Buckle up for some changes around the blog. Hopefully not too many, but GDPR goes active near the end of May, and because I cannot guarantee that an EU citizen isn’t reading my site from a cellphone in Detroit, I must comply or be fined a minimum (!) of 2 million Euros.
My first VIP ticket experience at WhiskyFest, and my fourth major whisky convention. I tasted around 40 whiskies, attended two excellent seminars, and managed to get home without a drunk-and-disorderly arrest. That’a s win, right there.
There will be no post this week, as it’s my birthday and I’m going to spend it drinking whisky instead of analyzing it. I’m not going to go off on a riff about how sometimes you need to forget the scores and drama and what’s on the label and just enjoy your whisky, because I …
A quick little mid-week diversion: The folks at Invaluable have put together a fun whisky infographic for beginners, along with a coherent introduction (of sorts) to whisky for my fellow noobs out there. I was happy to provide them some feedback and correct a few errors, and so they credited me as a contributor. Here’s a peek at the infographic, click on it for more.
This special edition of the Scotch Noob is brought to you by Tom at Tom’s Foolery, who asked that I take another look at his bourbon (which I kinda panned), with two things in mind: First, that I make sure the bottle has been open to oxidize a little bit (it has, at 75% full for a few weeks), and second that I compare it to Wyoming Whisky.
… So many distilleries and expressions to try, so much innovation yet to occur and innovative products yet to be released, and so many chances to re-learn how truly little I know about our favorite drink. Perhaps that’s what originally tempted me to the world of whisky, and what keeps me captivated still: The vast breadth and inexhaustible depth of the possibility space that is whisky. …
This is a a proprietary blended scotch, exclusive to Bern’s Steak House in Tampa, FL, which was blended for them by Compass Box. Similar to Compass Box’s Hedonism, this is a blend of old (very old) grain whiskies: 5 casks of 40 year-old Strathclyde and Girvan were used.
Well, I’ve been nominated by the board from the International Whisky Competition as one of the 25 best whisky bloggers!
Well, after four and a half years of using the same theme that I launched with, I’ve finally entered the modern era. I present: The New Scotch Noob dot com! It really shouldn’t look too different, as I wanted to keep my basic look-and-feel, but the site has a lot more bells and whistles, and is (finally) mobile device friendly! Pull up scotchnoob.com on your mobile phone or tablet and you should have a much better experience than before.
Just dropping a quick line to say that scotchnoob.com has a new sponsor! 1776.co hand-stitched leather-wrapped stainless steel flasks. I think these are the nicest flasks I’ve seen online or anywhere, and come with a lifetime guarantee. From their site: A flask has always been the perfect gift for celebrating life’s best moments and greatest …