Friday, January 27, 2006


Are you a Scotch whisky idiot?

I was a Scotch whisky idiot a few weeks ago. But then I dedicated myself to minutes and minutes of diligent research and analysis. And now...I’m a whisky imbecile.

And you can an imbecile, too!

Just boogie on down to The Spirit World
—Seattle’s most boozilicious new e-zine—and check out my latest contribution. All you have to do is click here.

Now, laddies and lassies...go forth and fortify!


At 6:51 PM, Blogger woman wandering said...

Oops, you posted a new one.
Sincere apologies for whinning on the previous post. I do like the new photo.
I've had more than one very fine moment with this Irish whiskey.

At 6:46 PM, Anonymous jrpfeff said...


I'm don't know why, but Cardhu sounds familiar to me. So I check the Scotch Whisky database I downloaded to my PDA to see if I have sampled it (the answer is no). Here is the review.

Nose: Warm honey and spice - a hint of winter sunshine.

Taste: Fresh on the palate, a hint of honey and nutmeg with a smooth finish.

Awards: 1992 Toilet of the Year Award

I have no idea why that is in there. Every other whisky review appears serious.


At 9:00 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Hey Jim:

Even funnier than the "Toilet of the Year Award" is the the "Hint of winter sunshine" bit.

"Hint of winter sunshine?!" That's how Cardhu is supposed to smell? Like a hint of winter sunshine?

The sun is shining here and it's still January, so let me open a window and take a whiff. [30 second pause] Winter sunshine here smells like the sheep farm that 1/2 mile down the road. Is that what the author meant?

Don't you just love food and drink snobs? They're so laughably pretentious. I guess that's why dudes like us are attracted to the "no BS" world of BBQ. Just a bunch of regular guys burning logs under 10 lbs. of pig.

Hint of winter sunshine. Paaaaaalease!

At 11:24 PM, Anonymous jrpfeff said...

Mr. Liquor Expert,

I needed a bottle of cognac for a recipe tonight, and (because I am cheap) I was going for domestic brandy when the Brandy de Jerez caught my eye. Did I make the right move with the Spanish stuff? I hope this doesn't make me a spirit snob.

As far as the winter sunshine goes, I do suspect it is a real treat in parts of Scotland.


At 12:48 AM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Colin...I mean, Jim:

First, let me say that I nearly coughed up a lung when I read Mr. Minion's comment in The Spirit World.

As for the Brandy de Jerez (which translates to "Sherry Brandy" case you didn't know it), you done good. Sherry brandy is (or at least, it can be) damn good. It's extremely popular here. In fact, it's popular almost to the point of being a public health hazard. Each morning when I visit the bar down the road for a coffee, everyone but me is drinking...sherry brandy.

And're not cheap. You're smart. I always use Sherry Brandy when a recipe calls for cognac. Really...who could tell the difference in a recipe?!

Just don't try to substitute the cognac with Point :-O


At 1:37 AM, Anonymous jrpfeff said...

Not Point, I'm a Leinies guy.

I was in Spain for less than a week in 2003, and I remember the pride my hosts took in Spanish brandy. They considered it superior to Cognac. I was hoping the bottle I purchased would be the same stuff, not sure it is, but it is very good. I'm sampling it as I get ready to cook dinner. It is fruity, smooth and smells of sherry. It has no lingering winter sunshine on the nose.

It is my wife's birthday and we are cooking crab legs, Steak au Poivre from Alton Brown, and polenta with wild mushroom sauce. The brandy is for the sauce with the steak.


At 9:59 AM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Hey Jim:

¡Feliz cumpleaños a la mujer! That sounds like one hell of great dinner...especially the wild mushrooms.

Just curious, which Brandy did you buy? There are many brands here, but I'm shocked to hear that it's available in Wisconsin. Perhaps the Spaniards are finally, FINALLY following the lead of the Italians and getting serious about marketing their fine products internationally.

BTW...I don't know how old your wife is today, but I certainly hope you won't make her drink that many shots of Brandy

U da man!


At 12:00 AM, Anonymous jrpfeff said...


I purchased Lustau brandy. How does it compare with others?

My wine & spirit merchant is part of a grocery and sells many items not found in your typical Wisconsin beer & brandy liquor store. The grocery even sells those salty/greasy Spanish almonds - it's hard to stop eating those.

Re: Cheapness. I was reaching for the Korbel brandy when I saw the Lustau for a similar price. I have a reputation to maintain.


At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anyone still reading this? There are two good/interesting answers about the "Toilet of the Year" "award". Bill


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