Mic’d Anger Episode 8: The Scotch Noob

May 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm


“I’ll have a scotch on the rocks, please. Any scotch will do, as long as it’s not a blend, of course. Single malt, Glen Livet, Glen Galley, perhaps, any Glen.”


It’s not like awkward Mikey from “Swingers” made ordering a scotch look easy.

I remember the first time I drank scotch at a bar.  Some of my older friends ordered two fingers of Johnnie Walker Blue, neat.  I stared at the glass not knowing if I should down it like a shot, swirl it around the glass like I would wine, or sip it.  “You sip it,” they said, and I did so.

My mouth erupted and I felt as if I had just swallowed a torch.  After a hearty laugh I basically swore off drinking scotch.

One of those guys ended up buying me a bottle of Macallen 12 later that year.  It sat mostly dormant in my liquor cabinet save for the odd friend who wanted to have some at a get together.  Last winter, I gave it another shot.  Same result.  Fire water burn.

Buying whatever she's selling.

Buying whatever she’s selling.

Then I started watching Mad Men.  I was entertained by how these cats made smoking and drinking look so casual and cool.  I was intrigued by the prospect of trying scotch again.  I’ve really cut back on my beer intake recently and if you know me, you know I like a challenge.

I decided to commit to scotch.  And you know what? I dig.

To get to this place, I did some research.  I talked to friends who drink scotch.  I listened to their opinions on the drink.  I also read a lot of articles on line.  One website I found particularly useful was scotchnoob.com.  Perfect.  I am, after all, a scotch noob.  This site had everything I was looking for: reviews, tips, and resources.  I decided to reach out to the site’s creator Nathan Keeney for today’s episode.  If you have questions about scotch, my hope is you’ll have answers after you listen.