Alexander Murray Bon Accord

Recently as a Costco liquor store I came across Alexander Murray Bon Accord for $24 so how could I say no to a Scotch which is basically a Speyside for hardly any bucks. I wasn’t sure what to expect and finding reviews online was like pulling teeth. I’m not sure if Scotch aficionados have simply passed it over, or no one has taken the time to pen some notes. Perhaps the Highland designation is putting people off since they want whiskey from the smaller Speyside region of Highland region, or because it shows up here and there with no distillery information and no age statement. Anyway, I opened the bottle and poured a glass and was presented with a Scotch which left a fairly alcoholic first impression, but an underlying sweetness from malt lurked not far behind. My disappointment came in the lack of complexity, but by the second glass I realized this was the perfect Scotch for someone who might not like Scotch or who is trying to ease their way into the spirit. It basically is training wheels Scotch or the bottle to have when you don’t want to break the bank or need to take something to a party which would pair well with finger foods. While it’s not complex, it’s also not expensive and that lack of complexity would allow it to be enjoyed over the course of an evening without palate fatigue. Give it a whirl, it might turn out to be just what the doctor ordered.

Bon Accord
Highland Single Malt

Alexander Murray & Co’s introduction to Highland single malt whisky is a vatting of various casks from one distillery.
In the interest of Alexander Murray & Co’s respect for, and friendship with, the distillers who produced this whisky, we agree not to list distillery of origin; a single malt of exceptional quality from one of the distilleries in the Highland region of Scotland.
Bon Accord single malt is characteristic of the classic style of whisky that the Highland region of Scotland is so well renowned for producing. Approachable and restorative in nature, this malt is a fantastic introduction into the world of single malt.



Charlotte Shooting Recap

Way back in September I posted about the CMPD shooting of a supposedly unarmed man. Videos and photos at the time appeared to show a holster and a gun, but two days ago the Mecklenburg County District Attorney released their report on the shooting and declined to bring any charges against the officer. In a nutshell there was a gun, there was a holster, and Keith Scott was shot because he did not comply with commands given by the officers. Had he simply laid down the firearm he would have gone to jail for possession of a firearm by a felon and some drug charges, but he would still be alive. Take some time and absorb the report completely. It’s too bad the media has to incite racial tensions with their reporting when there was nothing racial about this shooting. Scott was smoking marijuana and when approached by police drew his firearm. He was shot by a cop who was the same race as he was after ignoring commands to drop the gun. Witnesses made up stories for the media which they recanted with interviewed by the police and SBI in an effort to gain their 15 minutes of fame. The bottom line is as always, if the police give a command, comply!


New Breweries – Who Knew?

I’ve not been traveling as much this year as I have in the past and most of my travel has been in North Carolina for the last several years. Recently my travel has picked up substantially and I am amazed by the number of new breweries I encounter. I mean somewhere in the back of my head I knew there were over 4,500 breweries in the US, but that did not fully sink in until last night when I encountered brewery after brewery which was unfamiliar. Unfortunately there are only so many hours in the day so you cannot absorb them all, but I did what I could to make a show of it. Just when you think you may have tried it all you realize it is just the tip of the iceberg. I love the beer culture this country now embraces and look forward to where it will go in the future!


Finger Gun, Bad Idea?

Is using a finger gun to let someone know you will retaliate if threatened a bad idea? In general the answer is yes because you never know what is going through the other person’s head. I’ve successfully used it twice to avoid road rage incidents, in fact I used it yesterday. The first time a young man in a large Detroit machine was trying to nudge me off the road while I was traveling in the fast lane. The first time he did it I swerved and he missed and he went back into his lane, but we were wedged in and he continued to push toward my lane. Eventually he was beside me and I got his attention and gave him the finger gun. He decided from that point forward he should remain in his own lane. Yesterday I was in my lane awaiting the exit a mile or so away and two gentlemen in a large SUV/Van took advantage of my space cushion to get in front of me. I did not close the gap and allowed them to enter with no incident. Over the next half mile they continually slowed down and so eventually I turned on my signal and pulled out to pass figuring I would jump back in four or five car lengths ahead. When I passed I noticed the four or five car lengths were in front of the SUV so I pulled back in the lane. Admittedly I did not signal my intention to renter, but I was so far ahead it posed no danger. The gentlemen then decided to give me the finger and I continued toward my exit. I noticed they seemed to be following instead of taking other exits and finally when I did exit I was in the rightmost lane and they were in the leftmost lane and blowing the horn. As we stopped at the light forty or so feet apart they continued to blow the horn and rolled down the window and yelled, cursed, and screamed. That was when I gave them the effective finger gun and suddenly the window rolled up, the horn quit blowing, and the yelling ceased. I suppose that gesture could have escalated the situation, but I am in my car which is my castle so any threat to me in the car can be met with deadly force. Luckily for me that did not happen, but a post mortem of the event would suggest I should have signaled my intention to enter the lane and if that had still made them angry I should have exited by a different route to avoid the confrontation. In general skip the finger gun, but luckily I have used it on occasion with success.


Sensory Training Notes

Recently BDAS posted about a new sensory training class they were putting together and based on the first graphic, I like what I see. I’m not sure how the whole series will shake out, but the format is easy to read and understand and covers the topic well. Most of the information can be found in other places, but here it is presented in a comprehensive format without being overwhelming. Once they fully develop the course I might have to see where it is being held so I can attend.


Oatmeal Stout Price Increase?

I happened upon an article indicating oat exports from the great white north are expected to drop as a result of weather conditions. Many of the oats slated for human consumption are now going to be used as animal feed. With over 4,500 breweries in the US and more than a few of them making oatmeal stouts or beers containing oats it would seem we may see a price increase in those beers. Luckily oats are only a portion of the grist in most beers, but if raw material prices increase, those costs are typically passed along to the consumer of the finished goods. I doubt we will see oatmeal stout go by the wayside as oat prices escalate, but during previous hops shortages where prices increased we have seen beers which utilize a particular hop cease production when the hop went AWOL. Anyway, snag up your favorite beer containing oats and be prepared for the prices of other products which contain oats to rise in the coming year.