Monday, January 16, 2012

This blogger's goals for 2012

I'm not really good at New Years' Resolutions.  They tend to be a bit tactical.  Some of my previous gems include, "learning how to sharpen knives" (aced it) and "getting better at doing cool card shuffling" (a little better, I suppose).
But when it comes to this blog - and this hobby in general - there are definitely some goals I have for 2012:
  • Write more - I wrote 21 posts in 2011.  I think I can do more.  There is a world of whiskies to explore.  If anyone reading this has any ideas or requests, let me know.
  • Expand my audience - I have 3 followers.  3.  Thanks guys.  I'm trying to figure out ways to increase readership, posting articles on Facebook and Twitter.  If you read this, and like this, please follow it.  And please forward it to your friends (or enemies if you don't like it).
  • Conduct an interview - last goal for the blog - I'd love to get an expert's opinions out there, to learn and to share.  Keep an eye on the blog to see if I succeed.  
Personally, I also have some goals in expanding my knowledge and experiences with whisky:
  • Try a whisky from a "mothballed distillery" - when you drink a whisky from a distillery no longer producing barrels, you are drinking history.  There's no more of this coming down the pike.  Mothballed whisky is, obviously, rare.  It's also highly sought after.  Rosebank and Port Ellen are two great examples - these distilleries produced, according to what I've read, excellent whisky.  But economic conditions made it impossible for them to continue.
  • Keep exploring the world - in the last two years, I've had expressions from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Japan, Canada and America.  All of these whiskies are made from slightly different ingredients and processes.  I'd like to keep going: there are a few more distilleries in Japan and Scandinavian whisky out there.
  • Bourbon - Small batch bourbon is exploding on the market right now.  I've just secured my first bottle of Old Van Winkle, and I'd like more, please.
Well, I think that's a pretty exhaustive list.  If I achieve half of it, it should be a pretty good year.  What about you?  Let me know what your goals are for the year.  Maybe I can help . . . 

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