Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Daily Pint Scotch Tasting

If you’rBest way to end my first semester of law school. e ever in the LA/West Side Area, you might want to check out The Daily Pint on 2310 Pico Blvd.  They probably have the best Scotch selection on the West Side.  They recently hosted a Scotch tasting on the last day my finals.  I tasted Auchentoshen 12, Glen Grant 10, Glen Garioch 12, and Bowmore 12.  Unfortunately, I did not take notes.  Who takes notes at a bar anyway?  Not this guy and definitely not after finishing a four hour closed book final.  But I do remember the Auchentoshen being very light and drinkable.  The Glen Grant tasting like a standard Speyside malt like Glenlivet 12.  I enjoyed the Glen Garioch for its viscosity and the Bowmore for the peat.

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“When men drink, then they are rich and successful and win lawsuits and are happy and help their friends.  Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.” -Aristophanes

I like to drink (in moderation).  I enjoy a good IPA.  I also like red wine.  But I really like Scotch.  I remember growing up in the Philippines and at every family party, my father and uncles drank Johnnie Walker Black Label.  My aunts in the United States brought home “Black” with them as pasalubongs – gifts for relatives back home.  My dad would always offer me a sip of whatever he was drinking at the time and this probably predisposed me into liking the stuff.  My interest in Scotch started on the night of my college graduation.  My father and I opened a bottle of Laphroaig 10 in a Fresno, California, hotel room.  Neither of us have had it before.  I remember how the peat and the smoke filled the room.  My mom thought it smelled awful, my father thought the aroma was interesting and he liked it because “It wasn’t sweet” (probably referring to the sherried Highland whiskies that he did not prefer), and I thought it was wonderful.  It was the best $32 I have spent all year.  And ever since that night, I have always kept a bottle of Laphroaig 10 in the house.

The blog world could go without another Scotch whisky blog.  There are great Scotch blogs out there and I plan to link them as soon as I figure out how to do it.  So why another Scotch blog?  There are people out there who like me are on a tight budget.  I am a law student in Los Angeles.  Consequently, I do not have money to spend on what I am sure is a wonderful $250 bottle of Scotch.  So I plan to taste and document bottles that cost less than $100 (and even that price is pushing it).  I am also a novice at this whole Scotch tasting thing, so as my palate evolves and as I revisit whiskies, I hope to discern the differences and maybe taste things I missed the first or second time around.  So there you go.  This blog is for research purposes and to help out people who like me, want to more about this thing people call Scotch.