13 Mar Golden future for Scotch whisky
Although the rest of humanity yearly becomes more appreciative of Scotch whisky, it seems the Scots themselves are becoming yearly more addicted to vodka.
In a reluctant way, I can understand why. Whisky takes time to get to know and even longer to fully appreciate. Vodka — roughly one third alcohol to two thirds water — is the ideal mixer with whatever one drank before one could legally drink. It spikes up orange and grapefruit juice, or cola and iron brew, Ribena or tomato juice, or tonic or lemonade, or whatever.
Hence it tends to be the spirit of choice of younger drinkers, and it is often only in middle age or their later years that they start to enjoy whisky. The cratur is, to quote the old cliché, an acquired taste— but one that can be richly rewarding in the long run.