Howdy great readers! Diving for Pearls is going to be a little quiet until the weekend rolls around. A curious curveball (more of a changeup, really) crossed the plate of my non-whisky offline life. It's all good, though. I promise a fun single malt report this weekend!
In the meantime there has been a 'splosion of great blog posts from around the sphere recently:
Chemistry of the Cocktail and The Coopered Tot both reviewed Canadian whiskys last week.
Chemistry also posted a great piece on the non-age statement whisky releases and their pricing. We're looking at you, Macallan.
The Tot also had a great post about an old Suntory blend he'd found in his father-in-law's (impressive!) liquor pantry.
Turbo at the Edinburgh Whisky Blog slugged Diageo over their new Port Ellen pricing -- "Port Ellen - Are they taking the piss?" -- and I enjoyed every word.
David D wrote an outstanding article last week (or maybe two weeks ago) entitled "Too Many Channels (or the Return of Brand Loyalty)". Ostensibly it's about TV, advertising, money, and whisky. But it also focuses on what Kristen and I like to call "the burden of too many choices" and how consumers are reacting to that reality.
And finally, Sku at Recent Eats wrote the brilliant (not overstating it) Fast & High Makes Better BBQ. I can't tell you what it's about, you just have to read it. Maybe twice.