I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly. . .
– Anchorman Ron Burgundy
This one goes out to all the ladies. If you have a man who loves Scotch, my hope is that maybe what follows will help you to understand him a little better.
At the ripe old age of 36, I have become a Scotch Man.
I was previously a Whiskey Man, but I feel like I am part of a new club, as it were, you know, “running with the big dogs” now. I keep asking myself why it took me so long. I could have been enjoying it all this time. I guess it’s better to have found it late, then never to have found it at all.
My analogy for what Scotch means to me at this point in my life, goes like this:
Imagine that you have never had cake before in your entire life. Ever. No cake. None. Never in your entire life. Now, imagine going without it for 36 years, and all of a sudden you try it for the first time. Think about it. I mean, it doesn’t even have to be good cake. Imagine taking a bite out of that beautiful cake triangle. You close your eyes as you savor the taste. You find the most delicious combination of frosting and cake, and savor it over and over again. Isn’t that one of life’s little treats?
It’s one of the most beautiful words in the English language.
That’s what Scotch is to me right now in my life. It too, is a new, delectable treat to be savored. The rosy fumes coming up from the glass, the taste as it goes down, the finish. The smell alone relaxes me. It’s a beautiful thing.
That’s the good news. . . . There’s one little problem, though. Let’s go back to our little cake analogy.
What would you want to do after you have tasted cake for the first time? . . . .
That’s right, you’d want to try every possible flavor of cake on the planet. Chocolate with Chocolate frosting, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Raspberry Marble with Vanilla Frosting, and the ever-popular “Death by Chocolate” Cake.
“Why is that a bad thing,” you ask? Well, let’s apply this idea to trying out every Scotch on the planet:
Have you ever looked at the price tag on a good bottle of Scotch? If you have been reading my posts, you know that I’m the type who enjoys the finer things in life. A cheap $10 bottle of Scotch simply won’t do. . . . No. . . . I’ve got to try all the good stuff. The 18+ year Scotches. You know, the Scotch that at one point flows over the thighs of virgins as part of the distillation process.
I mean, I’m fucking loaded, but I’m not that loaded. I’m not the type that can afford to bathe in the stuff.
Mmmmmmmmmmm. . . . Scotch bath. . . . . . . . . .
Anyway, my plan is three-fold:
- Buy the good Scotch as I can afford it, and drink it only on the weekends. In other words, put myself on a Scotch ration/budget, which is either fucking awesome or horribly pathetic, depending on your attitude about booze.
- Order Scotch at bars to try out different brands, which is still expensive on a per-glass basis, but at least I’m not blowing ~$100 per bottle on it.
- Get advice from you people. Suggestions are, of course, welcome.
So that’s my plan anyway.
It’s very exciting for me, and it really enhances my life. I can’t wait to try out new Scotches. It’s an adventure for me.
Well, it’s getting late and I have a Scotch bath waiting for me. See you next time.