Last 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.
Then 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!
I 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!