First of all, I need to say that I am NOT an expert in whisky (whiskey). I am not a connoisseur, snob, aficionado, or whatever else you can think of. I simply enjoy a nice dram of whisky/ whiskey and I just wanted to write about something I really enjoy and love. These are just my OPINIONS- simple. Because they are opinions, they are neither wrong nor right.
I also want to make it clear that this newsletter is not an endorsement to drink alcohol, especially not whisky/ whiskey. This is not an endorsement to become an alcoholic or get drunk. This is definitely not an endorsement for anyone to get drunk, act like an idiot, or become dependent on any liquid or substance. I would like this to develop into something that will allow you to get ‘in the know’ regarding whisky/ whiskey.
So, once again, why whisky/ whiskey? I’ve said that I’m not an expert and that this is not an endorsement of booze or getting drunk. Well, to me, whisky/ whiskey symbolizes freedom and rebellion. It symbolizes joy and fun. It symbolizes good times and bad, happy times and sad. It symbolizes reflection and spontaneity. It symbolizes life. This makes me wonder… is this why whisky/ whiskey is Gaelic for ‘Water of Life’?
I remember growing up and watching my Dad enjoying a dram or two with his friends- watching them enjoy themselves while sipping on that golden elixir. Things seemed to be so much fun with that amber colored potion being consumed. It must have been so precious because we children were not allowed to be near it- let alone even taste it!
I remember once, I don’t remember how old I was, I think I had just started high school and my dad and his friends were hanging out in the living room. A bottle of scotch was out and everyone was enjoying a dram. When my dad’s friends left, he put away the bottle in the pantry with the other booze. I don’t know why, but I was never really attracted to the other stuff. He and my mom went out of the kitchen and I decided to try this nectar of the gods. (to be continued…)