Scotch

Was talking to a friend about Scotch tonight which got me thinking about my old collection. I used to have a bookshelf dedicated to it and each night I would come home from a hard day and sample one of the bottles. It was nice being able to choose from so many different expressions, but it did get a little bit crazy after a while, drinking hard liquor every single night.

I first discovered single malts in 2008. It was a Glenfiddich 12 in a little neighborhood drinking spot in Hong Kong. On the same night I had a Macallan 12 as well. Later, when I returned to Oakland, I bought my first bottle of Macallan 12. Prior to that I would randomly pick bottles of spirits in the supermarket, wanting to sample them all. With single-malt Scotch, I finally found my go-to drink.

Over the years, my collection has grown and shrunk depending on my circumstances, and I am lucky to always have access to at least a bottle or two. When I lived in Hong Kong with my limited income, my “collection” was always a single bottle. Due to how single malts are perceived there, prices can be ridiculous which led me to sample blended whiskies as well as non-Scotch whiskies. That’s how I discovered Famous Grouse, the number-one selling Scotch whisky in Scotland. 🙂

The photo below was taken about 5 years ago. I never took the time to take a proper (i.e. staged) photo of my collection, but like whisky, I don’t think anything else matters as long as you enjoy it and it makes you happy. Cheers to you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Scotch Shelf
So many choices, let your mood decide

(Disclaimer: No Lagavulins were actually stored sideways before or after the taking of this photo.)

The Famous Grouse

I’ve had a bad habit of drinking all my whisky before photographing for the museum. The workaround? Photographing the box and the bottle label. I’ll try to do better next time, but for now here’s the first box and label museum post, of the Famous Grouse, in special limited-edition somethingfamous.com packaging.

The Famous Grouse
The Famous Grouse – the best selling whisky in Scotland
The Famous Grouse
Contains whiskies from Highland Park and the Macallan
The Famous Grouse
A closer look at the front label…
The Famous Grouse
… and the back
The Famous Grouse
The Famous Grouse
The Famous Grouse
Front label on the bottle is identical to the one on the box
The Famous Grouse
This bottle was produced for the HK market
The Famous Grouse
Established in 1800