Scotch Watch: Inaugural Edition

My lovely wife and youngest child are away in Hamilton, Ontario attending the Eastern Regionals Rhythmic Gymnastics competition (she's a coach, he's too young and too male), so here I sit, the toddler in the sack, wondering what I could possibly blog about tonight.

And then it dawns on me: I should have some scotch!*

But, no. If I have scotch, I'll seem like some drunkard. So the logical move is to make my scotch drinking into a new theme.

And thus, Scotch Watch is born. Scotch Watch, in which I will endeavour to taste new and/or exciting scotches from time to time, and discuss them. Or maybe just drink them and take pictures. Because really, if you don't like the scotch, you might like the pictures.

*Given my lovely wife's distaste for scotch and its effects on one's breath, my timing could not have been better

Episode 1

Scotch: Glen Parker Single Malt. Speyside, Scotland

Price: C$30.25 + taxes (750 ml)

Packaging: Nice. I'm always drawn to the single malts in tubes. Makes me feel like my medium-priced bottle is going to taste like the $80 bottles I sometimes receive as gifts. The elk/moose/caribou is a nice touch. I hope it doesn't taste like a member of the deer family (sorry Bambi).

Colour: Yellowish? Scotch-coloured? Not too dark. No visible chunks.

The Specimen


The Logo


The stage


The taste


Careful consideration


a quickr pickr post

Comments: Actually, not a bad little scotch, despite my face-making. Pretty smooth, though I did choose to have mine with ice this time around. Similar to some of the other low to medium end single malts I've tried (Glenlivet, Glenfiddich), not as good as, say, Oban or Glenmoranghie. No offensive aftertaste, which means you don't have to wait for the second glass to determine whether it's good enough to drink, or if it's indeed killed your taste buds -- which usually means it's okay to keep drinking. I'll certainly enjoy the rest of this bottle.

It's my hope that I'll return to this theme often ("nightly" would be nice!), showcasing both the cheap and the expensive; though in all likelihood fewer expensive than cheap bottles will be purchased. Got a favourite scotch? Let me know and I'll see if I can dig it up. Want to taste with me? Again, let me know (You provide the transportation. I'll provide the scotch).

(Like reading reviews? Go read Brianna's review of Boca Java's coffees, sent to her free because she's a blogger. Only in America, you say? Pity.)

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Posted bythemikestand at 9:03 PM  

10 stepped up to the mike:

gingajoy said... 5:53 PM, May 05, 2006  

this post has me cracked up. i do hope Scotch Watch (with pics) will be a regular thing. so *now* i know what my hubs is up to when I am out of town.

i recommend "Sheep Dip" next. It's lush (serious).

themikestand said... 9:03 PM, May 05, 2006  

I hate to shoot down the very first recommendation given to Scotch Watch (tm), but this website:
really does NOT give Sheep Dip a very good review.

That doesn't mean I won't try it. (depending on how expensive it is... I am about to start a new job, but I'm not exactly trading stocks in NY or Chicago.)

So, thanks! And I'm glad you enjoyed it, Joy.

Jurgen Nation said... 10:50 PM, May 06, 2006  

I look forward to reading your reviews, but it won't change the fact that, GREAT HOLY JESUS, it induces in me PTSD.

themikestand said... 12:16 PM, May 07, 2006  

jurgen nation:
Hmm.. PTSD? I didn't mean to pick any scabs out there. There's something about you that I have yet to learn.

Anonymous said... 12:19 PM, May 07, 2006  

Scotland, summer of 1997.

I learned that being mostly Scottish in heritage does not a scotch drinker make. Apparently they're unrelated! Who knew.

themikestand said... 12:25 PM, May 07, 2006  

Summer of 97, you say?

Me. Scotland. Summer of '96. Prior to my scotch-appreciation days.

(also a few haircuts ago).

I'd say we have some vacation picture-swapping to do.

Sassy said... 1:14 PM, May 07, 2006  

that is TOO CUTE. Love it. I'm not a scotch fan, myself. But I love your review!

coolbeans said... 9:52 PM, May 07, 2006  

Did you say "no visible chunks"?

Jurgen Nation said... 8:05 PM, May 08, 2006  

JESUS SEYMOUR HOFFMAN, that's quite different than what I was expecting.

I just choked on a jolly rancher. Former Long Hair Guy, eh?

Eric said... 12:36 AM, August 19, 2007  

Great review! I keep a much less entertaining review updated on my blog as well: and the Glen Parker was my 13th to date! I enjoyed the Sheep Dip (it has a very unique flavor) but amongst the ratings it doesn't show very well. No worries on the price as its one of the least expensive of the bunch!



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