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My name is Jeff, and my interest in whisk(e)y has developed into kind of a hobby. I didn’t try my first whisky until 2008, when I was nearly 39 years old. Well, it was more of a whisky cocktail… a scotch and water on the rocks using Johnnie Walker Black. Not being much of a drinker, I was surprised to find it quite tasty.
A couple of months later (July 2008), on a day trip to Edinburgh, Scotland at the end of a business trip, I took The Scotch Whisky Experience tour. I was fascinated by the history of scotch, and the number of distilleries and stories behind them. I also got a little more adventurous on that trip and tried a few whiskies neat, finding them perfectly drinkable without ice or water. Since then, I’ve spent quite a bit of time collecting different whiskies to sample and compare, and reading about whisky on the internet and in books. Currently, my favorite whiskies are Talisker 18 and Lagavulin 16, and I’ve found myself gravitating towards Islay malts.
I started up this blog as a way of unloading some of the geeky, newbie enthusiasm about the whisky industry (especially scotch) that I’ve got pent up. Being an opt-in format, a blog seemed like a good way to potentially communicate with others having an overlapping interest and/or enthusiasm, without driving my friends and loved ones crazy.
Here’s what I’m doing with the blog:
- Writing about whiskies I try, and rating them relative to each other based on my personal preferences and experience [About my rating system].
- Passing along information that I might have had to work a bit to find, and that I find particularly interesting or useful. Perhaps this can be of use to other whisky “newbies” going through some of the same steps of discovery. Examples of this would be the links in my tasting notes to other [more reliable] tasting notes on the web, and to information about the distilleries. Also, my Following Feis Ile 2009 post has been by far the most accessed page on my blog so far.
- Sharing tips for whisk(e)y enthusiasts on a budget, with an example of this being my Port Ellen for the rest of us post.
Right now, I tend to ramble a bit in my posts. I’ll try to hone my writing skills over time and get more to the point.Cheers [slainte], Jeff
Contact Me: Jeff@ScotchHobbyist.com
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