Don't say, "Scotch" in Scotland, just "Whiskey" ....
.....or was it the other way around ?
"Don't ask for Scotch at a pub in Scotland, just ask for Whiskey; unless you want to be laughed at."
My tour guide said something of a kind. We were at a distillery, one of many scattered amongst the castles on our itinerary, and I had an extra glass the other tourist didn't want. So the Scotch, I mean Whiskey, I mean ....it may have, duh, started to get to my head.
Or he, Robert, got it confused. He was known for that. His cologne couldn't keep up with his whiskey fumes. He, the guide, did give the driver of our tour bus the wrong directions. We had to turn around twice, and it was only the second day into our tour of Scotland. I remember that much. I've often wondered if he, Robert the tour guide, had anything to do with the amount of distileries we had on our 'to see' list. In retrospect I should have given him a noogie "there's more to scotland than the distilleries, laddie."
However, having said that, Scotland is the mother, the King and Queen, if you will, of all Whiskey. And it is said that the acquisition of information on any topic increases your appreciation for it. This can easily be said of my introduction to this booze called Whiskey and the fine art of making it. And it has led me to other brands and their unique, artful distillery process; which I will share in future Hubs.
Spending time with true, serious connoisseurs of fine scotch and single malts, wish I could have spent more time with them; gave me the much valued insight as to what to seek in a full bodied scotch. They have made it a life ambition, their reason to live, to test what the worlds finest has to offer. Many of these gems are not easily obtainable and run steep in price. Some are on the wish list of the greatest testers everywhere.
Certainly too are the batches that are still maturing that so many professionals are waiting for, with absolute excitement. Given the time it takes for some of those blends to achieve an appropriate maturity to be appreciated causes many to keep close tabs and an eye on the process. Like covert spies trying to find hints of up and coming blends that can be scrutinized.
As many professional testers will tell you, and I'm far from being one of them, the better of the best still and almost certainly will always come from Scotland. Period. They have mastered this art to the extent that they are the art of it. They have the precision and dedication that are second to none.
- Malt Whisky Trail | Scotland\'s Malt Whisky Trail in Speyside, Scotland
Follow the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside to seven working distilleries, including a fascinating cooperage and a historic distillery. From Benromach to Dallas Dhu, a perfect time capsule of whisky-making; from Glen Moray to Strathisl