There was a time when I thought any brown whisky tasted like dirt. Of course, I also once considered Mad Dog 20/20 and Keystone Light the recipe for an awesome night. Thankfully, I got older and maybe a bit wiser and learned to appreciate the finer things in life. Good scotch whisky being one of them. A smooth blended bottle like Famous Grouse was my gateway to Scotch and still the go-to pour for casual drinking, but for special occasions, say to commemorate punching my elk tag, I tip a little something better into my glass, such as Talisker 10-year, or maybe if I'm flush, the 12. Rattling the rocks a few times, I inhale the ancient aromas of smoke and peat--redolent of a crisp, fall morning. But it's that first sip that catches the heart and flutters the stomach, not unlike the feeling you get when you first catch a glimpse of that bull as he slips through the timber.
Colin's Four Roses Single Barrel**