This is post number 1 of Livefire Whisky! As something of a spinoff of my food blog, Livefire, Livefire Whisky will concentrate on mostly whisky made in Scotland, though other whiskies may also creep in now and then.
Livefire started as a pretty straightforward barbecue blog, with the intent of talking about starting off in barbecue competitions to help out other new competition teams. Livefire Whisky has some similar starting points… I’m starting off learning how to take tasting notes on whisky, along with some others that are just learning, so this will be a medium to pass on information I find along the way. In fact, we’ve made up a bit of a group on the BBQ Brethren site called Branndair Uisge Beatha Cuallach, which is attempt, in Scottish Gaelic, to say “Barbecue Whisky Society”. If you know Gaelic and know this is wrong, correct me, please!
So why a review site for whisky when there are already so many?
First, because reviews are just opinions. Even an “expert” can just have different tastes than someone reading their reviews. I’m new to reviewing Scotch, not to drinking it.
Second, sometimes it’s easier and works better for new people to a subject to hear from other new people. Experts know all the nuances of what they’re doing, and new people trying to do tastings can feel, well, dumb. As a non-expert, hopefully this might help others to realize you can pick up more flavors and variations than you realize. Whisky isn’t about seriousness and pomp; it’s about taking malted barley, water and yeast and seeing how it comes out in 10 or so years.
I’ll be adding my own reviews, talking about how I like whisky and what whiskies I like, and finding excuses to try more types of whisky than I have any sane reason to try! And, even though my “kid” brother, Robert, is one of the owners of a now well-known whiskey bar in Chicago, he’s wrong… Scotch whisky beats bourbon almost every time!
Just a note on drinking: I obviously am ok with drinking alcohol, but not to excess. I have a dram or two, and I’m done. It’s about taste, not about booze. If getting drunk were part of it, I’d just drink something cheaper!
Thanks for joining me, and please feel free to offer an opinion, ask a question, whatever.