SMWS 90.5 - "Kola Kubes and Lilt"

Pittyvaich is a very curious distillery. Built in 1975 and closed in 1993, it ran for less than 20 years and didn't get much of a reputation. Almost all its produce went for blending, with a little going to the a Flora & Fauna expression. I've had the occasional independent bottling that wasn't to my taste, but on the whole I've generally been quite impressed.

I must admit to a little bias in favour of Pittyvaich - it's one of the first "off the beaten track" distilleries I ever tasted. Having tried everything that the local off-licenses offered, I eventually found myself in the Milroys bar (so this was some time ago!). I was asked what I'd drank and what I'd enjoyed, and promptly offered a Mortlach and Pittyvaich (both Flora & Fauna). I therefore have fond memories of both...

This is the third SMWS Pittyvaich that I've been luck enough to try. The others were 90.1 and 90.10 - the latter being the last Pittyvaich we ever saw from the SMWS (in the UK, at least). This makes for a curious pattern - almost as if I'm attempting some kind of half-arsed binary search through the Pittyvaich SMWS bottlings. One can but hope!

10 years old, distilled May 1992, bottled October 2002, 59.4% abv

Typographical Notes

Some may have noticed that my little corner of the internet has become more individual.

And for those of you who aren't British, "individual" is our polite way of saying "ugly".
        Him: "What do you think of my new tie?"
        Her: "Very individual, dear... "

Why does my website now have an "individual appearance"? Typography.

All I've done is change the typography of the website. And my only regret is that I didn't take a "before" screenshot to put here...

SMWS Christmas Parcels 2014

The Christmas Parcels list was full of the big hitters this year - FOUR Japanese whiskies, a Macallan, a Rosebank, and the SMWS' oldest ever whisky. Oh, and a bourbon from a new distillery. Because when it rains, why not make it torrential?

SMWS 2014 Christmas Countdown List

The Christmas Countdown list was huge.

44 whiskies, and I didn't manage all of them I'm afraid. I started at the lighter end, but there's only so much a man can drink! I managed 21 of the whiskies before the next outturn arrived, and I switched my focus.

There were some very good whiskies on this list - two great grains, a superb Glen Scotia, a decent Glen Grant, a memorable Strathmill - the membership was spoilt for choice!

Wasted Neurons Wednesday - The Architecture of MS-DOS

I have a lot of neurons wasted on MS-DOS. Probably more than for any other technology I've ever worked with.

Which is a bit ironic, as most people would say that the entire problem with MS-DOS is that there's so little of it...

And I'll admit that I would agree MS-DOS has an architecture in the same way that a bivouac has - there's the beginnings of something there, but it's not exactly going to fill a textbook.


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