Since 2016 has just begun, there’s no better time to start drinking adventurously. So in the spirit (and beer, cider, sake and wine) of out-of-your-comfort-zone imbibing this blog is going to work its way through each week of The Year of Drinking Adventurously and showcase each beverage in order until the ball drops on 2017. This week: Scotch whisky. Here’s a slideshow of some dram fine Scottish eye candy to get this year started. (You can read along by ordering The Year of Drinking Adventurously.)
“Glaswegian Heart. German Head.” That’s the rallying cry for Glasgow’s West Brewery, which has been producing Scottish beers with a German accent since 2006. Brands include the flagship St. Mungo, which sits at the intersection of a pilsner and a Munich-style Helles, as well West Dunkel, Black premium stout, Munich Red and the Kölsch-inspired G.P.A. Though the brewery in Glasgow’s iconic Templeton building is several hundred miles from the German border, all of its beers adhere to the Reinheitsgebot. This particular shot is from January 2015, so not too much outdoor activity here.
Since 1865 the Glenfarclas distillery has been owned and operated by the Grant family. The distillery has consistently produced some of the finest Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, from its flagship 10 year old to its legendary 40 year old. Those who fancy a barrel proof whisky will love the remarkably smooth 105 Cask Strength. Happy 150th anniversary, Glenfarclas!
Glasgow pub the Pot Still is a whisky-lover’s paradise. The bar stocks more than 600 selections from Scotland, as well as other parts of the whisk(e)y-making world. A list like that can be intimidating, but the super-knowledgeable bartenders are more than happy to help make sense of it.
Today’s image takes us to Scotland and inside the Scotch whisky distillery, Cardhu. The Diageo-owned operation shows off its majestic array of pot stills as they crank out Cardhu’s fine malts. Cardhu’s distilling activities date back to 1824 when former whisky smuggler John Cumming went legit and launched the business. Cardhu produces some of the single malts that go into the Johnnie Walker blend. Cardhu offers visitors the official Johnnie Walker Experience.