By Eric Guido
In the world of wine, I find that searching for the obscure and impossible-to-find bottles often results in much more satisfaction than tasting through large production, easier-to-find wines. I suppose this has affected me in much of what I do, especially with one of my recent explorations in life, Single Malt Scotch. Of course, like most new intrigues in life, I’ve spent a good amount of time listening in on conversations and picking the brains of other Scotch drinkers in an attempt to find the best bottles—the must-try bottles. However, the results had been a mixed bag of satisfactions and disappointments. In reaction to this, I began to withdraw a little and found myself relying on a small number of bottles that I knew I liked. Oh, what a mistake that was.
The Glenlivet. The fact is that, up until recently, I Ignored The Glenlivet because it was so widely recognized as the Scotch of choice. The chances of seeing a bottle of 12-year Glenlivet at your favorite bar are pretty high. In my old way of thinking, this meant that I should skip over it and move on to the more obscure—big mistake. What’s more, with the 12-year being their flagship bottle, when you start to delve into the 15- and 18-year, you find an amazing mix of single malt expressions.
At this point I take a pause—“Am I really enjoying this?,” I ask myself.
“Yes, I am,” the little voice inside my head replies.
In the end, my closed-minded methods had made me blind to one of the most enjoyable single-malt scotches that I could hope to enjoy. The Glenlivet will certainly find a place in my home collection, and I can’t wait to start pouring it for guests.