Today started off as most other days. I woke up at the crack of early, snuggled with Elliot, prepped for meetings and classes, then made my way downstairs for a wee bit of breakfast. This was followed by a quick shower, a quicker shave, and finding something to wear. In all honesty – it was a typical day.
And then something extraordinary happened.
Earlier today – I think perhaps while I was in a meeting – I received the following tweet.
I want to offer a huge thank you to Dana (a.k.a. @common_st) for passing on this vital information. Not only was I unaware that it was World Whisky Day1, but it reminded me that I needed to buy my March bottle of scotch. That’s right folks, it’s almost the end of the month and I almost forgot to purchase this month’s bottle2. For shame Gillis. For shame.
Anyway, given that I had already agreed to venture to the liquor store this eve in search of something that my brother had asked me to hunt down – which sadly, I wasn’t able to find – I figured this, in combination with Dana’s tweet, was a sign from the universe that I should get off my duff and buy a new bottle of scotch. Because yes, the universe concerns itself with my love affair with scotch.
So, after a short run and some stretching, I sauntered over to the liquor store to find myself my newest scotchy mistress. And because the universe concerns itself with my love affair with scotch, I was drawn to one bottle among the many fine scotchy mistresses available. She goes by the name Caol Ila (pronounced, as the box she came in informs me, Cull Ee-la3). Readers, meet Caol Ila. Caol Ila, meet readers.
A little bit about Caol Ila (pulled from the box):
Brilliant, clean and refined, this golden Caol Ila Distillers Edition has a deep, sweet and smoky flavour profile that suggests the intense, saturated colours of late afternoon sunshine after a storm has passed.
I’m not so sure about the saturated colours of late afternoon after a storm has passed, but I can say that it smells fantastic. Definitely peaty, slightly smoky, but also with a sweetness. Elliot, however, does not agree with this assessment. Of course, that’s fine with me – it just means I don’t have to share it with him.
As for flavour – it’s light, but at the same time definitely peaty and smoky and earthy. In other words – quite tasty. I think this particular scotch has one of the stronger peat flavours of all of my scotches, and I do loves me some peaty flavours. Clearly this is something I will have to investigate further when I finally have my scotch tasting.
Now because Dana (a.k.a. common_st) is awesome, she also passed on the following quote:
“I carry a flask of whisky in case of snakebite & of course, always carry a small snake”-W.C. Fields
This is now one of my new favourite quotes. In fact, I think I’m going to start carrying a small snake with me just in case I need to use my scotch.
Happy World (Scotch) Whisky Day all y’all.
Oh – look at that. It appears as if I’ve just been bitten by a small snake.
2 For those who might have forgotten (or who were never aware in the first place), I’ve set myself the daunting task of buying a new bottle of scotch each and every month of 2012. Ultimately the goal is to establish a collection of different scotches, while also learning about the fine fine spirit that I love oh so much.
- Isle of Jura 1976 Feith A Chaorainn (scotchhobbyist.com)
- Scotchy Scotchy Scotch (consumedbywanderlust.wordpress.com)
- Happy Scotchy Burns Day (consumedbywanderlust.wordpress.com)
- My Pavlovian Response – Highly Questionable (consumedbywanderlust.wordpress.com)
- Laphroaig 10 Year Old Scotch Whisky (mathewpacker.com)
- How to Drink… Scotch (esquire.com)
- Whiskified Weekend: Spirit of Scotland Whisky Festival (younginrome.wordpress.com)