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The Whiskey Snob

by Terry Martin Back

Do you remember your first whiskey experience? Chances are, it was mixed with something to kill the flavor of the whiskey, or it was in a shot glass, with screaming friends encouraging you to just shoot the shot, then the backward tilting of your head, the burning and foul alcohol flavor made your face grimmest with disgust and in some cases it tried to return to the point of origination.

Chances are, the whiskey you were drinking was intended for exactly what you were doing, shooting shots to prove you could handle whiskey. As I look back through the years, my choice of whiskey tended to be the ones that were well advertised or made me look distinguished when I ordered a drink. The days of slamming shots are long past, and I have been introduced to flavors of good single malt Scotch whisky, blended Scotch and exceptional Bourbons. What I look for now is a smooth and flavorful whisky with a pleasant aroma. For my Scotch appetite, I prefer the Speyside Scotch, with a medium peat smokiness. For my Bourbons, I love the double barrel aging with an Oakey flavor which can also be found in different Scotch whisky’s. I prefer mine served neat, some prefer a splash of pure water and others prefer theirs poured over a pure ice cube.

Did you know- This might seem obvious but Scotch is whisky that is made…yes you guessed it, in Scotland. Scotch is made from malted barley. Bourbon is whiskey (spelled with an e) that is made in America and mostly from Kentucky, and made from corn.

Allow me to introduce you to two of my favorite whisky’s; Woodford Reserve Double Oaked and Glenfiddich 12-year-old.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, is an American whiskey. The distillery describes this as an innovative approach to twice-barreled Bourbon which creates a rich and colorful flavor. It is uniquely matured in separate, charred oak barrels. The second barrel is deeply toasted before a light charring, which extracts additional amounts of soft, sweet oak character. It’s 90.4 proof, has a deep amber color. The aroma offers rich notes of dark fruit, caramel, sharp honey, chocolate, marzipan and toasted oak. The taste is a full body mix of vanilla, dark caramel, hazelnut, apple, fruit and spices. It has a long and creamy finish with lingering hints of honey apple.

Once you taste this, you will fall in love and understand what a quality Bourbon whiskey is supposed to taste like.

Glenfiddich made in Scotland and internationally famous. This 12-year-old Single Malt Scotch is a light gold color, has a fresh aroma with hints of fruit. It has a smooth flavor of pear and subtle oak with a very creamy and mild finish. If you have a desire to break into Scotch whiskies, this is the best Speyside Scotch to start with.

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So raise your glass and lets toast to….the Good Life!