So, in 1995 I published a few purely personal webpages on whisky.
It wasn’t long before things got out of hand. In December 2014 the
site had over a thousand pages - and then it crashed spectacularly.
The good news is that most of the old pages are still surfable,
but some information might be slightly outdated. Pages will be
improved as I go along - the column at the left shows updates.
But enough about this website - I imagine you’d like to read about whisky.
Over the years, I’ve collected 20 years worth of data on that topic, tasted over 5,000 whiskies and
wrote hundreds of articles about Scotch malt whisky. In due time everything should be reconstructed.
So, you're interested in single malt whisky, eh? That’s odd; me too!
Actually, for over two decades I've been more than just ‘interested’ in
malt whisky. One might even say that I suffer from ‘malt madness’.
My current focus is on the Distillery Data section which
provides details on roughly 150 whisky distilleries in
Scotland. A distillery profile tells you when a distillery was
founded and the main events until now. It also includes
technicalities like water source and production capacity.
Also included are my purely personal tasting notes for
(usually) a dozen different expressions from each of the
Scotch malt and grain whisky distilleries. And of course
you might find the occasional personal opinion here or there...
... but thanks to our main sponsor Whiskyfun a (relatively)
‘complete’ reconstruction of the old site seems conceivable.
However, the whole process will take many years, while the
world keeps revolving and technology keeps evolving.
For (relative) beginners, the whisky world can be quite confusing. To help novices make some
sense of all the nonsense, the Beginner’s Guide to Malt Whisky provides ten chapters with
some of the ‘basic’ information that you will need during your exploration of the whisky world.
The Whisky Label Inspector is sort of a ‘Scotch Whisky Labels for Dummies’ leaflet. >>>>>
The old Distillery Data section contains 150 pages about the whisky distilleries in Scotland.
Many pages look a little funky after the crash, but are still more or less browsable. Apart from
information about the history, equipment and practices of each distillery, the DD section has
thousands of tasting notes for various expressions from each malt and grain distillery. >>>>>
Do you know what earlier versions Malt Madness were missing? A list with detailed information
about the words and phrases that are commonly used in the whisky world. But just after I had
started work on this new Malt Madness section, it turned out that I had to build a whole new site.
At the moment that’s under construction - but the first Lexicon pages are done. >>>>>
I don’t think that the word ‘blogging’ had been invented yet in the 1990s, but I didn’t feel like
waiting for the rest of the web to catch up. So, I started writing about whisky in my Liquid Log.
By 2015 there were over 400 log entries with tasting notes on more than 4,000 malt whiskies.
That’s a lot of my purely personal opinions to burden the web with, so I’ve slowed down now.
You can find the locations of (almost) all whisky distilleries on the interactive whisky map.
And if you move your mouse over the location of the distillery, a tiny window pops up with some
additional information. Actually clicking on the name of the distillery will take you to the profile
of that distillery in the Distillery Data section with additional info and tasting notes. >>>>>
To help you decide where to surf to next, here’s an overview of the five sections of Malt Madness:
The reconstruction of MM will take a while because I am a big fat baby - and
I simply don’t enjoy working ALL THE TIME, even if it is on a “labour of love” like
this old site. So, every now and then I do take the time to watch a good movie,
tinker with a fresh (but still mystery) project - or just smell the proverbial roses.
Returning visitors (welcome back!) might miss some old pages and sections
(for example my old ‘Hit’ and ‘Shit’ lists, the mAlmanac or the ‘Deviant Drams’),
but those (or alternatives) should return in some form or other eventually.
As a few cases in point, here are just a handful of pages that were added or updated recently:
Grain whisky is the ‘dirty little secret’ inside every blended Scotch.
Aultmore is one of the more obscure malt whisky distilleries, owned by Bacardi.
After the addition of 2 ‘Lomond’ stills in 2015, Loch Lomond now has 13 stills.
For (relative) novices, here’s a ‘Whisky Labels for Dummies’ pocket guide.