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Where do I go from here?


A new beginning?


It's no secret that for the last year I've pretty much let Whisky Emporium stagnate. No new articles, features or even tasting notes but that's quite understandable after the sudden death of Sabine, my wife, last February. I still can't believe it happened and often expect to awake and find it was all a bad dream, but sadly that doesn't seem to be happening.

So, where next for me at a time when so many established whisky commentators and bloggers are giving up, shall I do the same? Perhaps let the website continue to stagnate, sit in a kind of limbo or perhaps look to try and do something with it? I'm not into new year's resolutions so this isn't one of those good intentions that go by the wayside by the end of January, it's a decision to try and move forward. Although I haven't been writing tasting notes I have managed to accrue more whisky samples than I can easily or quickly taste and these should be addressed. In addition, at Limburg last year I made the decision to concentrate mainly on one distillery; Laphroaig, my wife's one love when it comes to whisky and I have something like 26 different examples to try. These will be my first priority quite literally during January and February as I'd like to finish a full update of my Laphroaig distillery page with tasting notes to all 26 by the 26th February which will be the first anniversary of her death.




In addition I've built up another large selection of samples which are slowly filling my desk and with Limburg 2017 on the horizon I guess it's time to address these, especially as there are some lovely old bottlings amongst them. Think along the lines of old blends, 1953 24y Talisker, 30y Glentauchers, 1972 Glenrothes, Balvenie cognac bottle, Glen Mhor, various old Inchgower, a lovely selection of very old grains alongside some moderately aged ones plus lots more interesting examples, too many to individually name.

So, hopefully 2017 will be something of a new start for Whisky Emporium, but as I said "no resolutions" just a bit of hope that I'll find the momentum once again.

Ahhh, did I mention I mention my birth year bottle that I recently acquired? A 1959 51y North British

Slàinte Mhath.






A selection of previous Dram-atics highlights


  The Liquid




Class of 64-65



Elementary my dear Sukhinder

Fab Fo(u)rties

Drams at Dawn

Prohibition Three Ways



Matching Malts to Music




  Festivals & Events

Limburg 2016

Limburg 2015

An annual Pilgrimmage

Limburg Crooks & Nannies


April 2016

coming soon-ish


Limburg - Whet Dreams

Autumn 2013 Speyside








  Getting About

St. Magdalene / Linlithgow

Islay Revisited




  The Maniacs

Motor Maniac meets Malt Maniac

Anoraks Bottles & Castle

Nosing New Make

Blend of Maniacs



  The Malt Maniacs Awards - MMA  

MMA 2016 It just gets better & better

MMA 2015 The Gathering of the Drams

MMA 2014 Unplugged

MMA 2013 Unplugged



MMA 2011 Winners







A brace of luxury

Debussy plays Pitaud





Other major features  

May 2013

Duelling Drams - Man vs Clipper  

April 2013

100 points - Perfect Percy, Eggs-otic Isles Egg & Mug, Sixy bunny  

March 2013

International Whisky Day - Raise a Glass & Raise Awareness  

February 2013

A Horse, A Bow & a Dear  

Autumn 2012

The Olympkins, Getting old and Grainy  

May-Jun 2012

Dalmore Constellation, Independence?  

Mar-Apr 2012

Investment grade madness, Glenglassaugh, 5th IWD, 1000th Review, April Fool, Going dotty, age verification  

Feb. 2012

It's a rum old do, Growing old gracefully, Four Imperial sisters  

Jan. 2012

Onwards & Upwards, Canadian Whisky Awards  

Dec. 2011

HP 70's Orcadians  

Sept-Nov 2011

Malt Maniacs Awards 2011 - A weekend in the life of a Postmaster General  

June-Aug 2011

Bits Bytes & Drams, Glen Garioch 1994, Angela D'Orazio - Mackmyra, Trinity of Two Earls

May 2011

Don't bug me with ads, A dram fine evening

April 2011

Cry me a River, Golden Oldies, The Shackleton Legacy, Two Weddings and a Whisky

March 2011

Masters of Photography, Memory and the Middle Cut, Sampling again, Dave Stirk 5, Choosing choice Choices

Feb. 2011

Festival time again, Spam Galore!, Drams & Trams

Jan. 2011

Lookback at 2010, New Job? Three Thirties, ToC, Overdosing on sherry casks

Dec. 2010

December's Advent-urous drams, Nant Distillery, The road to Certification


Nov. 2010

Journey to end of Scotverse, Wick, Pulteney, Balblair, Knockdhu, Homecoming, Tweetup, Chilling with Cooley  

Oct. 2010

The John Walker, Sampling with Master of Malts, Changing jobs, Whisky Round Table  

Sept. 2010

Playing Chinese whispers, Oktoberfest, SMWS Spirit Cellar, 500,000  

August 2010

Elementary my dear Islay, Handbags at dawn, Dram-arkable 500, Cheapo Challenge, Ah Dooagh, 1 from 3 left  

July 2010

Age matters. A series of whisky reviews concentrating upon 'Age'  

June 2010

Jules Rimet, pickles & crisps. Mon coeur, mon amour oh mon sherry. A taste of the great outdoors.  

May 2010

The highly-acclaimed and record-breaking "Desert Island Drams"  

April 2010

My peat's bigger than your peat, A foursome with a famous Scottish bird  

March 2010

Sample Mania tasting notes, The Good, the Bad & The Loch Dh-Ugly, A return to sanity, The Choice of Managers  

Jan-Feb 2010

Keep taking the medicine, It's Festival time, Maker's Mark, Sleeveless in Munich  

Dec. 2009

All power to bean-counters, protecting Scotch, seasonal drams, Definitive Xmas Drams, 2009 Whisky Awards  

Nov. 2009

How it all started, Bonfire night, Autumnal musings, EU Tax & Duty, What's in a (whisky) name?  









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