Whisky Magazine Issue 48
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A few issues back we looked at the best whisky company websites. Here Richard Jones hunts down other whisky information sites
Since the advent of the internet, anyone with a personal computer, a modicum of literacy and ‘a mate who knows something about computers' can set up a website and become an authority on whisky.
Today, there are hundreds of different whisky websites, with the numbers continuing to grow apace. Reflecting the broad international appeal of the subject, many of the websites are written in languages other than English – for example http://www.buxrud.se/linklib.htm lists no fewer than 75 Swedish websites, as well as 18 Danish, 10 German and eight Norwegian sites.
As you would expect with so much choice out there, the quality of the websites varies dramatically. Some have clearly been put together at great expense with swanky designs and flashy features, but this is no guarantee the content is quite so exciting.
Other amateur sites lack presentation, but manage to compensate with the depth and coverage of their information. Unfortunately there are also some websites that look dreadful and, on closer inspection, turn out to actually be pretty dreadful too.
Here, then, and largely excluding our own wonderful site, (at http://www.whiskymag.com) is Whisky Magazine's guide to the outstanding whisky websites on the internet. On the grounds of linguistic incompetence, the reviews have been confined to English speaking sites.
However, if you would prefer a website in a different language, the Buxrud link mentioned above is probably the best place to start.
Best general websites