What do you do if you want to take scotch distilling back to its roots, a true “barley-to-bottle” operation? If you’re Anthony Wills, the founder and manager of Kilchoman Distillery, you buy land on Islay, set up shop…er…farm, and create the first distillery to open on the island in over 120 years. Now let me… Continue reading New dram on the block
Scotch tasting events are more than just trying out a lineup of samples…they’re about learning things about the brand, the production process, and the expression itself. In the relatively short time that I’ve been going to tastings, both formal (like the Laphroaig tasting event at the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival that started me on… Continue reading Sips with friends
If cookie sheets are the stage in the baking world, then sugar cookie dough is a star player (to paraphrase Shakespeare, rather badly). The dough is a shape-shifter, (like Odo from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and if you get that reference, you’re probably as big a nerd as I am. Welcome to the club!)… Continue reading Roll ’em!
A computer glitch. That's the reason...ok, one of the reasons, I started writing whisky reviews on this blog. When I first discovered scotch, I knew I needed to write down what I had tried and what I liked about it, so when I'd go into restaurants I'd know what to order. So I did, using the… Continue reading Cleaning Up
I might have mentioned 1 or 2 times (or a 100…I lose track) that I’m a fan of Outlander, the STARZ TV show and the book series by Diana Gabaldon. And by that, I mean I’m an I’ve-gone-off-the-deep-end-and-am-now-treading-the-water-there sort of fan. I discussed my obsession and how it relates to this blog in Why do… Continue reading Fangirling & scotch
My husband, a friend, and I attended the New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival at the Loon Mountain Ski Resort in mid-September. This visit marked the third time I’ve gone…the first year I convinced my husband to go because I had just discovered the TV series, Outlander, and was now fanatical of all things Scottish.… Continue reading What started it all…redux
There is a romance about faraway places…a setting so different from the one you experience daily. Growing up in Southern California (in the suburbs of Los Angeles, to be exact), I took for granted the mild, relatively unchanging weather; the natural flora of scrub brush and oak trees (and the human-introduced flora of palm trees… Continue reading Go West and Sip!
I don’t mean that title literally…I know that both countries are beautiful and their people are friendly and welcoming. I’d really love to visit there someday (note, if anyone wants to sponsor me to go to, you know, make sure I'm right, I wouldn’t say no…). No, the title refers to a tasting event I… Continue reading Ireland vs. Scotland
I’m a lowly blogger, small in the wide world of food and whisky bloggers. However, I want to be bigger and, well, significant (who doesn’t?). I’ve been writing this blog for 6 months (whoa, it’s my semi-anniversary…yay me!), and I’m having fun doing it. But the question is, how do I grow? I’ve been talking… Continue reading Across the board across the Pond