This realization has made me curious about how others got into whisky. So, how did you get started with this particular hobby?
One of the first whiskies that Banks talks about in the book is Laphroaig. He makes it sound intriguing, but not exactly appertising. A friend also suggested Laphroaig when I mentioned I was going to try some scotch (That doesn't sound Scottish, I said; more like French, I thought)
So, Laphroaig 10 was the next whisky I bought, and I fell in love with it immediately. I've fallen in love with a few other whiskies since then (and I'm still new at this).
It's a shame that most people's experiences with whisky are of cheap blends. I guess it's analogous to comparing cheap cask wine with Penfolds Grange (not that I've ever tasted the latter). I've seen talk of whisky companies trying to target the youth market, but that's absurd until they realise that they have to reduce the the price (but then I guess it's a Catch 22 situation).
Bought a bottle of Springbank 15...........QUESTION ANSWERED!!!!!
And here's what I said in the latter thread (brought to you by the Department of Reflexive Repetitious Redundancy Department):
MrTattieHeid wrote:Yeah, it's been covered before, and I've told my story more than once...but you're right, it's always worth a revisit.
I was a beer guy. Actually, I guess I still am. I read several beer magazines--All About Beer, American Brewer. Then there was Malt Advocate. As many of you will know, MA started as a tasting sheet among a group of beer enthusiasts who were confounded by Pennsylvania's peculiar liquor laws. At the time I started reading it, I'd say it was still about 50/50 beer and whisky. It was reading about whisky that got me intrigued, enough to endure about two years of "What the hell is this about....." It was not love at first sip. But it clicked eventually, and it would be gross understatement to say that I'm glad I stuck with it! Thank you, John Hansell.
I wish I could hide behind a rock right now.
Found Powers and the 12yr and now I clutch on to a bottle of Red Breast. Bit ashamed of them early years knocking back Jamesons or drinking while making a funny face or watering down with some fizzy liquid. I love the Crested Ten and 12yr though. I'm not quite sure how or why I actually progressed on from the Jammy....
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As yet I'm unable to convince my girlfriend of its wonders... just means more for me!
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