There’s no doubt about it. With the single exception of coffee, I like fine beverages of all kinds. The start of my whisky journey is eerily similar to my wine, beer, and loose leaf tea journeys. In fact, they all started the same way thanks to the same person. One of my oldest friends got me hooked on everything I drink to this day. One day many years ago, Joe brought over one of those Glenfiddich 50 ml sample packs that included the 12, 15, and 18 year expressions. We tried a little bit of all three. I found the alcohol to be a bit overpowering at the time but thought to myself, “this is something I could see myself liking someday.”
Joe left the three bottles with me with enough in each one to give them a second try. I found that I did much better the second time around and I liked the 15 year the best. From there, I took to the internet to figure out where to go next. I bought a bottle of Glenlivet 12 year and thought it was decent. A few months later, I bought my second full bottle: The Balvenie 12 Year Doublewood. From the moment that nectar touched my lips, I was completely hooked. The rest, as they say, is history.