But since I'm always up for learning something new. I swirled it, sniffed it, and took a swallow. I think what I actually did was more of a sip - and a timid one at that. I was expecting something harsh and was taken aback at how smooth it was. It rolled off my tongue, soft and warm, reminding me of pearls and cashmere. Okay, that's not a very manly image and Scotch is the quintessential Good Ol' Boys drink, right? But what I mean is that it was an elegant drink. I was surprised.
And, as I always do when I encounter something with which I am unfamiliar, I do some research. I found this article illuminating: The Art of Manliness Guide to Scotch Whisky though I'm not convinced that I fully understand these distinctions. Forgive any inaccuracies. And if you'd like to clue me in on something about whiskey, Scotch, or bourbon, feel free.