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Saturday, 22 December 2012 10:30

Cheers! Merry Christmas! Etc! Etc!

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Welcome to what will be my final blog entry of 2012, my first full year of www.somanywhiskies.com.  If you are reading this then the world did not end on December 21st 2012 and I now have to rush out and buy all my Christmas presents (in the event of world destruction I had hoped to save a few bucks, afterall every cloud has a silver lining).  So this entry, like a 25ml measure of Drambuie will be short and sweet.   I am writing this sitting in the excellent Great Scots Bar of the Cameron House Hotel (a bar that will help me cross off at least 3 more scotch whiskies off my list of 101 World Whiskies to Try later today) overlooking the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond.  The weather?  As the seasonal song goes... "the weather outside is frightful" but there is no snow, just a constant dreich of rain.    So with the scene set (the world did not end and it is raining in Scotland - no big surprises here) I wanted to do some end of year housekeeping and post the obligatory and cliched  "best drams of 2012" and with a shocking twist, I will also point out some of the less sucessful drams as well.   These are not necessarily my "favorite" drams  but those that really exceeded expectations and / or delivered really good value that I tried for the first time in 2012.  I apologise to those many fine products that I did not include in list below, all omissions and errors are entirely fault of author.   Cheers!

My first Australian single malt... blew me away: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/449-sullivans-cove-port-barrel

Number 2 is a rum... yes a rum. That's how good it is: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/405-brugal-1888-gran-reserva-familiar

Close to whisky perfection: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/263-highland-park-40-year-old

I thought I knew Red Breast... then I tried Cask Strength: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/353-red-breast-12-year-old-cask-strength

Great people making a very good Texas whisky: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/364-ranger-creek-36-texas-bourbon

One of my highlights on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/218-wild-turkey-rare-breed

And now some memorable for all the wrong reasons...

Please Mayan gods, even if world doesn't end, please at least end the white whisky fad: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/363-georgia-moon

I bought in a gas station, say no more: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/408-heaven-hill-kentucky-blended-whisky

Really Canada... I know you can do so much better: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/268-seagrams-seven-crown

 

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