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Hello everyone. A quick introduction: my name is John Hansell. I am the Publisher and Editor of Malt Advocate, the magazine for the whisky enthusiast. We also created and run Whiskyfest in NYC, Chicago and San Francisco. I also have a very active Whisky blog, ""What doe John know?""

As of June 15th, we are now part of the M. Shanken Communications organization, so I thought I would chime in and introduce myself.

What are you drinking? What are your favorites?
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Advocate-

That's a catchy name for a publication. It makes me think of Ralph Nadar.

I checked the whatdoesjohnknow site. I'd like to recommend a little known bit of software called Cellartracker. After you use it, you can give a report to Marvin.

I'm truly amazed that anyone other than a restaurant, bar, or merchant has enough whisky to need tracking software.
My personal favorites are whatever a real aficionado serves me.
Huge cellartracker fan that I am, I find it hard to recommend for tracking spirits
The main reason being that it's been explicitly designed with wine in mind, and as a result you have to make a lot of adjustments. It's like drinking burgundy from a sherry glass - you can, but it's hardly optimal.

In addition, the data isn't policed anything like as well as the wine data. For example, here are all the entries for "Macallan". There's only one Macallan distillery, it's in Speyside at Easter Elchies House, Craigellachie, Banffshire.

So the country is UK, the region is Scotland and the appellation is Speyside. How many do you think are correctly annotated?

http://www.cellartracker.com//...n&Pivot3=Appellation

Welcome, John. I only have about 50 or so myself, not counting miniatures. Look forward to your posts.
Welcome, John. I don't drink a lot of "hard liquor," but I enjoy my collection of Single Malts, fueled by a visit to the Highlands of Scotland. In the modest range, my favorites from Speyside are Dalwhinnie, Balvenie, and Macallan, and Oban from the West, but my preference is for the Islays. I like the edge. Bunnahabhain and Laphroig are two favorites, but for my money, the best when cost is a consideration is Lagavulin 16.

My most favorite of all are the independent bottlings with Provenance at the top of the list. I assume you've visisted the Highlands and The Whisky Castle in Tomintoul. Mike Drury puts on a great shopw and a great tasting.
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Originally posted by Dave Tong BBP:
Huge cellartracker fan that I am, I find it hard to recommend for tracking spirits
The main reason being that it's been explicitly designed with wine in mind, and as a result you have to make a lot of adjustments. It's like drinking burgundy from a sherry glass - you can, but it's hardly optimal.

In addition, the data isn't policed anything like as well as the wine data. For example, here are all the entries for "Macallan". There's only one Macallan distillery, it's in Speyside at Easter Elchies House, Craigellachie, Banffshire.

So the country is UK, the region is Scotland and the appellation is Speyside. How many do you think are correctly annotated?

http://www.cellartracker.com//...n&Pivot3=Appellation

Welcome, John. I only have about 50 or so myself, not counting miniatures. Look forward to your posts.


Only 50!! I bet that's more than 98% of people on these Boards. I have 3 Frown
John,

Welcome to the M. Shanken family, and to the Forums. You may find a bit of tough love here, but for the most part, people are passionate and hospitable.

My first visit to Scotland was in 1988, one of my first work excursions for Wine Spectator. I'll never forget stopping into a pub on Islay, and noticing that the ice cubes in a bucket were all slightly brown. "Peaty water," noted the barman. No wonder the whiskey tastes the way it does. The fellow who showed us around Laphroaig said, "A few customers send it back every year because they think something's gone off. That tell us we're still on the right track."

Stay on the track, and keep the information coming.

Cheers,

Thomas Matthews
Executive editor
Wine Spectator

Thomas Matthews
I enjoy a good single malt here and there, but have not tasted enough to feel even remotely well-versed in the area. I've had a good deal of the typical finds from the glenfiddich's, glenlivet's and glenmorangie's to the johnnie walker's, chivas regal's and macallan's.

With that said, pretty much across the board I tend to favor Glenlivet. I'd have to say my favorite is the 25 year old (I finally got one for my last birthday) and for the price I love the 15 year. I recently spoke with the US ambassador for glenlivet and chivas regal at a local costco and told him that I think the 15 year glenlivet is better than the 18 or 21 year bottlings. He smiled, shook my hand and told me that he fully agreed.

Man is that 15 year Glenlivet dang good at the price. But then again, many years ago in college, I would of told you that Jack Daniels was my best friend.
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John,

Welcome to the M. Shanken family, and to the Forums. You may find a bit of tough love here, but for the most part, people are passionate and hospitable.

My first visit to Scotland was in 1988, one of my first work excursions for Wine Spectator. I'll never forget stopping into a pub on Islay, and noticing that the ice cubes in a bucket were all slightly brown. "Peaty water," noted the barman. No wonder the whiskey tastes the way it does. The fellow who showed us around Laphroaig said, "A few customers send it back every year because they think something's gone off. That tell us we're still on the right track."

Stay on the track, and keep the information coming.

Cheers,

Thomas Matthews
Executive editor
Wine Spectator

Thomas Matthews


Thomas,

Thank you for the warm welcome. I am used to tough love, from the passionate whisky enthusiasts on my blog.

I have a peaty water story for everyone. I first took my wife to Scotland in 1991. We spent a VERY long, cold day on the Isle of Skye (including a trip to Talisker), and we end up staying at an old hunting lodge for the evening. They, of course, had no shower, just a bathtub.

Amy wanted a hot bath, so I started filling up the bathtub. After four inches deep of water, it was so brown from peat, you coudn't see the bottom of the tub! She refused to take a bath in it!!
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Originally posted by AZwineRyan:
I enjoy a good single malt here and there, but have not tasted enough to feel even remotely well-versed in the area. I've had a good deal of the typical finds from the glenfiddich's, glenlivet's and glenmorangie's to the johnnie walker's, chivas regal's and macallan's.

With that said, pretty much across the board I tend to favor Glenlivet. I'd have to say my favorite is the 25 year old (I finally got one for my last birthday) and for the price I love the 15 year. I recently spoke with the US ambassador for glenlivet and chivas regal at a local costco and told him that I think the 15 year glenlivet is better than the 18 or 21 year bottlings. He smiled, shook my hand and told me that he fully agreed.

Man is that 15 year Glenlivet dang good at the price. But then again, many years ago in college, I would of told you that Jack Daniels was my best friend.


I agree with you, the 15 year is realy good but I am currently enjorying Glenfiddich (18year).

I also enjoy a nice bourbon ( Four roses and Woodford Reserve in particular)

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