<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Let's all toast to National Scotch Day! When is National Scotch Day? It's this Sunday, July 27th.</span>
While it may seem hard to find a decent scotch drink in the craft-beer-heavy Denver, settle in, celebrate the special oak-barrel aged whisky that we know as scotch, and take a sip at one of these scotch-authorities:
<strong>License No. 1 </strong>(<strong>2115 13th Street, Boulderado Hotel</strong> -<a href="http://license1boulderado.com/" target="_blank"><b>www.license1boulderado.com</b></a>): Head downstairs, ring the doorbell at the back door of the Hotel Boulderado’s distilled spirits-focused bar and enjoy a classic <strong>Blood and Sand</strong>. License No. 1’s version offers Dewars Blended Scotch, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, cherry heering and fresh orange juice. Not in the mood for a cocktail? Serious Scotch drinkers know to check in with the knowledgeable LNO bartenders - the bar back features 15 Scottish whiskeys on hand, ranging from Talisker 10yr or Storm (Highlands) to Laphroig 10 or Quarter Cask (Islay). If your sweet tooth has a hankering, ask for an off-menu scotch and chocolate pairing - the <strong>Flourless Chocolate Cake</strong>, the <strong>Raspberry Red Velvet Torte</strong>, and the <strong>House Made Truffles</strong> all have specially-paired whiskey choices.
<strong>Humboldt </strong>(<strong>1700 Humboldt Street</strong> - <a href="http://www.humboldtrestaurant.com/" target="_blank"><b>www.humboldtrestaurant.com</b></a>) offers their own east-coast seaside inspired version of the Blood & Sand. In their iteration, the Rudolph Valentino-inspired cocktail starts with Famous Grouse Scotch with Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, cherry heering and a muddled orange in place of the orange juice, offering a fresh, citric note to the cocktail classic.
As always, both restaurants will showcase food from their menus. License No. 1 offers small plates like <strong>Caramelized Brussel Sprouts</strong>, <strong>Ginger Shrimp Skewers</strong>, or a <strong>Maine Lobster Roll</strong>.
Humboldt's <strong>Raw Oysters</strong>, <strong>Smoked Trout Dip</strong>, and their <strong>Cheese and Meat Board</strong> always make a nice addition to a scotch drink.
Check out all details and full menus online for <a href="http://humboldtrestaurant.com/" target="_blank"><b>Humboldt </b></a>and <a href="http://boulderado.com/dining-drinks/license/" target="_blank"><b>License No. 1
Kindra Evensen Denver Food Examiner
July 21, 2014