Shortly, I’ll be launching myself into the whisky industry. My blog will be taking a new direction and whisky will be making a big appearance, alongside communications chat.
I’ve recently been immersing myself in the land of whisky, with an aim to learn and understand as much as I can about this magical potion. There are loads of expert whisky blogs out there, but I haven’t come across many that cater for the beginner…
Join me on my newbie adventures, what I’ll learn, and the places I go to find out all about Scotland’s famous tipple.
If you’re a novice to whisky and need to find a starting point…
The Scotch whisky experience (Edinburgh)
…is a good place to start!!
It’s located on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, a stone throw away from Edinburgh Castle.
The tour begins with a barrel ride taking you through the whisky making process (I’ll cover more of this on distillery visits).
Afterwards, you are invited into a room for a sensory experience to learn about the Scotch whisky regions. The scratch and sniff cards help define the characteristics of each area… They also act as a teaser before the taster session.
It’s good to start with scotch whisky in the different regions.
Scotch whisky characters
I like to think of the different regions as whisky characters at a party. They are all different and each bring something to the table. It’s a great way to remember them and also makes it more fun!!
What type of whisky characters would you take to a party?
- Highland: Spicy and full bodied in the north. Light and fruity in the South. Honey, caramel, vanilla, floral finish
- Speyside: Sweet aromas and rich flavours. Known for it’s sherry casks, particularly the Macallan. Sweeeeeet! Toffee, floral notes, apple, pear, honey, grassy
- Islay: Peated and strong flavoured whisky. There are many layers to an Islay malt, very complex, very peaty, very smoky!!
- Lowland: Light bodied and mild. Grassy notes, ginger, honeysuckle
- Campbeltown: Peaty, salty, fruity, vanilla, smoky
My verdict: Who would I bring to a party? Speyside! All about the quality, rich and sweet. Let’s face it… he’s pretty cool as well 🙂
Although, just like the Highland character… sometimes it can depend on your own mood!