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Thirsty Thursday (A Day Early) – Happy National Scotch Day!

Scotch Sours, just the way I used to make 'em for my mom and dad.

Scotch Sours, just the way I used to make ’em for my mom and dad. (Photo Credit: foodnetwork.com.)

Hi, my friends – Welcome back to Drink Wine With Dinner®!

I realize we’re a day early for Thirsty Thursday, but National Scotch Day – which is today – can’t wait. (Yes, on Thirsty Thursday, we often talk about “adult beverages” other than wine!)

My first adult experience with Scotch, unadulterated, was not a pleasant one. I was a young bride, and my new husband and I had been invited to dinner at his father’s friends’ house.

 

Sheep Dip (love the name!) is a blend of 16 different single malts.

Sheep Dip (love the name!) blends 16 single malts.

The four of us happily sipped Scotch on the rocks and nibbled on a few apps, including caviar.

I only remember that because it made everyone thirsty, so the Scotch glasses kept getting refilled.

Before I knew it, the hostess had excused herself. Hmmmm…

 

Johnnie Walker, a highly popular brand with several "colorful" variations (also including Blue

Johnnie Walker, a highly popular brand with color-themed labels, also including Blue, Green and Gold.

(We later found out she was too hammered to cook. And that it hadn’t been the first time…) 😉

Next, we were being ushered to the door. No dinner. And after that, it was a very long time before I touched Scotch again. (Or caviar – but that’s another story.)

 

Glenmorangie, one of my favorite single malts, is available in Original, Sherry Cask, Port Cask and "Nectar D'or." You can also buy them in a sample set of 100-ml. mini-bottles.

Glenmorangie, from the Northern Highlands – one of my favorite single malts – is available in Original, Sherry Cask, Port Cask and “Nectar D’or.” You can also buy them in a sample set of 100-ml. mini-bottles.

Let’s backtrack before we fast-forward, okay? Because it hadn’t always been that way…

I grew up in a Scotch-loving Italian family. (Go figure!)

Dewar’s was our house brand (Chivas Regal for special occasions), and the Scotch Sour was my parents’ go-to cocktail.

 

As you can see, the longer a whisky has been aged, the pricier it gets. (The 25-year-old Laphroaig rings up at $499.99.)

As you can see, the longer a whisky ages, the pricier it gets. (The 25-year-old Laphroaig goes for $499.99.)

Mom and Dad liked ’em on plenty of rocks, in tall glasses, old-school maraschino cherry on top.

Tangy, strong and pure. No bitters or egg white.

As I became an older teen, I got to play mixologist, often enjoying (a short) one myself.

 

Thanks to Tom at my local Beverages & More for pointing out this uber-premium Macallan 30 Year-Old. His term "sticker shock" sums up the $3,000+ price tag...

Thanks to Tom at my local Beverages & More for pointing out this uber-premium Macallan 30 Year-Old. His term “sticker shock” sums up the $3,000+ price tag…

These days, I mostly lean more toward wine than whisky. Even so, I get a yearning – every now and then – for a “wee dram” from bonny Scotland.

As the clans of the tartans, kilts and bagpipes would say, Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd duibh.

I wish you the very same – Great health and every good blessing to you – today for National Scotch Day, and for every day to come!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this wee detour from the world of vino. Tomorrow, I’ll bring you a new eZine issue, welcoming all of our new Drink Wine With Dinner® Club members!
 
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Until next time, my friends –
Cheers and happy tastings,
Rosina

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Cheers once again,
Rosina

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