Nope, Outing Mn, but close, very close.
Ganga wrote: 1. Set up a monthly schedule of distilleries to be sampled. Nov 4 - Lagavulin, Nov 11 - Glenfarclas, Nov 18 - Talisker, Nov 25 - Auchentoshan. This could also be set to specific whiskies instead of distilleries or could even be a small flight of whiskies.
2. Set to distinct times when tastings should occur. I'd suggest one based for the Old Worlders and one for the New Worlders.
In setting up tastings like this, people know when to show up. Also, it gives someone advance notice so they pickup something for tasting should they not have it in stock.
This is something I'd considered, the setting up of a monthly tasting but hadn't considered going to specific distilleries, rather I thought of just asking the forummers to PM/message what sort of dram they'd like to try and select two or three from the messages/postings.
As for timing, a 2-4 hour spread for tastings would possibly allow a large turnout of forummers. If we started at 4 pm Central Canada time and ran until 8 pm, people could log on, post their notes, interact with whoever else was on the forum at the same time and then go on their merry way when they were finished.
I had also considered starting a dramming thread for each region just to centralize the tastings in "The Bar" then you'd visit whatever thread the tasting was going to be in each month.
Di Blasi wrote:Good ideas Ganga, and this way we can see what's coming up, and "book" it as a normal tasting, plan, stock what's needed, etc. Time is next, so perhaps 2 different times to accomodate more people, if you can't make one time, perhaps the other, or both even!
I actually really like the idea of setting up two different times for the same tasting, maybe 10 hours apart which would allow "old world" and "new world" to interact if one was either an early riser or an insomniac. I'll mull this over a bit and post a guideline for tastings to use as a reference. It will be more for the neophyte taster to use so everyone can contribute equally in the forums, but the format wil be handy for the seasoned drammer to reference as required.
I propose that we have a live Forum tasting on Friday the 12th of October starting at 1600 hrs (4:00 pm) Winnipeg time and running until 2000 hrs (8 pm). This means it will be a 2200 hr (10 pm) start for GMT and 1400 hr (2:00 pm) in BC/California. Please, check this website for the GMT + or - for your specific location.http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/info/global.htm
Would anyone be willing to commence an earlier tasting start time say at 1800 hrs (6pm GMT) for "the Old World"? In this manner you could be well started when North Americans start logging on.
I look forward to everyone's comments shortly and will firm up the tasting date and time on Wednesday when I log on around 4:30 pm.