Whisky of the Week turns 2On the 26th of May, my little whisky blog was 2 years old. And what a wonderful 2 years it has been. This post looks back at the last 2 years.  My first blog post was about the arrival of the Bruichladdich Laddie.  The first tasting notes we captured were for the Three Ships Single Malt from South Africa.

Since then, I have tasted our way around the world.  From the USA, through Europe to Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  During this period, we have grown our collection and learned so much about whisky.  We now have whisky from 25 different countries and bottles from more than 85 distilleries. In the two years we have tasted and rated over 117 different drams.

Whisky of the Week turns 2

I have learned about Google, blogging, coding and social media and met the most incredible people part of the whisky fabric.  I have tried some really great whisky food pairings. Some that worked brilliantly like our Laphroaig and Stilton Cheese pairing and some that did not work quite so well. We have tried whisky with chocolate and added some Bourbon to our collection. I played with cocktails and wrote about traveling to South Africa’s best distillery, the James Sedgewick distillery in Wellington.

It has been an exciting journey where the most important thing has been to learn and have fun. It is an ideal time to look back at some of my most popular blog posts over the last 2 years.

 Top blog articles on Whisky of the Week

Whisky of the Week Ballantines Finest, Black Grouse, Johnnie Walker, Monkey Shoulder, Three Ships BourbonInterestingly, for most of the 2 years, my most popular blog article has been Wild Reeds Whiskey Bourbon Cask: New Arrival. This small unknown South African whisky is distilled in Ventersdorp in the North West province and not readily available. We rated it as Good.

However, since January 2015 this moved to second spot, replaced by my Single Malt of the Year 2014 post.

The three Single Malts rated as Divine during 2014 was the Ardbeg Corryvreckan, the Amrut Fusion but the winner was the Glengoyne 21 yo.  My third most popular blog post was the Glendronach 16 yo Platinum post followed by our tasting notes on Ballantine’s Finest. This was one of the first blended drams that we rated Divine. A great example of an affordable whisky that is something really special.

 My Top 5 Single Malts under R500 and Top 5 Blends under R500 also made the top 10 most read blog articles. The Belgian Owl, Johnny Walker Premier and the Glenrothes Robur Reserve make up the rest.

My most favourite whisky food pairings was the Laphroaig and Stilton cheese followed by our Whisky Chocolate pairing for New Years Eve 2014 and then the Kornog Whisky & Wyke Mature Cheddar pairing. It goes to show that this golden liquid pairs wonderfully with food and I have lots of pairings to try.

So, please join me and raise a dram to say Happy birthday “Whisky of the Week” blog. What an amazing experience I have had.  Looking forward to many more years of tasting great drams and meeting new friends.