My Christmas Dram
Hello friends! If you celebrate Christmas, I hope it was a good one. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a good holiday. I haven’t posted in a while… took some time off for Christmas. And speaking of Christmas, I want to tell you about my Christmas dram.
As I was beginning to get into whisky, I was gifted a bottle of Glenmorangie from my workplace. I didn’t know anything about it except that it was more expensive than anything I had ever purchased before. I loved the taste and feel of it. I loved the finish. It was really something I enjoyed.
My kids were born a few months later that same year. We didn’t have much and didn’t have much to celebrate our lovely gift of twins. I really wanted a bottle of something to celebrate their birth, but we really were too busy to go shopping for a bottle. And frankly, we couldn’t really afford to spend any extra money on things like alcohol when we needed to spend on diapers.
It was the month of December and our boys were about 6 months old. I had managed to save a few dollars and was able to buy a few gifts for them in the form of teethers and blocks. I really wanted something to commemorate their birth. Something to always remember this time when we didn’t have much.
I went to the local liquor store and began walking through the aisles. I remember that I recognized just a few names like Crown Royal, Johnnie Walker, and Dewars. I moved away from those and looked for the area that had the Glenmorangie bottles.
As I looked at the various bottles in that area, I was truly lost. I had no idea what I was looking at. I had this idea that I wanted to get something a little more ‘expensive’ than a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black. Then I came across a beautiful bottle. The package was of a beautiful color and had a cool picture on the front. It was a bottle of Aberlour. I saw that it was 15 years old. That probably meant something! If something took 15 years to make, it must be a good thing, right?
I picked up the bottle and paid for it. It was a LOT of money for us in those days (a purchase like that is still a lot of money for me these days), especially for something that was outside of our babies needs. I couldn’t believe that I actually spent that much money on a bottle. I didn’t even realize that it was a single malt. I didn’t really know what a single malt was back then.
Anyway, I brought the bottle home and put it away knowing that I would only open it on Christmas Day. Christmas finally came and I opened the bottle. It was a beautiful whisky. I poured out a dram and took my first sip. I thought about the year, especially about my wife and my children. I thought about all that we went through and where we were that day. I thought about how I worked to be able to have the bottle of Aberlour. I decided at that time that I wouldn’t finish this bottle very quickly. It was very expensive for me, right? I decided that I really enjoyed that dram on Christmas day. I decided that I enjoyed thinking about the year that passed while having that dram. I decided that I enjoyed thinking about my wife and children while I had that dram. I then decided that I would do this every year.
I believe it was a great decision that I made. Since that Christmas 12 years ago, I’ve a had a dram from that bottle of Aberlour every year. I take a sip and think about the blessings that I’ve received. I think about my family and how blessed I am to have them. I think about how the year went- all the ups and downs. And I think about how many more Christmases I will be doing this for.
I hope to ultimately be able to finish the bottle with my kids when they are of age to have a dram with me. I hope the bottle still has the precious liquid inside by then. I hope nothing happens to that bottle either!
This Aberlour 15 year, sherry wood finished single malt whisky is one that I will not be reviewing. This is because, with it, I review my year. I won’t be writing tasting notes on this one. Because, with this, I reminisce the taste of blessings I’ve received throughout the year. It is something that I’ve been doing for 12 years now and it is something that I don’t need to know where I would place it in my list of malts that I enjoy.
As always, I ask all of you to enjoy responsibly, especially as we move into the new year. I wish you all a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year… Auld lang syne and all that! I look forward to sharing more drams with you in 2016. In the meanwhile, do you have any traditions like I’ve mentioned for any of your special days during the year?