019. I couldn’t do it without you!
Read on if you would like to hear about which posts were the most popular, and what drinks were the most highly reviewed, in 2018!
Date a boy who drinks. Date a boy who spends his money on fine alcohol instead of cars, who decorates his house with empty bottles instead of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit posters. Date a boy who has a list of beers he has tried, and a list of beers he aspires to try.
Find a boy who drinks. Not one who drinks ten Budweiser every Friday night, but one who tries a new beer every time he visits the craft beer section of the specialty liquor store. He’s the one who spends half an hour browsing in the liquor store, only to buy one beer. You see that weird guy asking for his whisky neat, and then having to explain to the sports bar waitress what that means? He’s the one you want. He can’t resist analysing the nose of the cheap whisky he just ordered.
After 15 beer reviews, I realize that I am overdue for my first proper Scotch review. Before I get to the review though, I should mention a couple of things. When reviewing Scotch, and whisk(e)y in general, I find it is often more difficult to remove price from the equation than when reviewing beer. For example, the “world’s best beer,” Westvleteren 12, though admittedly hard to find, and pricey for a beer, will still only cost you about $20 for a bottle; perhaps ridiculous to some, but not out of anyone’s reach. By comparison, the world’s best Scotch is likely to be something that only a handful of people have ever tried, and that no one would ever be able to put a sane price on. There’s just too much diversity and complexity within Scotch to reach a consensus on the best, and too many great Scotches are exceedingly rare and pricey. Thus to anyone who drinks Scotch, the price generally influences opinion far more than it does to a beer drinker. Two comparable and tasty beers that cost $5 and $8 respectively are far more likely to be enjoyed by the same person multiple times, than two comparable Scotches that cost $50 and $80 respectively. If money was no object, then this wouldn’t matter, but sadly it does. Therefore, the average Scotch drinker is constantly seeking out the tasty Scotch that tastes like it should cost more, rather than the tasty Scotch that tastes like it should cost less. Objectively they may be equally good, but it is often hard to keep the price from swaying opinion at least slightly. With that out of the way, I can begin my first review; from Sir Iain Noble’s Gaelic Whiskies range, Té Bheag, a blended Scotch.