Drink with Me Episode 14: Macallan12 Year Old Triple Cask Matured

Whether you’re looking for advice on how to raise a Helper Monkey (or maybe Helper Monky, since we’re talking Scottish) who will respect your guard dog, or a Dirty Limerick by Murdina…

Or perhaps you actually want to find out more legit information about The Macallan’s excellent 12 Year Old Triple Cask Matured whisky, you’re in luck.

And of course, we’ve got the candy pairing that American Whisky Jesus called the best one yet!


Drink with Me Episode 5: Kaiyo Mizunara Oak

The time has come! If you haven't already, go on down to your local purveyor of fine spirits and pick up a bottle of Kaiyo Mizunara Oak Whisky. In this episode, we're drinking the cask strength version, but I'm actually recommending that YOU pick up this one.

This is an interesting one, with stories and quirks abounding including stories about fancy trees, journeys around the world, the A-team, and Murdina cursing a blue streak when she spills her drink. But we had fun drinking it and talking about it, and I think you will too.

Oh, and our first official Candy and Whisky pairing comes with this episode too. Are you ready?

Stop by a 7/11 and pick up a Payday bar to go with this whisky. By the end of the episode, we both would have figuratively killed an intern for one...poor Geoffrey.



Drink with Me Episode 2: Teeling Single Grain

It's time for another episode of Drink with Me! Well, with me and my whisky side, Murdina Flummery.

Meanwhile, in the Temple Bar...

Meanwhile, in the Temple Bar...

This time, we drink Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey. Drink with Me is best listened to with your own fresh bottle of whatever we're drinking, or anyway, that's the idea. If you listen to podcasts in your car or if you're 12, do NOT do it that way. Just listen.

In this episode, we cover such burning topics as what's the whole issue with "whisky" versus "whiskey" and whether or not Teeling whiskey in particular has value as part of your dental hygeine routine.

Also, not wanting to do spoilers, but this is a great whiskey. If you're a whisky newb (or is it n00b?), this makes an awesome first step, but if you're a might whisky warrior (you know you picture yourself that way), you're going to like it too. 

So, with no further delay, subscribe or download from iTunes or just listen here.




Let's Get this Whisky Party Started...

Whisky is art you can drink! Like art, people have different tastes and opinions, and there's no objective "right and wrong" (although there is such a thing as quality). Also like art, whisky is meant to be enjoyed, appreciated and savored.

Whisky is one of life's true pleasures. You can pound it to get drunk (if you're a Florida State frat boy. No offense, bros.), but that's not really what it's for. It's more than that. Many people don't like whisky, or think they don't and that's ok. Like most great things, it takes a minute to get it.

Photo by twstipp/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by twstipp/iStock / Getty Images

But the point is, whisky's not for some elite group, or just guys named Hamish, wearing kilts and smoking a cigar. In my experience, it can be for anybody (of legal age, obviously) who's interested.

Whisky tastes like the land and the water and the air of the places where the barley was grown, the wood of the barrels where the whisky aged. Whisky starts as an idea in a distiller's head and eventually becomes a complex taste of nature and craft, what the old Celts called "the water of life."

My job is to help you love it as much as I do! Your tastes will vary, and I'm more than OK with that. Once, I had the good fortune to spend some time in the Lagavulin distillery, on a tour led by Iain McArthur. We were tasting some really incredible old whiskies, and one of my co-tourists, taking a sip of one of the drams said, "Am I getting a note of coffee in the end?"

Iain, a true whisky saint, looked at the well-meaning Englishman and said, "How do I know? You're the one feckin' drinkin' it, laddie!"

That was the moment of true enlightenment for me. People get particular about the whisky they drink (just as they do wine, beer, coffee and the rest) and that's ok. But the main thing is simply this:

You're the one feckin' drinkin' it, laddie. Or lassie. 

We're here to have fun, drink some whisky, occasionally disagree, and probably say a few things we'll regret tomorrow.

Sound like a party? It does to me. Let's go, my children.