Tuesday, 17 July 2012
He says...Speed dating...Whisky Style!
He says…So, it used to be the summer was our busy time of the year. The usual house work, yard maintenance, vacations stuff coupled with our passion for racing sailboats that has us on the water two to three nights a week and many weekends. Now busy is an understatement! So mixed into this busy schedule we have added whisky (rum is our traditional summer drink). Maintaining a blog, organizing tastings, travel, etc…we often let one thing or another slip and it’s usually the fun parts! In this case we have let our tastings slide…desperately! With the amount of bloggers in the world constantly putting out a stream of tasting notes, reviews and great information and being instantly promoted around the globe with tools like twitter it is easy to fall behind and start to feel like a slacker!
My Grandmother used to say “what does any of this have to do with the price of tea in China?” Well, when you have a super busy lifestyle and a growing abundance of samples you tend to get a backlog! I can think of worse problems to have…”Oh no! We have too much whisky!” As some of you may have guessed by the disproportionate amount of “She” posts relative to “He” posts at The Perfect Whisky Match the Whisky Lassie likes to keep things moving!
So, given that the "Lassie" is out of province visiting Daughter I thought I would take the opportunity to drink all those samples! (Yeah right…the words of a man about to meet his doom within 24 hours…nice knowing you all!). Actually what I am proposing is a “Sample, Speed Tasting/Blogging Extravaganza!” The premise is simple: Take three to five samples, a stopwatch and a laptop. You have 5 minutes per sample to nose, taste and make notes and 15 minutes at the end to finish up…blog and all! The idea is actually a little more constructive then just trying to blast through a pile of samples to make room for more. One of my personal, constant goals is to improve and hone my nosing/tasting abilities. Being given a time limit forces me to focus and dig for those aromas and flavors with out getting hung up. I know faster isn’t always better (I’m not going there…) but expanding my ability to pick up a glass and immediately identify what is on the nose has its merits, if for no other reason than it gives me more time to dig for the quiet second and third layer notes in the background.
Anyone else out there have a small abundance of samples that they want to try taking part with us? I’m aiming for Thursday evening 7 pm AST. See you Thursday!