Welcome to Whisky Dad and thank you staying for long enough to read what I have to say. My name is Shane Kinloch and I am a dad who loves his whisky. I am not a whisky expert, journalist, sommelier or distiller; but I am more than just a whisky drinker.
I love the way it tastes. I love learning why it tastes the way it does. I love learning about the history of distilleries and the influence of politics and geography on the distilling process. I love examining the impressions that a whisky can leave me with and trying to link them to one or more things that happened in the years it took to reach my glass. I love that whisky takes a great deal of time, skill and passion to make.
Every whisky expert was a whisky novice first.
WHY WRITE A BLOG?
Other than sharing my love of whisky, there is a very real reason for me to do this. Writing a blog about something I am passionate about was a positive step towards improving my own mental health. Like millions of people the world over, I suffered from depression. During this time, one of the hardest things for me to do was to find the motivation to do things other than sleep or just passively exist. I love writing, but just enjoying it wasn’t enough to motivate me to do it regularly. I created Whisky Dad with a hope that by combining my loves of whisky and writing in a blog, I could build and connect myself to a like-minded community that would encourage me to keep writing on my way to becoming well again and beyond.
DID IT WORK?
It sure did! I’m now back at work full time and no longer under treatment or taking medication. Creating my own blog has introduced me to some passionate and motivated people within, around and following the whisky industry. I have expanded my knowledge of whisky and distilling and ignited a spark to take my passion for whisky and writing further.
Subscribe to the blog and follow the Whisky Dad social channels to stay up to date, but my next writing goal is to break free of the internet and write a book. Stay tuned for more in the near future.
Additionally, I hope my writing will legitimise my whisky habit and perhaps lead to cheaper whisky in the future. I can only dream.