Ah, you're looking for the 'Malt Maniacs' section of Malt Madness? Tough noogies...
That site section has evolved into a separate website all by itself; Malt Maniacs.
Click here to visit the new Malt Maniacs website. There you'll find items like
the Malt Maniacs Matrix (an overview of more than 2,000 malt whiskies that
were sampled by at least four certified malt maniacs), the ' MaltMenu' in our
bar with tasting notes on a few hundred single malts) and all the issues of
our E-zine with articles from maniacs and 'foreign correspondents' from all
over the world. However, if you are a (relative) beginner in the wonderful
world of whisky, it might be prudent to browse around Malt Madness first.
After all, the malt mania started on this website in 1997 when I decided to
add a forum to the purely personal site that I had started a few years earlier.
Like most forums on the www it contained mostly meaningless dribble at first,
but as we sampled more malts we couldn't help but learn a bit along the way.
Unfortunately, after 'a decade of heavy dramming' the good old 'Malt Madness' website crashed in 2006.
I took the opportunity to develop two brand new, separate malt whisky websites. The old Malt Madness website will be revamped and (hopefully, eventually) offer all the information about malt whisky that a novice could possibly require. Malt Maniacs will be aimed at the real 'anoraks' that want to explore every nook and cranny of the weird and wonderful world of single malt Scotch whisky.
If you have any questions about (the history of) this website, I suggest you check out the introduction to Malt
Madness and the sitemap - or the questions page, of course. If you are indeed a novice and you're wondering
what's so special about single malt scotch I can heartily recommend the Beginners Guide to single malt whisky.
The ten chapters in the guide contain all the information you'll need to embark on your own voyage of discovery.
First of all there are the fundamentals like: What is the history of whisky? Where and how is whisky produced?
What is the difference between whisky and whiskey? The second chapter deals with the vocabulary that is used
in the whisky world; What is the difference between a single malt, a pure malt, a vatted nakt and a blended malt?
Chapter three is all about the relevance of geography in the whisky world - are there 'malt terroirs' in Scotland?
The next chapters deal with the distillation and maturation of malt whisky.
After the bottling of a whisky it's ready for consumption, but shopping for
whisky can be a hazardous enterprise, so it would be wise to check out the
tips that are provided here. Then it's time for some actual practice - you will
have to actually sample a few whiskies before the enjoyment can begin...
If you already know all that stuff, I can recommend the WhiskyFun website.
My fellow 'malt maniac' Serge Valentin from France started this website a few years
ago and has managed to add fresh updates almost every day ever since. Like the name suggests it's all about whisky - but also about fun stuff like music, cartoons, advertising and 'enjoying life in general'...