... a great big thanks to Glasgow's Whisky Club for the unexpected, and rather generous farewell !
I first discovered the Whisky Club three years ago along with Andy Bell of Mctears and together we shared our first of many malt-moments with the fledgling Club, ... a JMR tasting at the Pot Still in Hope Street Glasgow.
Initially, the Media/journalist contingent of the Club obtained whisky review opportunities and got the Indusrty attention that every Whisky Club should strive for, but later on, with the addition of Mark Connolly the administrator of a WhiskyForum thingy !!! Andy Bell's new career as a Specialist Whisky Valuer, and my own dotty on-line commentry along with the rest of the Club's established 'do'ers' ..... the interest of the Distillers to meet and engage with us soared.
Laterally, the arrival of Glasgow's Whisky Festival has put the Club firmly on the Scottish whisky map and blind tastings, quizzes, and tasting tutorials make the Club a text-book for where Clubs should be.
Through interaction, both personal and on-line we all talk, taste, and socialise all things 'Whisky' and in doing so we remind ALL Distilleries to do the best they can with quality, because we will quickly notice if they don't !!
... then discuss it with the World.
Thanks Everyone, the show goes on !