After sherried whisky month, non-sherried whisky month and American whiskey month I return this month to reviewing whatever the hell ever, with no constraints. The end of this month will also mark the second anniversary of the blog and you can expect an appropriate celebration: I launched the blog with a review of the Bowmore Legend, and I commemorated the first anniversary with a review of the Bowmore 12. To maintain a sense of tradition it’ll be another official Bowmore this year, the 18 yo. If I make it to year three someone’s going to have to send me a sample of an even older official Bowmore to keep the series going. The 25 yo will be fine but in a pinch I suppose either the Gold or Black Bowmore will also be acceptable.
Bad news for those who don’t like when I post recipes: there will be more recipes coming in March. If for no other reason, I’m going to keep posting recipes till I can get goddamned Foodgawker to accept one of my food pictures.This is my new irrational obsession. If you don’t know, and I only learned this recently myself, Foodgawker is the premier food porn website (Tastespotting and Dishfolio are two others)—they post galleries of food pictures with links to the recipes on the blogs they originate on. I do realize that this is entirely shallow: what these sites privilege is not substance but looks (it’s the picture not the recipe that counts); and even the particular aesthetic they favour doesn’t always seem to center on the food itself but composition for its own sake—often it’s not easy to tell what the picture is of.
Yes, you guessed it: I submitted what I thought were some of my more decent pictures and they all got shot down: my composition has been deemed too cluttered, too tight, too awkward—if there’s a way to fuck up composition I have mastered it. Maybe I should submit a picture of sour grapes. (Tastespotting and Dishfolio obviously have lower standards—they each accepted one that Foodgawker turned down.) Now if only there were a site that posted galleries of crappy images of sample bottles I would be king.
Coming this month you can expect to see images and reviews of some of the following bottles:
Ballechin 2, Madeira Cask
Benromach Origins Batch 2, Port
Bowmore 11, 2000 (OMC)
Bruichladdich, The Laddie Ten
Bunnahabhain 21, 1991 (Faultline)
Clynelish 28, 1982 (Single Malts of Scotland)
Glendronach 21, 1993 (for Whiskybase)
Glendronach 23, 1990, Cask 1240
Highland Park 11, 1993 (Hart Bros.)
Laphroaig 10 CS, Batch 1
Laphroaig 10 CS, Batch 5
Laphroaig 17, 1987 (OMC)
Longmorn 26, 1987 (Cadenhead’s)
Longmorn 31, 1978 (TWE Masterpieces)
Longmorn 39, 1972 (Gordon & MacPhail for van Wees)
Mortlach 21 (Gordon & MacPhail)
North of Scotland 42, 1971 (Gordon & Company)
Russell’s Reserve 10
Scapa 20, 1993, CSE
Springbank 12, 1997, Claret Wood
Springbank 13, 1999, Port Cask
Springbank 13, 2000, Refill Sherry (SMWS)
Tormore 28, 1984 (Whiskybroker)
The Bowmore 18 will be reviewed for sure, as I said; and so as to keep Ol’ Jas from tracking me down and killing me I will also finally get around to reviewing the Springbank Claret Wood. As always feel free to nominate some of the others you’d like to see reviewed for sure and I’ll see what I can do.