a whisky enthusiast's muse through art, writing, painting and drawing

Roughly three years ago when I was a social worker, I woke up one morning and the first thought that came to my mind was, "Hey, you should use whisky as a form of muse to write poetry."  I was not privy to the growing popularity of this spirit at the time and, being that it was such a random thought, I figured I should go forth with this research.  I went to a local pub and inquired about this brown spirit and learned quickly that one could approach this subject matter from a pedagogical point of view; the different regions of scotch, alone, captivated me, as well as the variety of whisk(e)ys that traverse the continent globally.  On top of that, while having it neat, with a few drops of water or with an ice cube, it was as if I were looking at whisky as though it were a poem, where I was perceiving it from a hermeneutics' perspective, post-collinialsim, reader's response theory, etc.  

I told my friend Ron about my poetry project, and he invited me to attend his whisky society.  Flash-foward six months later, no poem was constructed, but DAMN did I come across a lot of whiskies!  Upon attending a special engagement at Seven Grand, a whisky bar located in Down Town Los Angeles, Brand Ambassador Martin Daraz of Highland Park gave the group a sip of Highland Park 18, and the scotch itself and Martin inspired me to pursue my passion.  It was this moment that aroused me to quit social work, back pack to Scotland by myself and to be in the alcohol industry.  

Currently, I work as a spirits specialist at Hi-Time Wine Cellars, which is  high-end liquor store in Southern California, and am a lead apprentice at Bar Jackalope, a Japanese-style whisky bar that focuses on hospitably and education that is located inside Seven Grand Los Angeles.  I feel very lucky to work at both establishments as my co-workers and bosses are beyond sweet and down-to-earth. I still do not know my end game here in this big, bad, whisky world, but what I do know is that I have a journal that I want to complete, so I can document my whisky adventures.  

I like to use whisky as a form of outlet to draw in my journal, sew clothes from scratch, paint, and write. I hope you find this site interesting and thanks for taking the time to read some of my rambles!  


      Linh Do   


While looping hours of Lord of the Rings at home, I noticed that Bilbo Baggins documents his adventures inside a giant, leather book, and I thought to myself, "Well, golly gee!  If Bilbo Baggins has a book, and Jim Murray releases his Whisky Bible each year, why don't I start my own journal?"  And TADA!  My whisky diary filled with doodles was born.  It's roughly 14.5/11.5/2.5 inches (l/w/t), and I document my distillery adventures, the production side of each brand and tasting notes.  

This is me drinking some Kilchoman 2007 Vintage. MMMM so good.  (p.s. I hate taking photos of myself and being in pictures..and after taking few photos, I now know what 14-year-old girls go through when they snap and re-snap a photo of themselves :P).