Master of Malt - Buy Whisky Online
I checked out the Master of Malt site, and realized they are in England! I figured the whisky would get caught up in customs, and I would never see it. Imagine my surprise when just a couple of days after Christmas, a box from England appeared on my front door step.
I opened the box to find an air-filled bottle carrier with five individually bubble-wrapped dram samples of whisky. If this is any indication of the care with which they package their product, I am already hooked.
I carefully unwrapped the drams, and sorted them out. Each sample bottle was wax dipped, and labeled with the brand and the proof. Most were names I was unfamiliar with. I am not a whisky guy, after all. But there was one name I recognized: Johnny Walker Blue Label. And it brought back a memory.
When I was 24, I was an exchange student in Japan. Stop me if you've heard this before. A few weeks into the year, the school transported all the exchanged students from Isahaya (near Nagasaki), across the penisula to Unzen, a hot spring town at the foot of volcanic Mount Unzen. We stayed at a resort for the weekend. The bar was sponsored by Johnny Walker and it is all they served. I got druuuuuuunk! I remember trying to sleep and the room spinning. I had to put my foot on the floor. And I was sleeping in a futon!
I had planned to sample the drams over the Christmas weekend, but a head cold thwarted me. It's only within the last week that I've been able to taste properly. So I will be tasting the drams soon.
Now, again, I'm not a whisky guy. I like whisky, and I drink the occasionaly whisky, but I'm a beer guy. After perusing the Master of Malt website, if I ever find myself looking for a particular bottle of whisky, this is the place I would go. The packaging was incredible. My only complaint with the service is that it would have been nice to have a little flyer with notes about each of the samples. But that's a minor complaint. So if you're looking for some hard to find whiskys, check out Master of Malt.
posted by Jeff Holt at 13:43