2016 Whisky Wind-down, 25: Faraway Friends



Today’s dram: Jameson Irish Signature Reserve

Today’s tasting notes: Jameson is smooth, rich easy-drinking Irish whisky. This stuff? Head of the class. It has almost no rough edge to it. Gently sweet. The body is light if you’re used to single malt Scotch whisky, but it’s in the medium range for Irish whisky.

Today’s thoughts: This bottle was a wedding gift from one of my wife’s friends who lives in Ireland. I’m told you can’t buy this in the States. She gave us this bottle and a pair of lovely Irish crystal tumblers. Once or twice a year we have a measure and I talked her into doing so tonight. (It was not a difficult conversation. My wife is fond of whisky, too, with the notable exceptions of smoky or peaty Scotch whisky.)

Why this dram tonight? Faraway friends are on my mind. I’ll leave it at that.

Today’s maudlin notation: Hug the ones you love, and don’t put off taking that trip to see them (or saying yes when they ask to visit you).

Today’s toast: To all I hold dear, but especially those not near: Be well. I love you.

2 thoughts on “2016 Whisky Wind-down, 25: Faraway Friends”

  1. Iv’e been following your Whiskey Advent calendar blogs and suddenly had a great idea.

    Ann and I are travelling to Scotland next August and will be in country for three weeks. It’s not a hurried “get on / get off the bus…aaaaaaaannnnnnd we’re walking, we’re walking” kinda trip…We will have three weeks to savor the sights, smells, tastes and slowly meander throughout the Highlands and Lowlands. Our only mandatory side-trip is to see the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo where Ann and I will be walking into the Tattoo with the Clan Graham Chieftain. The Grahams are the honored Clan one evening and Ann and I are honored to be selected to participate by walking into the Tattoo behind the Chieftain with 48 other Grahams.

    Wearing of the kilt is mandatory. I just hope it isn’t too windy that evening, because, well, wool does chafe a bit.

    Given my general inexperienced palate with sipping whiskey, I was wondering if you could come up with bucket list of whiskeys not generally found in the US. I can hunt them down (it shouldn’t be too hard to find!) and send you a blog with results similar to what you have previously blogged.

    Side-bar conversation: When I was in Edinburgh a few years ago, I had a face-palm moment. One afternoon we walked into fairly large pub. The noise was deafening with people talking (very loudly) over a football match blaring from TVs positioned along the ceiling. The patrons were in various stages of inebriation and the odors of ale and whiskey tickled my olfactory senses like a long, lost cologne I gave up wearing years ago.

    I walked up to the bar and asked the bartender for his recommendation on the best local whiskey.

    The entire regiment of elbow-benders at the bar quit talking. They slowly turned their heads towards me and scowled, as if saying in a collective unheard voice “WTF is this wanker talking about?” The bartender started to snicker but he collected his thoughts and said “Mate, look at the board behind me. I only pour local whiskeys.”

    I looked up to see about 60 different types of whiskey written on a board. He said “Pick one.”

    The entire crowd began laughing at my embarrassing moment. Shit. Another blown diplomatic encounter in foreign relations went down the tube. After the laughter died down, along with requisite back-slapping and informal exchange of names, I became the instant celebrity du jour.

    I didn’t pay for a single drink.


    1. That sounds like a fantastic trip. My whisky palate is envious and drooling!

      I like the idea of a rare whisky bucket list. I’ll put some thought into and get back to you.


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