The Blog Birthday Bash #2

Pulled PorkLast Friday this wee blog turned two years old. I find it very surprising that I kept it up this long and that so many of you are reading my ramblings, but so far there is a slight growth every few months. Of course, this being the summer everything in the hard liquor industry turned down a notch, but in general, the amount of hits and searches is growing.

To celebrate everything that has happened I hosted a very informal barbecue and whisky tasting in our backyard. Partially at least because right around dinner time there was a huge down pour so we had our Pulled Pork inside and went back out for booze.

Personally I thought the atmosphere was terrific with all kinds of people mixed up and mingling. My only fear is that the more thoroughbred whisky connoisseurs expected more whisky oriented conversation. Since there were some relatives and (non-whisky) friends this might not have been the case.

Big PeatThen the whiskies! There were highs and there were lows. One of the biggest surprises of the evening was the Big Peat. One of the most awarded whiskies to be released in 2010 I found it rather sharp and very youngish. Maybe because I have not been enjoyed peated drams like that for a while, and I might have to try it again in winter.

What turned out to be on the table (properly wrapped in aluminium foil) was everything from 7 year old Clynelish to 34 year old Millburn with a Springbank Open Day bottling, a G&M Elgin-only bottling of Inchgower, the always terrific Glengoyne 17, and a rare St. Magdalene sherry cask!

InchgowerI tried to plan something bigger on a very short notice which didn’t work. I will probably try again next year with a bit of a delayed party right after summer when everyone’s back from their vacations.

So, Ronald, Martijn, Henk, Henk, Helen, JK, JP, Tom, Jantien: Thanks a million for a terrific evening. Most of all, though, thank Anneke for being terrific in helping out preparing everything, being pregnant and all. I have some making up to do, I think!

5 stars

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About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y and beer. I like to listen to loads of music and read an occasional book. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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2 Responses to The Blog Birthday Bash #2

  1. Tom (@AWG_whisky) says:

    Hmmm, thought I already posted a comment overhere, but it seems it never came through…

    I really enjoyed the anniversay tasting with great pulled pork, cole slaw and potato salad. After the rain outside some magnificent drams (you forgot to mention the Silver Seal Macallan 22y which was one of the highlights for me). I loved the non-whisky related small talk too. It was a long ago I had a conversation about squating and punkbands in the 80′s. Thanks for a wondefull night!

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