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A few days R & R, a server upgrade, and then back at it with several new whisky reviews

February 12th, 2010

All the awards have been announced. I hope you enjoyed my posting them up here on WDJK before they are published in the next issue of Malt Advocate (which will mail in about three weeks). The purpose of doing this was to allow for thoughtful discussion and interaction between whisky enthusiasts worldwide. I hope you enjoyed it.

I’ll be taking some time off with my family and won’t be posting anything new until Thursday. During this time, we’ll also be upgrading to a new, dedicated server. (Yes, WDJK has gotten so much activity, it has risen to the top of the list on its server as the site which is drawing the most bandwidth and memory. Unfortunately, it has also been slowed down because of this.) Someone from my office will put up a post the day we make the switch. You might experience some minor glitches that day. (Well, let’s hope they’re minor.)

In the meantime, click on the “What does everyone else know?” link on the right column of my blog and check out all those other wonderful whisky blogs, forums, podcasts, etc.

When I come back , I’ll be posting a bunch of new whisky reviews over the next several days, including: Glen Grant 10 & 16 yr. old, Smokehead, GlenDronach 12, 15, 18 yr. old, Glenrothes 1994 Vintage, a few new Signatory whiskies, and more. Stay tuned.

11 Responses to “A few days R & R, a server upgrade, and then back at it with several new whisky reviews”

  1. BourbonBreath says:


    Once again, thanks for your hard work and time devoted to the worlds best whiskies! Its been a pleasure reading through the awards every morning and look forward to cracking the Parkers Golden tonight to celebrate, oh, I dont know, life maybe!


    • Red_Arremer says:

      “…time devoted to the world’s best whiskies”– a rough and thankless job for the poor soul who has to do it, right? 😉

  2. Marc says:

    Its been great reading the daily awards announcements, thank you John for sharing! (I haven’t seen MA in any bookstore anywhere in Johannesburg.) Enjoy the time off with your family, and have some drams without the pressure and responsibility of having to write-up about them. Cheers.

  3. Monique at the Dell says:

    Well done, John! You deserve a break… I really enjoyed getting to read the reviews and get ahold of some of the award-winning whiskies before MA was published. Helped me avoid the rush!

  4. Brian says:

    Thanks for all your hard work! Enjoy your R&R.

  5. two-bit cowboy says:

    Yes, thank you, John. What took us a few minutes to read and absorb must have taken you hours to consider, prepare, and document (and I’m not just talking about the sampling Red_A alludes to.

    Yes, again, having you post the award winners here every morning was terrific. If we had only read them in MA, we each would have relished in the one or many we were familiar with, but getting to enjoy the other perspectives here was a real treat.

    Looking forward to this next round of reviews. Many of those are on my “to buy” list for 2010. Your work will go a long way toward helping me prioritize the list.

    Now I’ll jump to another of those “award winning” blogs to see what’s up elsewhere.

    Enjoy your time with your family.

  6. Henry H. says:

    Hope you enjoy the vacation, and thanks for piquing my interest for your return. All the malts you mention (save the Smokehead) are on my list to investigate, and Signatory is the IB I’m exploring these days. Looks like I’m soon to be a lucky man as far as WDJK goes. Of course, I’m betting most of us posters/lurkers consider ourselves lucky to read this blog most every day. Thanks again, John, for all your diligent work.

    Quick note to Seattle-area readers: For some strange reason, the state liquor distro-gods have seen fit to bestow upon us many bottles of Compass Box’s Eleuthera, a voluptuous vatting that is no longer being produced. There are many bottles at both the 7th & Bell and Crown Hill stores. If you think you’d like a marriage of smoky (Caol Ila), spicy coastal (Clynelish), sweet (Glenlossie) whiskys with a lush mouthfeel at a very reasonable price, you cannot go wrong with this one.

  7. John Hansell says:

    Thanks everyone. Much appreciated.

  8. Louis says:

    Thank goodness for the Olympics. Enjoy your R&R, John.



  9. MrTH says:

    “I’ll be taking some time off with my family and won’t be posting anything new until Thursday.”

    Good on ya, mate! All things in perspective.

  10. Ray says:

    I sure hope your server upgrades are IBM and not Dell, HP, Sun or anyone else. 🙂 Hmmm I guess you can figure who foots my whiskey collection bill 🙂

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