I had a scheduled work trip to Atlanta. And for a guy from Houston, this was a galaxy far away. So I decided to get in touch with Brett, aka Scotch Trooper.
On the heels from his trip to Lucas Films in San Francisco, Troop took some time out to meet with me. We chose a small bar and restaurant in the outskirts of Atlanta to meet up. It was a great evening filled with high spirits.
We started the evening with a couple of bourbons, Brett had a Blanton’s and I had a Basil Hayden. It was kind of funny meeting him in person finally, after interacting with him for so long online. And we began talking whisky immediately.
Brett told me about his journey into whisky and then into the dark side of scotch- peat. Like many people I’ve met that love the water of life, Trooper was a lover of craft beers. Several years ago, he began to drift away from craft beers and his friends encouraged him to discover whisky.
Brett said that he wasn’t really interested in whisky. But one evening, on a trip with the guys, Scotch Trooper decided to take the plunge and began to try whisky… with a single malt. He said that he was hooked since then.
Joining the Dark Side
Scotch Trooper said that he remained with the Highland/ Speyside malts, with the Balvenie Doublewood making an impact on him. Like me, Brett said the Balvenie made him move from a whisky drinker to a whisky lover. But the peated whiskies remained a mystery.
He picked up a bottle of Laphroaig and tried it and didn’t care for it very much. In fact, he said that he didn’t like it all. But he really wanted to know what was the lure of the dark side.
So one day, on a family trip, he took the peated whisky with him (and had another bottle as back up) and decided to try it out on that trip. He poured himself a dram and sat outside and looked out to the beach. He took a sip and says that’s when it hit him. The outdoors, the beach, the sea, the dram. He got the lure of the dark side. This is reminiscent of a story that I heard Dave Broom tell about working at the Bowmore distillery. Broom said when he had a dram outside, on the beach, he got it, “It just clicked.”
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The First Order
Scotch Trooper began combining his love for photography, whisky and Star Wars quite a while back. He said that he did that, and began the ‘Scotch Trooper’ side as a way to bring a lighter side to whisky drinking, especially scotch. Brett said that it was his way of enjoying scotch and avoiding the stuffiness and affectedness that many people associate with the drink. By bringing a lighter side to the water of life, he felt that could bring the enjoyable side of the same to others. And this combination of his multiple loves found him at whisky events, distilleries, Scotland, and Lucas Arts!
We grabbed some bites. We had to get something with bacon on it, as we discussed Scotch Trooper’s Laphroaig Bacon recipie. We ended the evening by toasting with a Balvenie 14 year Carribean Cask.
Brett left me with a gift. A special bottling of Tullibardine. Look out for tasting notes!
I can’t say it enough how great it was to meet Brett, Scotch Trooper. He’s such a great, easy going guy. A great member of #whiskyfabric … and I look forward to our next meeting.