At age 40, I went to Edinburgh for vacation and thought "when in Scotland, do as the Scots", and did quite a bit of imbibing - lots of miniatures - while there. It still didn't really click with me.
When I got home, I bought a bottle of Balvenie Double Wood (the one I liked most while there), thinking that I was going to give it anoter try. Within a week or so, I was hooked. I think what the problem had been in Edinburgh was that I was just trying too many different ones. When I finally settled on one and took the time to understand it, it made all the difference.
It was 8 months ago that I had the pleasure of finding an Irish Pub in Tilburg The Netherlands that had tasings every Wed. The first tasting was the full range of connemaras and I was hooked. The next week the owner made a tasting of alternatives to the classic malts and when I tried Caol Ila I knew Islay Malts were for me. Since that time I have attended 26 of his tasings and 4 festivals. I'm a research nut so I have also spend more hours that I can count reading books and surfing the net.
I have met alot of very fine people including the members of this forum.
I look forward to meeting alot of you in person over the years.
lbacha wrote:That sounds like a good plan I will let you know.Len
I've heard that Frodo (aka Chris) is a terrific fellow to sample whisky with and I can guarantee that if Wendy can make it, you'll be delighted with her. She's very knowedgeable, down to earth and easy to chat with. I'd hazard that she and Chris will show you a bang up time in T.O. and provide some some great and spirited whisky chat. (...wish I could make it down from the frozen wastelands of the North, but it's 2000 klicks.)
Muskrat Portage wrote: (...wish I could make it down from the frozen wastelands of the North, but it's 2000 klicks.)
I hope you have plenty stock of your own to keep yourself going.....
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