malt_boy89 wrote:Is this just an informal tasting group you take part in Frodo? Your posts are enjoyable to read, and makes me want to start a tasting session with my friends!
Thanks! Interestingly one of the thoughts that occured to Wendy and I last night was that according to the number of views on this thread, someone is reading them (?).
The "informal" group is basicly whomever ends up at Wendy's house for a few drams. Wendy is like the neighbourhood cool guy that you can come over and get fed or get away from familly fights when you were a teen-ager. "Yup, here's some food, telly's all yours, and If you want to talk about it, I'm all ears". Several forum members have ended up at Wendy's as opposed to meeting up at bars. TH, Badmonkey and Muddy Mouth have been there, and perhaps Lawrence and others from other forums (hpully) as well. To my mind, it's far more comfortable than a bar and cheaper as Wendy tends to be generous with her collection. And Wendy is somewhere her (almost grown-up) children can get ahold of her if needed. Works for everyone as long as folks comming over realize they are guests and act accordingly (don't puke on the carpet, take it outside. Don't set a bad example for her doggy - it's been trained. Don't step on the cat - it's her home too). Sorry if this seems...elementary. I've had some colorful friends in the past.
The notes here are small snippits I think of how whisky affects life. Yes I enjoy the odd dram sitting in my livingroom and assessing what's in my glass, but this is different. This is social. This is how whisky helps make a great evening better, and consider that all who meet up at Wendys tend to be enthusiests. Part of it is the shared experiance thing where folks can try the same whisky and discuss differances in assessment and enjoyment. Wendy and I have tried many whiskies and come to very different conclusions or reactions about them. The subsequent conversations turn out to be really interesting.
I imagine something similar happens at Ralfys when Mark goes over for a dram or two. And I'm sure it happens all over the world - different cultures and different discussions, but fellowship, common interests and the human condition makes this set-up able to be understood and appretiated by all I think.