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Just like my Liquid Log this 'Blog' contains mostly tasting
reports. However, once in a while I like to publish reports
about special events as well. Events like the Italian trip
in 2002, my first visit to Scotland in 2003, the maniacal
gathering and adventures at Whisky Live London 2004
or the big eurotrip in november 2004. One of the biggest
malt whisky events so far was my visit to Feis Ile 2005.

Liquid Malt Whisky Blog

. 201 - 214:  January 2005
. 215 - 224:  February 2005
. 225 - 239:  March - May 2005
. 240 - 249:  June - July 2005
. 250 - 259:  August - September 2005
. 260 - 274:  October - December 2005
. 275 - 289:  January - February 2006
. 290 - 299:  March 2006
. Entry 300:  April - December 2006 (The Crash)
. 301 - 306:  April - May 2007
  307 - 314:  June - September 2007
  315 - 324:  September - December 2007
  325 - 326:  December 2007 - March 2008
  327 - 339:  March - June 2008
  340 - 343:  July - September 2008
  344 - 349:  September - December 2008
  350 - 356:  January - June 2009
  357 - 365:  July - December 2009
  366 - 999:  The Future (Google Blogspot Blog)

Liquid Log - Overview

Scotch tastings

January 2005 .

201 - 01/01/2005 - The Best Intentions; time for another doomed attempt to quit smoking.
202 - 02/01/2005 - Silent Stills, Part I - What have I learned about the silent stills of Scotland?
203 - 03/01/2005 - Silent Stills, Part II - Further research into the (relatively recent) past.
204 - 05/01/2005 - Silent Stills, Conclusion; or how I found out that three just isn't enough.
205 - 06/01/2005 - Alexander The Great; a quick & dirty report on a long & winding session.
206 - 09/01/2005 - Reconstruction Complete; most of the damage to the reports Scotch tastings is fixed.
207 - 10/01/2005 - Another Fraud? We received an alarming report about a potential new fake bottling.
208 - 11/01/2005 - The Plot Thickens. As it turned out, Ulf Buxred already knew about the fake Hazelburn.
209 - 12/01/2005 - The Response - a (short) response from the German seller of the fake Hazelburn.
210 - 14/01/2005 - Arran; I was pleasantly surprised by the latest Arran experiment: Marsala.
211 - 15/01/2005 - Pigs in Space. Hurray! Dave Broom joined the maniacs. We're now 24 strong.
212 - 17/01/2005 - Cadenheads & Tales; a quick report on my latest Cadenhead's discoveries.
213 - 27/01/2005 - Flu-Id; after recovering from the flu I finished the new FAKE ALERT page.
214 - 30/01/2005 - Tag Your Shovel Day; after many distractions it's time to taste some single malts.
 

February 2005 .

215 - 01/02/2005 - A Wonderful Opportunity; I'll need to 'work' my way to Scotland
216 - 04/02/2005 - Kilchoman; finally there's some good news from Islay's youngest distillery
217 - 05/02/2005 - The Big Stretch; I decided I could 'stretch' the top of my Hit List a bit.
218 - 08/02/2005 - The Ads Race; Serge's covert marketing operation demanded a response.
219 - 11/02/2005 - Casanova; it's not a 'fake' (it's not even whisky) but I wanted to share it.
220 - 12/02/2005 - Group thinking; some visitors asked why Peter briefly dropped from the matrix.
221 - 13/02/2005 - Collecting; the 'ads race' turned friendly and Serge's latest try set me thinking.
222 - 18/02/2005 - Ardbeg H2H; after a string of bad nose days the conditions suddenly improved.
223 - 22/02/2005 - Islay Medicine; I dealt a pre-emptive strike against the cold with 4 Islay malts.
224 - 25/02/2005 - Italian Notes; I finally managed to make a transcript of my Italian tasting notes.
 

March - May 2005 .

225 - 01/03/2005 - Under Contruction; I decided it was time for a minor overhaul of MM again.
226 - 03/03/2005 - White City; the winter made an unexpected comeback - Ardbeg time!
227 - 21/03/2005 - It's Alive! After three weeks of hard work I've restructured Malt Maniacs.
228 - 23/03/2005 - Fishy Politics; a tasting & a few retarded remarks from George Bush Junior.
229 - 31/03/2005 - Press; it seems our fake hunt is drawing attention. We got mentioned in WM.
230 - 07/04/2005 - More politics; another tasting and more retarded remarks by George Bush Jr.
231 - 14/04/2005 - 'Refill' Springbank; yep, we found another fake. An open & shut case it seems.
232 - 17/04/2005 - Glen Grand; time to find out if there's a reason for my adoration of Glen Grant.
233 - 27/04/2005 - Scottish Shuffle; Pernod's bid on Allied inspired a session with six Highland Parks.
234 - 30/04/2005 - Walpurgis 2005; Six rums in Fabio Rossi's 'Rum Nation range. Great stuff!
235 - 04/05/2005 - Brorathon Part 1; Two young Broras and an 'old' (pre-Brora) Clynelish.
236 - 07/05/2005 - Brorathon Part 2; Four 19yo expressions - two from 1981 and two from 1982.
237 - 09/05/2005 - Brorathon Part 3; Four different versions of Brora, all bottlings in their early twenties.
238 - 12/05/2005 - Brorathon Part 4; Three 30yo bottlings from Brora, all scoring comfortably in the 90's.
239 - 23/05/2005 - Fantasy Island; I'm off to Scotland for Feis Ile 2005. Expect a full report shortly...
 

June 2005 .

25/05/2005 - 1st Prelude - Davin & I arrive in Glasgow and do some dramming.
26/05/2005 - 2nd Prelude - Davin & I visit Glengoyne before joining up with Serge and Olivier.
27/05/2005 - 3d Prelude - The fearsome foursome visits Oban (great) and Springbank (erm...).
28/05/2005 - Feis Ile Day 1 - A sampling 'on the high seas' and a fantastic visit of Lagavulin.
29/05/2005 - Feis Ile Day 2 - Open day at Bruichladdich, followed by dinner at Martine's house.
30/05/2005 - Feis Ile Day 3 - Samplings on various beaches, great dinner at Port Charlotte Hotel.
31/05/2005 - Feis Ile Day 4 - Tour of Laphroaig, hike to watersource, blind tasting at Ardbeg, ...
01/06/2005 - Feis Ile Day 5 - Tour of Kilchoman, Balvenie session, visit the ruins at Kilchoman, ...
02/06/2005 - Feis Ile Day 6 - Putting the 10,000th score on the monitor, visiting PLOWED HQ, ...
03/06/2005 - Feis Ile Day 7 - Opening of Kilchoman, open day at Bunnahabhan. And sampling...
04/06/2005 - Aftermath - The maniacs say goodbye to Islay for another year. But we'll be back!

July 2005 .

241 - 01/07/2005 - MM15; Hurray, the first E-pistles of Malt Maniacs #15 are finally finished.
242 - 12/07/2005 - Swedish Session; Foreign correspondent Robert Karlsson visited Amsterdam.
243 - 14/07/2005 - Brain Candy; The Yes Men - the first in a new series of unmalted musings.
244 - 15/07/2005 - Look Ahead Part I; Balblair, Dalmore, Dallas Dhu, Dalwhinnie, Glenury Royal, etc.
245 - 21/07/2005 - Look Ahead Part II; Auchroisk, Glencadam, Deanston, Glenlossie, Tomatin, etc.
246 - 23/07/2005 - 10,000; MM now has well over 10,000 unique visitors a month. I'm egotripping!
247 - 25/07/2005 - Shelf Cleaning; Time to finish some bottles that had been breathing too much.
248 - 27/07/2005 - Ear Candy: The 365 Days Project - some of the weirdest music you'll ever hear.
249 - 29/07/2005 - Balvenie 1973; More details on a tasting with eight Balvenie 1973 cask samples

August - September 2005 .

250 - 01/08/2005 - A Look Ahead Part III; the 'plan of attack' to finish my malt mission a.s.a.p.
251 - 07/08/2005 - Belgian Bottles; a session with a few samples sent by maniacs Luc and Thomas.
252 - 09/08/2005 - Google Earth; I've discovered a nifty piece of software. Highly recommendable.
253 - 14/08/2005 - 'B' Profiles; After neglecting the distillery profiles for a while I finished the 'B' part.
254 - 15/08/2005 - Haarlem Session; Michel van Meersbergen invited me over for some rare drams.
255 - 21/08/2005 - Eye Candy; Escher - an exhibition about MC Escher inspired a small session.
256 - 01/09/2005 - Glenfar Class; a study in excellence. A Scotch tasting with some great Glenfarclasses.
257 - 05/09/2005 - Three Grains; Cameronbridge, North British and Port Dundas by Duncan Taylor.
258 - 09/09/2005 - Eye Candy; SMWS & 26 - a collection of wonderful and unconventional labels.
259 - 21/09/2005 - Alsace 2005; I joined Serge, Olivier, Luc and Davin for the 'awards filling party'.

October - December 2005 .

260 - 01/10/2005 - Please Hold; my Liquid Log went into hibernation before the 2005 MM Awards.
261 - 01/11/2005 - Autumn in Amsterdam; the weather is finally turning. As good an excuse as any.
262 - 08/11/2005 - Three Islands; an investigation of the products from Arran, Orkney and Skye.
263 - 11/11/2005 - Mirror Walpurgis; twice a year I turn my foggy eyes towards some 'deviant drams'.
264 - 13/11/2005 - Private Feis Ile; The awards left me tied to home so I planned a private session.
265 - 15/11/2005 - MM Awards 2005 Winners; the leaders of the pack in this year's awards line-up.
266 - 27/11/2005 - Glengoyne; After making a strong impression last year, 2005 was a real victory lap.
267 - 30/11/2005 - Silly Stats; As it turns out I've misinterpreted some of our more recent statistics.
268 - 01/12/2005 - Awards Review 1; After analysing the biggest winners it's time to look at the rest.
269 - 05/12/2005 - Awards Review 2; Let me tell you about Sinterklaas while I sample some Caol Ila's.
270 - 10/12/2005 - Awards Review 3; Working my way down the list I've arrived in bronze medal territory.
271 - 12/12/2005 - Awards Wrap-Up; Let's spend a few words on the last noteworthy awards entries.
272 - 15/12/2005 - More Classic Malts; Diageo recently introduced the new & improved 'Classic Malts Selection.
273 - 18/12/2005 - Amsterdramming; maniacs Alexander van der Veer & Michel van Meersbergen dropped by.
274 - 23/12/2005 - 2005 Wrap-Up; an assembly of my final observations, comments and tasting notes for 2005.

January - February 2006 .

275 - 01/01/2006 - The Big Sprint; I really need to focus on the 'obscure' stuff this year...
276 - 03/01/2006 - The Whisky Fair; Carsten Ehrlich sent me a couple of 'WhiskyFair' bottlings
277 - 07/01/2006 - Amsterdam Ardbeggeddon; I decided to have a little 'dependance' Ardbeg session.
278 - 15/01/2006 - Malt Whisky Yearbook 2006; a book review - supposed to be the start of a tradition.
279 - 22/01/2006 - Big Fiddich; a session with the latest batches from the largest distillery in Scotland.
280 - 25/01/2006 - A Bunch of Balvenies; after 'Big Fiddich' it's time for a Scotch tasting with its sister distillery.
281 - 27/01/2006 - Virus; Malt Madness has been temporarily shut down due to a virus on my PC.
282 - 01/02/2006 - Worms; recovery & repair operations on my PC showed that I'm heavily infected.
283 - 03/02/2006 - Maggots; my PC is up and running again - time to share my feelings and tips.
284 - 05/02/2006 - Birthday Brorathon; I'm turning 40! What better excuse to enjoy a few Broras.
285 - 10/02/2006 - Charlie's Whisky; I've discovered an ultra cheap blend that bears Charlie's name.
286 - 15/02/2006 - Whisky PC; an interesting novelty found on the web - a PC inside a whisky bottle.
287 - 19/02/2006 - Festival Fever; a report about the Whisky Festival Noord Nederland in Groningen.
288 - 24/02/2006 - Bulking Up; a sneak attack in 'the ads race' & advice on increasing your malt mileage.
289 - 27/02/2006 - February Sessions; a quick wrap up concerning sessions on Texel and in Haarlem.

March 2006 .

290 - 01/03/2006 - Keeping Stock; time to have a look at my recent progress w.r.t. the 'to do list'.
291 - 10/03/2006 - Bourbon & Sulphur; a Maker's Mark ad & some wise words from Olivier on sulphur.
292 - 12/03/2006 - Southern Comfort; a chauvinist Southern Comfort ad and the music to match it.
293 - 16/03/2006 - St. Clynelish Day; apparently, March 16 is Saint Clynelish Day. I didn't know that.
294 - 20/03/2006 - Still Swapping; after the sale of Glen Grant Pernod Ricard is now officially # two.
295 - 21/03/2006 - Springtime; it seems that spring is in the air - time to celebrate with a session
296 - 24/03/2006 - Blind Laddies (I); a blind tasting including the 'Rocks' and '#D Moine Mhor'.
297 - 25/03/2006 - Blind Laddies (II); a blind tasting including the NAS 'Infinity' and 20yo 'Flirtation'.
298 - 28/03/2006 - The Canadian Situation; is the Liquor Control Board of Ontario up to no good?
299 - 29/03/2006 - Back in Business; Suddenly I find myself in a luxurious and comfortable position.
 
300 - 01/04/2006 to 31/12/2006 - After a major crash of the website, I published an 'emergency report'; Log Entry #300.
That report was written over the course of several months, so I had to divide it across six pages. After that, I added 65 more entries to this liquid log, covering the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. The articles are divided across these nine pages;
 
301 - 306:  April to May 2007 - with articles covering McTears whisky auctions and Diageo's new Singleton range.
307 - 314:  June to September 2007 - with articles covering my visit to Kilbeggan in Ireland and the passing of Michael Jackson.
315 - 324:  September to December 2007 - with articles covering the MM Awards 2007 Conclave and a walpurgis session.
325 - 326:  December 2007 to March 2008 - with articles covering the SWA and the launch of 'Malt Maniacs & Frieds' on Facebook.
327 - 339:  March to June 2008 - with articles covering the 'public consultation' by the SWA lobbyists and a walpurgis session.
340 - 343:  July to September 2008 - with articles covering the first Malt Madness competition and my distillery data progress.
344 - 349:  September to December 2008 - with articles covering the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 and the competition winners.
350 - 356:  January to June 2009 - with articles covering tar liqueur and Macallan's response to some of my harsher words.
357 - 365:  July to December 2009 - with articles covering the new & improved distillery map and a 10,000 GBP whisky.

Finally, in the beginning of 2010 I switched to an 'external' BlogSpot blog (powered by Google these days).
Click HERE for the latest log entries...  Join the mailinglist for regular updates on the progress of the reconstruction process.

Liquid Blog

Before I continue, I'd like to point out that I started this 'liquid blog' long before I launched my Google Blog on the Blogspot platform in January 2010. So, it may look like there are two or three different (b)logs on this site, but that's just an optical illusion - it's actually just one. The differences in form don't signify any fundamental changes, just an evolution in appearance.
 
I started the log in 1997 and wrapped up entry #200 at the end of 2004. That means that I wrote an average of 25 entries per year during the first eight years. The format of my reports changed a little in January 2005 and when the Spring of 2006 arrived I had written 100 more entries. All appeared to go smoothly, but then the site suffered from 'The Big Crunch' during the summer of 2006. So, I wrote Blog Entry #300 and rebuilt MM from scratch. But I'm getting ahead of myself; scroll down for the 100 entries I've written in 2005 and '06.

So, what is this 'Liquid Blog' exactly?
Well, it's basically the same as my Liquid Log that I've kept
between 1997 and 2004, but my blog is intended to cover
a wider range of topics and has pictures to keep those
with shorter attention spans awake. Of course, a simpler
solution to the visitors of MM falling asleep on top of their keyboards would be for me to write shorter reports on
my Scotch tastings, but once I get started about single
malts I usually tend to go on and on and on...

Highland Park (old bottle)

Phew.... That's quite enough talk about this website, don't you agree? Scroll down for a hundred log entries about the many aspects of single malt whisky - or surf along to my new Google Blog to read about recent tastings & events.

Some entries in my blog are devoted to specific topics like the 1-100 rating system that I
use, malts & meals, malts & movies or the four whisky seasons of the year. These special
reports were published in my Liquid Log, but you can find similar reports about events in
2005 and 2006 in this Blog. Obviously, one of the most exciting events so far was my trip
to Feis Ile 2005. It was my very first visit to Islay and I met eight other maniacs there.
The people and the atmosphere on the island were wonderful - and they had whisky too!
After the festival that lasted a week we could add 150 new whiskies to the MMMatrix.

 

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