Bet you expected another rant on rising prices, NAS follies and shady practices, yeah? Not this time. I tackled much of this recently for a rather bigger audience. An article Ian Buxton published in the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2017 is liberally peppered with my thoughts and quotes (thanks, Ian!). That’s good for me for now. I can’t lie…I’ve been enjoying the smooth sailing of late. Nice not to always be the one rocking the boat. The waves made may only be wee ripples by the time they spread to the wider world, but locally they can be quite choppy.
Anyway…I’m jotting away here for a reason. Thought I would provide a bit of context and a ‘heads up’. 2016 has been a very rough year. I won’t get into all of the personal stuff we’ve dealt with, but the one thing that most affects this site is likely the monolithic shadow of unemployment under which we’ve been living since April. Obviously whisky buying (and cigars, and…) had to be one of the first casualties. It sucks, but that is life. I still have things to say, and whiskies to share the word on, but we may not be able to be too contemporary or relevant. Not that I’ve ever minded being the guy late to the party.
I think what will suffer the most is reviews of lower quality malts and more budget brands. I simply have trouble getting my hands on mediocre whisky. I don’t buy it often (occasionally for reviewing), and now certainly won’t be buying it. I actually have fun writing about some of those lesser quality drams (it gives me an entirely new vocabulary to work with), but this has always been a shortcoming of the site in my opinion.
Things will pick up again, but do be aware that we may try a few new things in the coming year. I’ll see what I can do about sourcing whisky samples to keep things topical, and we’ll tackle some new ideas, I think. Perhaps even a guest writer or two to bring a freshness to the scene. Oh, yeah…and I’ll try to be a little more regular with posts.
Finally…in the interest in full disclosure I want to share the truth. I have little interest in returning to the industry I was previously employed in. And even if I did want it, it will be a loooooooong time recovering. Chances are slim. I have been actively investigating work in an industry I know a fair bit about. Yes…the whisky world. Not sure what that could ultimately mean here, but we’re all adults, right? It should be understood that feeding my kids and keeping the bills paid supercedes all other thoughts and priorities. Hope we don’t find too many conflicts, but only time will tell.
As always, appreciate your engagement. Onwards to 2017.