Scotch, Scotch, Scotch

  Last Friday I celebrated women in a rather grandiose manner, and I promised to bring something special for the guys this week. So here I am to deliver.

For those who don't know, I'm a bit of a single malt addict. I love me a good scotch after a long day of work.

Scotch for the Swanky

I mostly blame the older Indian men in my life - my dad, my uncles, my grandfathers, and all of their friends. If nothing else, Indian men are serious about their whiskey and scotch. I've grown up watching both my grandfathers enjoy a whiskey before dinner with kebabs and papadums. Whenever the family would gather for the holidays or my parents would host a dinner party, you could always find me standing at the bar with my uncles - sipping whiskey and eating pistachios. I've always preferred being in the company of my uncles and listening to them banter about business and politics.

My younger brother frequently asks me if I'm a 50-year-old man trapped in a 20something's female body. I can't exactly blame him for asking, because I often wonder it myself.

Part of my dad's collection

Anywho, I thought I'd give you guys a quick list of some of my go-to scotches, whiskeys, and single malts. These are in no particular order, because I find that I don't really have an overall favorite - I tend to crave specific tastes in specific moments.

  • Macallan
  • Highland Park
  • Glenrothes (a new addition to my list - loveeee this one as a special treat)
  • Talisker
  • Glenlivet
  • Lagavulin
  • Glenfiddich
  • Dalwhinnie (another recent addition, and another new addiction)

I always take my single malt with just a few rocks, sometimes neat (if it's an extra old and extra yummy one), but never with soda or water. I like to get to taste the full strength of a well aged scotch.

It's a beverage that is meant to be sipped slowly, not guzzled down like a tall glass of water. There's a certain kind of attitude that you need in order to be a true aficionado. To me, a glass of scotch isn't just a luxury after a long week of work - it's often a necessity. It's a chance to slow down, unwind, indulge in something decadent, and enjoy the little luxuries in life that we all work so hard for.

How do you guys treat yourself? Are you a scotch snob? I want all of your suggestions, so please don't forget to drop it all in the comments below!

Taking a pause and a swig, xx Nikbear