I sometimes sit and browse other blogs to see what they are up to and see what reviews they are putting forward and it often amuses me when I hear people moaning about some of us bloggers who try to post positive reviews and get accused of being “bought” by the sample chase and whatever freebies might be thrown our way.. Look through enough blogs and you soon see a pattern emerging, there are several blogs out there who have reviews complimenting the exact same drams as I have and when I give a less than positive review they also seem to agree ! Are we all wrong or corrupt ? or is it just personal.. This leads me to think its always down to our individual palates and when you find a blogger who’s palate is similar to yours then take note but remember there will still be times when you disagree..
I was chatting with someone recently about the barrage of negative reviews and constant sniping by a couple of bloggers and the fact they generally have nothing positive about to sat about whisky, neither of us could understand why they wanted to bother writing about the subject at all, I was then asked what is it about whisky that I like and my answer was simple..
Whisky is not just a drink, its a way of life, its friendships, its social, its private and most of all its enjoyable !! Add all these together and you have to wonder why some people need to dissect it to such extremes in order to criticise, Its a simple drink that is supposed to provoke memories, make memories, give some enjoyment.
It takes time to produce whisky just like friendships, it evolves over time and should give some amount of pleasure..
This simple liquid has evolved over hundreds of years and who are we to say that its good or bad ? we are the current generation of drinkers who are certainly allowed an opinion and everyone’s opinion should be respected, but there has to be a point where all the negativity has to come to an end, doesn’t there?
We live in an age of moaning and groaning about every little detail in life when really most of us should be looking around and realising just how lucky we are !!
From the whisky side of my life I find myself so lucky to be where I am and to have met the people I have and formed a kind of friendship with people within the industry, ok some cant stand the sight of me and that’s fine, I am not the easiest person to like, I say what I need to say, when I need to say it and that is the same philosophy I have with whisky, if I like it I will say and ill shout it from the rooftops, if I don’t then ill let you know but I will also give a sound reason and allow myself to think it might just be me that wrong and having an off day and not the liquid or bottle shape or company that I have the problem with..
That Boutique-y Whisky Company
That leads me nicely into this company.. You may not like what they about, you may not like the style they have adopted and you may not like the labels but you should be able to find plenty in the range that excites you !! The whisky is sourced from all around the world and highlights the quality that other countries like India, Switzerland, South Africa and Ireland can offer that is certainly pushing the boundaries beyond where some of the producers are wanting to be.. The notion that Scotland is the only country capable of producing quality whisky is evaporating faster than the whisky fumes the angels are talking. That Boutique-y Whisky Company are one of the companies embracing that notion and if you have been following this years Advent Calendar reviews then you will hopefully already have noticed we have been on some journey already, and that journey continues today with a trip to Islay…
13 Year Old Islay #3 Batch 4
Region .. Islay
Age.. 13 years
Cask.. Ex Bourbon
Outturn.. 1479 Bottles
Bottler.. That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Nose.. Its Bonfire time again.. Wafts of smoke and damp wood smouldering on a dying bonfire, Smouldering heather, earthy undertones and somewhere underneath all this is a layer of fruits, vanilla and a little toffee.
Palate.. Its a mouthful of smoke and seaweed, add a little more smoke, a touch of burnt oak, throw in an ash tray, a couple of Cuban cigars, some cold coffee and a little fresh earth, liquidise it together and id imagine this would be the result..
Finish.. So long it outlasts Andrex ( younger readers might not understand that bit )
Thoughts.. It does exactly what its supposed to do.. its a peat monster, it’s Laphroaig and I don’t need to say anything more than that !!