They say a man is reflected in the choices he makes. Most certainly, a man who has a fine taste for poison, must be a sum total of class, poise and refinement. Talking of poisons and all things classy, there is nothing more synonymous than the very word ‘Scotch’. If one had to simply put forth what the experience of taking to scotch is all about, these words are apt.
“The proper drinking of scotch whisky is more than indulgence: it is a toast to a civilization, a tribute to the continuity of culture, a manifesto of man’s determination to use the resources of nature to refresh mind and body and enjoy to the full the senses with which he has been endowed.” – David Daiches
Needless to say, scotch drinkers undergo an enriching experience, one that conquers all your senses and transports you to a land of bliss. So, for those who are steering their way into the scotch zone, here’s a simple guide to ensure that you get your hands on the right kind to begin on a note that will be more than memorable.
The Age Maze: We have all heard multiple times in our lives, the older the better. This holds true for wine, friendship and well, also for scotch. Age plays quite a crucial role in deciding the flavour of scotch, although it sure isn’t the most reliable way to determine its quality or guess the flavour it would contain. Yet, one could safely say that an aged, more matured scotch will have a smoother taste and will tackle your sense well. A ten year old bottle is a good idea to start with, since it will acquaint you with the finest of the fine side of scotches. Having said that, there’s hardly a scotch that fails to please!
Alcohol protocol: How much alcohol is good enough? While that’s a difficult question to answer in general, when it comes to scotches, the content can be anywhere between 40% ABV (alcohol by volume), which is the legal minimum for scotch to about 70% ABV. On a standard basis, you’ll find that most bottles have been watered down to come to a likeable taste, and hence their alcohol content lies in the range of 40-50%. This is the range nest suited for beginners for those coming out straight from the barrel are extremely strong and a taste of that might put you off scotch for good, and that’s something you might want to refrain from.
While, these are the technical bearings to keep in mind, let’s understand what you can actually pick up in the Indian market. To start your experience, a bottle of Black Dog might turn out to be your best bet. A good taste to take to that is available in multiple flavours and variations, it is pocket friendly and doesn’t drain your wallet.
So, what are you really waiting for? Walk down the road and get yourself not just a bottle but an experience of a lifetime.