Good evening, friends. Or morning, for those of you in disparate time zones.
I was going to reply to a couple comments on the blog, but as longtime readers are most likely aware by now, I tend to let my posts do most of the talking and leave the comment section for all the good folks who generously give of their time to enrich the whisky world. Having said that, a couple things needed addressing. I figured we’d do it here and not hijack other threads.
First off…whisky is in a shit place. I know it. You know it. But it has been for a while, so let’s not belabor the point here. We’ll get our barbs as and when needed. Suffice it to say, things aren’t getting a lot better. High prices, a scary lack of age statements and still more swords drawn by a few ambassadors whose Trump-like insistence on petty insults and condescension have become so laughable as to be easily dismissed out of hand (looking at you, NM). But, lest we digress…there are some signs that maybe we can hope for sunshine sooner than later. A few malts are cropping up with numbers on the bottle again, as was recently mentioned by Serge over at Whiskyfun in a post commemorating his 15th year (Congrats, Serge! We owe you more than can be tallied. Sincerely.), albeit, also as noted, at rather irrational prices. The market should self-govern there over time though. In the meantime, let’s hope that the last few years of pedal-to-the-metal production is helping to offset the declining stocks that led to the unprecedented rise of NAS whisky in the first place (note: I said ‘rise’, not ‘advent’. I know NAS is not a new concept). Fingers crossed.
A comment was made here recently that the site has been limping along and in decline (my words, not the author’s). And though it sounds like rather harsh criticism, it’s not. Nothing more than observation and absolutely warranted. I’ve been both busy and lacking in motivation. On the one hand, how many times can we say the same thing with varying degrees of inflection before it becomes a drone? On the other, I do recognize that I write up malts a little different than some others out there. There’s usually more of a brief anecdotal tale with each jotting than simply a reliance on tasting notes which, let’s face it, probably only help if you’ve found your palate to be somewhat in sync with mine. BUT…that’s my own personal shortcoming to address. If I’m half the writer I like to think I am (and I do have an ego, it’s true) I need to get over my own limitations for creative expression and find new ways of making it exciting.
In short (too late, I know)…y’ain’t getting rid of me that easily. There’s more of this guy, and ATW, coming down the pipes. Too many of us (bloggers and jotters and dissenters, oh my!) have already thrown in the towel. But y’know what? Fuck that. I’ve decided I’m not going down. There’s a purpose to be served. I’ve paid our dues and don’t feel like being backed out of my own game (I’ve been doing this for nearly 10 years now…holy hell!). I’m as entrenched in this passion of ours as inbreeding is in the current White House administration. So…on we march. Hopefully together. If you’re willing to stick around for a while longer, that is.
I’ll be heading back to the motherland in a few weeks. Twelve days to recharge in Scotland. The quest for grail malts continues. I and a few mates will be in Speyside for a few days (and seven distilleries) and Islay for nearly a week. Expect some writings and reviews as a lead-up to trip time and a follow-up afterwards.
And in keeping with full transparency…I can’t lie: I’ve been investing a lot of effort elsewhere. Finished my first novel a couple months back and am working on getting it into publication. The whole nasty blood-soaked manuscript is in the hands of a couple of interested agents as we speak. Who knows if they’ll ultimately bite, but let’s be optimistic. And as the clock ticks on those, I am nearing 16,000 words on a second manuscript. This one teeth have teeth like the last did (wink wink), but it does have its figurative fangs in me pretty deep at the moment and I’m cranking out pages in all my free time. Fiction is a great escape in these troubled days. For this guy anyway. So…to those who have asked…yes, still writing. Hopefully I can get it to a platform that reaches the masses at some point.
For now though, I sincerely hope you’re all well. You’ll be hearing more from me soon. Feel free to send in ideas for opinion pieces, reviews, whatever.
Oh…and a bit of a surprise coming your way soon. 😉