Sunday, February 8, 2009


Stay tuned for my astute, uninformed division of Islay scotches into four mushy categories. My most recent tasting with the scotchytime all-stars got me a-thinkin'. Thanks to one certain scotchytime all-star who shared his bottle of Caol Ila 25 with a thirsty Islay aficionado.

Glen Drummond

Another scotch I sampled from the Pop's collection was one he purchased in Goa, India, which I had never seen or tasted: Glen Drummond.

It is from Scotland, but does not appear to be exported to my local area. It does not even show up on the extensive BevMo site. It cost my father the equivalent of $18 US for this gem. Sweet, like Glen Grant, slightly smoky like a northern Islay, slightly more syrupy and full-bodied than MacAllan 12 and other similarly aged Highlands. The back of the bottle's case talks about the the taste of "green apples." I failed to find any such taste.

Not highly complex, but I highly recommend this if you can get your hands on it. Goa is great this time of year.

Back in the Saddle

No pomp and circumstance, folks. Scotchytime is back, and its time to get back to business. Over the holidays, I was sampling my Pop's scotch collection, which wavers from well diversified to Highland-heavy. This time, it was the latter. I tried one of his favorite inexpensive (about $40) Highland single malts: Deanston.

As an aficionado of peaty, smoky islay scotch, many Highland scotches taste flat. Deanston is one of these. It had caramel notes, some mild spice, mild wood notes, but little more. Perhaps a good scotch to drink with powerfully flavored food? An afternoon scotch?