I know we have done Scotch Whisky threads before, but frankly they were usually directly at someone who was buying a bottle as a gift, and I am buying for me.
I have never really liked Scotch. I am not sure why now, maybe I had some bad experiances when I was first experimenting with alcohol, but I have never been able to get behind that petty flavor. I like whisk(e)y’s of other varieties. I enjoy Irish Whiskey, I am a bit of a Bourbon snob but never scotch.
Well in the interest of re-trying “things I think I don’t like for reasons I don’t remember” I went out an bought a bottle of Glenfiddich 12 year old single malt tonight. Why Glenfiddich? Because an old Welshman who was a mentor to me once upon a time drank Glenfiddich, and he was the only real scotch drinker I knew. Well, to my great surprise, I really like it. It’s much sweeter than I remember scotch being, and fruitier too. It isn’t overpowering with smoke, but the smokiness is there in a nice way. It has a fuller, almost rounder flavor profile than the Black Bush that I have, but is more similar to an Irish Whiskey than it is to Bourbon. And that’s nice for a change of pace.
So where do I go from here? There seem to be 1001 different single malts, and then there are blends (some of which I am sure are very good also). Frankly after doing a little internet searching, I am intimidated by the choices available. How do I go about figuring it out?