It just seems that whisky and friendship inherently go hand in hand. Sure, we’ve all come home from a long, hard day’s work and poured ourselves a measure of our favorite mood enhancing elixir to help unwind, and while those moments can be a highly satisfying way to relax in solitude, it has been my experience that by adding a few friends to the mix, the joy derived from that same glass of whisky can easily multiply tenfold. Stories are freely exchanged and moods are quickly lifted as smiles and laughter abound.
Speyburn Bradan Orach Whisky ReviewView Post
I have to admit I was a little skeptical about Speyburn due to the price point, but over the years I have learned not to judge a whisky based on price alone. Not having tasted a Speyburn prior to this review, I must say I was pleasantly surprised. It has a crisp, delightful nose and a rather pleasant palate, all while being easy on the wallet.
Maybe it was said and maybe it wasn’t, but either way, the statement remains incredibly righteous. “Only the white man’s leaders,” the old Indian chief observed, “would cut from the top of the blanket and sew it to the bottom and believe he’s made it longer.”
Daylight Savings Time is a pestilence upon this land. It’s a pall of demonic blackness that chafes life’s skin, relentlessly shearing away until the emotional nerves are exposed and the mind is alight with disorienting misfires of confusion, pain, sorrow, and general frustration.
Just in time for the cooler weather, this month’s post features a trio of award winning scotch whiskies from the Ardbeg distillery. Over the years, Ardbeg has put out many special limited release bottlings, but the ones we will be looking at today make up their core range and are considered to be the three most popular in the line-up. While they wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice on a hot summer day, these smoky, peated whiskies lend themselves beautifully to winter imbibing. Upon opening any one of these bottles, my mind inherently drifts outdoors to a cozy campfire scene… I can smell the smoke and hear the wood crackling. I feel the warmth of the flames as golden embers leap from the fire pit, dancing upwards into the night. A few friends huddle around and raise their glasses in a toast while sharing stories and roasting marshmallows under the crisp moonlit sky.
Aside from constantly second guessing myself on the proper spelling, what’s not to love about a whisky crafted in the spirit of friendship? (“Cairdeas” literally means friendship in Gaelic).
Each year, the Distillery Manager at Laphroaig, John Campbell, sets out to create an exclusive, limited edition malt that encompasses this spirit of friendship, and with this newest release, the Madeira, he has created one of the Distillery’s most unique expressions yet. In the words of Mr. Campbell himself, “Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira is what I like to consider friendship, distilled. This year’s bottling is exceptional because it’s so different from our previous releases. The aging of the liquid in Madeira casks makes 2016’s Cairdeas exceptionally flavorful and robust, while still maintaining Laphroaig’s characteristic peat and smoke. The result is a truly unique whisky.”
For those of you active on social media, I’m sure you’ve come to notice that just about every other day is someone’s “Special Day.” Whatever your interest may be, there has likely been a day set aside to not only acknowledge your interest but to celebrate and share your joy with others who have the same passion. I mean, who doesn’t get excited about National Grilled Cheese Day? Or National Doughnut Day?
Ardbeg Dark Cove ReviewView Post
Scanning the shelves of my favorite shop, my eyes beheld only the familiars, those I had seen so many times before. It was late. I was tired. I stopped in on the way home from a hospital visit, taking the chance that the proprietor, my friend Tony, would have a surprise in waiting. Finding nothing, in my downcast exhaustion, I decided on a familiar highland single malt, called for Tony, and then made my way to the register while reaching into my pocket to retrieve the sum total of my “Squirrel Fund” (which is the secret stash I keep hidden year ’round, feeding it every so often with single dollars and loose change).