Dienstag, 12. März 2013
Do I have favourite distilleries?
... well that's a difficult question. First of all I have not tasted enough malts from all distilleries to answer to this question correctly. I think you should at least try a minimum of ten bottlings from various years of destillation and from different casks to really be able to judge whether you like the overall character and the overall profile of a distillery. So far I have only identified three distilleries where I can definitely answer with a clear YES to the character and YES to the profile (jummie...) - these are Bunnahabhain, Port Ellen and Clynelish. By the way - this does not automatically mean that my favourite bottlings would also come from the same distilleries - there are single gems from other distilleries which I scored even higher, I am talking about... hm, no, I will not go on now - let's wait for the right moment ;-) But that's what is one of the great characteristicas of single malt whisky - there is hardly bad malt. Other great distilleries (my second choice, so to say) which I like are Springbank, Laphroaig, GlenDronach and Glenfarclas.

What you will not find in this blog...
As I already pointed out you will mostly not find any tasting not from very old and expensive bottlings. Not that I wouldn't like to taste them but I rather dedicate my money to great value-for-money bottlings. Additionally I am not going to explain the production process or any technical information from the distilleries. There are many experts out there with excellent pages and sites so I don't need to repeat. For those who are looking for basic information I warmly advise to the Maltmadness Whisky Blog where you will find very good basic information: http://www.maltmadness.com/malt-whisky/beginners-guide-to-scotch.html. Additionally there is a lot of very good literature out there which you will in short time also find in a special section in this blog. As I am a lover of single malts you will probably not find Bourbon, Rye, Irish or other World Whisky - even if there's lots of high quality stuff on the market. Last but not least don't expect too many tasting notes - I see this blog as a wide platform for various topics around whisky - not just for notes. I will stop now - before you might decide to not read any of this rubbish anymore - too negative ;-)