National Tartan Day with Dewar's Whisky
i followed my heart and it led to whisky.
which type of whisky to try first?
If you’re American you’re typically reaching for a glass of bourbon, BUT if you’re Canadian you’ll want to pour a glass of scotch. Here's where Dewar's blended scotch steps in. John Dewar was one of the first Scotsmen to blend whisky and he double aged Dewar's 12 for a smoother taste. This impeccable blend is the result of a time honoured process. After blending the whiskies, they are then married in vintage oak casks and left to harmonize in perfection. The first few sips taste like oak but once you let the scotch sit on your palate for a few seconds, you'll slowly get hints of citrus, honey and vanilla. Pure perfection.
How to drink whisky?
Personally, I believe the best way to enjoy a glass of whisky is neat, but this wasn't always the case for me. I eased into drinking whisky by having it in a cocktail and till date, an old-fashioned is still my go-to drink! Eventually I moved onto having it on the rocks allowing the water to dilute the strong taste and over time, I finally began appreciating straight whisky. Although drinking it neat is not for everyone, I almost always recommend to resist the urge of adding ice to your glass of whiskey or diluting it with water. The flavours and aromas really stand out when drinking it neat, especially when it goes down so smoothly much like Dewar's 12 blended whisky!
So... When's the best occasion to pour a glass?
Technically any day is a good day to pour yourself a glass of scotch whisky but today gives you even more of a reason! April 6th is known as National Tartan Day (yes, we have a official day that allows you to celebrate with whisky!).
but you're probably thinking...
what the heck is this holiday and how does it all relate?
National Tartan Day recognizes and celebrates the contributions of Scots and their descendants in Canada. Scotch whisky is an intrinsic part of Scottish life. If there’s one thing the Scots do well, it’s throwing a good party with great scotch. National Tartan Day was declared an official day by the provincial government in the late 1980's in Nova Scotia to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Scots and their descendants in Canada. While a variety of tartans are displayed, the maple leaf tartan is Canada’s official tartan making me feel pretty proud to be a Canadian today, eh?
So join me today and let's toast to a glass of scotch whisky to celebrate this Scottish heritage holiday! Perchance a glass of Dewar's 12 blended scotch neat?
Enjoy Dewar's 12 responsibly.
Photos captured by: Michael Biro (@globalgarcon)