It’s Saturday July, 14th and I’ve come to Can Can, one of my favorite
local restaurants (French-themed if you couldn’t guess), for a dinner of Moules & Frites (that’s mussels and french fries, savages).
me to step away from the bar, as the Can Can girls are about to start
dancing. On the bar.
My night is looking up. No, this isn’t an everyday occurrence. It’s
I’ve just picked up my mail from the office and in the pile is the
latest issue (#64 – August 2007) of Whisky Magazine, sent to me from my friend Elliot
Fishbein, owner of Town Wine & Spirits (Rhode Island, USA)
As some of you know, I moved my residence back in February and apparently one
of the things lost in the shuffle was my subscription (Yep, I pay for
my subscriptions, just like everyone else.)
Well the reason that Elliot has sent me the issue is that apparently Whisky Magazine says I’m the best.
My night is looking even more up.
The article is called "Blogging It" and despite the fact that "blog" is an integral part of this site’s name, I really dislike the term. It’s almost dismissive. But I digress. It’s The Scotch Blog, and I’m stuck with it for now.
Written by Richard Jones, the article declares that The Scotch Blog is indeed, the best. And I think it is pretty cool to be recognized by a leading industry publication.
The actual article must have been written some time ago as they reference stories from last Fall, but here we are, still going strong, months later.
Reproduced, totally without permission:
At the time of this writing, this is simply the best all-around Scotch whisky blog on the web.
Author Kevin Erskine provides frequent, well written, considered and often thought-provoking posts on a range of whisky related subjects. Recent examples of the more controversial variety include ‘Men Behaving Badly‘, a criticism of certain attendees at a recent whisky event and ‘Too Many Bruichladdich Editions?‘ questioning the number of releases from this Islay distillery along with a robust defence by Mark Reynier.
(ed. note – I actually wrote about the issue of too many Bruichladdich expressions in a story called ‘A Visit to the Laddie‘. Too Many Bruichladdich Editions was Mark’s response.)
The blog is an excellent source of up-to-date whisky news with such items as the reorganisation of distillery managers at InverHouse, the latest BenRiach wood finishes and the new-look packaging for Highland Park.
It also has features more commonly found on a traditional website / forum such as ‘Ask the Collector’, a chance to pick the wisdom of The Whisky Exchange‘s Sukhinder Singh on matters of rare whiskies and their values.
Kevin is a US based blogger so some of his entries on forthcoming tastings are only of interest to readers on his side of the Atlantic, but this is a minor criticism.
The Scotch Blog is an invaluable, informative and highly entertaining resource for Scotch whisky lovers everywhere.
Much thanks to Whisky Magazine; Richard Jones and Rob Allanson (Editor) as this is the type of recognition that makes writing The Scotch Blog worth my time. I especially like when terms like "well-written" are used to describe my work.
I’d also like to thank Sukhinder Singh for taking time to actually value the whiskies. He answers 10 emails for every one that makes it on the site.
Of course, I’d like to thank the readers, without whom, this would just be masturbation. In the mental sense of course
Now, who do I talk to about getting nominated as a Keeper of the Quaich?
Other worthy sites mentioned:
The Daily Dram – Dormant since January 2007
Whisk(e)y 2.0 – Hungary represents
Whisky Fun – Malt Maniac Serge Valentin talks whisky and music
Whisky School – Also dormant since January 2007 – but James Thomson of Ladybank likes to come here and argue with me over my views on India