More from the new feature on whisky bloggers from around the world this time we stay in the UK again and speak to David from Glen Untitled.
I've been chatting with David from Glen Untitled during tastings and such like for a wee while now and love some of the very interesting things he's doing with mini casks (might order some myself) and will be posting a review of his Glenuntitled 100 day Whisky over the next few days
Why did you start your Whisky website?
Like a lot of people I started my site to document my own whisky experiences and to keep track of what I was trying, mainly with Glasgow's Whisky Club and the odd festival or distillery visit.
A few months ago I started with my mini cask project which I felt I should do a proper write up for as I couldn't find anyone who'd documented the experience before, around the same time as this I went from blogger to a self hosted solution and I've been getting more and more into it since then
What is your earliest Whisky Memory?
Like a lot of Scots it would be tasting a bit of my fathers dram at an early age one Hogmanay, it tasted of burning and whisky - I've no clue what it was, probably not a cheap blend though as he has better taste than that!
In no particular order what 3 Whiskies would you recommend to someone new to whisky?
This is a tough one, the first bottle I bought was Ardbeg 10 which I'm guessing isn't where most people start and could scare off a lot of people, let's see...
- Talisker 10 Year Old - This was one of the malts I really fell in love with, easily accessible, a good introduction to peat and smoke and it's a great whisky to demonstrate how a drop or two of water can completely transform a dram, pour one, a drop or two of water, leave it for 10-20 minutes then go back to it!
- Aberlour A'bunadh - A great introduction to sherry bombs and cask strength whisky and it's fairly easy to get a hold of a bottle without spending too much.
- Arran 14 Year Old - I love Arran and after somehow acquiring a half bottle of this after a festival last year I fell completely in love with this expression. The 14 year old is extremely approachable even for non-whisky drinkers and while it may not be one that you'll be able to pick up in a supermarket it's worth going out of your way to try it.
Money no object, what Whisky would you love to own and open?
Highland Park 40 Year Old - This is at the top of my "to try" list at the moment, there are a lot of more expensive old and rare whiskies out there I'd love to try for the sake of trying, but HP40 wins this one easily for me.
Would you have any tips for other Whisky drinkers?
- Join a whisky club if you can, one with proper meetings if possible rather than an online one where you get sent a selection of samples. Through my club I've tasted whiskies that I'd never be able to afford, aren't available in the UK market place, one time experiments or simply whiskies I'd never buy.
- Drink with friends, this one kind of goes hand in hand with my previous tip, but online is great for this too, especially Twitter, we have some great 140 character discussions about whisky and sometimes just life in general over a few drams.
- Do your own thing, this one's harder than it sounds, it's easy to get sucked into snobbery or drama, sure caramel and chill filtration suck, but remember that whisky's there to be enjoyed, drink what you like, how you like it and don't let anyone tell you that you're wrong for enjoying it... Just don't put coke or Irn Bru in it!
Why should people visit your website?
There's no shortage of great whisky sites out there, there's better review sites and better write ups when it comes to events than mine (yours included). Probably the only reason to visit my site over others is to follow my mini cask experiments, while the contents of the mini casks is unlikely to last long enough to ever be legally defined as whisky I'm rather excited about the whole thing, it's given me an insight into whisky that you just can't get on a distillery tour, they can explain the process, they can show you new make and how the spirit matures, but you're not going to see that exact sample of new make slowly change in both taste and colour over time.
Many thanks to David and please remember to go visit the website at Glen Untitled and check out the progress on these mini casks.