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Some Work Ahead

by Oliver Klimek on October 12, 2011

Being a Malt Maniac is not only an honour, it can actually mean hard work. I volunteered to join the panel of judges for this year’s Malt Maniacs Awards which means that I will have to taste and score a solid number of whiskies in a rather short period of time.

After last year’s record participation of 262 bottles we decided to ease up a bit because that staggering number proved to be very challenging for the judges. But the 171 entrants we received in 2011 still pose quite a decent task. Filling took place this weekend at the Whisky Emporium with Maniacs Keith, Pit and Krishna who had travelled all the way from India only to offer his help (!!) and Temporary Maniac Gareth who volunteered in the sample bottle logistics department. After my visit to London I managed to at least help fill the last bottles on Sunday morning.

All my scores and tasting notes will eventually be published here, but this will have to wait until the official results have been announced. And of course this means that I won’t be able to publish too many other tasting notes in the mean time, if at all. So please prepare for things slowing down a bit here on dramming.com until early December.

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Regular Chumpington October 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Wow! Ive heard the Maniacs go through a lot of samples when judging, but to see a photograph of it is amazing. That’s way more than I imagined. To think that I feel backlogged when I have a dozen or two samples…

I may be the only reader who feels this way — and you may not be interested in this suggestion — but I’d be interested in lieu of tasting notes to get your thoughts on the process of judging as you do it. How many samples in a sitting, are you having regrets, have you had to promise your liver a trip to somewhere sunny and alcohol-free just to make it through, etc… :)

In any case, thanks for sharing this little insight… It’s amazing and terrifying all at one.

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Oliver Klimek October 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I certainly will share my experiences as a first-time taster in a separate post, but this will have to wait until the awards have been announced.

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Pieter October 19, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I guess the only sensible way to taste all this in a short time is spitting the whisky out… ?

Good luck!

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Jameson W | JoySpirits November 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm

o_O I can’t imagine how hard is it, but it is a great trip into malt world…congratulations!!
picked up the patience and waiting for the results =) good luck!

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