What's a Hot Scotchy, you ask? It's a drink made from Scotch and hot wort from the brewing process. It's a lovely way to pass the time while waiting for the wort to boil. Our first try was with some Glenfiddich. Pictured here with a glass of our Ginger Ale.
That was nice, but I thought a Scotch with a little more oompf would do well. So we moved on to the very exciting Laphroaig Quarter Cask. I think the Laphroaig was a bit overpowering for the drink, especially since that brew had roasted malt in it, adding to the bitterness and roasty character.
Finally, we come to today's brew day. I wanted another Islay malt, but something a little milder than the Laprhoaig. I had Bruichladdich in mind, but I recently ran out. Then I saw it, hiding behind the Yamazaki: Ardmore!
A lovely Islay malt with a nice balance of sweet and peat, the Ardmore made a Hot Scotchy that I couldn't put down, and kept tasting long after it was gone.