August was the first month since I published it that my post on Glendronach’s single cask shenanigans was not near the top of the most read posts list. It’s usually either the most read or in the top three. In August it seemed like it would be outside the top ten until someone linked to it at the end of the month and it made its way back in. While the post has had a very long afterlife, this might be an indication that awareness of the issue is now very widespread—it doesn’t seem to have had much actual effect though and the distillery has never felt the need/pressure to clarify its practices.
My most read post in August was my review of the Laphroaig Cairdeas, 2015. I guess a lot of people prefer when I review actually available whiskies. There were a number of those in August but that was largely accidental. The second most read post was a restaurant review: of Travail. This might have been the first time as well that one of my restaurant reviews was read so often. As for recipes, it’s quite clear that very few of you care about my jams, you bastards.
You can expect more of the same in September: about 12-15 whisky reviews and about a recipe and restaurant write-up per week (I still have a bunch of write-ups from my L.A trip to come). You’ll be glad to know that my jam season is almost over. And this month I might alienate both my whisky and food readers by throwing up a post with pictures of my day at the Minnesota State Fair (unless I hear a tremendous outcry first).
Here is the long list of possible reviews for September. As always, feel free to nominate any to the shortlist that you’d particularly like to see.
Aberlour 17, 1990 (Blackadder)
Aberlour 20, 1990 (Signatory)
Ardbeg 17, 1998 (Malts of Scotland for van Zuylen)
Ardbeg Uigeadail, 2011 Release
Ardbeg Uigeadail, 2014 Release
Balcones True Blue
Blue Hanger 7th Release
Bowmore 15, 1998 (Chester Whisky)
Bowmore 22, 1990, PX Finish (Wilson & Morgan)
Caol Ila 15, 2000, Banyuls Finish (Malts of Scotland for van Zuylen)
Clynelish 23, 1990 (SMWSA)
Compass Box Peat Monster, 10th Anniversary
Dallas Dhu 25, 1975 (Signatory)
Glenfarclas 24, 1990 (K&L)
Glengoyne 14, 2000 (Malts of Scotland)
Glenrothes 30, 1982 (Malts of Scotland)
Highland Park 22, 1991 (SMWSA)
Invergordon 39, 1973 (Malts of Scotland)
Kilchoman, Single Sherry Cask #371 (for K&L)
Laphroaig 15, 200th Anniversary Edition
Longmorn 46, 1964 (Gordon and MacPhail for van Wees)
North of Scotland 42, 1971 (Gordon and Company)
Old Pulteney 8, 1990 (Cadenhead’s)
Pikesville Rye 6, 110 Proof
Scapa 20, 1993, CSE
Talisker 25, 2006
Yoichi 27, 1987 (SMWS)
If the SMWS Highland Park 22yo 1991 is the 4.191, I’d be very interested to see what you make of that!
It is indeed, and that one’s already in the bag, as it happens.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the Glenfarclas 24 for K&L.
Also, keep the jams coming! I’m going to make at least one of these before summer ends.
Would like to see a review of both of those Uggies. Just curious if there is some batch variation there with the newest ones.
I second Oogie 2011 v. Oogie 2014!
I’d be interested in the Glengoyne. I’ve also had the Laphroaig 15yr, and I would be curious about your opinions.
Bring on the state fair and more jam recipes, although I won’t be making them myself anytime soon.
Interested in the van Zuylen selections, Arbeg and Caol Ila
As it happens, those reviews are both done too.