For some unknown reason I hadn't previously picked up the 101 Whiskies To Try Before You Die book by Ian Buxton when i realised he was doing some signing sessions for his new book 101 World Whiskies To Try Before You Die.
I was really hopeful of being able to make the signing session at Good Spirits Co in Glasgow but being rota'd on for night shift put paid to that, so i was over the moon when, on a chance trip to Ocean Terminal, i came across both books on sale having been signed by Ian himself.
I'll talk more about the 101 World Whiskies To Try Before You Die book in a future article but both books are really well written with clear and well written text being a major influence. There's a touch of humour running through the books which really works for me too.
So back to the first book, 101 Whiskies To Try Before You Die, and the book got me round to thinking, how many of these 101 whiskies have i tried? well the answer is uner half, just 42 of the 101 whiskies in the book are ones I've sampled in the past and of that I have only blogged reviews for 10 of them (remember this blog only holds tasting notes of whiskies i've tried since 1st January 2012 as i never really kept notes previously).
There are a number of them though, that looking at them i've wondered why on earth have i never tried that before. Some of the biggies like Makers Mark and Woodford Reserve are as i tend to stick to Scotch rather than world whiskies but i've never had Bailie Nicol Jarvie, Monkey Shoulder or Whyte and Mackay 13 Year Old, is it whisky snobbery thats caused me to not have had these? quite possibly.
Then you look at the Single malts and theres ones like the Talisker 18 and Highland Park 18 (official bottlings) so when i'm at the Whisky Fringe this coming weekend i need to try some of these.
I also need to re-try some of the whiskies i've not blogged yet which includes such stunning lovelies as Lagavulin 16, Bunnhabhain 18, Ardbeg 10 and Uigeadail.
With all these in mind i think my tasting plan for the Whisky Fringe on Sunday will be a specific ordered affair working through some of the whiskies i've not tried before and some i want to retry for review.
In the meantime if you want to check out Ian's book why not pick up a copy from Waterstones yourself.