Ode to a Single Blend

June 28th, 2006

So, a while back Sloshed! went out and did a thing. That thing was this article on items every bar should have. Martini Republic responded with quibbles, glorious quibbles. Both sites had great stuff to say about booze, a topic near and dear to my heart, and current mental state. However, both talked about scotch, and neither mentioned Teacher’s Highland Cream.

This made me sad. When I drink, I frequently look to scotch. This is not to badmouth other alcohol. It’s just that scotch is like my home base for boozin. My erstwhile roommate and fellow adventurer in drunkenness, Mark, has gin as his home base. Generally, for mixed drinks, gin is the normal home base. But I’m lazy, and that makes scotch tempting. That, and the fact that I’m Scottish on my father’s side. This leads to a totally reasonless soft spot for scotch.

For a long time I thought blends were for fools, I would buy and savor single malts. I still do. Sometime soon I hope to complete my low end collection of the Islay single malts. (Lets face it, I will never be able to shell out the 100+ a bottle on the more aged stuff.)

One day in the not so far off past I found blends. Blends cut the cost of the habit. They let me save money by only drinking the singles on special occasions, and they weren’t all Walker Red Label. I went through several bottles, and the ones both of these blogs mention have passed my lips on many occasions. In spite of this I couldn’t find the one for me. I love Highlands and Islays. Many of the blends were very Speyside or Lowland in their character. Then I found Teacher’s. A Liquid History tells me that William Teacher is behind my favorite blend. Who would have though, what with it being called Teacher’s. I won’t go into the back story from the book. Let’s just leave it at, “he did a good job.” It has a little of the kick of an Islay and the heady weight I like about Highlands. Grouse is good. It gets a nice Islay character. But Teachers to me is everything that scotch can be. Sure, there are single malts that can pick out different things, and I love that. But on a day when I’m just looking to have scotch and don’t care much beyond that. Teacher’s reminds me why peat smoke, and a still, make magic.

Note: I still have to try Isle of Skye. Hmmmmm… Why would I ever be biased about that one?

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