Gone live!

Amazon is all about me!  Here is the link to my new book Whisky Tales: Tastings and Temptations

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1507882807/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_ZuUgvb054S6QN

Check it out with a glass of your favorite whisky in hand. I’m having an…Aberlour A’Bunadh, Batch 47 it screeches with a 60.7% alcohol. This is one for those who seek sherry with a kick that will take you from here to the far reaches of the flavor profile. YUM.

Surprises at Sarasota’s Whiskey Obsession Festival

I know,  I had my list to try but once inside Michael’s on East massive room, the choices swirled around and a new hunt began.There was the Kilchoman Single Cask 5 Y.O. in the Red Box – Kilchoman gets better and better with each new expression. I will buy this one. Arran’s Premium Sherry Cask surprised me with its beautiful upfront sherry and mellowed-out finish.  I’m not generally a big Arran fan, but this won me over. Finally, the real surprise of the night was the new kid on the block: Jewish Whisky Company, an independent bottler. What? Yes, the name alone brought me to the table.  Joshua Hatton, president and co-founder, described his Single Cask Nation expressions and private club – innovative to say the least.  I tasted the Westland Heavily Peated Single Malt – a 2 Y.O. that spent time in Oloroso casks, and the Glen Moray 7 Y.O. that spent time in a fino sherry butt. Both were bursting with flavor, robust and finishing sweetness. I’m joining the club!

I raise a glass!

Today we remember the whisky guru, Michael Jackson (not the American singer and star), who left this world for the great whisky bar in the sky in 2007.  Today is his birthday and coincidentally the night three of us whisky lovers are attending the Sarasota, Florida Whiskey Obsession Festival.   About 200 different whiskies – scotch, bourbon, rye, single malts and blends will be offered.  My goal is to taste the following:

Benromach Peat Smoke; Glenmorangie 25 YO and Signet; Highland Park Dark Origins; Mortlach Rare Old; Oban Little Bay, Speyburn 10 YO and Bradan Orach…..just to name a few.  Then on to the American whiskies!

The big news this week is, though, that my book is now published both in print and on Kindle. Whisky Tales: Tastings and Temptations is a fun-filled “how-to” guide for tasting, collecting and pairing whisky.  And as I mention in the book  I had the priviledge to attend the Whisky and Words Festival in Scotland in 2009 where several of the authors of the book Beer Hunter, Whisky Chaser – an ode to Michael – were speaking.  What an honor to be in the audience at that intimate presentation.

For Michael Jackson, I raise a glass.

Hello whisky lovers and curious wannabes!

I enjoy drinking whisky, primarily single malt scotch. How fun is that! I am interested in tasting and exploring its many varieties and profiles.  My new book Whisky Tales: Tasting and Temptations is a fun-filled “how to” guide and romp through my experiences while learning about whisky and developing my whisky tastings and presentations.  Now I have this blog!

Stay tuned for my favorite whiskies to drink, why I like them and what to serve while sipping. Yes, sipping and savoring – no guzzling allowed.

My number one every day scotch is, drum roll please….

Lagavulin 16 Y.O. from Islay; smooth and silky, peat and smoke; a rush like no other. Bring on the big blue cheeses and deep, dark chocolate. Add a robusto cigar and a fire place.  Live life.