Here it is, the day you look forward to for 30 or 31 days (or 28 or occasionally 29): the day I tell you what might be coming up on the blog over the next month . Contain your excitement. As you may have noticed, I’ve of late been doing a lot of themed weeks of whisky reviews (in April I did a Loch Lomond week, a Springbank week, a highlands distilleries week and a sherry cask week). I have stolen this idea from, by which I mean I have been inspired by Michael Kravitz of Diving for Pearls who has been doing wonderful deep dives into distilleries—he currently has a Port Charlotte series going on. You should really read him regularly if you want good whisky reviews and good writing on whisky. But what the hell am I doing promoting the competition? I should be telling you what you can expect to find here in May.
Well, you’ll never believe it but there’ll be whisky reviews, restaurant takeout reviews and recipes. As always I invite you to nominate whiskies you’re more interested in to the shortlist. I should warn you that I’ll almost certainly do themed weeks again—so if you pick one of three listed from a distillery you’re essentially voting for a week’s worth of that distillery.
On the food front there’ll be some barbecue to start the month and we’ll probably also finally get back to Peninsula in Minneapolis as I’ve been threatening for a while now. There’s not much else planned or projected. On the recipes front, if you follow me on Twitter you should look soon for the usual monthly poll to choose the order of the month’s recipes. And, oh yes, there’ll be a couple more reports on immigrant groceries in the Twin Cities metro.
Okay, here’s the long list of potential whisky reviews. Have at it!
- Ardmore 19, 1992 (Whisky Doris)
- Ben Nevis 20, 1997 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
- Ben Nevis 20, 1997 (Exclusive Malts)
- Ben Nevis 23, 1996 (First Editions)
- Caol Ila 11, 2008 (53.345)
- Caol Ila 11, 2008 (The Whisky Jury)
- Caol Ila 11, 2009 (Old Particular for K&L)
- Glen Grant 24, 1995 (Signatory for the Nectar)
- Glen Scotia 11, 2007 (SMWS 93.118)
- Glen Scotia 12, 2007 (SMWS 93.135)
- Glen Scotia 17, 2002 (SMWS 93.140)
- Glenburgie 14, 1997, Cask Strength Edition
- Glenmorangie, Alta
- Glenmorangie, Spios
- Glenmorange, A Tale of Cake
- Ledaig/Hebridean Mulligan 23, 1997 (OMC for K&L)
- Highland Park 13, 2006, Cask of the Forest
- Highland Park 13, 2007 (Single Malts of Scotland)
- Highland Park 17, 2002 (SMWS 4.255)
- Kilchoman 8, 100% Islay, Single Sherry Cask
- Kilchoman 11, 2007 (for Friends of Kilchoman)
- Kilchoman 12, 2006 (for the Islay Cask Company)
- Inchfad 15, 2005 (Cooper’s Choice)
- Inchmurrin 17, 2003 (SMWS 112.68)
- Laphroaig 10 CS, Batch 012
- Laphroaig 14, 1998 (Signatory for Binny’s)
- Laphroaig Triple Wood, 2009 Release
- Linkwood 9, 2010 (Old Particular for K&L)
- Loch Lomond 18
- Mannochmore 1978-1998 (Scott’s Selection)
- Springbank 10 Local Barley, 2020 Release
- Tomatin 23, 1976 (Old Malt Cask)
Springbank, Tomatin and that First Editions Ben Nevis please!
Keen on the old Ardmore, though not sure what the theme for that one would be. And curious about the Kilchomans.
The Ardmore could slot into a peated week or another highlands week.
Residents of Islay, if you please…
I rite gud. Also #OMG #Ardmore.
I AM THE COMPETITION
And by that I mean, thank you. I look forward to all of these reviews.
I’m most interested in the attainable OB’s: Glenmorangies, Laphroaig CS, Loch Lomond 18. Thx as always.