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The Man Cave: Beginner’s Guide to Scotch

Our Stories / March 30, 2013 / 3 Comments.

scotch tasting partySo if we’re going to have a Man-Cave section, it needs to have a Scotch article. You can order vodka/cranberry in college, but eventually, you’ll need to learn to drink like a man. Just sayin’


Scotch is an acquired taste. Which means you’ll most likely hate it the first time you drink it. And the second. But we bet you felt that way about beer back in the day, too. You’ll get over it.


Now, we’re no experts, but we know what we like and what things cost. So let’s make our 3 recommendations from there:


1. Dewar’s White Label: This is a blended whiskey. So like the name implies, there’s a blend of different malts. Some are smoother, some a bit harsh, so the taste is somewhere in the middle. This is the Scotch you buy to drink at home, unless you have a trust fund… in which case, skip this one. For any blend, you can drink it on the rocks, with water, or in the summer, with soda. There are a million other mixers, but don’t bring them into our Man Cave.


2. Johnnie Walker Black: Another blend. It costs a bit more than Dewar’s, so we drink this when we’re out. And to be honest, it sounds cooler when you order it. Johnnie Walker Black Rocks is a man’s drink. It just is. From Blade Runner to Mad Men, you’ll find men ordering it. If you order Johnnie Black Rocks, leaving out the “Walker,” then you’re trying too hard. Exemption: any trip to Vegas.


3. Auchentoshan Three Wood: This is a single malt, which as the name implies, is made with only one malt. There are too many single malts to count, so we picked our favorite. Single malts are grouped by the region they come from – Speyside, Highland, Lowland, Islay. As a general rule, if you like a single malt from a certain region, you’ll probably like others. We prefer Lowland malts, like Auchentoshan. The Three Wood is aged in 3 different casks, and we won’t give you tasting notes except to say it’s our favorite. Single malts are expensive and the longer they age, the more they cost, which can get crazy expensive. For an excellent single malt, the Three Wood is reasonably priced. Oh, and don’t let the name intimidate you. Like all things Scottish, it’s pronounced just like it looks. And to partially quote Elf, “Auchentoshan. Ohh, that’s fun to say.” Order it in a bar, if they have it, but keep it low key – nobody needs to think you’re trying to show off your knowledge or your income.



New and Fairly Noteworthy

Our Stories / March 28, 2013 / No Comments.

picstitchNewcomers Zipz have launched their ready to drink, single serve wine glasses that you can bring anywhere you want (remind you of anything? Stacked Wine, perhaps…) The wine comes in a plastic goblet that you just unzip, pop the top off and start drinking. The on the go wine will debut next month in Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. A 4 pack will be $14 or a single for $4. For that price, we’d rather buy a semi-nice bottle of wine and enjoy it in a real glass. But that’s just us.


It’s that time of year again. When the bourbon gods smile on us and bring a new Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon from Evan Williams. This year’s vintage, the 18th in the Evan Williams Single Barrel series, has been aging since 2003. The 86.6 proof whiskey is now available nationwide. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle.


Dewar’s shocked us this week when they announced their Dewar’s Highlander Honey. The scotch is infused with Scottish honey to create a sweeter version of classic Dewar’s. At 40% ABV, Highlander Honey will be on shelves in April. We love scotch but hold the honey, please.


Flavored whiskeys are everywhere recently.. We’re usually opposed, but this one’s intriguing us. Georgetown Trading Co. unveiled their Pow-Wow Botanical Rye Whiskey this week. It’s infused and aged with saffron, orange peel and whole botanicals creating a unique flavor. The 90 proof whiskey is only available in select states but look for it to hit shelves everywhere in the coming months. We might have to try this one.