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My latest tweets about whisky (and life in general) are displayed above. You can find even more of my tweets
on the Tweets & Stuff page - as well as a list of the recent changes and additions to this site. And that's just
the proverbial tip of the iceberg; MM contains more than 250 pages on single malt whisky. Use the search box
at the top of this page to search for a specific topic - or scroll down for details on the content of this website.
I dare to predict that you're going to have copious amounts of fun
by visiting one of these site sections - and you may
even learn something about malt whisky in the process. However, if this is your first visit to the Malt Madness site, I'd
like to suggest that you check out the introduction or the sitemap first. Because MM contains a few hundred pages it's
easy to get lost. Alternatively, you can scroll down for some fresh whisky tweets and more details about this website.
A Beginner's Guide to single malts - 10 chapters
to help you fully appreciate the 'water of life'.
Distillery Data - 150 pages about all whisky distilleries in Scotland and an interactive map.
mAlmanac - a virtual pocket guide that might come in useful during your next shopping spree.
Liquid Log - an archive with 400 tasting reports with tasting notes on more than 3,000 malts.
Deviant Drams - some malternatives like blends, vatted malts and world whiskies from abroad.
1) - A Beginner's Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Beginner's Guide was one of the first additions to this web site in the 1990's.
That's quite enough theory, so the 2nd half of this guide has a more practical focus.
2) - Scotch Whisky Distillery Data & Malt Whisky Map
During the early 1990's, the only country that seemed to be producing
Nevertheless, there's a Mega Malt Map of Scotch malt whisky distilleries.
3) - Scotch Malt Whisky mAlmanac
The name mAlmanac is short for 'malt almanac'
- a pocket-sized guide to malt Scotch whisky.
4) - A Liquid Log about Scottish whiskies
This part of the Malt Madness home page used to show the latest entries in my Liquid Log, but since that log transformed into
an external Google Blogspot Blog, that's no longer technically possible. So, please visit my 'internal' Liquid Log for an overview of the
log entries covering 1997 to 2009, or the new Google Blog for all
fresh reports and other whisky rantings & ratings. You can find and overview of the entries covering 1997 to 2009 in my 'internal' Liquid Log while fresh tasting notes will be added to the various distillery profiles in the Distillery Data section of this site from now on. If I would have received a penny for each time I've told
colleagues at work and clients that they needed to work SMARTER instead of harder, I would have been able to buy a bottle of whisky by now. Granted, it would be a bottle of very cheap whisky (a blend, and not an
enjoyable one), but still... Perhaps it's about time I started to follow my own advice. ;-)
5) - Deviant Drams, a.k.a. "other drinks that get you drunk"
The rest of this website is all about single malt Scotch whisky. The 'Deviant Drams' section is reserved
And Scotland isn't the only place where they make whisk(e)y. Admittedly, using the label 'world whiskies'
*) - Malt Maniacs
One of the reasons the 'Advanced Beginner's Guide' is not finished yet, is the time and effort it took to maintain another fairly massive whisky web site; Malt Maniacs. It started out as a section of this Malt Madness site in 1997 and eventually evolved into a separate site by itself: an international whisky community with an independent 'amateur' spirit and whisky enthusiasts from over a dozen countries participating. During the fifteen years after we launched Malt Maniacs, our site and activities kept evolving and in 2006 Serge Valentin added his Whiskyfun website to Malt Madness and Malt Maniacs to form an on-line whisky trinity.
In the first fifteen years of our existence, we've accomplished a few feats to be proud of - we've written around a 1,000 E-pistles on whisky, we launched the MMMonitor whisky database with data on 15,000 different malt whiskies, the Malt Maniacs Awards whisky competition and the Malt Maniacs & Friends Facebook Group.
However, after 15 years I felt it was time to step back and retire as editor of Malt Maniacs.
So, thatīs the story of Malt Madness and Malt Maniacs in a nutshell - I hope you enjoy some of the overload of whisky information that we've collected on these pages over the past fifteen years.
Johannes van den Heuvel
So, you're interested in single malt whisky, eh? What a coincidence - me too!
Actually, for 2 decades I've been more than merely 'interested' in Scotch whisky.
Just like the name of this Malt Madness web site suggests, I went a little mad
about malt whisky after I tasted my very first glass of the wonderful Lagavulin
single malt Scotch whisky in 1991. It was the first step of a voyage of discovery.
My experiences with whisky since then were transformed into 5 site sections: