I made this list of top tunes to have a dram to a long time ago and posted it in the top tens section. I figured that with all the music festival podcasts being put up this summer it was the right time to revisit those choices, by adding which whiskies I think go best with which songs.
Here is the Whisky Comedian Top Ten Tunes for a night of dramming.
10. Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Simples, something that starts with a punchy beat and is full of brass. Once it’s started there is no way you can keep your head from nodding to the beat. Gotta be Benromach 2000 port wood finish.
9. Happy Monday’s – Step On
The ultimate Madchester tune needs the ultimate Madchester whisky, it’s infectious, it’s baggy, it drops your head to your chin and makes you bend your elbow, to have your hand at shoulder height, so you can swirl your drink round in a big glass and enjoy it sip at a time. To me that says Dewars 18 year old.
8. Stevie Wonder – All I Do
Warm, soulful, sunny beaches filled with love and saxophones that you can’t help but sing long to. Glenfarclas 15 year old.
7. Gat Decor – Passion (Do You Want it Right Now Mix)
Fists clenched with index fingers pointing, hands up in the air, face grimacing, hips jiggling non stop and a massive need to SING… What I want right now is a Lagavulin 18 year old Feis Ile 2013.
6. Orbital – Chime
Look don’t judge me badly… please. To keep up with Chime I need a caffeine hit. Some people will have Irish coffees, but in my raving days the dance floor drink of choice was double whisky and red bull…Chime needs something furnace like, so Double Smokehead & Redbull.
5. De La Soul – Saturdays
It screams partying New York stylee. It’s gotta be a bourbon hasn’t it. Nope, it’s definitely Scotland’s party distillery Bruichladdich and in particular their Bruichladdich Cuvee 407.
4. James Taylor Quartet – Starsky and Hutch Theme
Most definitely the Glenfiddich 21 year old Havana Reserve. It’s one big party with a funky Latin American / Caribbean vibe and (because it’s got Havana in the name) if you try and sell it in the US the cops will be after you.
3. Kraftwerk – Pocket Calculator
The forward thinking German electro outfits most silly but perfect track that puts a smile on your face no matter what your mood. Who is the world of Scotch equivalent? anCnoc 12 year old
2. Sugar Hill Gang – Rappers Delight
Steals the best Niles Rodgers riffs and blends it with a cracking back beat, adds some lyrical poetry to it and creates the best dance floor groove ever. Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
1. Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
The ultimate end of the night moment. Slows you down and reminds you the good times might have past but they are not yet finished, there’s work to do in the morning. Its strings sound like never ending waves crashing against the shore. It can only be Ardbeg Corryvrecken.