Today is the 5th birthday of my blog. Almost 1250 posts in, with a couple thousand visitors every month, I’m still having fun doing this.
To celebrate, ever since the first birthday in 2010, I invite a couple of friends for food and drams. The whisky is a blind tasting in which everyone brings a bottle. The food comes from my barbecue. Or, in this year’s situation, from three barbecues.
Surprisingly, since I’m doing this in August, nobody cancelled because of holidays. Which also means the group was a bit bigger than it was previous times. But the back yard was big enough, I could borrow a third barbecue, and I got a good deal on the meat so no problems there.
At the end of the night, with almost everybody bringing more than one bottle, my liver did see some problems. As you might imagine I didn’t do much on Sunday…
After this one we had the new 15 year old Heaven Hill bourbon from Malts of Scotland, which they finished in a sherry cask. I really loved that one. (which is good, since it’s mine)
I believe after this there still were two drams left. A Blair Athol that I enjoyed, and a Rare Malt Millburn that I don’t really remember (sorry Martin!)
As you might guess, this was a rather great night. Epic drams were had. Everyone’s favorites were different, but my number one dram was the undisclosed Irish whisky from The Nectar. I really regret not buying that one!
Thanks for making this possible Henk, Henk, Helen, Antoine, Tom, Tom, Thomas, Teun, Jeroen, Bram, Martin, Fulco. Most of all though, thanks to Anneke for making dessert, handling the kids and general helpfulness in making this possible!
Happy birthday, Malt Fascination! Keep up the good work, Sjoerd.
All the best – and slainte mhath. A Wee Taste of Scotland
Happy blog birthday fella. Looks like you celebrated in style. I do enjoy reading your site. Greg
Five years is a long time. Congratulations on sticking with it. Also, it seems Henk and Tom are popular names in Holland.
Thanks! Tom still is, Henk is getting a bit old fashioned. Both of the Henks are over 50 😉