There’s little in life better than pouring a double whisky and sitting down to relax after a long day.
Whether you drink Scotch, rye, or bourbon, you are in the company of some of the world’s finest minds and characters. Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, and Humphrey Bogart all enjoyed a dram. When I was asked to join a Highland Park Scotch Whisky event here in Portland, I knew I was in for an enjoyable evening.
Similar to above, I was surrounded by some of Portland’s finest D (my forever plus one) of course, Meredith from Martha Chartreuse, Rebekah from PDXFoodLove, Mary from The Kitchen Paper, and Bee from The Spicy Bee were some to note.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not one for sipping straight scotch/whisky, but after this event, my mindset has shifted. The Highland Park staff talked us through the proper methods of sniffing the scotch then “chewing” the drink in your mouth before swallowing it. The whole process was quite interesting and they had us pairing the Highland Park Scotch with beer. Which was also shockingly tasty.
How to Taste Scotch Whisky:
1. Check the appearance. Is it dark? light? How is the color?
2. Give it a smell. How does it smell? Does it remind you of any thing? Memories? Is it spiced? (make sure to open your mouth a tiny bit- it’s helps!)
3. Give it a taste. Just a small taste and move it around in your mouth, “chew it.” You’ll start to get a taste of the notes in the scotch. Is it smooth? smokey? etc.
Overall, if you can get your hands on Highland Park Scotch Whisky, I highly recommend a try. The company prides itself on being masters of their craft. In my experience with them, I was excited about all the new tips and tricks to drinking my favorite spirit.
Thanks to Highland Park for having D and I as your guests. It was a truly great experience.
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” – Mark Twain