As I sit here sipping a dram of Laphroaig 18, I realize just how long it's been since I've made a post! I started a new job in February. My hours have been longer and I've had a lot less free time.
I am planning to attend another tasting in Hoboken on March 22nd. It is once again given by Simon Brooking, but this time he's representing Ardmore. I was fortunate enough to sample one of their offerings at the last tasting, and it was good enough that I brought a bottle home with me.
So what do I talk about? I would love to hear your suggestions on things you'd like to discuss.
I'll answer one question: how do I decide what to buy when I go into a liquor store? I start by looking at whiskies I've never had before. After that, I usually spend an inordinate amount of time trying to decide what I feel like trying. Being familiar with the various regions helps here. I know what to expect from an Islay, or a Speyside.
Price is always a consideration, of course. However, I don't worry about it too much. A bottle of whisky will last me several months, and the difference between a $40 and an $80 bottle isn't really much amortized over a few months.
But even if you don't know a Lowland from a Highland, be adventurous. Try the one with the label you like best. It's always worked for me!