My name is Thomas Maufer. I am relatively new to Scotch (since probably about 4 years ago), having developed a taste for other distilled spirits earlier in my life: Bourbon, Rye, Tequila, Cognac, Armagnac, Gin (I don't care for Vodka...). I have been soaking up information about Scotch as I have worked my way through different regions.
I really have benefited from the WhiskyCast podcast. I might be weird: I find it very interesting to learn about the business side of Scotch as much as the nosing/tasting side. What I really like about Scotch is that I have cultivated a group of friends and we share whisky with each other every so often, so I get exposed to a wider range of whiskies faster than I could do in isolation.
My background is in high technology and marketing, and I have written three books for Prentice Hall on computer networking (still for sale on amazon.com). In that spirit (pun intended) I enjoy sharing information with others. I decided at the end of August to start writing a blog to share what I know about whisky. In that short time I have had nearly 1000 visitors! No one is more surprised by that than I am. I am not pretending to be the world's whisky expert and I am willing to be corrected. I just like to share what I know. I try not to be pedantic and stick to what I understand the facts to be on various subjects.
I'll be at WhiskyFest San Francisco in a couple weeks from tomorrow and would love to meet people there. I'll be on-site for early admission with my VIP ticket!