Nearly all holidays call for a drink.  Take Christmas, July 4th and Arbor Day, for example.  But while these drinking occasions may hide behind Jesus, national independence and trees, respectively, one holiday in particular mans up and makes drinking the sole focus – National Scotch Day.

I’m not sure of National Scotch Day’s origin, but that doesn’t bother me much.  Any holiday that promotes the sweet ambrosia that is whisky is a day worth celebrating.  To commemorate the occasion, I’m uncorking my bottle of The Balvenie Madeira Cask, a limited edition 17-year-old offering from The Balvenie that’s finished in barrels that once held fortified Madeira wine.

With a deep nose of warm spices and dried fruit, plus the taste of sweet vanilla and raisin, it’s a nice way to spend the day.

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