Well folks, it’s been one heck of a ride.
When I started this site back in 2011, it was with the hope that I’d get to not only learn more about whisky but share my love of and experiences with it to whisky lovers far and wide.
And I’ve been lucky enough to experience just that…and so, so much more. With nearly 400 articles now available on the site about the wonderful world of whisky, I’ve not only had the chance to write about a fascinating topic but have met hundreds of people around the world, tried innumerable whiskies, made incredible friends, gained unforgettable experiences and come to love whisky more than I could have ever imagined.
And what’s best?
I’ve shared it with so many of you – whether you’ve interacted with me on here, in person or on Twitter, sharing your stories, feedback and experience, it’s been a blast and I’ve loved it all the way.
And today, I’m celebrating the third birthday of the site, which means – of course – that tomorrow I OFFICIALLY become a whisky (since it must be matured for three years and one day).
To say thank you to all you wonderful folks, I’ve teamed up with the estimable Whisky Exchange to do one rather special giveaway. The fantastic retailer (which hosts the TWE Show each year, which I wrote about here) is also celebrating a big milestone: 15 years of operation this year and its director, Sukhinder Singh, has very kindly donated a 15th anniversary bottling of a single cask Balblair from his personal collection for one of you lucky readers.
This ‘Black Balblair’ as it’s become known – due to its intense colour from a full maturation in an ex-sherry cask – has been bottled at 53% and sold out within two weeks of coming available. With its notes of spicy sherry, orange zest, candied fennel and golden syrup on the nose and bounds of dark berries, dark chocolate, plums and coriander seeds on the palate, this is a hugely layered dram to keep you warm this winter and one of the best sherried whiskies I’ve had in a long while.
Given I had one of my most memorable whisky experiences at Balblair (you can read about that here) it seems an appropriate whisky to be giving away.
For your chance to win this single cask, Balblair 2000, all you need to do is send your answer to the following question, alongside your name, the address of where you’d like the prize to be sent to and your Twitter handle (if you have one) to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 19 November:
Q: In what year did I found the Miss Whisky website?
Good luck to all entrants and thank you once again for tuning in to the site over the years – it’s been a fantastic journey and I raise a rather large dram to you all!
Competition open to EU residents. Only one entry per person. All entrants must be of applicable minimum drinking age in their country of residence in order to enter. No cash alternative is available. Winner agrees to have his or her name published on social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook in the event of winning. Winner will be contacted by the 21st November by email and must acknowledge the email and confirm his or her address to Miss Whisky in order for the prize to be sent. If no response is given by the 23rd November, a new winner will be chosen.