The Whisky Word

The Whisky Word
07 Mar 2013

Sam Simmons - What is this?

This is not a blog.

No way, I refuse.

Yes, blogging contributed to landing a dream job like this, but a job like this also inadvertently killed my blog.

And I loved my blog. And I loved blogging.

So with Dr. Whisky dormant (dead?), and with literally over a hundred blogs providing very similar content to what I used to provide, I thought we could start something new here. I still need an avenue for some of the things that happen in the life of The Balvenie Global Ambassador, and people ask me about it all the time, so this will be somewhere to share experiences, distillery info and industry news, Balvenie event details, opinions, questions, everything and anything goes.

Right now I am enjoying the new Johnnie Walker Platinum 18yo and I want to tell you this so we are clear about one thing going forward: all of the words and opinions contained here will be 100% my own (unless, of course, otherwise stated) until we run out of things to talk about, the server explodes, or I am fired.

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