Some Whisky Blogs Not To Miss

by Oliver Klimek on June 6, 2010

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!

Cask Strength

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)

Dr. Whisky

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.

Edinburgh Whisky Blog

“Chris and Lucas”, two students from Edinburgh, get around lot in the whisky world and share their experiences on their blog.

Guid Scotch Drink

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.

The Malt Impostor

A very enjoyable collection of rather unusual tasting notes by “John, Stephen, and Bill”

Scotch Hobbyist

The blog of “Jeff H.” from Arizona, particularly notable for very extensive whisky reviews.

The Jewish Single Malt Whisky Society

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.

What Does John Know?

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.

Whisky for Everyone

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.

Whisky Israel

A lot of interesting tasting notes by Gal Granov from Israel. Featured as well are other whisky topics and a few guest posts.

Whisky Notes

Tasting notes and Ratings by “Ruben” of Belgium

Whisky Party

“Mike, Mike, and Dan” from USA have amassed a nice selection of whisky reviews complemented by article about other whisky topics.

Not Quite

The Scotch Blog

This blog featured on my original Top 5 list, but unfortunatley it is hardly updated anymore.

Technically Not Exactly Blogs But Anyway…

Whisky Emporium

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.

Whiskyfun

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.

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gal g June 7, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Oliver,

many thanks for including me in your list.
your site is a great resource for whisky reviews, and opinions, and i find myself looking at it comparing notes and learning new things and getting to know new distilleries and drams all the time.

great work, great english. great effort.

keep it up.

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Oliver Klimek June 7, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Thank you for your kind words, Gal. Writing this blog has been a great experience and along the way I have learned a lot about whisky myself.

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toshie October 26, 2010 at 9:43 am

Wot? No ralfy.com?

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Oliver Klimek October 26, 2010 at 10:00 am

Allow me to quote from the original post: “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.”

To be honest, I mostly go to Youtube to see Ralfy’s videos, and so the fact that it’s in fact a blog as well just did not make it into my mind when compiling this list. Shame on me. But of course ralfy.com is a top whisky location in the blogosphere.

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Philmon Thombeach February 25, 2014 at 2:29 am

Whisky Sponge?

your my favourite blog, Oliver <3

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Oliver Klimek February 25, 2014 at 9:44 am

Thank you for liking Whisky Kermit :)

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