This cartoon was posted separately, by two friends of mine in an international Whisky Women group we belong to. It illustrates the misconception and stereotypes that still exist about what women drink or prefer to drink.
For the record, I usually prefer my whisky neat. 43-45% abv is about the level I enjoy but sometimes do enjoy higher proof, cask strength, non chill-filtered whiskies. Like wine, I have no favourite; it all depends on mood, weather, company. I do like cocktails, but we are very lucky in Vancouver that we have a great cocktail culture here with delicious concoctions well beyond a Cosmopolitan.
The question is why is whisky, as a libation, still have a gender bias?
Since I am “meeting” new people through #NaBloPoMo and it’s November 10 and I couldn’t think of a topic… here are 10 things about me:
- I am a big fan of bacon.
- I also really like Minions.
- I am a Blood Donor
- I have driven across most of Canada: from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and back home to Beautiful British Columbia
- I have been to 25 states and 3 Commonwealth states
- I have gone to baseball games at 11 MLB parks including some old of the old ones – Kingdome, Big O, Tiger Stadium, Old Yankees, Old Metss
- I like whisk(e)y, most often neat.
- I am a big fan of bees.
- I am able to converse and write in French.
- In high school science class, I was often chosen to be the demonstrator for the Van de Graaff generator.
Côte d’Or Barriques – 43% abv 1L Duty Free
I remember Glenmorangie being among some of the first Single Malt Whiskies I tried. It was a big brand name and widely available whether it be in bars or friends’ homes. It was a very “accessible” whisky for a newbie like me.
This bottle was purchased at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) on the way home after a visit to Paso Robles wine country. We had some time before our flight home to Vancouver so we hit the Duty Free shop. Usually it’s a window shopping exercise but I remember specifically that my bosses at the time saying, “Get in there [to the whisk(e)y section] and get something!” I can’t remember the exact selection available but likely an offering of Glenmorangie with their various wood finishes – likely Port and Sherry. I had tried other whiskies with these finishes before so that is likely why I chose the Burgundy finish as it was the first non-fortified “wine” cask finish I had seen. Combine that with the Duty Free price and a 1 L format? SOLD!
I don’t have any tasting notes from the time I first opened the bottle, but it is one that has been enjoyed often.
Since this was purchased, the distillery no longer produces this expression and has repackaged their line up. It was actually a tweet from a friend @MaliaYoskia that showcased a taster pack with 4 expressions that spurred me to look for this bottle to post some tasting notes.
C: old burnished gold
N: light floral, almonds, clover honey, vanilla sugar cookie
P: up front bourbon sweetness with a slight tingle (from abv?) ; medium, plush, creamy, fruit from the wine cask comes through and sweetness continues with a touch of subtle spice