Wednesday, 15 June 2011

IWSC Judging: behind the scenes

June 14th was a date I'd been looking forward to in my diary for quite some time. My debut judging with the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) was doubly exciting for the fact it was for the Tequila category, a long standing favourite of mine.

Upon arrival my first impression was, to be honest, that I must've taken a wrong turn. The venue looked more like the place they shoot Top Gear than somewhere you would expect to taste world-class flights of spirits.*

It turned out I was in exactly the right place, easily identified by the group of people outside the front door excitedly discussing agave spirit (which would have been a heck of a coincidence otherwise).

Monday, 13 June 2011

The Dilemma

When writing an alcohol-related blog, as I do, there comes a point from time to time when you're not drinking anything particularly new or exciting (sorry to shatter any illusions). This poses a problem. I do not wish to become a 'tasting bore', filling up the internet with entirely uninteresting tasting notes about things I've tried a thousand times before. I firmly believe tasting notes should only ever be posted in such a manner if they are, at the very least, remarkable.
However, I also do not want to be one of those bloggers who posts something once a year, and is then surprised and disappointed in equal measure when no-one reads it. Frequent, quality content is of course the Holy Grail of the blogging community.