One of the things that I like to think is that my perspective on the malt whisky world has changed.
When I drank my first glass of Lagavulin 16yo single malt whisky in 1991, I was blown away by
its character, complexity and power. Those were the elements that got me hooked, and qualities
like authenticity and variety kept me interested in malt Scotch whisky during the first decade.
One of the reasons I decided to retire from the Malt Maniacs collective in 2012 was the amount of
free time it took to maintain two different whisky websites (at least if you do it like you mean it).
And for a while, I didn’t even feel a lot of pressure to actively maintain even ONE whisky website, so
I’ve been doing a lot of walking and cycling instead. This, in turn, gave me plenty of time to think.
So, I felt it might be a nice idea to write my log entry #401
about those first years of confusion - a.k.a. the 1990s.
Some people call me a big fat baby, but I’d much rather
look at myself as a child of my time. And my timing could
not have been better, because I discovered single malts
just after the whisky crisis of the 1980s.
After the dust of the noughties had settled, I discovered that a brand new whisky world had emerged.
For one thing, it was larger than before - and the strict lines between ‘industry’ and ‘consumers’ had become blurry. That’s why Liquid Log entry #403 deals with the paradigm shift in the whisky world I became aware of recently.
Both the whisky industry and the composition of the whisky market have changed - and hot air is a hot commodity.
And then there’s blog entry # 404 that deals with the latest website crash...
The demand for old-fashioned malt whisky was at its lowest
iin many years and dozens of Scotch malt whisky distilleries
had to be closed down and demolished. READ MORE >>>
So, then the new millennium arrived and the demand for Scotch whisky started to grow again.
And so did the number of internet users - and members of our little on-line whisky community.
In hindsight, this was also stage 2 of my malt madness - and log entry #402 explains why...
And as you can see at the left, there is now (a little) room for advertising on
the Malt Madness site as well. This wasn’t the case for a long time, because
I wanted MM to remain as neutral as possible. However, I also want websites
that I maintain ‘for fun’ to be as self-sustainable as possible.
Good for you! If you’ve never visited this website, there’s a lot to explore...
The old site offer hundreds of pages with facts and opinions about whisky,
but it’s also easy to get lost. That’s why I added an introduction to this site.
I could have kept on dramming happily from my ‘reserve stock’ of old whisky
bottles that I bought in the 1990s - but I’ve already sampled and scored most
of those whiskies. What’s more, those ‘antique’ whiskies are quite hard to
find by now - and the prices are not very attractive to the average consumer.
So, I will use the future proceeds of the advertising on MM to invest in the
occasional fresh bottle of malt whisky - or another alcoholic beverage that
happens to tickle my fancy. That also means that the ‘Deviant Drams’ section
about other spirits will be updated and expanded shortly.
And that’s it for now - please check out the sitemap for an overview of fresh webpages.
So, you're interested in single malt whisky, eh? That’s odd; me too!
Actually, for over two decades I've been more than just ‘interested’ in
malt whisky. One might even say that I suffer from ‘malt madness’.
So, in 1995 I published a few purely personal webpages on whisky.
It wasn’t long before things got out of hand. In December 2014 the
site had over a thousand pages - and then it crashed spectacularly.
I kindly suggest that you restrict your browsing to those sections of the site.
Well - at least for now. Meanwhile, I will try to reconstruct and expand the other parts of Malt Madness.
Check out the sitemap if you want to know which pages and sections have been refurbished so far.
Most parts of MM will be under construction for a few months.
Fortunately, the techno-carnage didn’t destroy all pages on
the old site. A few sections managed to escape fairly unscathed;