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Welcome to what is, in essence, a record of my relationship with whisky. As such, what's contained on these pages may be of no interest to you at all! However, I hope that some of my musings might stimulate, challenge, and entertain. Blogs, by their very nature, have as part of their core, a degree of self-indulgence and these pages are no exception to that. I ask for neither forgiveness or approval....it is what it is.

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Whisky Interest: These entries explore a range of issues, events, and thoughts that occur to me from time to time. I may spend a good deal of time researching some of the entries. I may write from a purely anecdotal perspective. In terms of quality, they will undoubtedly range from the occasionally erudite to the more frequently foolish, from acutely objective to cloyingly pretentious (que es lo que es!). Whatever your response may be, my hope is that it gets you thinking about whisky.

Occasional Reviews: Well, this page does what it says on the tin. This blog is not primarily designed to review whisky. It is about the whisky experience in a broader context. However, given that the liquid itself is the golden thread that knits together the tapestry of experiences, I will occasionally review whisky's that have some special meaning for me.

Photographs: I'm no expert in cameratography, I have a "Box brownie" brain, I do my best (dit is wat dit is).

Surreal drams: My fingers have melted around the base of a nosing glass containing a single Taketsuru teardrop. Wherever possible, try speaking the "surreal drams" out loud and in one breath.

A nod to Haiku: 私は気分を害するなら、私を許して、それは私の意図ではありません Haiku is a poetic form and a type of poetry from Japanese culture.The most common form form Haiku is three short lines. The first line usually contains five syllables, the second line seven syllables, and the third line contains five syllables. Haiku doesn't rhyme and it must "paint" a mental image in the reader's mind. This can be somewhat challenging.

The Haiku that I post do not all comply with the traditinal Haiku structure (hence the "nod" to Haiku). Those that adhere most closely (not all published yet) are Ardbeg Uigeadail, Octomore 2.2, and Talisker 10 (although the purists might even then make a distinction between syllable and sound).


Whiskography: For me, one of the most compelling attributes that whisky possesses is that of being a catalyst. It can transport you to a different time and place, it has the power to excite and soothe, it can be incendiary, tranquil, frustrating, simple, complex, occasionally awful, but never boring. This page focuses on the whisky that I drink and the memories that it stimulates. As such, it is a combination of autobiography, a challenge to my memorial faculties, an exercise in self-indulgence, and a vehicle for me to provide my two beloved boys (young men) with some insights into their Dad that they wouldn't choose to hear face to face.

I won't be a passive agent in relation to this experience. I will use the taste, look and age of the whisky as a stimulus. If a whisky was distilled in 1978 for example, I will reflect on my experiences at that time. If you choose to explore all will become clear.