First off, let me assert that I am not a whisky expert by any stretch of the imagination. I am an enthusiast who has tasted more than 300 whiskies, and still counting. Along the way I began hosting single malt tastings for family, friends, and eventually as fund raisers for specific charities, and then on occasion as a fee for service event for a small group of clients. All of these experiences have led to a number of stories, adventures and misadventures, which added to the depth of knowledge that I am still acquiring. Writing a book seemed like a logical way to document all the fun I am having, the skills I have learned, and the pure pleasure of enjoying whisky and pairing it with food as well as with expressions from different distilleries.
My book, Whisky Tales: Tastings and Temptations is self-published in print and Kindle and is as accurate I as I could make it. I am sure that there are a few oops! that might pop up here and there, but overall I am quite pleased with the result. As I say on the back cover of the print version of the book: Take the journey as I offer recommendations and tips from ore than a decade of leading whisky tastings that include:
- Tasting to discover the nuances of each bottle
- How to select the right whisky for your palate
- Pairings with cheese, chocolate and dinner
- Crafting tastings for friends and clients
- Starting your own collection
Here is a partial listing of the recommendations offered at the end of Chapter 3 – Recommendations for collecting:
- Think about your end goal for collecting:
- Is it purely ego – to have the most, the best, the most expensive, the unusual?
- Is it to enjoy and share?
- Is it to host tastings for charity, friends, etc.?
- Is it simply for the fun of having a liquor cabinet with depth and variety?
- Whatever reason pleases you, go for it.