At Neist Point, on the Isle of Skye, I met a fellow tourist from the USA and remarked that I had come to Scotland for the whiskey and had fallen in love with the beauty of the country.
“Yes,” he answered, then slyly added, “but the whisky has an edge.”
Without an appreciation of whiskey, I think a visitor to Scotland misses the true beauty of the country; whiskey and Scotland are inseparably intertwined. Busloads of tourists unload at distilleries, take short walking tours, snap innumerable pictures, then wrinkle their noses when offered a sample of a single malt. They leave without ever having experienced Scotland.
I am a lover of the gold elixar of life that is whiskey. In my opinion there is no better tasting spirit and each blend tastes totally different from the next one. The subtle smells, taste and textures of each drop seek to remind me of events long forgotten.
I have travelled the world in my quest to find the best whiskeys. This site is a combination of my recollections, the countries I have visited and tasting notes. It isn’t meant to be the definitive authority on whiskey, simply one man’s impressions.
In meaning, whiskey translates to “water of life”. Whiskey originated from Scotland during the early 1400’s, and is very popular around the world today. Even today, whiskey tastes much like it did when it first began. Manufacturers of whiskey are strong on heritage, and therefore do all they can to capture the flavor that whiskey has always been known for. For any occasion, whiskey is truly great.
About the name, maltwhiskey.com: There are two spellings: “whisky” refers to product from Scotland, while “whiskey” is the spelling used for Irish and American products (interestingly, until early in the twentieth century the official spelling in Scotland contained the “e”). I chose the American spelling because the information provided about availability is based upon distribution in the US. Most Americans will probably search for information with the “e” spelling. I apologize to the much larger (and correct) body of whisky-lovers who appreciate the difference.
Come back to visit from time to time. Though the site looks the same from day to day it is a work in progress. I am continually updating information — a new label here and there, tasting notes from a new release, added photos of distilleries or labels, and I go back to update and revise tasting notes I have previously posted.
In the best of spirits,
The Whiskey Prophet