After having two Wyeast yeasts arrive DOA this summer, I will never not make a starter. Fortunately, I had just started making starts with the first DOA. A starter will ensure you have viable yeast and will jump start your reproduction.
Primary: Skeeter Pee
Secondary: Meads: Carmel Apple, Wines: Sangiovese, Dragon's Blood, Viognier, Beer: None
On Deck: Dragon's Blood Blueberry, Double Dragon's Blood Original, Pinot Noir