The Golden Spike
Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 6, 2010
I have made no secret of the fact that I like to make cocktails from premium spirits. I occasionally receive a little grief on this blog from persons who feel it is their duty to inform me that premium spirits must not be subjected to the indecency of cocktails, or bar drinks. Their vitriol is particularly venomous when I happen to suggest mixing with a particular spirit they enjoy, in a bar drink which contains soda as one of its constituents.
This attitude seems to be the strongest with those who have just discovered Single Malts. Case in point, when I first published a certain recipe after my review of Johnny Walker Gold Label, I did not receive a peep of protest. But when I published essentially the same suggested recipe after my review of Glenrothes Select Reserve Single Malt Scotch, howls of protest flooded my comments box. (For the record I simply delete comments which have no basis of intellectual thought.)
Now of course you know the hilarious part; Johnnie Walker Gold Label is a highly decorated Scotch Whisky. It has been regaled as one of the World’s finest whiskies by the world’s leading expert on Whisky, Jim Murray, who marvels at its complexity and outstanding flavour. Although it is a blend, the constituents of the blend are well aged single malt whiskies from various distillers throughout Scotland.
On the other hand, Glenrothes Select Reserve happens to be every much as blended as Johnnie Walker Gold. The difference is that the Select Reserve happens to be blended from single malt whiskies from one particular distillery. These whiskies used in the blend are not made in the same style nor are they from the same years. They just happen to be from the same distillery, so the Glenrothes Select Reserve can carry the title of Single Malt Whisky on its label. And because of the words on the label, I receive vitriolic comments from persons who obviously put their pretense ahead of their palates.
Oh well, each to his own, but for now I’m going to continue my experimentation good or bad and stay in a world where I can revel in the glorious exploration and discovery of new creations, with or without soda.
Here is my controversial cocktail:
The Golden Spike
In a Glencairn Glass:
Mix an ice-cube with
1 1/2 ounces of Scotch Whisky (Blended or Single Malt) and
1 1/2 ounces of Ginger Ale or Sprite
In addition to this bar drink I added about ten more recipes to the “Whisky Recipe” section. Most are my own personal creations, and some use ‘single malts’ and some do not. Please enjoy responsibly!
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