I finally did it, my first ever blog post. Am I promising something exciting for you all with my witty banter? I guess you’ll have to be the judge of that.
One thing I can promise though is that I’ll post from the heart and with passion. My spelling and grammar has never been my strong point but I’m having a go anyway.
Well, I’m Neil (the gaffer) at Wishky and I’m bang in the middle of my thirties, I’m bald, a little chunky, married, father to a bright little boy with another bundle of joy expected very soon. And I’m not ready yet never mind the boss.
For the last 8 years I have been one half of a family business. It was 8 years of hard work and determination, but it was a great journey and a baptism of fire into the business world. We recently sold this family business so I could do something new, something a little more exciting, something that others feel passionate about and something that could work around my growing family. Hence why my new business was born.
Like many whisky drinkers I stumbled across the liquid gold in my late teens, early twenties on nights out, usually towards the end of the night and normally with a mixer too (tut! tut!). Normally it would have been a sour mash whiskey with a black label and sometimes a single malt with a stag logo. Can guess which ones?
As my taste developed I progressed onto experiencing different whiskies neat, sometimes with a little ice, sometimes with a drop of water. From restricting what I tried and particular about how I drank it, I’m now open to try any whisky and I’m loving the journey.
This is what I’d like my fellow whisky drinkers to do. Open your eyes, nose and taste buds to something new and exciting, and don’t be precious about a brand you’re use to. It’s as simple as that really. I know trying something new when buying in full bottles can be costly and a bit of a risk if you have never tried it before. So I think the best way to get around this is by tasting a little dram or at least a double if you’re brave enough.
That’s why I have created my whisky subscription business. That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing, bringing variety and new whiskies to my customers and taking them on the journey with me.
Sure, a good bar that like their whiskies will always have a good selection to try. But, how many bars are there with a good enough range of whiskies and how local are they to you?
I’m not an expert, I wouldn’t claim to be, but I’m really passionate about whisky. You’ll know that whisky by nature like most things is subjective to the person trying it. What you may like, others won’t. That’s just the way it works. Experts who have a voice and are considered ‘influential’ are great and we can listen, but there is just no substitute for trying something new for yourself.
That’s why I think you’ll love our whisky subscriptions. Keep following for more blogs from our whisky friends, customers and myself in the future. I hope you’ll join me on my journey.