Sep 072010

Hi all – I’ve added a new page to our whisky basics section: Branching Out. This is intended to give new scotch whisky drinkers some guidance on how to approach the first few purchases beyond their first bottle. Generally speaking, this is the way that I approach my collection and evaluation. Have a look, and drop a post to share your thoughts on how you branched out from casual sipper to malt addict.


Aug 232010

After months of discussion (and quite frankly, procrastination) I’m pleased to begin posting here on

The origin of this website can be traced back some 18 months ago to, a social group that was formed to share good reading & good drink amongst friends. What we soon came to realize is that we were learning a tremendous amount about whisky and were eager to get out and contribute to the whisky community. Rather than burying our Liquorature content in whisky-specific posts, Curt suggested the creation of a new, whisky focused website.

When discussing this new spinoff site with Curt, I had voiced some concerns. As much as I’d like to, I can’t possibly keep up with his prolific pace. Take a browse around the site…it’s loaded with thorough, thoughtful reviews. It’s an impressive online resource and I’m happy to do my part in leading readers this way.

That said, here’s the deal: I am not going to try to be the Siskel to Curt’s Ebert. What I’ll be aiming for are those things which come more naturally to me – bringing some levity to the conversation, musings on where whisky fits into our lives, and perhaps a bit about food along the way. It’s definitely going to be a work in progress. As a reader, you’re welcome to provide feedback at any point along the way.

So that said, here’s my opening contribution to Hope you enjoy. Let’s have some fun!