The whisky industry has a long history of famous endorsements. After all, if The Duke likes Bourbon, then it must be good stuff, right? So, let's catch a glimpse of the who's who of the celebrity whisky world. Looking back on my early childhood, the Ed Sullivan Show was, perhaps, the highlight of the week. … Continue reading With Friends Like These…..
Packaging. The ultimate marketing tool. Seasoned whisky shoppers usually have a pretty good idea what they are looking for. Usually. Casual whisky drinkers, on the other hand, can be swept up by great marketing. Shelves filled with cool boxes and bottles. So how do we get past the lure of the packaging? In my case, … Continue reading You Can’t Judge a Book…..
You attend your first spirits festival or whisky tasting event. It's exciting. As you take your first sip, you are hit with a barrage of information. Interesting. More so if you understood it. It sort of makes your head spin. You want to enjoy a nice whisky, not learn a new language. The solution?Here are … Continue reading Talking the Talk – Surviving a Whisky Conversation
Have you ever tasted something and thought "What is that flavor?" Well, fear not, because the whisky experts of the world have come up with a thousand ways to describe the whisky you're drinking. Here is an excerpt from a description, by a well respected source, of a newly released single malt:"Faint ripples of sweet … Continue reading A Thousand Words – Describing Whisky Taste
When I was in university, I bought a 1967 Fargo truck. Previously, it had been a meat shop delivery vehicle. The owner smoked a pipe, so the inside of the truck cab was well seasoned, all of the metal surfaces (there were no padded interiors in those days) coated with the blackish resin deposited years … Continue reading A Comparison of Classics: Whisky vs Wheels.
Last weekend, my wife and I celebrated our anniversary. First, we went with our friends to see a great live blues show. Morgan Davis is one of those classic bluesmen - a solo artist who entertains viewers with his skills on the guitar and with his stories about the blues and those who dedicated their … Continue reading Fall Flavors of Whisky
I'll admit, whisky isn't the first drink that comes to mind when it's hot and sunny. Ice cold beer or a chilled Chardonnay, maybe. After all, it's not the time to be sitting by a warm fire in your smoking jacket, sipping a Lagavulin. But, aside from that, I think that there's a whisky for … Continue reading Summer. The Dog Days of Whisky
The power of advertising can be, well, powerful. Whisky advertisers like to get you under their influence so that you get under the influence of their product. And there have been some truly great whisky advertising campaigns. Print ads, for example, have been around for decades. Great tag lines such as Black Velvet's "Feel the … Continue reading Under the Influence. Or Not.
I have been enjoying whisky for a few years, now. When I go to the local liquor store, it's the same routine - stand in front of the whisky section for ten minutes, analyzing every bottle. Hoping the something new or different will magically appear. It never does. So where do I go to find … Continue reading The Thrill of the Hunt
Today is Saturday, May 16 - World Whisky Day. Started in 2012 by Blair Bowman, a University of Aberdeen student, it has been endorsed by the Scottish Parliament as a day of world wide celebration. In honour of this illustrious occasion, here are a few (non-illustrious) whisky facts;- there are currently 20 million casks of … Continue reading Happy World Whisky Day!