Actually I'm an "old hand" but have been away from the Forums for so long that I'm starting to feel like a new member again. Tearing the heck out of the tendons in one's ankle certainly dissuades any inclination to hobble down the hall and sit at a keyboard!
Welcome to the other new fellows, especially Rob... Uh, ...watch out for WillieJJ at New Years, he does enjoy toasting the Auld year for every time zone!
I'm still teaching myself how to walk properly and once I've mastered upright locomotion, I'll work on using my opposable thumbs again. (I feel like I'm starting from scratch for God's sake!) Other than healing up, no news except we're gearing up for another Usquebach tasting here and I've prodded the other fellows for a date and location. Not sure what we'll sample but I'll browse the Lair and post some thoughts shortly.
and good to see you back at the forum Musky. (one of the few members that seems to get the delivery each issue of the Whisky Magazines later than me... )
I am Jez, from the UK. I have been into the whisky thing for a few years now. It all started when on holiday in my favorite part of the world Speyside. One cold wet afternoon we visited a distillery one thing lead to another and I'm now hooked. I have a modest collection mostly from distilleries I have visited some info here. http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/jezgovan/whi ... whisky.htm
I'm sure I will post a bit more when i get the hang of it
Muskrat Portage wrote:Welcome to all the new forummers who've logged on since I wandered off into the wilderness to lick my wounded ankle. Thanks Klas and dramtastic and my long distance dramming buddy Ganga for your warm welcome back. I'll try to be a bit more involved again as this forum has a lot to offer and a crew of great people to interact with.
Hi Musky(I used to say rat, but Musky sounds better imho!),
long time no seen, good to see you back here.
I joined after reading the posts written on the Whisky Bible (some of it rather heated), but there you have what makes life interesting..different opinions! The same holds for views on whiskies and I enjoy reading all these varied opinions, from the clearly experienced to the novice taster. A passion for all here I see.Perhaps some of you will be at the Whisky Fest in Victoria in January?
AnnieB wrote:How very welcoming you all are!! I have viewed some of your collections and note many of us have very similar tastes in' Favorite Whiskies'. The classics are all there, though I admit to being a bit envious of some of the spirits many of you have that are unavailable to me on Vancouver Island. I know some of them will be present if only for a 'nose & taste' in Victoria, so I'll have to be happy in the knowledge true whisky lovers are enjoying them elsewhere in the world...Cheers
I might head over for that event, but the details are not yet pusted on the website. I do already have my tickets for Hopscotch in Vancouver though
I'm pretty new to the world of whisky, but what a magical world I am learning it is.
I've been browsing the forum to help me choose my malts at the beginning of my journey.
As I write I am revelling in the delights of my first ever dram of Ardbeg 10 (wow!), purchased based on the enthusiasm I have seen for it on here, so a big thank you to you all is on order.
I am a chef here in California (born and raised but do have a lot of relatives in the UK). During the rise of all the wonderful micro-breweries here in the States I drank and studied beer as most of you here do with whisky. I landed a job at as executive chef of a premier wine restaurant which forced me to really get serious about wines. I'm no expert by any means but love wine as much as beer and now whisky.
I suppose I was always a bit apprehensive about whisky and other spirits as I stayed away from anything over 80 proof. I guess that had a lot to do with stupid experiences as a teenager and in the military being under the influence of anything in that category. I left that restaurant earlier this year for an chef instructor position and decided to dive in head first with fine whiskies, most especially single malts.
I love whisky because it's an entirely different beast that can have an equal (or greater) level of complexity. Plus, given the time to make such whiskies really makes me appreciate it that much more.
So that's my introduction... hopefully I can learn a lot from all you.
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