A Scotch Primer

For those kilties who just received their first bottle of Glenfiddich or Oban, but don’t know their single malt from their blended malt, Life in a Kilt Magazine is here to help. We invited Ken Klehm, Asheville-based distiller, to share his insight and expertise to those looking for their first initiation into the world of scotch whisky – what to look for, how it should taste and why people love the stuff so damned much.

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Highland Ghost

1/3 oz. Cognac 1/2 pint Pepsi Cola 1/2 pint Guinness Combine in a pint glass. Your choice - drink or chug it! — Recipe at Bar None...

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The Smoking Gun

2 oz. Islay or other peaty scotch 3/4 tsp. Fernet Branca 1/2 tsp. brown sugar cordial (see below) 2 dashes Fee Bros. whiskey barrel-aged bitters Stir all ingredients and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a mint leaf. Brown sugar cordial: Heat 2 parts brown...

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Rob Roy

1 1/2 ounces Scotch 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth Angostura bitters to taste Maraschino cherry for garnish Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry. — Recipe at...

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1 1/2 oz Scotch whisky 3/4 oz amaretto almond liqueur Pour ingredients into an old-fashioned glass over ice and serve. — Recipe at Drinks Mixer

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Highland Bramble

45ml/1.5oz blended Scotch whisky 30ml/1oz freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 barspoon honey dash egg white (optional) 15ml/0.5oz Crème de Mure Shake the first four ingredients with ice. Strain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass and drizzle the Crème de Mure over the...

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