An Epic Scotch: Gordon & MacPhail Macallan 37 Yr. – 1970

Every once in a while a great Scotch will cross my path and I consider myself a lucky person to have had the opportunity to taste it, let alone own an entire bottle.  My father and I decided to put our money together and buy a bottle of the Gordon & MacPhail Macallan 1970 when it was on sale for $199.99 (currently on sale for $299.99) back in December with the idea of having a dram on special occasions.

It is incredible.  Earthy, a bit of smoke, some caramel, and some salt.  We opened it with a few drops of water.  The high alcohol content (53.3) leaves a nice warm feeling in your mouth and the texture is like silk.  Overall, I am completely happy with this purchase and I think it was worth every penny.

Proof that Wisdom Comes with Age: My Journey from McCormick Vodka to Johnnie Walker Blue Label

I have trouble recalling the exact moment I fell in love with Scotch Whisky, but I believe it was sometime in the winter of 2003.  I don’t know if my taste buds were evolving, or if they were simply damaged from my college years of drinking cheap rum and vodka, but all of a sudden Scotch was a new obsession.  I started off with Johnnie Walker Red and slowly moved to the more complex single-malts as money became less of a concern.  The first single malt I ever purchased was Oban, and I still have the box today (modified as a piggy bank).  Over the years I sampled more and more whisky and began developing a discerning palate.  I can usually tell which region of Scotland the Scotch is from and have put together a long list of likes and dislikes.  For a Christmas present this year Brie purchased a lovely bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label (pictured) for me to enjoy.  This follows last year’s bottle of Gold Label.  She definitely knows what I love!

I will post more Scotch tastings in the future and will also write something about my other love: Irish Whiskey