So Why Whiskey?  (Part 2)

So Why Whiskey? (Part 2)

Whisky in a glassSo… welcome back!

As I was saying, my parents were out of sight! I had to try that lovely liquid…

It was my chance!  No parents were there!  And my younger brothers were watching eagerly- hoping that I may unravel the secret of whisky/ whiskey.  I unscrewed the cap of this blend and lifted the bottle to my lips.  I tilted the bottle, coaxing the liquid into my mouth and a few drops of the fluid flowed into my mouth.  And I felt a burn that I never felt before!  All I could taste was fire!  Liquid fire!  I could not understand how something so incendiary could induce so much joy.  I had wine and champagne before and had never felt such a sting… no, a singe!

I hadn’t touched whisky/ whiskey for many years after that.  But as I got into college, I began to be exposed more to whisky/ whiskey.  I had some whiskies from different parts of the world by that time.  Some from India, some from the US, some from Canada, and of course some from Scotland.

As I began to add water and ice (and at times soda or some other mixer), I began to appreciate this beautiful liquid.  There was also an air of mystery to it, in particular Scotch.  Whisky/ whiskey somehow included angels and devils.  It took years to make it.  One had to wait for long periods of time just to enjoy a wee dram.  I wanted to remove this mysteriousness from this drink and decided to learn more about it.

I learned that American whiskies were different from those from Scotland.  I also learned that some were smoother than others.  I tried to learn more about Scotch and in turn learned a lot about whisky/ whiskey.  I learned that the process of whisky/ whiskey making is filled with history and drama.

All of this finally took my family and me to Scotland where I got to visit distilleries and learn more about the process up close.  I learned about the landscape.  I learned about the people.  I learned about the pride that goes into making this lovely dram.  I also learned a lot about the history and challenges people went through to enjoy this dram.

This journey has taken me through several different drams.  All of which I have enjoyed- some a little more than others.  The journey has also allowed me to better appreciate my family- especially my wife who has humored my passion for this liquid over all these years and supported me in the ‘investment’ I’ve made in this education.  I appreciate my kids even more as they help me remember to be responsible when it comes to this lovely tipple.  I also appreciate my dad for helping me understand that an occasional dram is not an evil practice but was just fine if you were responsible with it.

I also want to say thank you to everyone that has supported my decision to do this.  I want to thank all those that have sent email suggestions regarding what they want to see on these pages.  I also want to thank all those who have posted suggestions via various social media.

I would also like to acknowledge the following people that made me believe that I should put my thoughts down in writing… Joanne McInnis (The Whisky/ whiskey Lassie), The Scotch Test Dummies, Raj Sabherwal (WhiskyRaj), and Scotch Trooper (you can find all of these folks on Facebook and Twitter).

So why whisky/ whiskey?  It is because it is.  It encompasses a journey through life.  An essence of patience.  A moment of luxury.  A simple drink.  A chance to reminisce simplicity through something so complex.

In the future issues, I would like to explore the history, processes and, of course, tastings with all of you.  I hope to pass on the little knowledge I have of this drink to all of you.  I also hope that through this medium, all of you will find your own water of life.

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With this I will close the first issue of the dMann’s Whisky Notebook.  I would like this to develop into something that will allow you to get ‘in the know’ regarding whisky/ whiskey.  I hope to come up with some sort of cool tagline that I can close with.  But until then, I would like to remind everyone that, those who are in the know, enjoy their whisky/ whiskey responsibly.

Warm regards,


8 thoughts on “So Why Whiskey? (Part 2)

  1. Lisa

    Look forward to the next installment!! Time to be wisky’d away for now.

    1. jerrydmann

      Thanks for the response Lisa! I can’t wait to publish the next one!

  2. Sireesh

    Cheerz, mate …Gud job … loved the ‘Responsible drinking’ part …Waiting for the next Edition…

    1. jerrydmann

      Cheers Sireesh! Thanks for your support! Responsibility matters and thanks for noting it. I can’t wait for the next edition to come out either!

  3. Congratulations on starting your blog! Your passion and excitement definitely comes through in your writing, and I really like your storytelling style. I just subscribed, and I’m looking forward to your next post!


    1. jerrydmann

      Thanks Josh! And thanks for your support!

  4. Jerry – Such an exciting moment to click the publish button for the first time. It truly is fun having fun with whisky through blogging, tweeting, meeting and sharing the world of whisky together. I self-published a book about my journey with whisky earlier this year (believe me I am no expert!) and am having a blast tweeting about whisky since then. So much whisky to try, so much to learn, so many like-minded people to meet via social media and tastings. Thrilled that you have put a pen to your passion. Keep it going!

    1. jerrydmann

      Thanks for the support Linda! This has been fun and exciting! I look forward to making these pages grow!

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