09 March 2020

One Bourbon. One Scotch. One Beer.

I am a late-comer to whisk(e)y appreciation. I have never been a big drinker, even in my youth. I have had times where vodka was my thing (lemon drops, cosmos...), then red wine (gimme that Boneshaker Zinfandel). I've enjoyed rum and gin, on occasion. I am known for my knock-you-naked margaritas and am not opposed to a shot of Patron now and then. But as I'm aging, I am finding that bourbon is very much my jam.

I am still a novice. Whiskey is a bigger, broader world than just American style bourbon. Whether you prefer Scotch, Canadian Rye, Irish Whiskey, or something from Japan...there is a lot to learn and understand. I am most appreciative of places like Stack 571 that have nearly 100 types of whiskey to choose from. Last year, I got an opportunity to stretch my palate a bit further:


One of the local restaurants had an amazing dinner of several courses, each paired with a different whiskey. If you're reading this and wondering who can drink that much and still stand up afterward, I need to tell you that each one was a quarter shot. So, even with an extra pour at the end, we're looking at two shots over the course of a couple of hours. I am sure that there were others who chose to sample more heavily at the bar afterwards, but I was quite happy to imbibe responsibly.

The whole thing was really fun. The dinner was limited to 20 people and the food was amazing. The whiskeys were organized from light and grassy to dark and peaty. I definitely have middle-of-the-road type of preferences.

I turned 50 two months ago. I thought for a long time about how I wanted to mark the date. I didn't want a trip. I thought about renting the local theatre space and having movies and food and friends. But in the end, I decided I wanted cake and bourbon. I had three different cakes from various bakeries, and seven different bourbons. One of my friends hosted and we set up three different areas (one pictured below). Just add flowers and friends and a good time was had by all.

There is another Whiskey of the World Dinner later this month. And yes, I bought another ticket, even though it will be a Thursday night...which will make Friday a very long day. But nearly all of the samples will be brand new to me and I am looking forward to learning a bit more about this world I am late to. But better late than never, right?

This year, I am selecting a tweet from a list provided each day by On This Day as a prompt to get back into blogging.  You can see my full list of tweets posted on this day, or start seeing your own by following that account.

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