“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.
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.