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    Entries in Scotch (12)

    Friday
    Jan042019

    Give It A Shot - Duncan Taylor Dimensions Highland Park 19yr Single Barrel Whisky

    The podcast you are about to watch was about 9 months in the making. Actually the more we think about it, the time it took to get to this point was longer. Much longer. The reality is that this podcast was a journey that took about ten years to reach the destination. We say ten years because the idea for us to start our website happened over ten years ago. We will talk about that in more detail over the next few months as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary with all of you. The events that directly made this possible began about 9 months ago. It is hard to believe, but we have now been streaming live via Twitch since early last year and it is because of those of you who support us in any way that we were able to try the beverage that we will feature in this video. Because of your appreciation for what we do, we found ourselves in the position of being able to purchase a beverage well outside of our normal budget. As our way of saying thank you, we did not try this particular beverage until we could be on camera to record a podcast live and share it with you. We narrowed our choices down to materials in the spirit world, specifically a bourbon or scotch. With a little bit of research and the help of Scott at Total Wine, we narrowed our choices down to a final four and ultimately to the winner. Without further adieu, the beverage we chose was the Duncan Taylor Dimensions Highland Park 19 Year single malt scotch whisky.  What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Wednesday
    Dec102014

    Give It A Shot - Glen Elgin 12 Year Speyside Single Malt Scotch

    Nothing says the colder days and shorter nights of winter like a whiskey or whisky.  It's a wonderful option year round to be sure, but sometimes certain times of year make it all the more delicious.  At the tasting table today we have the Glen Elgin 12yr Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky.  The distillery was built by Charles Doig in 1898 and was the last until 1958 when Tormore was constructed.  Depending on the region of Scotland you can expect certain characteristics:  lowlands tend to be lighter, the islands of Islay and Skye feature more peat and seaspray and the highlands tend to be more herbal and smooth.  For the Speyside we are sampling today we are looking for more classic honey and fruit notes to go with the peat.  Time to taste and see if this Scotch brings all the flavors of this region to the party.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Glen Elgin 12 Year Speyside Single Malt Scotch

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    Wednesday
    May142014

    Give It A Shot - Dimple Pinch Blended Scotch Whisky

    Our love of Scotch along with our brother Joe and his wife Leslie is what brings you this show today.  The Dimple Pinch blended Scotch whisky would not have been on our radar if not for it's multiple cameo appearances in Breaking Bad.  It's Aged 15 years and produced by Haig, Scotland's oldest surviving Scotch whisky distiller.  The blend consists of over thirty malt and grain whiskies, including a number of rare whiskies from Haig's  treasured reserves of the most matured Highland malts.  On Breaking Bad it's never mentioned specifically by name, but the unique triangle shaped bottle (patented in 1958) is unmistakable.  Time to taste and see if this truly was worthy of Mr. White's last drink of choice.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Dimple Pinch Blended Scotch Whisky

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    Thursday
    Sep122013

    It Came From the Archives! Episode 23: Scotch Part 2

    This episode originally aired on March 28th, 2011.  Welcome to the AboutBeverages.com Podcast Episode 23 part two!  In this episode we will be talking about, and enjoying, another five single malt scotches.  This brings our two podcast total to ten.  If you want to count the "Give It A Shot" we did on the Scapa single malt scotch, we have tried eleven scotches here at AboutBeverages.com.  We begin this podcast already in the tasting room, (we actually never left since both of these parts were recorded at the same time) ready to do our final tasting and have some discussion about our favorites.  Once again, this two part podcast series would not have been possible without the help of a friend and contributor to the show, Fitz.  Keith and Fitz both work for Trader Joe's and they have had numerous discussions About Beverages, one of which obviously involved scotch.  So without further adieu, let's taste some scotch!  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Single Malt Scotch Pt 2

    Scapa Single Malt Scotch (Previous "Give It A Shot")

    Wine Spectator

    Malt Advocate

    Scotland and Whiskey

    Malt Whiskey Trail

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    Tuesday
    Sep102013

    It Came From the Archives! Episode 23: Scotch Part 1

    This show originally aired on March 14th, 2011.  Welcome to episode 23 of the AboutBeverages.com podcast!  In this epsiode we will be talking about, and enjoying, some single malt scotch.  Ten scotches to be exact.  We are going to divide this podcast into two parts and try five scotches in each part.  In part one, we will begin by discussing what makes scotch unique and different from other types of whiskey.  Then it's off to the tasting room to begin tasting the first five single malt scotches.  Next week in part two of the podcast, we will try the remaining five single malt scotches along with some final discussion about our favorites.  This two part podcast series would not have been possible without the help of a friend and contributor to the show, Fitz.  Keith and Fitz both work for Trader Joe's and they have had numerous discussions About Beverages, one of which obviously involved scotch.  Fitz has a great deal of passion not only for a wide variety of beverages, but for food as well.  He has a highly developed sense of taste, a vast internal database of prior experience from which to draw, and a keen knack for pairing libations of all kinds with a wide array of foods.  We were happy to welcome him to the tasting room for all of these reasons and, in all honesty, because he graciously offered to provide us with all of the scotches that we tried.  Without further adieu, let's taste some scotch!  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Here are the links for the things we talked about during the podcast.

    Tasting Notes - Single Malt Scotch Pt 1

    Wine Spectator

    Malt Advocate

    Scotland and Whiskey

    Malt Whiskey Trail

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    Wednesday
    Aug212013

    Give It A Shot - Burly Gentlemen Whiskey Mixed Drink

    The Burly Gentlemen.  These two words when put together simply cry out to be the name of a mixed drink.  Not just any mixed drink mind you.  A blended concoction that is sweet, smooth and delicious while also giving you a stern smoky kick that lets you know it's business time!  Now that you're done laughing after watching the Flight of the Conchords video we linked to, we can begin to talk about what comprises the drink.  Bourbon (Jefferson's), Scotch (Laphroaig Triple Wood), Agave nectar and Regan's Orange Bitters No. 6.  While it has some things in common with a traditional Manhattan, the addition of scotch adds a little smoke and the gave nectar adds a touch of extra sweetness.  Mix one up with us and taste along as we explore this new cocktail together.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes & Recipe - Burly Gentlemen Whiskey Mixed Drink

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    Thursday
    Jan242013

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - Laphroaig Triple Wood Scotch

    Over the last two years, Scotch has opened our eyes to a world of whisky love that had not extended past bourbon.  In particular for me (Andrew) Scotch is one of my knew favorite spirits.  So it is with great excitement that today at the tasting table we have the Laphroaig Triple Wood Scotch.  As the name suggests, it goes through three maturations in wood barrels before bottling:  American oak, 19th century quarter casks and then finally in Oloroso sherry casks.  We highly recommend, after watching our video of course, that you go to their website and drink in all of their wonderful content.  The information about the distillery and its history along with the videos they have are just fantastic. If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Here are the links to the things we talked about during the podcast.

    Tasting Notes - Laphroaig Triple Wood Scotch

    Imbibe Magazine

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    Monday
    Mar282011

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Episode 23 - Single Malt Scotch Part 2

    Welcome to the AboutBeverages.com Podcast Episode 23 part two!  In this episode we will be talking about, and enjoying, another five single malt scotches.  This brings our two podcast total to ten.  If you want to count the "Give It A Shot" we did on the Scapa single malt scotch, we have tried eleven scotches here at AboutBeverages.com.  We begin this podcast already in the tasting room, (we actually never left since both of these parts were recorded at the same time) ready to do our final tasting and have some discussion about our favorites.  Once again, this two part podcast series would not have been possible without the help of a friend and contributor to the show, Fitz.  Keith and Fitz both work for Trader Joe's and they have had numerous discussions About Beverages, one of which obviously involved scotch.  So without further adieu, let's taste some scotch!

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

    Link Lounge

    Here are the links for the things we talked about during the podcast.

    Tasting Notes - Single Malt Scotch Pt 2

    Scapa Single Malt Scotch (Previous "Give It A Shot")

    Wine Spectator

    Malt Advocate

    Scotland and Whiskey

    Malt Whiskey Trail

     

    Right click to download podcast