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Regarding my tasting notes: I wrote (and still writes) all my notes in Swedish. Originally I just made notes for myself and made them all private but after a few years I figured that maybe someone can get at least something out of them and I made most of them public. The translation is not at it's best all the time though.

I slipped into whisky by accident when I was shopping around at Systembolaget (Sweden, you know). At the time in the fall of 2008 I was 21 years old and quite unfamiliar to purchasing my own alcoholic drinks. Whilst standing in line to the cash register I spotted a bottle of Talisker 1998 Distiller's Edition which read "The only distillery on Isle of Skye". I thought that was pretty neat, Runrig was based on Skye, a Scottish band I'd enjoyed for many years at that point. I brought the bottle even though I knew I didn't care for whisky at all having tried at an uncle's 60th birthday party a few years earlier. 

A couple of months later, in the early spring of 2009, I pulled the cork and slowly gravitated to the experience of smelling and tasting whisky. I can distinctly remember that the finish/aftertaste was the first thing I enjoyed that really sat me on my path. The dryness of over brewed tea, whisky was an acquired taste for sure. The beginning of my whisky-journey coincided with Ralfy starting his Youtube-channel Ralfystuff (ralfydotcom). When opening my Talisker bottle Ralfy had already released a few whisky reviews and this was where I turned for guidance in the very beginning. 

I live in a small urban mining community in the very north of Sweden, above the Arctic Circle. A lot of folk's enjoy drinking whisky and other spirits but I don't personally know anyone locally who is into whisky the way most of us on this site are. The closest whisky club is sadly 250 kilometres away so I'll have to make due on my own.

I consider myself very fortunate to having had the opportunity to be around just before this whisky-boom when it comes to "collectible" whisky and just straight down pricing of whisky. Being born in 1987 I naturally wasn't in the scene when you could buy 1964 Bowmore's AND drink them but 2010-2011 was when things started to get a little crazy, in my opinion.  When I was in high-school I collected and traded metal albums (LP's, CD's, Demotapes) so I did have a certain "collectors mindset" going into whisky. I felt I had to nose and taste the good obscure stuff before it was gone much like a record-collector acquiring rare or unusual releases. In 2009 great whisky was still, at least in some measure, quite affordable. As prices go right now I suppose we all wish we brought more bottles back then, it was truly a golden age for whisky drinkers.

I do not consider myself a collector. I have never flipped a bottle nor do I have any bottles stored for selling at a later point. All my whiskies are for drinking and it is curiosity which fuels my purchases, widens my experience and continued interest.

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Celebration of 170.000 bottles in Whiskybase

Growing the Whiskybase platform and going through our celebration moments each milestone, this time another 10.000 bottles added to Whiskybase. We managed to grow to 170.000 bottles and it is time to reveal a new bottle to our members. A 11-year-old Ledaig from a hogshead selected for Whiskybase members. Something for the peatheads. One to sip, not to flip!


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