James Bond has Martinis, Carrie Bradshaw has Cosmopolitans, and Ron Swanson has Scotch. Drumroll please… I also have Scotch. I haven’t always loved Scotch, this is a recent hobby/drink that I picked up over the last couple of years. Why did I decide to settle on what could possibly be the most pretentious drink in the world (I’m sure you’re asking yourself)? It started as a desire to find a signature drink. I had recently entered the “adult” world and I thought that having a go to signature drink was something that “real” adults do. First of all not every adult has a signature drink, so don’t feel like you need to find one. It’s all a matter of personal opinion. I didn’t know all this quite yet so I embarked on a not so epic quest to find my drink.
So I did what any good millennial does and took to the internet. I read a lot of articles about cocktails, drinking, and did some research on various types of alcohol. Before I considered Scotch my go to drink, I used to drink whiskey and ginger ales with a lime (I still enjoy this drink very much). So how did I end up on this particular alcohol? Well it was a couple of things really:
1.) I really like Ron Swanson. Parks and Rec is one of my favorite shows and Ron Swanson is everything I want to be, and he almost always has a glass of Lagavulin 16 with him (Lagavulin 16 was the first Scotch I tried, and one of my favorites to this day).
2.) The more I read about scotch and this article in particular, the more I fell in love with the craftsmanship and dedication to detail. Before I had even had my first taste I was already in love. There was this romantic picture that my online Scotch research painted in my head. There is a heritage that the craftsmen who are involved in the Scotch process are very proud of (as well they should be!) and I enjoy honoring their craftsmanship with every sip.
3.) It is a little painful/embarrassing to admit that part of me wanted to be “the cool girl.” I found article after article talking about how awesome it is when girls drink whiskey or scotch, and thought what an easy way to be awesome, all you have to do is drink! While I think I am pretty awesome (I can say that here, right?) I would think the fact that I drink Scotch is only a tiny little part about what makes me awesome.
Then because I’m a geek and have zero chill, I got super into Scotch. I started reading everything I could about it and fell in love with it. I have another good friend who was already into scotch and loves Ron Swanson too, and she invited me over to drink Scotch and make waffles one night. That was the first night I tried Lagavulin 16. It took my breathe away… mostly because I was trying to swallow without coughing it back up. It is a pretty intense Scotch. I probably should’ve told Ellen that I’d never had scotch before I jumped into the deep end, but my desire to be “the cool girl” drove me to pretend like everything was fine. It was because I got to try something new that I did come to enjoy and appreciate, it just took a little bit to find my stride with the tasting.
My Scotch journey eventually ended up with a podcast. The Scotchy Scotch Scotchcast to be specific. I wanted to take all this Scotch knowledge I had learned and share it with the other ladies who might be interested, but are put off by the air of pretentiousness that Scotch invokes. You can find the podcast on iTunes and here. Stay tuned for another post about the podcast!
While I’ve learned that you certainly don’t need a signature drink of your own, sometimes it is nice to have one anyway. There’s something comforting about knowing you have a drink you can always order no matter what mood you’re in that you’ll always love. This doesn’t preclude you from trying other drinks (I also love a good craft cocktail, doesn’t matter what alcohol as long as it is interesting), but it is fun to feel like James Bond every once in a while.
Go explore what is out there and find something you enjoy, craft distilleries are popping up all over the place. I know in Seattle there are some cool local Gin, Vodka, and Whiskey places to check out. Once you find your drink you can start your collection (be careful because alcohol can very easily be a budget buster). The most important thing is to make sure you really enjoy it, because if you are going to be spending $10-$20 on a drink you really want to love it. If you can find a friend who is into the same drink, you will be able to double the amount of drinks you try :).
If you already have a signature drink please let me know in the comments!
*Please Drink Responsibly.