I took some time off to get married and set up a new life with my wife and girlfriend of more than 6 years, though that is not really an excuse for my absence. I've also taken some time off to finish up my novel, and it's a great feeling to have a finished manuscript in my hands (4 years in the writing!).
Anyway, returning to the malt, in the time that I've been absent I've had the chance to sample:
1. The Balvenie Triplewood 12 YO
2. Talisker Dark Storm
3. Glenmorangie 18 YO Rare Edition
4. The Macallan 14 YO
5. Some more that I will have to recall from my notes
Of course, the usual sessions of Laphroaig and Ardbeg are still on. And I even sampled a special edition of Chivas Regal which I found difficult to differentiate from a single malt- such was its finesse. I might add a review of that as well, though there are a lot of single malts to go through first.
I had an opportunity to travel to Thailand during this time, and was able to sample the duty free collection at Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport as well as Kolkata's International Airport.
The collection at Kolkata was quite uninspiring, though not surprising. The shelves were given to the usual pilings of Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Johnnie Walkers with a corner or two spared for the Laphroaigs and Glenmorangies.
At Don Mueang the collection was much better, though I was still unable to find rare or special bottlings. The Balvenie Triplewood, Glenmorangie 10 YO, Talisker Dark Storm and an Ardbeg 10 YO were all found there (and what would I have given to chance upon Ardbeg Galileo!).
Most of the above has now been happily finished, my fellow maltmate Brobhai being privy to every sampling. My wife, who is a compatriot in the love for Laphroaig, has found a new malt in Ardbeg- the smokiness of which is enough to satiate her Laphroaig cravings.
So after that brief update I shall now commence getting back