Thanks to our friends over at Angel’s Envy (click here to go to their facebook and like them), I read that today, March 27th, 2012, is the first ever World Whiskey Day. Since it bears a resemblance to this very blog title, and since it IS whiskey oriented, I thought I should write up a little piece about our favorite caramel colored liquid and its day in the sun (or in the dark cabinet since the sun will prematurely age the fine liquid).
When I started poking around the net to get some info about the genesis of a day dedicated to our favorite libation, I came across a story on http://www.scotsman.com , that lay the story pretty bare. A college student by the name of Blair Bowman went looking for World Whiskey Day after learning of World Gin Day which was a huge hit in Spain. Upon finding out that there wasn’t one, he quickly bought up the virtual real estate associated with the day, and set about starting a whiskey empire with his own personal holiday as his flagship. Click here to read the article from Scotsman.com (which is a fine piece of writing if I do say so myself). I will do my very best to post a review or two this evening. St. Patrick’s Day saw me sick and unable to imbibe, so I have a few bottles left without review.
Overall, I found myself as surprised as Mr. Bowman when learning that there wasn’t a whiskey holiday, even if St. Patrick’s day (rather insensitively some would say – I not being among them) is an unofficial one, but if this does even half as well as Bowman hopes it to do, then we should have a really exciting addition to our drinking schedules. Either way, I look forward to seeing how this whole thing pans out.
But until then… Happy World Whiskey Day from Whiskey World Tour!
p.s. Special thanks to our friends over at http://boozedancing.wordpress.com for the repost and the kind words. Great members of the community and knowledgeable folks all around. I learn something every time I read an article. (check em out)
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Price – 750 ml – 47.99 (on-sale local)
Method – Two Ice Cubes*
Rating – 60-100
This was my first trip into the so-called “Classic Malts”, and I must say that given my limited scotch experience (and lack of enthusiasm for that branch of whisky-dom) I will say that I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
Now when I say I was pleasantly surprised, don’t mistake my sentiment for excitement. I was just glad that GK wasn’t a BAD experience. It wasn’t stellar, or something worth writing home about (though apparently its worth blogging about…), it just wasn’t a bad experience. My past experiences with scotch have been less than satisfactory, which makes me lean away from the scotch portion of the whiskey aisle whenever I go spirit shopping. GK, however, was my first positive experience. It didn’t bowl me over, but it didn’t lead me to put down the glass either.
This is another whiskey that really needs to open in order for me to enjoy it. After the two ice cubes got to about half way the flavor really expanded. At first it is very dry tasting, and has a very earthy flavor, wood and a little bit of smoke dancing around behind the wall of earth. However, once the water got into the mix, the flavor really expanded, giving it a really round mouth-feel and bringing the oaky flavor (which I love) further forward, and the smoky flavor (which tends to disagree with me) further back.
Over all, I had a good time with GK, but wouldn’t push for a second date. (Though I’ll still finish my bottle 😉 )
*note. All methods reflect two fingers of alcohol in a standard 8 oz. rocks glass
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