A Beginner's Guide to Malt Whisky - 10 chapters to help you fully appreciate whisky.
Distillery Data - 150 pages about whisky distilleries in Scotland and an interactive map.
mAlmanac - a ‘virtual whisky pocket guide’ including my ‘hit list’ and my ‘shit list’.
Liquid Log - archive of 400 reports with tasting notes on more than 3,000 malts.
Deviant Drams - some ‘malternatives’ like blends, vatted malts and world whiskies.
So, ‘Ye Olde Syte’ was launched way back in 1995 - and it recently ‘crashed’ once again.
The pages of the Malt Maniacs Archives and the Distillery Data section managed to escape
the carnage relatively unscathed, but many pages in one of the other sections look like crap
and are difficult to read. Nevertheless, because I’d like to think that some of the information
could still be of use to some people (especially relative novices in the world of malt whisky),
I’ll keep these old pages on-line until I’ve managed to rebuild and refresh them...
So, if you really want to read more about malt whisky RIGHT NOW, here are links
to the five main sections of ‘Ye Olde Malt Madness Syte’. Please proceed with caution.
As far as the reconstruction process of the Malt Madness website is concerned,
please check out the sitemap - it provides an overview of the latest changes to the site.
Because the entire process will take at least a few months, it might be a good idea for
novices to check out the ‘Beginner’s Guide’ and proceed with practicing their dramming.
You will need to build a frame of reference - and train your nose, palate and liver...
When I started publishing my rants and raves about malt whisky
in 1997 the word ‘blog’ hadn’t been invented yet. If it had been, my
‘Liquid Log’ would probably have been called ‘Booze Blog’ instead.
This enhanced perspective was great and all, but it also meant that some of
the statements I’ve made on ‘Ye Olde Syte’ (see this screenshot from 2001)
needed ‘refinement’. So, it was time to re-open my blog. The design could
use an update as well, but I’m still hoping that it will come back into fashion.
That little break turned into a long one, because I enjoyed the slower pace.
What’s more, the fact that I wasn’t exchanging dozens of messages about
whisky every day gave me a broader perspective on the whisky world.
But my ‘Liquid Log’ was basically the same as a blog; a continuous
stream of my personal opinions and my experiences with malt whisky.
My Log was my own little soap box, from which I could shout whatever
I wanted, whenever I wanted. And so I did - until log entry #400.
In 2012, I felt that I had pretty much written all that I wanted to write,
at least in the form of articles about Scotch whisky. So, I decided
to retire from the Malt Maniacs and take a little break from blogging.
The very first stage of my affliction wasn’t too bad, but ...
... by the time ‘stage 2’ set in, the symptoms worsened.
Complete and utter madness; chaos and odd behaviour.
After the dust had settled, spirits and links were broken.
If you buy just one whisky book a year, this is the one.
To be confirmed...
November 30, 2014 - How & when did stage 3
of my ‘malt madness’ begin? As log entry #403
explains, it was probably when I realised that
Scotch malt whisky had fundamentally changed.
December 12, 2014 - Over the past three log
entries I’ve been mostly gazing at my own navel,
but log entry #404 deals with a more practical
topic: MM webpages that can not be found...
September 18, 2014 - The Scots get to vote on
their possible independance of the UK today. It
may become a very close race - and a ‘yes’ vote
could influence whisky prices around the world.
February 1, 2014 - With the 20th birthday of
this website coming up, I decided to get to work
on version 3.0. But the first item on my ‘to do list’
was the Malt Maniacs Archives reconstruction.
September 24, 2014 - The latest press release
from “one of the most respected names in Scotch
whisky” announces “a range of new expressions
and never-before-released single malts – the hidden
gems of its portfolio”. They also call it a “bold move,
unprecedented in recent years”. Wow, it seems like
the copywriter was in very high spirits indeed...
October 1, 2014 - Yes! The malt whisky season
has now started in earnest with the publication of
the 10th edition of the Malt Whisky Yearbook.
Short review: best value whisky book this year.
October 7, 2014 - I just heard that my ex-fellow
maniac Lawrence Graham from Canada was made
‘Keeper of the Quaich’. Wow, remember when we
were just a wide-eyed, ‘amateur’ whisky collective.
November 11, 2014 - Hurray! After a break that
lasted for more than two years, I’ve just published
entry #401 of my Liquid Log. It looks at phase 1
of my ‘malt madness’ from a historical perspective.