1. We seem to be selecting single malt scotches for choices. Should we include other whiskies, including blended scotch wisky?
Before including blends I'd be interested to try Irish or bourbons, but atm I'm happy getting through SMSW and would like to stick with that for a while.
2. Over time there will be new members that didn't get included in a particular tasting. How long, if at all, should we avoid including a previously tasted distillery?
There are so many distilleries that I wouldn't expect us to revist them for a couple years at this rate. It's not like new members are missing out - it's all good.
woodhill wrote:I think another point has to be:-
Should this be limited to single distilleries or should there be say "flights of 12yo Islays" or "one from each region" etc.
Including more than one distillery in a tasting might make it difficult to get anyone from the brand there, and I wonder if it might lose focus and just turn into the "what are you drinking now" thread? I'm not yet bored with sticking with one distillery at a time. But I'll go with whatever.
And just to mention I like how organised it's getting. I like knowing well in advance and I'd have no problem with agreeing a few months' dates & distilleries, say last Saturday of the month or whatever. Might help with Matt having time to organise samples/guests too.
mikeymad wrote:Good thoughts Treacle...
Also would give you a little more chance to plan ahead in maybe getting a bottle.
Yes, anything that helps me make any choices is welcomed as a Very Good Thing
We could flow into the blends once we've touched on the primary base malts which make up the blends; ie Glenburgie before we go to a Ballantynes, ; Blair Athol before we try a Bells. In that manner we could then set up the base malts to sample after the blends to see how the components interact. I've been able to do this in my Lair a few times and really could detect the primary malt(s) in the blend. Of course with 6 Isles, we'd need to sample Arran, Islay, Jura, Mull, Orkney & Skye bottlings first. Now that would be a severe morning after!
As an interesting perspective on previous distillery tastings, we could return to the original thread and continue on from there with any newbies and others who join in. This would allow one location to review tastings for that particular distillery and we could move forward from that point, with a history of the tasting for anyone who wished to reveiw notes before the scheduled tasting. Well, the first couple of pages, anyways.
When does a distillery become re-eligible for the Monthly Live Tastings? 12 months, 18 months, 24 months?
Also Mikeymad had a suggestion that instead of reserving the Poller as a tie-breaker, that we hold a one-day run-off poll of the tied distilleries. Asuming that noone has a problem with this, I think it's a great idea.
Feel free to discuss.
Talisker is in the lead for Jan 2009. IIRC, Hellgate London was released on 2nd Nov 2007 (Whisky Live Glasgow) and the demo was out 1 week before. And I missed the last Talisker tasting because I didn't want to use up any more bandwith when I was downloading the demo.
1) Talisker was last in a Live Tasting less than 18 months ago, so a 15 month eligibility for revisiting is already in place
2) I recall dates based on their relevance to games and whisky and I should grow up and need to get out more.
I do understand that the leader for Jan (Talisker) was done in a Musky hosted online tasting approx. 15 months ago, but myself and many others around the Forum who know partake in the Live Tastings were not present. So I think that 18 months would provide a variety for the Forum Members who have been around for a long time, and also give the new members a chance to try something from their favorite distillery (that may have already been done).
Does this make sense to everyone, please speak up.
Good idea Sean, and this is something we could definitely do when it comes to the "Other Tastings". The next is Bourbon and will be held early February. As we get closer to the Bourbon, we'll start discussing what the next tasting may be.
We want the tastings to be based around what members want, but also want to try and set a schedule for the next year.
1. A monthly distillery tasting (voted on at the start of the year)
2. A monthly regional focus (should be able to cover most regions, so no need to vote)
3. A monthly bottler focus (should be able to cover most bottlers, so no need to vote)
4. A monthly members tasting, could be a distillery, region, theme or food matching. (Suggestions topic -> Voting round 1 -> Voting round 2)
That would be one going on each week, bit much but there's lots to get through
I think maybe the dates should be set starting on a Friday at 7pm GMT, then run for the weekend.
Let us know what you think. Basically we want to keep member voted tastings, but also want a year long schedule that is pretty much fixed.
I do like the fact that the voting would happen all at once for the entire year (except January in this case). Also covering IB's and whisky by region would be interesting too.
Giving an open category (i.e. my 5 favorite) is a good option as well as it helps with those of us who do not have vast collections
LagaDrinker wrote:I agree that setting the distilleries in advance would be a good thing. How about 6 months? This would mean that new members wouldn't have to wait too long but would give a little more time to collect samples?
I think a year is fine - if someone is close to finishing a bottle but knows that distillery is in a tasting in the next few months then they might not kill it off immediately, and wait to join in the tasting. I'm in favour of as much notice as possible. If someone misses out on the initial vote, I can't imagine that over 12 months they'll be disappointed with many of the distilleries/bottlers/themes. If anything it removes that tricky decision-making element
Ooh, and I like the idea of a tasting weekend - starting on a Friday is much better for me than Saturdays
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