Playing Hooky for Whisky.


I’m rambling a bit today because Last night Jim and I did our podcast about the whiskey we were sent from New Holland And I drank most of it.  No joke, almost a full fifth.  I drank the Brewers Whiskey entirely and the other to about two fingers left in a very skinny bottle. It was good stuff.  So forgive me if I’m a bit rambly.

I’m not at work today.  I’m at home sitting at my dining room table looking out over the Boise Front Range and writing this post about me sitting in my dining room looking out at the mountains instead of in my dark and cold office writing this.  Of course had I been in the office I wouldn’t be writing about playing hooky at all, because I obviously wouldn’t be.

The reason I’m playing hooky is because at 2:30 pm Eastern Time today I will be participating in my first ever tweetup on Twitter.  I have been sent three drams full of Scotch Whisky and at 2:30 pm eastern we will begin drinking them in a predetermined order and tweet about each one.  The Whisky is Old Pulteney 12, 17 and WK209.  The WK209 is a previously unreleased whisky so we are the only ones on the planet that have this to taste for about another 2 months.  My understanding is it is a very limited release.  They are only making 1600 cases of the stuff.  So it will definitely be a very unique experience, and one that you can follow along with.

We will all be putting #wk209 on all of our tweets so you can just follow this in a timeline on twitter if you are so inclined.  It should be great fun, and what a way to break up my week!  YAY! Drinking at noon!

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10 Comments on “Playing Hooky for Whisky.”

  1. January 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    That picture of Patrick reminds me of a grown up video I once saw on the Internet, except instead of hooks…

    …nevermind. Enjoy your tweetup. It’ll be interesting to see if how you manage to ramble with only 140 characters!

    • Don
      January 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

      That is true nobody will be able to drone on too much. I’m pretty sure this will kill Keith Wood, who will also be participating. 😉

      • January 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

        Just tweet like Kevin Smith and re-print “War and Peace” 140 characters at a time.

      • January 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

        Someone call? My ears were burning as though I was being talked about 😉
        Anyway, I didn’t manage to participate in the tweetup because my samples didn’t arrive on time.
        Hmm, a sample packet from the UK manages to get to you across the pond but not to me in Germany on time!

        They did, however, arrive the following day and I eventually managed to try them. I have tasted the Old Pulteney 12y & 17y before and I like them both, they are quite light, slightly fruity and also what I would call ‘maritime’ especially if you add just 2-3 drops of water to bring out the saltiness.

        As for the WK209, it is a limited release, as was the WK499 but sadly I was not impressed with the WK209 at all.

        Should you not know and wish to know, “WK” is the leading ID for boats registered in WICK, the very northern Scottish town where Pulteney distillery is located. WK209 was a herring fishing boat.

        Yes, the distillery is called Pulteney, but the whisky is ‘Old Pulteney’.

        Oooops, sorry, I used more than my alloted 140 characters so I’d better go now.

        • Don
          January 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

          No character limit here Keith, and you are always welcome to pontificate any time. I actaully ended up pouring out the WK209 after just a couple of sips. I could tell it was skillfully crafted but I just didn’t care for its flavor either. I followed your tweets and figured out you wouldn’t be able to participate. To bad, I would have loved to get your impressions 140 chars. at a time! 😉

  2. January 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Yo Don!

    The tweet up sounds like fun! Old Pulteney makes a fine whisky. I had a bottle of the 12 at home at one point. Very nice whisky at a very fair price. I just had the 17 over Christmas. Also very nice. I’ll be sure to follow along.

    Have fun!


    • Don
      January 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

      Should be fun. The twitter traffic on #wk209 is really picking up.

      • January 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

        Looks like everyone had a blast from what I read. I’m sure it was a great way to spend a couple hours.

        So will you be venturing deeper into the world of Scottish whisky after this experience?

        • Don
          January 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

          I think so G-Lo. I still don’t have a love for scotch, but I’m beginning to like it again. If I can find any of the Old Pulteney I might pick up a bottle of the 12 year old stuff. I liked that one the best, but I think someone like yourself would really enjoy the wk209. I think that would be very interesting. I thought it was good, but it was just a little too sherry flavored for my liking. But I think I’m on my way.

          Peace Yo.

  3. January 21, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    The 12 is a bargain from what I recall. Definitely worth picking up.

    Welcome back to the world of Single Malt! It can be a strange journey at times, but that’s what makes it so much fun. And if people are sending you free samples, then what have you got to lose? Looking forward to hearing more about your stops along the way. 🙂

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