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Single Malt Whisk(e)y

Over the past years I've developed a taste for certain single malt Scotch whiskeys, Irish whiskeys, and bourbons. You can keep the cigars, but a good single malt is very pleasant. My favorite single malt is Lagavulin 16 year, an Islay single malt of exceptional body and flavor/after-taste. It has been described as liquid peat smoke, and that's an accurate description in my opinion. Seems like one either loves it or hates it, and I love it. I've also been known to keep a bottle of Laphroaig, another Islay single malt, or Glenlivet, a Speyside single malt, in the cabinet, and we've recently discovered Highland Park's Dark Origins.

Jameson is my go-to blended Irish whiskey, though I've enjoyed Paddy Irish Whiskey over in Ireland and I recently found it imported to the US of A, first in the downstairs tavern in King Eider's Pub in Damariscotta ME, then recently at a local liquor store in Woburn.

As for bourbon, I started drinking Jim Beam a number of years ago, but have gravitated to Jack Daniel's in recent years, even though it recently dropped its alcohol content down a bit from the Old No. 7 recipe of old (actually, it dropped the alcohol content twice over the years, from 90, to 86, and now down to 80 proof). I'm casually on the hunt for my first taste of Pappy Ven Winkle...



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