Deadlines, and more deadlines to finish up projects. On top of that you went house hunting in a new city with sick kids in tow and had to find new a suitable school for the little ones. Pictures on property sites only show the good of the house. You have seen enough water damage, funny architectural features and cat stained carpets to last you a lifetime. Now you still need to pack the current house and finish up the school year, while hubby is already living far away. Following on from my previous article about Red Wine, if your glass of white wine is just not going to make this week better – it is time to bring out the big guns.
Something a bit stronger! A nice glass of whisky is what you need. But what do you choose? What do you replace your Rosé or your Sauvignon Blanc with? What whisky do you choose if you are a white wine loving mom.
White Wine Loving Mom: Is a sweet Rosé your favorite?
Rosé wine gets its cooler because the skins of red grapes touches the wine for only a short time. The primary flavors of Rosé wine is strawberry, melon, green notes and citrus. The majority of Rosé wine sold in South Africa is a sweeter (less dry) than what is available in Europe.
Rosé wines are soft and easy drinking. Very much like the Auchentoshan Three Woods. This triple distilled Lowlands whisky has notes of cooked fruit, toffee, liqueur cherries in dark chocolate, and ripe dark forest fruits. Soft and smooth, this is the perfect dram to replace a Rosé.
Another dram that has the green notes and soft sweetness is the Glenkinchie 12 yo. Also from the Scottish Lowlands, it is light, yet fragrant with notes of fresh cereal, barley sweetness and acacia honey. There are notes of Madeira and sweet stewed fruits and a fresh greenness.
Or try the Nikka Miyagikyo from Japan, bursting with floral notes balanced with hints of butterscotch and vanilla. Oak, spice and vanilla combine with dried fruit. This is certainly an easy drinking whisky.
These drams go with softer cheeses and white fish dishes.
White Wine Loving Mom: Is Sauvignon Blanc your favourite?
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white wines in the U.S. Often referred to as “grassy,” it is known for its refreshing crispness. The main flavors of Sauvignon Black are lime, green apple, passion fruit with green grass and not very sweet.
Springbank 10 yo from Campbeltown is big and bold with oak dryness. There are notes of exotic fruits and a hint of salinity and peat. The Springbank 10 yo is full-bodied with a good helping of cereal sweetness. There is a richness to the dram, with a dark nuttiness and whirling smoke.
Another interesting dram to replace a Sauvignon Blanc with is the Clynelish 14 yo. Zesty, mandarin with a smoky kind of nose. The Clynelish 14 yo is quite light, has orange, dry oak mixed fruits, vanilla and leather.
For a big bold hit of fruit, grass and dryness, try the Oban Distillers Edition. It is filled to the brim with sherry, rich dark fruit, raisin fruit cake, hints of nutmeg, grassy green notes and sweetness balanced with bits of vanilla and butterscotch. Smoky hints with dry oak, cream and pepper spice. It is easy drinking, clean and uncomplicated. These drams should pair well with a creamy risotto, white fish and roasted chicken.
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White wine Loving Mom: Do you like a fruity Chenin?
It’s hard not to love Chenin Blanc. Chenin is versatile and sweet and has the ability to adapt to a wide variety of tastes. A Chenin traditionally has notes of pear, baked apple, lemon, fresh flowers, oak, nutmeg and lemon.
And the best way to replace your Chenin? Try the Bain’s Cape Mountain whisky from Wellington. This is probably the most versatile dram in my collection. It is the perfect drink to replace wine in a dish when cooking and is easy on the pocket and utterly delicious! Sweet and rich with hints of toffee, banana and vanilla. There are hints of florals and winter spices. It is not a ‘big mouthful’ whisky but is smooth and easy drinking. You can even get your hands on it when you live in the UK. I see Master of Malt stock it.
For a bigger hit, try the Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Cask. This whisky was finished in sweet French Sauternes wine casks that brought a fruity note to this Highland whisky. Notes of fruity sweetness, sultana jam and condensed milk balanced with vanilla sweetness. Hints of citrus and oak mixed with a peppery sweetness and winter spice such as nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon.
Last but not least is the Glenfiddich 18 yo. Glenfiddich is known for their apple and pear fruitiness balanced with oak and spices. This 18 yo has notes of oak and fresh apple intertwined with barley and the cereal sweetness of dried fruits and hints of toffee. There is mild spiced it is smooth and rich with some warming cinnamon spice at the end.
These drams will go well with grilled chicken and creamy pasta dishes.
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