Publisher IDW released their first issue of Edward Scissorhands this week and not only is it enjoyable with an American whiskey but it also pairs well with the spooktacular season of Halloween!
I loved Edward Scissorhands growing up and most things Tim Burton for that matter. Edward, an incomplete creation by a mad scientist, has such child like wonder with the world and nothing but kindness. This outsider is brought to suburbia by the local Avon lady where Edward just wants to be accepted despite his appearance and peculiarities, a feeling that most young teens can relate too. You can even send your awkward teen story to the letter page for all to read!
The comic, written by the amazing Kate Leth, picks up not long after where the movie left off. The granddaughter of Kim (Winona Ryder’s character) is now a teenager herself and has grown up listening to the stories of Edward told by her grandmother. The art by Drew Rausch perfectly captures that Burton feel and reminds me a lot of the Beetlejuice animated series (Edward and Lydia have the same eye style happening). It very much has a Saturday morning cartoon feel and suburbia is full of brightly coloured accents which is contrasted with a nearly all grey palette back at Edward’s mansion. When we first visit the mansion, there’s a mix of happiness at seeing Edward again but also an underlying sadness and we soon learn that he has kept his child like curiosity. The artwork and story ever so slowly gets creepier and creepier and provides just the right amount of bait to keep me wanting more.
For this American Gothic story I wanted to choose an American whiskey. Unfortunately my collection is largely skewed towards Canadian ryes and scotch, something I must remedy! Nonetheless, I found a great pairing in Chatoe Rogue’s Single Malt Whisky from Oregon. It’s made with 100% Risk™ Malt, a very fitting name given the unfolding events of this comic. This is also a young whisky, having been matured in oak barrels for only 3 months, fitting well with Edward’s own maturity. The spirit has a cloudy appearance and yellow gold colour. The nose doesn’t give too much away, mostly I pick up the smell of vanilla and an unripened peach. The taste starts off with a sweetness that builds to a spicy finish of white pepper, allspice and some saltiness, a shift similar to what we see in this comic from its brightly coloured beginnings to its darker ending.
For being only in its early stages, I believe this whiskey shows much promise and with longer maturing will become something great and I hold the same belief for Edward Scissorhands.
Please share your own pairings in the comments!