Without the Community there would be no Whiskybase, which is why we want to put a spotlight on some of our beloved members and showcase our diversity. Get to learn the person behind the avatar. In this instalment we talk to lincolnimp from England.
Living in rural Lincolnshire, a county in the East of England, he’s not spoiled as far as enjoying a vibrant whisky scene. But Greg Ing has no shortage of good whisky at his home. He particularly enjoys whisky from closed distilleries, and if that’s not available, he’ll happily settle for the good stuff from the 1960s and 1970s.
You’re quite active in discussion groups on Whiskybase. Is that aspect the most important reason for you to use Whiskybase?
“There is no one reason that stands out on a personal level. But yes, I am regularly on the discussion threads, there is always something to talk about whether in public or private. I am also in contact with various members who like similar whisky to me or have a similar attitude to me regarding their whisky. We do the odd sample swap from time to time.”
What might be some other reasons for you to visit Whiskybase?
“My reasons for using Whiskybase are numerous, but as a research tool it is excellent. If you find drinkers who have a similar palate to yourself you can gauge whether a bottle is worth buying or not. I also like the fact that a free discussion can be had on the threads, you can find a lot of information out there. There are many very experienced drinkers out there who really know their whisky and are very knowledgeable. Whiskybase is now a massive community, it has certainly helped me broaden my whisky knowledge and I am thankful for the input that other members have given me.”
What can you tell us about your whisky journey and how it started?
“I remember being in a pub in my late twenties. I tried an old Highland Park 12 and thought: ‘Wow, this is great!’. From that point on I steadily tried more and more and my fascination with everything whisky grew. It is a big part of my life to be honest. I love reading about whisky history. I am on a few chat rooms, various online forums and of course often on Whiskybase.”
Do you have a soft spot for a particular distillery? Or distilleries?
“Brora is my absolute favourite, closely followed by Glenury Royal and Glenugie. I tend to focus on closed distilleries or single malts from the 1960s and 1970s if the distillery is open. A few distilleries that I think are really underrated are Inchgower, Teaninich and Macduff. I always like to try whisky from these distilleries. I also have a real fascination with old blends from the 1940s through the 1980s. There is some real quality out there and I regularly buy from auctions. In truth, I am willing to try anything and never rule anything out.”
What are some of your favourite bottlers?
“I have always liked Silver Seal bottlings and I used to buy them regularly. They used to be very good value, and not to mention, they look great all lined up in your collection, especially the blue label bottles from the Sestante Collection. Cadenhead are still doing some great bottlings, but the old dumpy bottles from Cadenhead could be really superb. I have had quite a few of them in the past. I cannot remember a bad one. The Bottlers are less well known but again have had some really great whiskies over the years. You also cannot ignore the Germans, with the likes of The Whisky Agency, Daily Dram and Malts of Scotland who put out very good offerings.”
What can you tell me about the whisky community in Lincolnshire? Are there a lot of like-minded whisky enthusiasts out there?
“Unfortunately where I live there is no whisky scene. There are only two specialist shops in the whole county that I am aware of. When you think the county is almost 7.000 square kilometers, you see where I am coming from. I only know a few people who drink whisky where I live, and I am certainly the only one who will drink it on a night out with friends.”
Would you ever visit a distillery? Or is that not something you’re really interested in?
“I have not been near Scotland for a long time, so this year I have twelve days in Speyside. I have booked a cottage close to Cardhu distillery and hopefully will be visiting a few distilleries while in the area.”
How would you describe yourself: as a collector, a drinker or an investor?
“I am definitely not an investor but at various times I have collected. I have never, ever purchased to sell on. I don’t see the point in having a massive collection and not knowing what anything tastes like. I open whatever I get now, young, old, expensive or valuable, it matters not. Whenever I hear ‘I cannot afford to open this bottle’, it really baffles me.”
What would be one of you’re favourite whisky memories?
“From a drinking perspective, those ‘wow’ moments when you just can’t believe how good something tastes. A few of the older Brora I have tasted were definitely in that category. There was an old Caol Ila from Signatory Vintage as well that I remember very fondly, but there have been quite a few other great surprises.”
Do you think you’ll ever lose interest in whisky?
“Being completely honest, every now and then I do have a sabbatical. It happens when I just stop drinking whisky and go off it for a while. Luckily my enthusiasm returns, I revert to type and get into it again.”
Author: Thijs Klaverstijn