Sunday, April 05, 2009

Scotch: A Beginner’s Guide to Whisky as Art, Part 1

(thanks to Dave, friend and fellow single malt aficionado for the heads up...)

In an age where most liquor is industrialized, marketed with electronic music and mixed with Red Bull, there remains an art form that most men may be missing. To many, the word “scotch” only recalls images of Grandpa, Hemingway, and perhaps Ron Burgundy. There are others, however, that have developed quite the love affair with these aged malts and blends. Read along, fellow GearCravers, and learn how to properly savor one of life’s greater pleasures; a good single-malt scotch.

You’ll learn that “whisky” refers to scotch made in Scotland, while “whiskey” refers to stuff like Kentucky bourbon. You’ll also learn how each of the brands we mention mellows as it ages. For example, a 12 year Glenlivet won’t taste as smooth as an 18-year old, but some older scotches are actually less enjoyable than their younger counterparts. Without further adieu, let’s begin!

The full article can be consumed neat Here.

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