formerly Transcendental dram

Welcome to the Whisky Moods

We’re thrilled you are here and we hope you linger for a while, maybe a dram’s worth of your time right now, then stop by in a few days to see what’s new. Here we focus more on whisky experiences and the context of dramming than on the products. We like smoky talk and bold tastes. We like stuff on the rocks and we have fun making a splash. And we enjoy your take on things that matter, on things that transcend the ordinary.

There’s a yin and yang to the Transcendental Dram. We present stories, photography, art, movies and product reviews that we know whisky drinkers thirst for, but we want to hear your whisky stories to complete the experience. Many of you drink bourbon, gin, grappa and other spirits. All those stories are part of the picture as well. As we mix your content with ours, we’ll have a well-stocked site.

We know 8 out of 10 high-end whisky drinkers have a strong interest in photography. So we are offer you a wide range of them, from 1940s Paris fashion and personality photography to 21st Century pinhole images from the beaches of Australia. You’ll never see Sydney Harbour the way it is pictured here. And there is a feast of color and texture in our photo essay on Stamboul, the city that inspired Graham Greene to write The Orient Express. Our writers tell stories about the people and places in the photographs, adding another dimension to what you will see here and nowhere else.

Whisky drinkers are interested in art too, so we start with selections from Ralph Steadman’s classic take on the magic and folklore of single malts, Still Life With Bottle. His distinctive illustrations and whisky stories add an exciting dimension to our initial offerings. One of our own illustrators has designed “whisky labels” for our section on Well Aged Words, where we offer the story behind the phrase. (“The lion’s share” does not mean what you may think it does!)

That’s only half the site. We invite you to fill in the other half. To enable that, we have created multiple ways for you to interact with us. Beyond just posting your comments on the post that interest you, we hope you will participate in the interactive taste maps we have created for Whisky, Women and Song. Here, you tell us what’s smoky and what’s bold. We’re building a dynamic list of “Movies Men Must See,” and your vote can change the rankings. You can post your whisky stories on this site anytime.

Sláinte, a Gaelic toast to good health heard throughout Ireland and Scotland, and on these pages.


About Author

Josh is an author, former blogger, media critic, x-Capitol Hill legislative aide and White House assistant, business consultant, idea marketing specialist, a squatter at the global village virtual bar and an alpine rock gardener where he lives in Woodstock, NY.