Almost a year has passed since this site went online. Shortly after I published a list of 5 Essential Whisky Websites that were top of the crop at that date in my opinion.
In this year, the whisky blogging community has grown considerably as can also be seen on my Whisky Resources page. So I thought it was time to revisit that topic and write a new list, this time with a focus on whisky blogs.
I will list the blogs in alphabetical order as this is not supposed to be any kind of ranking. And please note that this list is decidedly non-exhaustive. If you don’t find your own blog on the list it does not mean that I don’t like you. I have not included corporate blogs of the whisky industry.
Two things before I kick off the list: Firstly, the identities of quite a few bloggers are fairly obscure which I find a little sad. It’s always nice to know which real-life persons are behind the blogs. And then, where are the Scots? There are whisky blogs from all over the world, many of them focussing on Scotch single malt, but the Scottish seem to have a strange reluctance to start blogging. Come on guys, give it a try!
A nice conglomerate of tasting notes, travel reports and other whisky topics by “Neil & Joel” (This is about all we get to know about the owners, unfortunately)
If you have the luck to possess a magnifying glass, I recommend that you klick on the link and apply it to your monitor. You will be rewarded with highly interesting – albeit sometimes a bit controversial – articles about all stuff whisky and lots of tasting notes from Dr.’s Malt Mission. In real life, the Dr. is Sam Simmons, a US based brand ambassador for Balvenie, but there is no real noticeable bias in his blog posts. Posting pace has been slowing down recently.
“Chris and Lucas”, two students from Edinburgh, get around lot in the whisky world and share their experiences on their blog.
Formerly known as Whiskyhost, this blog is run by Jason Johnstone-Yellin, a Scottish expatriate now living in the USA. It is an interesting allround whisky blog, a notable section being the “Say WhatI?” series where whisky questions are tackled that the author had stumbled across.
A very enjoyable collection of rather unusual tasting notes by “John, Stephen, and Bill”
The blog of “Jeff H.” from Arizona, particularly notable for very extensive whisky reviews.
At one point in the past, Joshua Hatton (band member of Kimono Draggin‘, by the way) from Connecticut happened to notice that many of his Jewish friends like whisky just a s much as him, so the idea was born to found a society with its proper blog. But don’t expect a big religious infuence in the blog. Its main features are very nicely written whisky reviews and a series of interesting interviews with whisky folks from the net.
Perosnal blog of John Hansell, Pennsylania based editor of Malt Advocate magazine and organiser of the WhiskyFest festivals in several US cities. Whisky reviews, press realeases and many other whisky related topics are featured in this blog. Judging form the amount of comments, it has the most active readership of all whisky blogs. Very interesting stuff can be found here if you take the time digging through the readers comments.
Karen Taylor and Matt Chambers from London run this very educative blog that tells you a lot about whisky. You will also find very detailled whisky reviews here. Matt is lucky enough to work in a whisky shop which brings him into a position to see places that are out of reach for many others.
A lot of interesting tasting notes by Gal Granov from Israel. Featured as well are other whisky topics and a few guest posts.
Tasting notes and Ratings by “Ruben” of Belgium
“Mike, Mike, and Dan” from USA have amassed a nice selection of whisky reviews complemented by article about other whisky topics.
This blog featured on my original Top 5 list, but unfortunatley it is hardly updated anymore.
Technically Not Exactly Blogs But Anyway…
The personal website of Keith Wood, originally from Yorkshire and now living in Bavarian exile. It featueres a blog-esque section called Dram-atics that makes a very recommendable read.
Thousands of highly elaborate tasting notes by Malt Maniac Serge Valentin from France, along with concert reviews and CD recommendations. Not to forget the extremely informative pages about the history of Brora.