12Aug

Latest Whisky Reviews

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My whisky site is still where I do most of my blogging now, and I spend a lot of time in that online community. I get samples sent quite frequently, and I find that world still very interesting to explore. Recently I’ve tried some very good things. First up is a 24 year old Dalmore from an independent bottler. This Macallan travel retail release is nice too, and worth picking up.

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve isn’t that good, but this new blend from Suntory is really tasty and at the cheaper end of modern whisky releases.

2Aug

The Chase

There’s always something very primal about the weather. Especially extremes of weather. It’s one of those rare moments the environment invades your life and makes you realise you’re part of other systems, which aren’t artificial. Just for a moment. I think, watching videos like this, it also reminds me of being young again, when I would constantly mesmerised by storm footage. I even liked that ridiculous Twister film at the time.

20Jul

Russian Editions

Russian Editions
These arrived in the post just before the weekend. They’re Russian editions of City of Ruin – rated 18+ apparently! I’m afraid I have very little information about them. And, curiously, I don’t even have editions of Nights of Villjamur, which I assume they published first. Anyway. Nice to see my own name in Russian.

15Jul

Whisky Reviews

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Over at my whisky site, I have been talking about many things. I recently wrote an article on the influence and importance of sherry (and sherry casks) on whisky. I also wrote a piece on essential whisky books (going beyond mere guidebooks). I can assure you, trying to get a gender balance for these books was almost impossible, given about 99% of whisky writers are male – hopefully that’s something that will change over time as the drink continues to evolve its image.

As for reviews: I tried the Glenfarclas Family Casks 2003, which was very good. Tried the new Ardbeg Perpetuum, which was a disappointment. And I tried a whisky from Belgium, which was better than this organic whisky.

4Jul

The Disney Recipe

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Okay, so nothing about the creatives necessarily – but here’s their corporate strategy chart from 1957, as featured in the Harvard Business Review. The mandate was to “fix animation at Disney”, and their focus was on franchises and brands. I think we can safely say it worked. Wonder if the same would work in publishing? I guess everything has to be cross-media these days to really work.