Tuesday, February 23, 2010

On The Rocks

I don't really consider myself a 'cultured' drinker. My favorite drink is the über-girly Cosmopolitan and I usually choose wine based on its nicely designed label rather than its woodsy undertones. So don't go trying to impress me with your 200-year-old Bordeaux because I'm more likely to go for that one over there, the one with the pretty curlicue font and the picture of a cat on the front.

But then my friend Julie invited me to a Macallan scotch tasting at the W Hotel, and I think I may have found a new drink. A very sophisticated, cultured drink, the drink of nobles and fancy people in nice clothes.

Hello scotch on the rocks, my new friend:



This one was served in a very nice glass over an ice ball. I felt cultured just holding the thing.

I learned that scotch is to be sipped slowly and enjoyed, rather than guzzled down in frantic gulps while you reach for fistfuls of fried zuchinni. I liked how it warmed me up and made me a brilliant conversationalist. Or so I thought -- I'm sure that person I was regaling with stories about my kids only walked away because she had to take an important call.

My dad was a scotch drinker, and I remember him having a drink after work every night. It was almost ceremonial the way he'd open his small liquor cabinet, retrieve a bottle of his favorite scotch and carefully pour it into his glass. I don't have a liquor cabinet, just a space next to the juice boxes in a cupboard above the microwave, but I think I'm going to buy myself a bottle of Macallan to put in there. I hope it doesn't mind sitting alongside those bottles with the drawings of cats on the labels.

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4 comments:

MiFOCALS said...

You really like it? I always considered Scotch to be an old man's drink. Maybe I'll try it.

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Anonymous said...

Scotch is awesome. I used to be a beer drinker exclusively. Macallan is INCREDIBLE!!!! I love their new Ice Ball Maker too. I want one for my house but the bartender at Againn, DC said they bought it from Macallan directly.

Antti said...

While Macallan is a nice malt (though not my favourite), it is much more enjoyable neat. Preferably out of a small copita or other small tulip-shaped glass. The Glencairn is a good glass, too, I have a few of those. But you should definitely try it neat, at room temperature, maybe with a glass of water. Just sip it slowly and enjoy the warmth and the gently shifting nuances of both nose and palate. :)

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