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Malt Madness on the WayBackMachine

Around the year 1997, the Malt Maniacs whisky
community started to coalesce around the site.
The Malt Maniacs Archives cover 1997 to 2011.
In 2007, Serge Valentin added his Whiskyfun
site to form an unholy trinity of whisky sites.

The complete reconstruction of the website will
take many more months. Follow me on Twitter
for updates on the progress on various fronts...

2015 saw the 20th jubilee of the MM website.
It was time for a major reconstruction effort to
make sure that Malt Madness remains surfable
in the foreseeable future. Some older pages may
be off-line for a while, but fortunately there’s...

After taking a break from Facebook for two
years I’ve returned to that strange medium too...

The first pages of Malt Madness were published
in 1995 by yours truly, Johannes van den Heuvel
and it has grown quite a bit since the olden days.
After loitering around GeoCities for a while, the
site found a home on www.maltmadness.com
and it has kept on growing there ever since...

Malt Madness is not suitable for mobile malt lovers yet...

 

I’ll try to post interesting or entertaining stuff on
Twitter (see above) and Facebook regularly.
As for the main ‘news’: I now accept donations.

 

BEGINNER’S GUIDE

GENERAL PAGES

DISTILLERY DATA

WHISKY LEXICON

INTERACTIVE WHISKY MAP

Aberfeldy  |  Aberlour  |  Abhainn Dearg
Ailsa Bay  |  Allt-A-Bhainne  | Annandale  |  Arbikie
Ardbeg  |  Ardmore  |  Ardnamurchan  |  Arran 
Auchentoshan  |  Auchroisk  |  Aultmore  |  Balblair
Ballindalloch  |  Balmenach  |  Balvenie  |  Banff
Ben Nevis  |  Benriach  |  Benrinnes  |  Benromach
Ben Wyvis  |  Bladnoch  |  Blair Athol  |  Bowmore
Brackla  |  Braeval  |  Brora  |  Bruichladdich
Bunnahabhain  |  Caledonian  |  Cambus
Cameronbridge  |  Caol Ila  |  Caperdonich
Cardhu  |  Carsebridge  |  Clynelish  |  Coleburn
Convalmore  |  Cragganmore  |  Craigellachie
Daftmill  |  Dailuaine  |  Dallas Dhu  |  Dalmore
Dalmunach  |  Dalwhinnie  |  Deanston
Dufftown  |  Dumbarton  |  Edradour  |  Falkirk
Fettercairn  |  Girvan  |  Glasgow  |  Glen Albyn
Glenallachie  |  Glenburgie  |  Glencadam 
Glencraig  |  Glendronach  |  Glendullan
Glen Elgin  |  Glenfarclas  |  Glenfiddich
Glen Flagler  |  Glen Garioch  |  Glenglassaugh
Glengoyne  |  Glen Grant  |  Glengyle  |  Glen Keith
Glenkinchie  |  Glenlivet  |  Glenlochy  |  Glenlossie
Glen Mhor  |  Glenmorangie  |  Glen Moray
Glen Ord  |  Glenrothes  |  Glen Scotia
Glen Spey  |  Glentauchers  |  Glenturret
Glenugie  |  Glenury Royal  |  GlenWyvis

Harris  |  Highland Park  |  Hillside  |  Imperial
Inchgower  |  Invergordon  |  Inverleven  |  Jura
Kilchoman  |  Killyloch  |  Kinclaith  |  Kingsbarns
Kininvie  |  Knockando  |  Knockdhu  |  Ladyburn
Lagavulin  |  Laphroaig  |  Linkwood  |  Littlemill
Loch Lomond  |  Lochnagar  |  Lochside
Longmorn  |  Macallan  |  MacDuff
Mannochmore  |  Millburn  |  Miltonduff  |  Moffat 
Mortlach  |  Mosstowie  |  North British
North Port  |  Oban  |  Pittyvaich  |  Port Dundas
Port Ellen  |  Pulteney  |  Rosebank  |  Roseisle
Saint Magdalene  |  Scapa  |  Speyburn
Speyside  |  Springbank  |  Starlaw  |  Strathisla
Strathclyde  |  Strathmill  |  Strathmore
Talisker  |  Tamdhu  |  Tamnavulin  |  Teaninich
Tobermory  |  Tomatin  |  Tomintoul  |  Tormore
Tullibardine  |  Wolfburn  |  ...

ABV | A.D. Rattray | age statement | ...
barley | BFYB | bonded warehouse | ...

caramel | cask | cooper | cork | ...
DCL | demi muy | dilution | drum | ...
E150A | esters | ethanol |  Excise Act | ...
feints | fermentation | firkin | flight | ... 
Gaelic | germination | glassware | ...
H2H | heads | hogshead | house style | ...
IB | ice | Imperial system | isopropanol | ...
J. & A. Mitchell & Co. | JBB | Jura | ...
kelpie | Kildalton | Kilkerran | kiln | ...
label | Ladybank | lauter tun | Livet | ...

malt | malted barley | mash tun | ...
NAS | new make spirit | no age statement
OB | OBE | octave | Optic barley | ...
palate | patent still | paxarette | proof | ...
quadruple distillation | quaich | ...
racked warehouse | rectifier | rundlet | ...
Saladin box | seasoning | sulphur | ...
tails | teaspooning | terroir |  toasting | ...
uisge beatha | unchillfiltered | underproof
vatted malt | vintage | virgin oak | ...
Wash Act | washback | wheat | wort | ...
Yamazaki | year | yeast | Yoichi | ...

THE HISTORY OF MALT MADNESS

The interactive Scotch whisky map shows the
locations of almost 150 active and closed whisky
distilleries in Scotland - both malt and grain.

Introduction  (mostly about Malt Madness)
Sitemap  (to help you find your way around)

Scotch Whisky Industry  (by ownership)
Whisky Bottlers  (the main bottlers of Scotch)
Whisky Brands  (most Scotch whisky brands)

Ch. 1: Basics  (the single malt whisky basics)
Ch. 2: Vocabulary  (words & abbreviations)
Ch. 3: Geography  (about Scotch whisky regions)
Ch. 4: Distillation  (turning ‘beer’ into whisky)
Ch. 5: Maturation  (oak, time and stuff...)
Ch. 6: Bottling  (about bottles & bottling them)
Ch. 7: Shopping  (spending your money wisely)
Ch. 8: Tasting  (tasting whisky the right way)
Ch. 9: Whisky Tastings  (how to organise them)
Ch. 10: Conclusion  (including a Reading List)
Whisky Label Inspector  (how to read the label)

LIQUID LOG

Due to the massive website crash of Christmas
2014 I had to pretty much abandon my blog for
a while, but I hope to pick it up again soon.

 
 
 
 

After running on adverts
for over 20 years, I’ve had
to add a donate button to
MM to help me pay the bills.

CHANGE LOG & TEMPORARY BLOG

Until my Liquid Log and Liquid Blog have been
reconstructed, here is an overview of some of
the highlights on MM and in the Whisky world.

June 21, 2017 - The Malt Madness site has now
reached the point where advertising proceeds
don’t cover the costs, so a donate button was
added to the MM site so vistors can help out... 

April 7, 2017 - The Beginner’s Guide has been
expanded with some fresh information and the
Whisky Label Inspector was updated as well.
Next: an expansion of the Whisky Lexicon.

March 29, 2017 - The Lexicon now covers
650 whisky world, phrases and expressions.
For the next phase I hope to add 100 more,
bringing the total to 750 entries soon.

December 23, 2016 - Judging by the updates
to this column little has been happening on MM,
but the Lexicon has been expanded quite a bit.
It now covers the letters A-F. Twenty more to go.

October 5, 2016 - I’m afraid that you’ll have
to endure some broken links for a while longer
but I’ve added a whisky news page and there
now is a Malt Madness page on Facebook too.

June 21, 2016 - The good news is that a few
fresh distillery profiles are on-line. The bad news
is that the old profiles will look like crap again
until the refreshed profile is done...

March 1, 2016 - I’m afraid that the progress
with the reconstruction is still slowed down
because of SSL/https issues. Well, at least the
updated Scotch whisky industry list is live now.

January 1, 2016 - A very happy new year!
The MM website turned 20 years old in 2015.
Malt Madness is in a decrepit state right now,
but an almost complete recovery looks feasible.

October 7, 2015 - Still trying to get all my facts
straight for the Distillery Fact Sheet 0.9 (PDF);
Daftmill is added to the active distilleries and
Bladnoch is listed as “inactive” (for now).

October 4, 2015 - It’s ‘World Animal Day’, so
here’s something I’ve learned. While it’s funny to
watch your dog act funny on Bailey’s (they love
the stuff), alcohol is VERY dangerous for dogs.

September 27, 2015 - The Malt Madness site
has found a new sponsor in Bartels Whisky from
the UK.  But the pace of the reconstruction might
also depend on the amount of feedback I get...

August 18, 2015 - I am very happy to report
that Malt Madness is back-on-line! thanks to
our new Whiskyfun ‘shirt sponsor’. In due time,
MM should be fully restored and upgraded...

April 5, 2015 - Happy Easter everybody!
The 10 chapters of the Beginner’s Guide have
now been completely reconstructed. It took me
3 months, so it’s time for a leisurely break...

December 24, 2014 - The damage of the crash
was quite extensive, but a full recovery looks
quite feasible. The old Distillery Data section
and the map have been mostly repaired.

December 15, 2014 - Fate has farted in my face
once more. Some style sheets cascaded all across
‘Ye Olde Syte’ - so many pages are now difficult to
read. It looks like repairs will take a few months.

February 1, 2014 - Remember when I retired
from the Malt Maniacs collective? Well, I still feel
responsible for the old content (1997 to 2011).
So, the Malt Maniacs Archives have been rebuilt.

January 1, 2017 - Happy new year, everybody!
Progress of the reconstruction is still painfully
slow. The decision to give my old familiar tools
one more shot proves to have been unwise.

August 30, 2016 - I’ll be starting with a new
temporary job next week, so updates and posts
will be less frequent for a while. My brother and
I had to close ‘Cinemaginarium’ for now as well. 

April 1, 2017 - My latest ‘temp’ job has just
ended. I’m not exactly devastated, because the
three hour commute was hell. I’ll have to watch
my expenses, but I should have more free time. 

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(any amount is welcome and appreciated) or
check out the donations page for more details.
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