But seriously, I get a lot out of Live Tastings. A lot of people here have tried a lot of whisky that I haven't been able to or got round to yet, and it's great to be able to tap into their knowledge. It also helps me narrow down potential purchases; I know everyone's tastes differ, but if a general consensus of a whisky is great, it gives me more confidence that if I buy it I'll like it, rather than risking spending money on a complete lemon of a dram.
It also brings the forum together, and is to me the next best thing to actually being in a pub. Sending each other samples for the tastings also helps with the community feel, as well as providing an opportunity to try whiskies that otherwise you may not ever be able to.
We each have different palates, tastes and ways of describing our experiences.
As I often tell my customers, there is no right or wrong when it comes to whisky. If your opinion is different to those of others, then you are not wrong. You are just getting a slightly different flavour to other people. Or, perhaps you have more taste experience and can identify flavours more accurately.
Therefore, with a live tasting it's great to try similar drams to others and compare notes, discuss experiences and most importantly; SHARE.
The Live Tastings also give us a chance here to swap samples amongst the forum to give each other a chance to try a larger range from the distillery chosen for the month.
Plus it also makes the Forum more interactive and creates a sense of community.
Even though it is pleasant to be able to sit and read or share your knowledge on a forum, you realise how small the globe has become with a live tasting. I appreciate being able to banter in the 'here and now' with Mr Fjeld and DiBlasi* , whom I've never met personally, but whose knowledge and appreciation of Single Malts they freely share with myself and the world stage.
(*insert "Ganga" "Willie" Mikeymad", "Wendy" or anyone from the panalopy of the Forum)
The fact that you live in either a large European urban area or in the rural outback of Canada or Australia has no bearing. With an internet connection and a keyboard, someone who appreciates and respects what you perceive and report on is only a few keystrokes away.
Of course, it does need to be reiterated that the persona presented online is not to be confused with the real person and an online associate is not the same as a realtime friend. An online contact is a useful way to interact and disseminate information but nothing beats sitting down face to face and enjoying a dram together. A live tasting is a tolerable substitute until opportunity or circumstance allows.
I found that the preparation was rather good. With other members prepared to split their samples for others to taste, it meant that the evening would be spent comparing similar, if not in some cases, the same whiskey.
Apart from the exitement in waiting for the evening to commence, the concept of reading other people's thoughts, on a whiskey that i was also tasting, was rather useful to compare relative opinions.
Clearly no two people will have the same likes, or opinions for that matter, on any particular dram, but that is what makes this idea so appealing for me. As a relative novice (i have only been drinking malts for about 6 years), I, for one, know that I have plenty to learn. the Live Tasting concept gives me that opportunity. I hope to join in future tastings.
Many thanks to willie for helping me on this occasion and for the others' thoughts throughout the night.
Ryguy wrote:daveski wrote:Very kind. I think that i would love to be involved in he next edition...s....
October 25th Ardbeg
November 15th Irish Whiskies
Hope to 'see' you then!
I might just have something to taste on both of those days!! Good news.
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