What are we doing here?
I have wanted to start a blog like this for some time now but one question has always paralysed my efforts: where would I start? So much has been written on whisk(e)y that it would be very easy to fall into the trap of merely regurgitating other articles on the regions of Scotland, comparisons of long vs short neck stills or the merits (or otherwise) of a general trend away from age statements with certain brands. It would be easy (not to mention exceptionally enjoyable for me) to start at one end of a bar and write tasting notes on each until my taste buds surrendered. For what they are worth I will give my tasting notes, but these have been done much more ably elsewhere and would not, I venture to suggest, make compelling reading.
So why are we here? Well, this month Master of Malt have launched their Dram Club. Each month they send five 30cl drams that have been curated to allow members to try a broad range of whiskies without the outlay of buying a full bottle without trying it first. I have been excited about this for some time now and it gave me the idea of anchoring posts to the whiskies that come each month. It will allow for a tight focus on a single distillery, a broader focus on the area it comes from and tasting notes of the particular expression under discussion. The first box has arrived and contains: The Glenrothes 2001; Old Pulteney 17 Year Old; Amrut Fusion; Baby Blue Corn Whisky; Glendalough 13 Year Old Irish Whiskey.
I am in the happy position that I have not yet tried any of these, and I look forward to getting started.