Today, I received Ian Buxton's 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die. I immediately poured myself a glass of The Macallan (12 year old sherry oak, not in the book, though the 10 year old and 18 year old are) and started to page through it. A wealth of knowledge is afforded the reader. Opening it at random, we find Dalwhinnie, distilled by Diageo in Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire, just off the A9. It is the highest distillery in Scotland, though to no obvious advantage, but it is affordable, yellow gold in "colour" and immediately appealing. It is available at the visitor's center.
I was glad to see that Ian recommends drinking from a brandy snifter, if no whiskey glass is available. I stumbled on to this tactic years ago. I say "tactic" because not only does it allow you to better appreciate the whiskey, but it also seems to lead bartenders to pour more generously.
I have sampled disappointingly few of the recommended whiskeys, and hope to begin working my way through the list. My strategy, of course, is to stop at 100. I don't wish to gain immortality through having drunk a lot of good whiskeys; I plan to gain immortality through not drinking one particular whiskey. Nominations are welcome.