Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Running, biking, scotch

Over the weekend, my running buddy came home for a few days.

She and I went and did a couple of workouts. First was a 2+ mile run with some good sized hills... We did mix in some walking in addition to the 2 miles, so it was a pretty lengthy excursion. The knee felt pretty OK, but I wouldn't want to do too much more than that.

The next day, we went for a nice little bike ride, a little over 5 miles. Thankfully, I didn't have any incidents and come home with any broken bones, unlike the last time she and I rode together. This was the first time I pulled out my bike after I got it tuned up, and I was really pleased with how well it rode. The tune-up was definitely worth the money. (Plus, I have brakes now!)

I must say, I really missed working out with her. While I do like the solitude when working out, I really do enjoy her company, and the time really flies by. So, if I had to choose, I'd certainly choose having her around for the workouts. Plus, it's really good having someone that will drag your butt outside and make sure you work out on those days where you really just want to phone it in.

And now... Today's alcohol Tuesday entry is....

Glenmorange's 12 year 'Port Wood Finish' scotch. It's a single malt scotch that during its final years of maturation, is put into port containers for aging. This allows it to pick up some of the characteristics and flavors of a port, while retaining its scotch-ness. (What else would you call scotch-ness?)

In an effort for full disclosure, this is the scotch that got me into scotch drinking. It was a Christmas party with a very kind and generous host, a drinking buddy, and a bottle of this. (Unfortunately, the host only had about a single glass, and there was confusion the next day on how my buddy and I got home. Props to Mrs. Raul here for not killing me, as it was really a party for her and her co-workers)

Anyway..... The scotch has a somewhat rose tint to its golden color. The smell is slightly fruit-like, in the vein of cherries. A first sip is pretty dry. As you taste it, you start noticing more and more flavor. There's a very faint underlying smoke taste, but there is also the port taste. In some ways the port taste reminds me of Courvoisier cognac. (I'm no cognac expert, though. Nor a scotch expert for that matter)

The scotch itself is... pricey. So, it's definitely designed for sipping, and for special occasions. One could argue that it's not for a newbie scotch drinker, due to its price and complexity. However, I'll argue the opposite, saying it's a good way to get into scotch.. a 'gateway scotch', if you will. It worked for me.. (Of course, there are very few drinks I'll turn away from)

Hmm.. After doing a bit of research this morning, it appears that this scotch is discontinued, and has been replaced by the 'Quinta Ruban' variety (of which, people seem to prefer the Port Wood Finish version). Oh, this is disappointing. Plus, I robbed you all of a good review, because this is discontinued.. I guess I'd rush out and get a bottle if you are at all interested. lol. I'll have to do something else later on this week to make up for this.

Alright everyone, keep on rockin!


Denise said...

Oh no, scotch? That's out of my element...I don't do scotch!!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

(What else would you call scotch-ness?) ...




I'm not a Scotch drinker myself ... actually, I drink only beer these daze because I tend to drink whatever's in my hand as though it were beer, which is to say a bit ... um ... quickly ...

Which, when you're talking real likker ... not so much a good idea, I'd say.

Glad you and the ex-partner got some good exercise in!

X-Country2 said...

Ah the Gateway Scotch. Nice to meet you. :o)

smellyshelley said...

Scotch, oh my. i think that is what my Aunt Mina always walked around with...picture one of Marge's sister's from The Simpsons - always with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other, and a tongue that was sharp as a whip...Loved her. But not scotch, I'll stick to beer, wine and an occasional shot of Tequila.

Nice that you had a running buddy this weekend to drag your butt out!

D10 said...

I agree that it is nice to have someone to workout with. I am not much a a drinker, but I do enjoy your reviews!

Cindy said...

do u like whiskey? ever tried suntory hibiki? our bottle is almost gone and we are scheming about how to get another one.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

i could go either way with working out, either alone or with someone, glad there were no broken bones! Don't do scotch either!

Shannon said...

Did someone say Scotch? You're talking my language bro!!!!