Whisk(e)y

Where to start with this one.

I can’t be arsed constantly typing the brackets so from now on am gonna call it whisky. If you care what the different spellings mean, please see the whisky page on Wikipedia.

Whisky has always been my spirit of choice. You know when you’re a kid and you try serious alcohol for the first time? Loads of people find whisky too harsh, strong, or their classic response “I can’t stand the smell of it”. Not me. It was love at first zeit.

I became obsessed with whisky 13 years ago. I didn’t know it at the time but, oaks from acorns and all that, the seed was most definitely sown in August 1998. It was my first visit to visit my beautiful wife and her family in Norway and I had been warned that booze was astronomically (gastronomically?) expensive. Naturally I was going to buy whisky at duty free, but I needed to make it count – so I bought a litre of Bowmore cask strength (56%). I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Bowmore. It wasn’t the first single malt I’d had but it was the whisky that got me hooked, and well and truly nobbled my disposable income for the next 5 years.

That was it. What started as a few bottles became a collection of about a dozen. And once you get to double figures and you’re still buying, your collection expands pretty quickly. It was a three pronged attack:

– new distilleries
– finding bargains
– Ardbeg

and so my collection grew, and grew. First I had a side cabinet, then two, then a 6ft
whisky cabinet. As it currently stands I have my 6ft cabinet and half of my 16 ‘box’ shelving unit. About 200 in total, of which about 40 are Ardbeg. If I like a bottle, I’ll also buy 2 or 3 (there are no dupes in my Connosr cabinet.)

What you’ll find on the pages below is information on sourcing great whisky for yourself.

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