We have returned home. The termites are (allegedly) dead. Other than in our souls, the humans remain unpoisoned. The Reports shall resume, thank goodness.
Robert Burns Night is this Friday. Don't forget to celebrate appropriately. Preferably with others. Score some haggis if you can.
I highly recommend this Johnnie Walker Black Label post by Jordan at Chemistry of the Cocktail. I've been tasting different things in different bottles of JWBL and I thought it was my imagination. But I've been getting more and more confirmation. Most recently, I've been noticing more sherry and less smoke (and almost no peat). Further testing is planned...
Speaking of more sherry:
The Great Ralf posted this great video on Sherry and Whisky last week.
I've become increasingly sherry-sensitive with my whiskys recently. And not in a good way. One method to remedy this, or at least further educate myself, is to explore sherries a bit. My hope is that will allow me to sort through my issues with ex-sherry whisky finishes/maturation/ACE'ing/etc. And perhaps I'll be able to dig further into my "sherry" descriptors.
At the very least, it'll be booze.
I've finally updated my Dram Quest list (on the upper right side of the page). I've laid down a bit of a gauntlet for myself this time. The UK shipping issue makes this even more difficult. But what's whisky life without a few challenges?
I'll see you around in a few days. There's some bourbon on the horizon...