We went out to dinner tonight and I stepped into the bar to look at the Bourbon selection and discovered that I had tried all they had to offer. So I decided to try a couple Foreign Whiskey's.
I decided to start off with an Irish Whiskey. My only taste prior was a try of Black Bush at a recent party (I mistakenly thought it was Red Breast but that's another story). I really enjoyed the Black Bush. The only bottle of Irish this Restaurant had was a 12 Year-old Jameson. Well they gave me a very nice pour of that neat. I enjoyed the sweet flavor, and slight smokiness. It was a great start to an excellent meal (Almond crusted Scallops).
Since that was the only Irish they had, and I wanted one more, I moved on to Scotch. The same friend from work, who let us try the Black Bush, left a bottle of Glenlivet Single Malt 12 year-old Scotch for me as a gift. My only "Scotch" try before that was a bottle of McCarthys Oregon Single Malt Whiskey. I did not care for it, from the nose to the finish it did not agree with me at all. Someone here told me it would be considered a very "peaty" Scotch if it were made there. I enjoyed the subtleness of the Glenlivet, and thought I might try something else with dinner. Tonight I tried a pour of Glenmorangie 10 Year-old Single Malt. I found it had more flavor than the Glenlivet, and again I very much enjoyed it. I found the nose sweet, and very appealing. I felt it too had a light smokiness and spice that I enjoy. It did not have whatever I found over powering in the Mccarthys.
A very nice evening, great food and service and wonderful new flavors to mull over.