Last week, we shared the Lord’s word focused on stress management as well as sharing the complex flavors and experience of the Bull Run Distillery’s single malt whiskey. If you did not get a chance to read last week’s blog, be sure to check it out at The Whiskey Lover’s Whiskey and His Word: Stress Management, week 1. This week we continue diving in by sharing the notes and fragrances of the Westland Distillery’s 2016 Peat Week single malt whiskey. My wife, The Whiskey Lover’s wife, asked me, “why did you choose to share this whiskey?” As I think about it, the experience from the whiskey I chose last week with the focus on stress management, is the fact that stress is our response to PERCIEVED dangers. Well, my experience of getting to go for a weekend with my wife to try and find these whiskeys helps me realize that all the “things” leading up to that weekend that I felt stressed about, was only my perception. I only perceived things at work as stress and that God blessed me with the opportunity to spend time with my other half sharing in something God has blessed us with, in moderation and control.
This weeks whiskey is an excellent Pacific Northwest style representation of what many people think of like a Scotch. However, Westland is at the forefront of sharing and creating a very distinct American Single Malt using grains and resources from the Northwest that is helping solidify the growing field of the American Single Malt Whiskey. In fact, check out the most recent video post from local Seattle based King 5 news on Westland’s latest award. Let’s dig in and see what Westland is sharing with us today.
Westland Distillery, 2016 Peat Week American Single Malt Whiskey
ABV: 50% (100 proof)
Distillery Description: “Dive into the mystical waters of peating malt with a simple incantation. “Ekkeri, akai-ri, u kair-an. Fillissin, follasy. Then marvel at the twisted and miraculous alchemy of the Rom that marries smoke and whiskey. Come with questions and leave with even more. Learn what there is to know and embrace the truth of what is unknowable.”
Color: A lighter almost straw yellow color with reflections of a light gold amber off of the Glencairn glass when swirled.
Smell: On first smell, you get the ester like and medicinal smell that comes from the drying of the barley with the local Northwest peat moss. Beyond that, you start to pick up baked banana bread that is heavy in those overripe bananas you remember sitting on the countertop of grandmas house. Shortly after, you begin to pick up an almost methol reflection that ends with a rich, earthy, and smoke like aromas on the nose.
Taste: This is a savory and sweet profile surrounded by robust, but not overdone smoke and spice. This almost spiced grain gives of what is described as a grilled tropical fruit profile that contains hints of the astringent-like patterns from the smoked peat. A delicate, yet at the same time robust profile that can be broken down into many things, but standing out are a sweet, fruity, grilled smoke palate with hints of honey and vanilla lingering on the end.
His Word and Who God is
1 Peter 2:21-24
21 For to this, you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds, you have been healed.
As we continue, last week we focused on the reading of 1 Samuel 18:6-11 and talked about stress as a perceived danger. Perceived danger much like how the Lord’s anointed King Saul felt about David and the loss of his throne which was not the case at all.
This week we focus on 1 Peter 2:21-24. Through the incarnation of Jesus Christ, our God experienced stress on a firsthand basis. You need to remember that Jesus came to earth for us and to save us from our sin and although perfect, still endured the same problems we face and even constant actual threats on his life in an almost daily basis. Our Lord met these stressful circumstances on numerous occasions, but all these were minor in comparison to the stress He endured from Gethsemane to the cross.
To what resources did Jesus turn during this ordeal? Turn to 1 Peter 2:21-24 to observe Christ’s response to stress and suffering, a real model for us to emulate! So remember that when all life’s “little things” or in some cases “major things” come at us, remember that we must press into Jesus much as Jesus did into his Father. True salvation, answers, and strength come from God and God alone, not any earthly thing that we tend to try and find relief with.
next week, we will be diving into God’s word with stress and “who I am.” If you are just joining me on the several week journeys with God and sharing a dram, please follow me and my blog at The Whiskey Lover.
Dear Lord, heavenly father. We come to you this day to give thanks and glory to what you have given up for us along with your word and promise. We will face daily challenges, whether small or large that will want to create stress for us. Let us remember that you faced it all before us and beat it. We have no hope in anything this world provides, but in what you have already done for us and for that I am grateful. May we remember as a model and in obedience, when the devil or sin tries to cause fear and stress in us, we now that you are and will always be there no matter what to help up in this journey. It will not be easy, but we can rest that with our trust and faith in you, we will overcome because you have already overcome. We thank you and pray this in your Holy Name, Jesus Christ, Amen.
If you would like to reach out to me for any reason, perhaps you are facing stress and need somebody to encourage you this day, you have thoughts or feedback to share with us on this journey, or have some great recommendation for a shared dram, please do not hesitate to contact me or share a positive comment.