A Matter Of Taste…

Scenes from the Black Cat Bar & Saloon - BobBlahBlah.comI like Single Malt Scotch.

Over the years, I have accumulated Scotches from a few different Distilleries.

It has largely been a hit or miss situation, where someone will recommend a Scotch that they like, and sometimes I do like it, and sometimes not so much.

Because I am a cheap drunk, I find it inherently difficult to taste test different Scotches, side by side.

And, because I am of Scottish descent, I would rather drown, than spit out a single drop of Single Malt.

I had always, as they say, relied on the kindness of Strangers, in terms of selecting my “next” choice.

I was thinking about the approach of Christmas, and the Holiday celebration, and wondered about tying the seasonal drinking binges, and trying to rationalize it in the context of the “12 Scotches of Christmas” but the more I think about this, the more I realize that, while I know when I taste it, what I don’t like… I have no idea WHY I don’t like it.

I have no ability to share with you, how to assess, quantify, or communicate the various aspects of this task… so I shall be doing research on this most serious matter, and shall report back, as soon as I feel appropriately enlightened.

In the past few hours, I have learned that some of the terms are “The Nose”, “The Tongue” and “Flavour”… I’m sure there are more, but I’m just starting to learn.

In the meantime, I will try to keep my “Spirits” up… and suggest you do the same !

Cheers !!!


  1. Tricia on December 16, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Do you like the “peaty” scotches or prefer those less “peaty”?

    • BobSongs on December 16, 2009 at 7:22 am

      That is part of what “brought” me here… I have several bottles (different “finishes”) of Bruichladdich, which is supposed to be very peaty, and I like it. Bowmore is reportedly ALSO very peaty, but it tastes like bathwater to me. So THIS is the question that brought me to write this… what IS it, that I like about some, and how do I relate and quantify it ? Gotta go do research !!! : )

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