Monday, January 24, 2011


A started drink

So a while back I reviewed a beer that I said was a great summer beer, Dogfish Head.  In the post Peanuts, Hot Dogs, COLD BEER! I mentioned that seasons bring change so do my tastes.  It was summer then and a beer was a refreshing treat after work or with a meal.  Well in that post I mentioned liquors and one of my favorite things is to sit down and tie flies with a glass of whiskey or whiskey drink.

Sarah made this for me the moment it was open
When we were still in Atlanta my friend Gilbert got me a gift.  Gib is getting me into single malt scotches and so he got me a bottle of Laphroaig.  Laphroiag is something he and I tried for the first time at a pub in Atlanta called The Brick Store Pub.  The pub is known for its imported beers, but it also has a unique and special selection of whiskeys and scotches.  On one of the visits Gib made to Atlanta I took him there and he pointed out Laphroiag to me.  We talked about it over a beer or two and then I asked the bartender if I could smell it and he let me.

nothing like a 10 yr old single malt
Smell scotch?  Yes, I wanted to smell it because the bartender and Gib told me they use blue peat(moss) in the distilling process.  Which means it smells very dirt earth like.  The taste has the same earth tones you get when you smell it.  Much like the beer review I will not try to sound like a pro, but I will say that this scotch is not something for starters.  It has a strong bite, and the earth tones do not calm it but in some ways make it stronger.  It is very interesting stuff and if you have a taste for scotch you should think about adding this to the collection for the unusual factor alone.

the first glass poured

  Winter is a time to stay warm.  It is a time to read a book in front of a warm fire.  This is the time of the year to tie a lot of flies, and to keep warm with a glass of whiskey.  So fill up those fly boxes and try to keep it to one small drink before bed.

a sad looking fly box waiting to be filled



  1. Great blog,and photos.
    The fly box could use some work though.
    I could send you some proven Connecticut wild trout flies if you like.

    Good work here, Ill be back.


  2. Hi Alan thanks for the comment and for following along.

    I'd love to talk Connecticut wild trout sometime in the future, and seeing and using proven patterns is always welcome.

    I'm going to head over and read some posts from Small Steam Reflections ( now.

  3. Very cool blog. And I hope that fly box filled out some. ; ) Also, if Laphroaig was your first single malt, congrats for living through it. That is some rough stuff. If you want something smoother, I'd go with a Glenlivet or a Glenfiddich. Your liver will thank you.