So what is whisky?

If you ask me this question 8 years ago, my answer would be Scotch & Coke or Bourbon & Coke, the “burning liquid” that you have to mix with Coca cola to make it drinkable. Then I visited Deco Wine Bar in Fitzroy North on a random occasion where Steve the owner poured me a shot of whisky that changed my entire perspective about the spirit. It was warm and strong. I could smell the burnt leaves smoke in my nose and ooh... there was the smoked bacon taste lingering in my mouth afterward. What is going on? I walked back to ask Steve about the drink that he gave me and he said: “This, my friend, is a single malt whisky from the Isle of Skype in Scotland.”

I never thought whisky could taste that way. And what the hell is a single malt whisky? It fascinated me with the uniqueness and complexity so much that made me spent the next 8 years on reading, researching and tasting all the whiskies that I can get my hands on.

For those who just started your journey: Whisky is a cereal-based spirit that has history back to the 1200 in Scotland and Ireland or way back into the mists of time. Some of the most famous names in the world, like Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal, or Jack Daniels became better known for their ready-to-drink products. Then on other hand you have single malt whiskies that have complex aromas and flavours that reflect their place of origin.

Hope you will find many useful information and reviews on my blog.

Happy exploring!


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