Scotch Whiskey, it’s not just for the boys!

“For a very long time women were scared to drink whisky because it had such a masculine image. But times are changing and female drinkers are much more open to trying new things,” said Gemma Scott, a trade and consumer magazine editor from Glasgow, “In my opinion a woman drinking whisky looks far sexier than a woman drinking a sparkly pink cocktail with a straw in it.”  The number of women joining Scotland’s premier whisky connoisseurs’ club is increasing at an unprecedented rate. Over the past three years, women have accounted for one in four of all new memberships at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. That compares with just one in 10 in previous years.

Last year, 550 new female members joined up to push female membership to its highest-ever level, overturning long-held notions of serious whisky drinking as an almost exclusively male preserve.

Experts say the rise has been prompted by a new generation of female drinkers prepared to experiment with new spirits and different flavors as well as a series of tasting events that combine whisky with food.

Celebrities such as supermodel Kate Moss and radio presenter Zoë Ball have also been pictured consuming whisky. – Source Scotland on Sunday, By Jeremy Watson

One for the road: two members of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, which signed up 550 women last year, attend a whisky tasting at the Members’ Rooms in Leith, Edinburgh. Photograph: Phil Wilkinson
One for the road: two members of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, attend a whisky tasting at the Members’ Rooms in Leith, Edinburgh. Photograph: Phil Wilkinson

A great way to keep warm this month is to enjoy a neat glass of scotch or whiskey in front of the fire. Yes, sip slowly and enjoy the warm feeling in your chest spread to your whole body. Enjoy it alone or pair it with a good caramel or some short bread cookies. Let’s go ladies, give it a try!

Some Whiskey Facts:

  • Whiskey spelled with an “e” is usually whiskey made from the America or Ireland. Some distilleries in these regions will occasionally spell their whiskey without an “e” (i.e. Maker’s Mark whisky, George Dickel Tennessee Whisky). Whisky spelled with no “e” is usually whisky made from Scotland or Canada.
  • When first trying scotch do not pour it over ice it, try it neat.
  • Setting up your own whiskey tasting GO>
  • You can learn lots more at > http://www.whiskipedia.org

Remember to always drink responsible and assign a designated driver.

 

 

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