Hello from St. Louis
I'm 32 and just tried my first whiskey. It was such a positive experience that I feel like I should start an open journal to record my journey into this (undoubtedly soon to be) obsession. Is this a good place to post it? Regardless, this would be my first entry:
In retrospect, this year has been incredible! We bought our first house, had our third child (and first boy!), and to top it off, I just got an amazing job. I feel it has been a year of finding myself, both in light of and in spite of my upbringing (a little late at 32, but better late than never). I have been the type that would enjoy a good craft beer once every couple months, but the taste of alcohol disgusted me. I blame an incident when I was younger where I mistook a cup of Isopropyl Alcohol my sister used to clean her earrings as a cup I left in the same spot (she had dumped my water out to use the cup, then left it in the same spot forr some reason). When I was finally old enough to drink, I bought some cheap rum, it for some reason tasted exactly the same. I was so turned off by it I only drank the occassional beer till last week. Brandy and Scotch have always been the epitome of class in my mind. So, out of curiosity, I searched the web to see if I was doing something wrong. I found tutorials on how to drink Whiskey (some really informative stuff out there today) and researched good starters. I settled on a Basil Hayden 8. The price was lower than scotch, was highly recommended online, and figured if I didn't like it, I could just use it in some spiced tea every now and then. I got a wide bottomed wine glass (will be getting a proper snifter ASAP!) and some nursery water (it was $1... but I know now ) and gave it a shot. My mind was blown! I got a nose of vanilla, apple peels, and at the top of the glass wood with a hint of leather. On the tongue there was the rye, but smooth rye. The finish lasted almost 15 minutes, but was full of all the flavors hinted at in the nose. I was hooked. Over 4 or 5 glasses I have dialed in how much water to use and find I am using less (the first few were very dilluted, almost 2 parts water 1 part Bourbon). Though as I read about where to explore next (most likely Auchentoshan) I find that if I try to impose what I want (i.e. I'm thinking about certain flavors I would like in a drink) on the Whiskey (the butterscotch of the Auchentoshan for instance) it is less enjoyable. I am also interested in what to pair with the dram. I am an ex-smoker, but was gifted an electronic pipe. I may delve into some NETs to pair. I also for some reason feel the need to eat something light when drinking it, so any advice there would be appriciated. Thank you for reading! Here's to an adventerous new year for us all!