We got a blizzard last evening and then a big blast of snow around midnight; so April is already looking good. I’m also back to teaching after being off on sabbatical since last November. You’d think I’d be well rested after the sabbatical but it’s been a crazily hectic few months with travel all over the place. Anyway, all this to say that I am busier right now than I have been in a while and as a result don’t have the coming month mapped out as clearly as I usually do. I have no whisky reviews already completed and ready to go. And while I have a huge backlog of food reports—the last couple from Delhi, a bunch from Goa and a bunch from Seoul—I don’t have any of those prepared either. So, all I can tell you at this point is that in April on the blog I will have some whisky reviews and some food reports. (Oh, I can also tell you that I won’t have any recipes this month either—you should look to my Instagram for those.) Nonetheless, I do invite you, as always, to weigh in on my possible whisky reviews—remember, I do themed weeks these days. If any of the possible themes below interest you, write in to the comments.
- Sherried Laphroaig week. I recently opened the 2022 release of the Sherry Oak, and I also unearthed a sample of a 13 yo indie sherry bomb from a decade ago. Not sure what the third would be but I’m sure I have something on my shelves that I could open.
- Glenallachie week. This has been threatened for a while. I have a trio of cask strength releases sitting around.
- Signatory releases of unfancied Speysiders (Dailuaine, Inchgower, Strathmill). There was some interest in this last month and so there’s a good chance it’ll happen this month.
- Bourbon cask Bowmore week. I have another three samples from that run of SMWS casks that yielded the lovely 17 yo I reviewed on Monday.
- Campbeltown week. This would likely feature two Kilkerrans and a blend.
Not a lot of choices so if you have more than one thing you’re interested in at least one of them is guaranteed. Let me know.
Always good for Laphroaig reviews. And since you like Bowmores so much a week of that would not be a penalty, would it?
I have a vatted bottling of those SMWS 2004 17 year olds and it’s an absolute tropical bomb, so keen to hear a little more about the single casks.
Dunno about the pivot to video on the recipe front though.
That vatted bottling sounds very interesting. Was that an official SMWS release or an informal thing?
Yeah it’s an official, for the 2022 Islay whisky fest I think.