- posted 14 years ago
As with many USA natives in recent history, my first SMS was Genlivet
12. I'd had some experience with bourbon and canadian whisky, but my
favorite at the time was definitely Irish's like Jameson. I'd had some
pretty poor Scotch blends in the past, so I thought that I just "didn't
like Scotch." Then one day I found myself reading an article about SMS,
and I realized that I'd never tried a single malt, and so decided to
give it a shot, so to speak.
When I tried the Glenlivet, I immediately liked it. It had the
qualities that I prefer in Irish over American Whiskies, and also a
hint of smokiness and other flavors lurking in there that I found
My second SMS was Glenmorangie 10, which immediately reminded me of
Irish, but with a whole host of subtle citrusy and spicy flavors
circling around my palate, but had none of the smokiness that I had
caught a hint of in the Glenlivet.
Hearing that Ardbeg was the peatiest SMS, I picked up a bottle of the
10. I knew I was in for something completely different as soon as I
pulled the cork. I swirled it around and sniffed it gently, and was
quite blown away with the richness of it's nose. When I finally tasted
it, I found out instantly what "smokiness" and "peat" really mean. It
reminded me of everything I had first thought was new and unique when I
tasted the Glenlivet, but times about 1000.
I still keep bottles of the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, but I don't ever
really have cravings for Glenlivet anymore.
So, what were your first three SMS whiskys?