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Title: A wee dram...
Post by: Bob on November 19, 2004, 05:18:56 am
As requested a thread for the tasting of whiskey's or scotch which ever your prefer ;)

Personally I love the 15 year old Macalllan we have and which the stalkers got a taste of,  its such a beautiful very rounded whiskey that has such a mellow amber taste...lovely ;)

Anyway before I start Dods wanted to do his bit so we'll let him go first! ;)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Bob on November 20, 2004, 08:18:12 am
well by the time dods gets here this would of been left on its wholesome!!

Right...

So far I've been drinking Bushmills Irish Whisky (thanks Jonno and Bob) I've never had Irish whiskey before and this is fantastic. Very smooth and glides onto your tongue like butter.

Also 15 year old MacCallan (59.7% alc) it was suggested to me to water it down. I nearly died of shock! As Davey Arnot showed me, 1 cube of ice!! Thats it!!

I'm looking at Islay and Jura Malts for christmas purchases so any recommendations would be fantastic :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 20, 2004, 23:56:24 pm
Can we have a SECTION please!

I have far too much to tell everybody out there....

If you'd set this up 2 years ago like you were supposed to you would have done!  ::)

What exactly is needed Dods?
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on November 21, 2004, 04:24:44 am
QuoteI'm looking at Islay and Jura Malts for christmas purchases so any recommendations would be fantastic :)

Islay:
Lagavulin, double matured, hands down the peatiest one of the lot
Regular Lagavulin
Laphroaigh
Port Ellen

These are the top Islay ones, as far as I am concerned.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dixkot on November 21, 2004, 04:35:58 am
My favourite malt is from Islay and its BUNNAHABHAIN.

It is soft and mellow with just a hint of peat.  This I have read is because it is distilled from clear spring water trapped high in the mountains which filters through the ancient sandstone rocks.

Bob, I too stick an ice cube in my malt, and I believe that this or a dash of spring water is the 'correct' way as it helps to release the flavours.


Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on November 21, 2004, 17:45:26 pm
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Islay:
Lagavulin, double matured, hands down the peatiest one of the lot
Regular Lagavulin
Laphroaigh
Port Ellen

These are the top Islay ones, as far as I am concerned.


Well, I am certainly no expert, but Lagavulin and Laphroaigh
are beautiful whiskies.

Best 'bog standard' I've had is Highland Park.


Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on November 21, 2004, 17:48:41 pm
Highland Park is definately a very nice one indeed.

If you like the Islay, Jura taste, you could try Springbank from Campbeltown.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on November 21, 2004, 17:49:45 pm
Another suggestion:
Get the Michael Jackson books on malt whisky as well, certainly the Malt Whisky Companion is a great help.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on November 21, 2004, 17:50:02 pm
QuoteHighland Park is definately a very nice one indeed.

If you like the Islay, Jura taste, you could try Springbank from Campbeltown.

You're just trying to get me drunk!  ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on November 21, 2004, 17:50:42 pm
QuoteYou're just trying to get me drunk!  ;D

You and Big Hank, Ashley. ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on November 21, 2004, 17:51:32 pm
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You and Big Hank, Ashley. ;D

Not fair, he will take longer!

Make his doubles, and you're buying!  ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on November 21, 2004, 17:53:16 pm
QuoteNot fair, he will take longer!

Make his doubles, and you're buying!  ;D

Err, remember that I'm Dutch, Ashley. ;D

You are right about Big Hank, he has been practising holding his liquor for quite some time now (I think it even started before he went stalking).
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on November 21, 2004, 17:55:55 pm
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Err, remember that I'm Dutch, Ashley. ;D

You are right about Big Hank, he has been practising holding his liquor for quite some time now (I think it even started before he went stalking).

We'' I'm sure he'll be the first to tell us all when he finally achives the ability to hold his drink!

2006 in the USA perhaps?  ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Bob on November 21, 2004, 20:14:19 pm
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We'' I'm sure he'll be the first to tell us all when he finally achives the ability to hold his drink!

2006 in the USA perhaps?  ;D

No this year at my house on New years eve ;)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 21, 2004, 20:33:31 pm
There are SMWS events over the next few weeks in the run up to Christmas somewhere near you!


 
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 21, 2004, 21:03:01 pm
There is a good interview about the SMWS on this weeks 'Reel Blend' on Radio Scotland.

It is in the second half of the two hour show not long after the news.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/radioscotland/view/show.shtml?reelblend

They use Real Player unfortunately  :(
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on November 21, 2004, 21:08:44 pm
Dods is there a fee involved?
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 21, 2004, 21:32:51 pm
They normally run with a Members & Drivers pricing theme.

..but your one is sold out - sorry matey.

I haev tickets for Aberdeen on the 2nd Dec if you fancy it
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 21, 2004, 21:36:45 pm
Ron

Is Roosendaal anywhere near you ?


Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on November 21, 2004, 22:02:32 pm
Nope, not really, way down south from here. About 1.5 - 2 hours by train.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 22, 2004, 18:00:02 pm
That's a pity, I think there is a society tasting there next month....
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Reg on November 24, 2004, 16:52:25 pm
I can recommend Bunnahabhain (pronounced Boonaharven I was told by the salesman) and Lagavulin.

Especially (here he goes again), the Distiller's edition of the Lagavulin.  Unbelievably smoky, peaty and smooth - with a very long lasting after-taste.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on November 25, 2004, 05:55:13 am
QuoteEspecially (here he goes again), the Distiller's edition of the Lagavulin.  Unbelievably smoky, peaty and smooth - with a very long lasting after-taste.

I heard from my whisky seller that he cannot buy this whisky anymore.  :( >:(
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 26, 2004, 22:41:17 pm
So

Do any of you guys collect the good stuff, or is drinking it just too pleasurable..

In other words, do you see a rare malt as a possible investment ? I know I do :)

For Example:

Auchentoshan 18 YO 58.8%
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 26, 2004, 22:49:11 pm
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I'm looking at Islay and Jura Malts for christmas purchases so any recommendations would be fantastic :)


Ash is right re HP. Another classic 'bog standard' as he puts it is Old Pultney (Wick).
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Bob on November 26, 2004, 23:46:29 pm
in english please? ;D

Some are presents but I don't mind buying a decent bottle ;)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 27, 2004, 02:28:16 am
This distillery stands on a rocky storm lashed shore in the shadow of the rugged Cuillin Mountains. The Carbost Burn runs into the nearby loch.

The mineral rich water from the springs on Cnoc na Speirag runs through the heather & peat that contibutes so much to the flavour of this (I think) underated malt.

What Am I ?
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on November 27, 2004, 13:08:45 pm
QuoteThis distillery stands on a rocky storm lashed shore in the shadow of the rugged Cuillin Mountains. The Carbost Burn runs into the nearby loch.

The mineral rich water from the springs on Cnoc na Speirag runs through the heather & peat that contibutes so much to the flavour of this (I think) underated malt.

What Am I ?

You are a poor speller.

Cnoc na Speireag  = Talisker.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on November 27, 2004, 13:09:53 pm
QuoteSo

Do any of you guys collect the good stuff, or is drinking it just too pleasurable..

In other words, do you see a rare malt as a possible investment ? I know I do :)

For Example:

Auchentoshan 18 YO 58.8%
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Bob on November 27, 2004, 15:27:56 pm
I only have one bottle to my collection for collecting so far and thats the Macallan we had in Glasgow :)

So can I have some advice on what to get before I part with my moolah ;D

Oh and like Ash whats a good whisky to piss up the wall? ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 27, 2004, 17:54:16 pm
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You are a poor speller.

Cnoc na Speireag
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 27, 2004, 17:57:59 pm
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Don't collect, only drink.

Hows about yopu suggesting something for us to piss up the wall as it were?
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on November 28, 2004, 02:03:12 am
QuoteMy favourite malt is from Islay and its BUNNAHABHAIN.

It is soft and mellow with just a hint of peat.  This I have read is because it is distilled from clear spring water trapped high in the mountains which filters through the ancient sandstone rocks.

Bob, I too stick an ice cube in my malt, and I believe that this or a dash of spring water is the 'correct' way as it helps to release the flavours.





[size=10]NO NO NO[/size] not ice cubes. >:( That's almost as bad as Neil Peart with his three cubes in his Macallan. A small dash of water helps to release flavours and the nose but ice destroys it. If you're going to put ice in a decent malt, send the whisky to me instead and I'll send you a cheap blend for you to put ice in  ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on November 28, 2004, 02:19:38 am
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Oh and like Ash whats a good whisky to piss up the wall? ;D

A cheap blend  ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on November 28, 2004, 02:32:02 am
I don't collect but I currently have these bottles on the go for drinking  ;D

Caol-Ila - Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling @ 57.7%. 11 YO
Caol-Ila - Gordon & Macphail bottling. 13 YO
Highland Park - 18 YO  ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS  ;D  ;D
Highland Park - 12 YO
Clynelish - Signatory bottling - 14 YO
Scapa - 13 YO
Port Ellen - a 200ml sample bottle @ 50% - Stunning. It's a crime that this distillery is closed
Arran Malt - 8YO non-chill filtered
Glennfiddich - Bog Ordinary bottling
Glenmorangie - Bog Ordinary bottling. Used for hot toddies.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a great place. You can get all sorts of whisky, bottled from individual casks, unfiltered, coloured or diluted

Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 28, 2004, 04:34:45 am
QuoteI don't collect but I currently have these bottles on the go for drinking
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on November 28, 2004, 05:30:05 am
Scapa is one of the "undiscovered" wonders of the whisky world. Lots of people have heard of Highland Park but only whisky geeks are familiar with Scapa.

The Scapa distillery is mothballed for most of the year but during the annual maintenance period of 6 weeks or so at HP, the workers go down to the Scapa distillery and make a batch there. I think that's brilliant, especially as they have different owners.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on November 28, 2004, 13:41:26 pm
Scapa is a nice one indeed. Used to buy it regularly at Heathrow, because it is a bit hard to find over here.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on November 28, 2004, 13:49:09 pm
Current collection:

Laphroaig 10 yr old
Laphroaig 10 yr old cask strength
Laphroaig 15 yr old
Ardbeg 10 yr old
Ardbeg 17 yr old
Ardbeg 30 yr old (a real treat!)
Lagavulin 16 yr old
Lagavulin double matured (my personal favourite)
Coal Ila 21 yr old cask strength Rare Malts collection
Macallan traveller series (twenties, thirties, forties, fifties)

Yep, we do like the Islays
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on November 28, 2004, 14:28:15 pm
QuoteCurrent collection:

Laphroaig 10 yr old
Laphroaig 10 yr old cask strength
Laphroaig 15 yr old
Ardbeg 10 yr old
Ardbeg 17 yr old
Ardbeg 30 yr old (a real treat!)
Lagavulin 16 yr old
Lagavulin double matured (my personal favourite)
Coal Ila 21 yr old cask strength Rare Malts collection
Macallan traveller series (twenties, thirties, forties, fifties)

Yep, we do like the Islays



Woah, some SERIOUS stuff there. My wife hates all those south coast Islay whiskies. She complains that if she wanted to drink seaweed flavoured medicine she'd get it from her doctor  :o
Personally I love 'em but only in small quantities. To me Caol-Ila is the perfect compromise, it's got a lot of peat but not to the extent of Laphroig, Lagavullin and Ardbeg.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on November 28, 2004, 14:45:23 pm
My wife loves the peaty stuff. I remember the first time I bought whisky for her (we just started dating for a couple of weeks or so). I brought along a Royal Lochnagar for her (a popular one with the ladies) and had a Laphroaig for myself. Needless to say she kept the Laphroaig and I got 'stuck' with the Royal Lochnagar. ;)

We do tend to mix things a little, but there is always some Islay in the house.
I like Aberlour, Springbank and Highland Park a lot and she likes Bunnahabhain.

Her favourite is Laphroaig and mine is Lagavulin.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on November 28, 2004, 14:54:39 pm
Have you ever had any Port Ellen ? It blows the rest of the Islays away but the distillery closed in the early 1980's. The one I have has slightly less phenol than the south coast Islays and is probably my favourite dram. Unfortunately, as stocks dwindle it gets more expensive  :(
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on November 28, 2004, 14:59:04 pm
I have had a few Port Ellens, yes. Very nice indeed, but very to get hold of these days. It is from the right part of the island, being close to the other three on the south shore.

As a matter of fact, we did try all the Islays, even the ones that are still available but with the distillery closed.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on November 28, 2004, 15:38:15 pm
QuoteI only have one bottle to my collection for collecting so far and thats the Macallan we had in Glasgow :)

So can I have some advice on what to get before I part with my moolah ;D

Oh and like Ash whats a good whisky to piss up the wall? ;D

Bob darling, they ain't worth collecting if they are half empty!  ::)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on November 28, 2004, 15:41:33 pm
QuoteScapa is a nice one indeed. Used to buy it regularly at Heathrow, because it is a bit hard to find over here.

Ron, can you recommend some malts for me that are best bought as Duty Free's, I have a relative who flies to the Far East every month, and he could help build up my collection quite nicely.

Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on November 28, 2004, 15:49:36 pm
Quote

Ron, can you recommend some malts for me that are best bought as Duty Free's, I have a relative who flies to the Far East every month, and he could help build up my collection quite nicely.



Get the Highland Park 18YO - it's
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Post by: Ashley on November 28, 2004, 16:23:39 pm
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Get the Highland Park 18YO - it's
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on November 28, 2004, 16:35:02 pm
Try to get hold of the specials, because they seem to drop quite nicely in price.
The Lagavulin double matured is a must have, to be honest. So is the Aberlour at cask strength.

If I remember correctly, the shops at Heathrow do have a nice collection, with quite some unusual stuff, which is hard to get in regular shops. Those are the ones you should be after.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on November 28, 2004, 17:24:33 pm
QuoteTry to get hold of the specials, because they seem to drop quite nicely in price.
The Lagavulin double matured is a must have, to be honest. So is the Aberlour at cask strength.

If I remember correctly, the shops at Heathrow do have a nice collection, with quite some unusual stuff, which is hard to get in regular shops. Those are the ones you should be after.

Shall do.  ;)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on November 28, 2004, 17:31:32 pm
This is gonna cost  you  lmao
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on November 28, 2004, 18:10:10 pm
QuoteThis is gonna cost  you  lmao

Oh yeah!
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Bob on November 29, 2004, 14:39:34 pm
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Bob darling, they ain't worth collecting if they are half empty!  ::)

Ash sweetie I own two bottles and one is unopened and still in its round box and packaging with seal firmly in tact  :P
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Bob on November 29, 2004, 14:43:31 pm
well call me common but heres my collection (which has just only started)

Macallan 15 YO - cask strength (only 800 bottles made)
Macallan 12 YO - cask strength
Glenlivet 18 YO
Glendfiddich 15 YO

Not very much because I haven't really got round to trying many others, I quite like Irish Whisky as well (Jonno and Bob got us a bottle of Bushmills which is very nice).


Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on November 29, 2004, 14:53:14 pm
find it impossible to leave any bottle of alcoholic beverage unopened, so I will not be collecting I'm afraid.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on November 29, 2004, 16:03:54 pm
I'm going shopping.  ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Bob on November 29, 2004, 16:35:05 pm
Quotefind it impossible to leave any bottle of alcoholic beverage unopened, so I will not be collecting I'm afraid.

Thats my problem, I buy them to keep but I end up drinking them in the end.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 30, 2004, 15:41:09 pm
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Thats my problem, I buy them to keep but I end up drinking them in the end.

Er, I will NOT be opening my 50yr old Springbank ::)
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Post by: Ashley on November 30, 2004, 17:21:28 pm
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Er, I will NOT be opening my 50yr old Springbank ::)

I bet that's what you call your wallet!  ;D
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Post by: Dods on November 30, 2004, 18:19:07 pm
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I bet that's what you call your wallet!
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on November 30, 2004, 23:02:45 pm
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No, that is the mothpit  ;)


Well you are from the North-East ...   ;D
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Post by: Dods on December 01, 2004, 01:49:59 am
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Well you are from the North-East ...
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on December 01, 2004, 05:45:42 am
QuoteI have had a few Port Ellens, yes. Very nice indeed, but very to get hold of these days. It is from the right part of the island, being close to the other three on the south shore.

As a matter of fact, we did try all the Islays, even the ones that are still available but with the distillery closed.

Loch Fyne Whiskies in Inverary currently has three Port Ellens. The cheapest is
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on December 01, 2004, 13:41:43 pm
So, I think there are at least 6 of us foir a tasting, so what about it Dods?

Dods
Ash
Ron
Baldie Pete
Reg
Bob
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on December 01, 2004, 15:07:02 pm
QuoteSo, I think there are at least 6 of us foir a tasting, so what about it Dods?

Dods
Ash
Ron
Baldie Pete
Reg
Bob

Scottish Malt Whisky Society Tasting, tomorrow night, New Marcliffe Hotel, Pitfodels, Aberdeen 7:30pm  ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Bob on December 01, 2004, 15:14:14 pm
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Scottish Malt Whisky Society Tasting, tomorrow night, New Marcliffe Hotel, Pitfodels, Aberdeen 7:30pm  ;D

its a bit bloody far and short notice for a plane trip  :P
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Bob on December 01, 2004, 15:14:59 pm
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And for those in the UK wanting to try an Islay Malt and are on a more sensible budget, Tesco are currently selling Bowmore Legend for less than
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on December 01, 2004, 16:43:17 pm
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Scottish Malt Whisky Society Tasting, tomorrow night, New Marcliffe Hotel, Pitfodels, Aberdeen 7:30pm
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on December 03, 2004, 01:01:16 am
Was in Fenwicks and Oddbins today, Fenwicks was up a fiver a bottle cheaper.

So if our leader would mind to recommend a decent malt, we can begin.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on December 03, 2004, 01:46:16 am
I'm not your leader but since Dods isn't here, try the following. These are standard bottlings that should be available in any decent  off-licence.

Caol-Ila (pronounced Cull Eella). An Islay. Standard bottle is a 12 year old. Seaweed, iodine and smoke. Less iodine than many of the other Islays. Don't let the iodine/seaweed comparison put you off, this is fantastic stuff.
http://www.islaywhiskysociety.com/caol_ila/

Highland Park. From Orkney. Standard bottle is a 12 Year Old.  A lot less iodine/seaweed than the Islays but still a pronounced smokey flavour and slightly sweet.
http://www.highlandpark.co.uk/index.html

Both of the above are very smooth and will go down very nicely with just a touch of water.
If you've only had Speysides before (such as Macallan or Glenfiddich) I'd try the HP before making the leap to the Caol-Ila or any of the other Islays.

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Post by: Ashley on December 03, 2004, 11:16:09 am
Ok Pete, well as I'm already an HP fan, and about to try the 18yo soon, I'll plump for the Caol Ila 12 Year old malt.


Any other takers, and I can't really do this until nexxt week, so when?
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Post by: Dods on December 03, 2004, 17:34:02 pm
QuoteOk Pete, well as I'm already an HP fan, and about to try the 18yo soon, I'll plump for the Caol Ila 12 Year old malt.

Any other takers, and I can't really do this until nexxt week, so when?

Agreed, perhaps next Thursday (9th Dec), 8pm.

Pete, thank you for jumping in
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 03, 2004, 19:24:33 pm
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Agreed, perhaps next Thursday (9th Dec), 8pm.

Pete, thank you for jumping in  8)

I have to say I,ve been a bit thick here and didn't realise that we are talking about a whisky sync but it sounds cool to me. One small problem, I don't currently have a standard bottling of Caol-Ila, but I do have two special bottlings.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on December 03, 2004, 20:51:55 pm
Thanks to a feat of extraordinary generosity by a friend, I am now a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.  ;D

And I got a nice bottle of the current society cask whisky to get me going.  :D

102.5% at that.

So, I'll have this bottle, and the one we are tasting here, plus the HP and the others I'm after for xmas.

Happy New Year!  ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 03, 2004, 22:04:14 pm
Excellent. The SMWS is great. If you are ever up in Edinburgh you need to go to the Society Rooms in Leith (there is also a venue in the city centre but it isn't as good). A class night out  ;D

Which bottle did you get as your joining bottle ? I have a list that translates the distillery numbers that SMWS uses into the real names of the distilleries. I don't know if they still distribute it, I got it when I joined about 10 years ago from someone who had been a member for years. It's very useful, if you want I could e-mail you a scan of it.

The descriptions of the whiskies in the society tasting notes are a hoot. This was one of my favourites (for number 53, Caol-Ila)

you can find mild creosote and bandages and the dry smokiness of a heather moor burning. It has oily plasticine and dried lavender notes. Adding water brings the suggestion of a stable by a beach, whose horses sometimes gallop on the white sand.

Eh !  ???
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on December 03, 2004, 23:07:30 pm
Cheers Pete,

I might just leave that scan for now, as tasting blind might yeild up some rewarding surprises.

The bottle I got is cask 76.33, 13 yo, so if you let me post my thoughts here first, then tell me the whisky's true identity we can see if I'm a natural!  ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on December 04, 2004, 02:30:48 am
QuoteCheers Pete,

I might just leave that scan for now, as tasting blind might yeild up some rewarding surprises.

The bottle I got is cask 76.33, 13 yo, so if you let me post my thoughts here first, then tell me the whisky's true identity we can see if I'm a natural!
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 04, 2004, 02:45:24 am
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Fekin nae chance  ;D


I've looked it up and you're right. I've never tasted the stuff, in fact I don't think I've seen a bottle of it. It will require a miracle or cheating to work it out.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on December 04, 2004, 15:30:57 pm
No no, you've got me wrong there.

All I meant was that I would be interested to see if I pick up some of the key characteristics, obviously I have no chance of picking the distillery, area or brand.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on December 04, 2004, 17:37:08 pm
Went out to buy Highland Park (12 yr. and 18 yr.), but my wine and whisky seller only had the 25 yr. old available. So, I bought a 10 yr. old Springbank and a Aberlour 15 yr. old Double Cask Matured instead.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on December 04, 2004, 18:07:58 pm
So will we all be tasting the same whisky?
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on December 04, 2004, 18:11:32 pm
I will be on the train back from the airport on Thursday night and I don't have a regular Coal Ila, so nope, I'm not joining you.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ashley on December 04, 2004, 18:19:47 pm
QuoteI will be on the train back from the airport on Thursday night and I don't have a regular Coal Ila, so nope, I'm not joining you.

Shame, so how about you joining us in spirit, and doing your own tasting when you can with one of your own borrles?
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Post by: Ron on December 04, 2004, 18:20:52 pm
I will be sampling the 21 yr. old cask strength Caol Ila if I am home at a reasonable time.
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Post by: Ashley on December 04, 2004, 18:27:33 pm
Good man, we wouldn't like you to feel left out.  ;)
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Post by: Ron on December 04, 2004, 18:28:39 pm
No problem, I didn't feel left out whatsoever. ;)
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Post by: Dods on December 05, 2004, 04:33:19 am
Since we ALL don't have access to the said malt, perhaps we should be a little less ambitious and go for a slow start instead.

Maybe we should start on 'run of the mill' malts and work our way up.

There may be a better apreciation that way.

Perhaps focus on area.

What do you say folks ?
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Post by: Ron on December 05, 2004, 14:39:19 pm
A 'run of the mill' malt is even harder to find in my home. ;)

I think buying a new malt is ok, but just not too regularly, that's all.
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Post by: Ashley on December 05, 2004, 19:15:12 pm
Well I for one was looking forward to buying the new one, but I agree with both Ron about not every week, and Dods about the need to be sensible and find malts we can all taste at the same time.

Looking at the lists people gave earlier, I think it is fair to say that some brands appear more often than others.

Maybe Dods is right and we ought to stay in a certain region fiorst, tast3 3 or 4 from there then move onto other regions?

Ideas.
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 05, 2004, 19:24:54 pm
Most people seem to have a Highland Park and also some Islay
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Post by: Ashley on December 05, 2004, 19:34:18 pm
QuoteMost people seem to have a Highland Park and also some Islay

I'm surprised you have any left at all after last night!  ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 06, 2004, 00:55:03 am
Quote

I'm surprised you have any left at all after last night!  ;D


It wasn't a whisky sort of night  ;)

After necking many pints of McEwan 70/- a good malt would have been wasted.
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Post by: Ashley on December 06, 2004, 05:25:40 am
Well here we go.

I'm suddenly lost for words, and a tad nervous. How do you describe a malt when you are unsure what you are tasting?

So, firstly I notice that the taste to the front of the tongue is quite flat, yet to the rear is very sharp and bitter.

The smell is very nice and quite 'herby'?

I am going out on a limb here, but would say it isn't a peaty malt, as it is very smooth and rounded, but I did add a dash of water.

Finally, I got quite a few smells & tastes but couldn't define them all, but I did get pewtrol & fruit!

Told you it was hard.  :-/

So how far off was I?
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 06, 2004, 06:09:19 am
QuoteWell here we go.

I'm suddenly lost for words, and a tad nervous. How do you describe a malt when you are unsure what you are tasting?

So, firstly I notice that the taste to the front of the tongue is quite flat, yet to the rear is very sharp and bitter.

The smell is very nice and quite 'herby'?

I am going out on a limb here, but would say it isn't a peaty malt, as it is very smooth and rounded, but I did add a dash of water.

Finally, I got quite a few smells & tastes but couldn't define them all, but I did get pewtrol & fruit!

Told you it was hard.  :-/

So how far off was I?

Actually I'm rubbish at tasting. I can sense the different tastes and aromas but I can't put a name to them. The distillery is Mortlach BTW.

This is what the SMWS said about 76.39 (nothing on the website about your bottle, 76.33)

f Dufftown was built on seven stills this was the very first, built in 1823, the year of the famous Excise Act. This sample is antique gold and comes from a sherry cask. The unreduced nose has honey, Crunchie bars and burnt sugar. It also has a note of pine resin and then a whiff of sulphur. Water brings butterscotch and polished wood. In the mouth it is mellow, warm and lingering, tasting rich, buttery and sweet like toffee and Christmas pudding. Not too sweet, though a slight edge resolves the sweetness into a delicious aftertaste. Great for its age.


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Post by: Ashley on December 06, 2004, 16:27:17 pm
So do I ever find out what the whisky really is?
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 06, 2004, 23:27:50 pm
Mortlach

http://www.uisge.com/wt/d/mortlach.html
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Post by: Dods on December 07, 2004, 16:36:57 pm
Lovely, lovely, lovely stuff.

I take you there Ash if you want. It is yet ANOTHER one just up the road from me (& there are SEVEN distilleries in Dufftown)
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Post by: Ashley on December 08, 2004, 12:25:28 pm
Hopefully getting my bottle today.

Yum yum.  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on December 09, 2004, 02:05:11 am
Got my bottle of Caol Ila plus an Old Pulteney for under
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 09, 2004, 02:17:11 am
Don't worry - you've not been ripped off  ;)
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Post by: Dods on December 09, 2004, 04:53:37 am
QuoteGot my bottle of Caol Ila plus an Old Pulteney for under
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Post by: Ashley on December 09, 2004, 14:03:51 pm
Quote

Yes...

Enjoy the Pulteney

The other may take you to the dark side ....

I have had several 35yr old Springbanks tonight... I feel good
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 09, 2004, 23:36:21 pm
Let's leave Darth Vader out of this - what about the whisky ?
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Post by: Ashley on December 09, 2004, 23:50:27 pm
QuoteLet's leave Darth Vader out of this - what about the whisky ?

Well I'll be here ready at just before 8
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 01:48:13 am
Time to get that dram oot

see you in 7 minutes
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:01:45 am
HELLO ?
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:07:37 am
Sorry lads
my pc fecked up
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:07:58 am
and dods's mobile is switched off
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:08:54 am
I have to say I think I am an Isay fan

The smell is just sublime
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:09:28 am
So is this a solo effort?
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:10:12 am
NO

Get the HP poured and a wee jug of water
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:10:18 am
And so to the taste

Nice and peaty
but very smooth
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:11:03 am
You tit
I'm on the  Caol Ila

Do you never listen?  ::)
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:11:28 am
Quoteand dods's mobile is switched off


No it is not. The 2 foot granite walls have a lot to do with the lack of a signal
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:12:13 am
QuoteYou tit
I'm on the  Caol Ila

Do you never listen?  ::)

Sorry I'm late guys. Had to finish my dinner. Where are we ? Is it the Caol-Ila ?
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:12:33 am
QuoteYou tit
I'm on the
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:12:33 am
Well this is just great!

Wheres the bald bloke?

All talk & no trousers!  ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:13:16 am
QuoteWell this is just great!

Wheres the bald bloke?

All talk & no trousers!  ;D


I'm here, give me a second to pour a glass
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:13:21 am
Quote

Sorry I'm late guys. Had to finish my dinner. Where are we ? Is it the Caol-Ila ?

Great stuff, in the finest tradition of tnms.

Welcome Pete.

At least you know what we are here for!  ::)
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:14:01 am
Quote

Did we not decide to do HP instead ?

And to think you're supposed to be in charge!  ;)
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:14:44 am
Well I've started neat and it's fantastic.
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:15:15 am
QuoteWell I've started neat and it's fantastic.

Which one?
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:15:27 am
How can something which smells of medicine taste so nice ?
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:16:17 am
Quote

Which one?

Arte you taking the piss

I'm only on the Caol Ila
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:16:56 am
QuoteHow can something which smells of medicine taste so nice ?

I have to say, I am struggling to describe the smell, but it is very rich
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:17:52 am
And that flavour as it slowly hits the roof of your mouth is heavenly
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:18:06 am
Quote

I have to say, I am struggling to describe the smell, but it is very rich


THat's the problem. I know these smells are there but I have difficulty finding the correct words
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:18:13 am
Quote

Arte you taking the piss

I'm only on the Caol Ila

This is a farce.

I'm off to enjoy my HP. One third of the attendees can't be wrong  ::)
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:19:17 am
I've added a small drop of water and I think I can smell fish  :o
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:19:23 am
Get back here, we need help!
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:20:17 am
OK maybe this isn't going to work  :-/  :'(
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:20:44 am
QuoteI've added a small drop of water and I think I can smell fish
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:21:25 am
Quote

This is a farce.

I'm off to enjoy my HP. One third of the attendees can't be wrong
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:21:28 am
Quote


Let's hope not.

I can smell the dentist! :o


That's a good one, I can see (smell ?) that one being in there
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:22:12 am
Give me a mo
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:22:24 am
Quote

Get back here.

Are we all on msn or yahoo?

Nope, afraid not. The only chat that  I use is the Hub  ::)
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:22:59 am
Quote


That's a good one, I can see (smell ?) that one being in there

Good man.

Let's dissect this bugger without the so called expert.

We have a fishing dentist who doesn't wash.

a sort of Harold Shipman perhaps?
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:23:36 am
Christ, I've finished already.
Not something my wife likes to hear  ::) lmao
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:23:41 am
I have to say I prefer this undiluted, is that ok?
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:24:17 am
QuoteChrist, I've finished already.
Not something my wife likes to hear
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:25:02 am
Quote

Good man.

Let's dissect this bugger without the so called expert.

We have a fishing dentist who doesn't wash.

a sort of Harold Shipman perhaps?

The whisky is in better taste than that comment  ;)

Do you get any iodine smell ?
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:25:19 am
Do you guys smell any sweetness, perhaps flowery yet a hint of the peat but not overly strong?

I do not know if you have ever experienced a peat fire/stove but there is certainly an aroma in that direction but not anything like as strong as the majority of others from the West Coast
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:25:44 am
Quote

Fantastic, glass number two coming up.

BTW, where you based Pete?

Edinburgh. A short trip away from the SMWS rooms  ;D  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:26:55 am
Quote

The whisky is in better taste than that comment
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:27:31 am
QuoteDo you guys smell any sweetness, perhaps flowery yet a hint of the peat but not overly strong?

I do not know if you have ever experienced a peat fire/stove but there is certainly an aroma in that direction but not anything like as strong as the majority of others from the West Coast


I'mnot sure about the flowers but perhaps some sweetness. If I was to smell a peat fire I'd think it's smell was that of an Islay whisky, not the other way round.
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:27:35 am
Quote

Edinburgh. A short trip away from the SMWS rooms
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:28:12 am
I like it with a small drop of water (and I mean small)
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:28:23 am
QuoteDo you guys smell any sweetness, perhaps flowery yet a hint of the peat but not overly strong?

I do not know if you have ever experienced a peat fire/stove but there is certainly an aroma in that direction but not anything like as strong as the majority of others from the West Coast

Yes but no flowers.

Can't say I've ever seen a peat fire, but I do know I like this one neat.
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:29:26 am
Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Newcastle.

You're our bitch in the middle!  ;D

Where the hell is Reg?  :-/
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:29:44 am
QuoteI like it with a small drop of water (and I mean small)

Ash, Pete is right. A tiny amount of water brings out all sorts of flavours. Too much just dilutes.
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:30:52 am
I've switched to the SMWS Caol-Ila bottling (53.77) @ 57.7%
The nose is completely different
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:32:40 am
Quote

Ash, Pete is right. A tiny amount of water brings out all sorts of flavours. Too much just dilutes.

God I'm on glass 3 already!  :o

Tiny as in a drop?

Yes you are right, too much the first time.

Jesus, I'm being assaulted!
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:32:50 am
QuoteI've switched to the SMWS Caol-Ila bottling (53.77) @ 57.7%
The nose is completely different

You are going to end up going throgh youre whole collection at this rate.

So tell us. What is there, what is missing and what is new
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:32:58 am
The standard bottle definitely has a sweetness. I notice it now because it is defintely NOT there in the SMWS bottle
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:34:28 am
I think I need to compare this to the other peaty brands I've tried in the past. Usually I only have one bottle on the go at once. Not any more.
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:34:47 am
I've got it guys - tar. There is defintely a smell of fresh tar being laid down
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:35:14 am
QuoteI think I need to compare this to the other peaty brands I've tried in the past. Usually I only have one bottle on the go at once. Not any more.

Oh, you are in for a shock methinks...let us know
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:35:28 am
quote author=BaldiePete

Clever.link=board=food;num=1100819936;start=140#154 date=12/09/04 at 20:34:47]I've got it guys - tar. There is defintely a smell of fresh tar being laid down[/quote]

#Yes, that's it.
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:36:37 am
QuoteI've got it guys - tar. There is defintely a smell of fresh tar being laid down

I have had many argumets about this one but I say almost ALL cask strength has a tar element. However small it may be, it is there I am sure.
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:37:25 am
I'm going to wimp out when I finish this glass by the way.  :(

I've got to go and be sociable with my wife soon (and drink a good dose of Rioja)
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:38:27 am
Quote

I have had many argumets about this one but I say almost ALL cask strength has a tar element. However small it may be, it is there I am sure.


It might come from the casks. Isn't it used somehow in the construction. I could be talking bollox though.  :-/
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:39:23 am
No I'm sure it's there, I can almost taste the drivers armpits!  ;D
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:39:36 am
Quote


It might come from the casks. Isn't it used somehow in the construction. I could be talking bollox though.
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:40:24 am
No seaweed or ozone for me.
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:43:18 am
Less seaweed I'd say but my palate is beginning to suffer so I find it difficult to tell. I've had other SMWS bottles which were very strongly seaweedy, more like a Lagavullin.
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:43:47 am
QuoteNo seaweed or ozone for me.

I think we are on our own
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:44:26 am
My wife has just told me I'm exceptionally sad for tasting whisky online  :( lmao
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:45:04 am
Quote

I think we are on our own
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:45:35 am
QuoteMy wife has just told me I'm exceptionally sad for tasting whisky online
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:45:36 am
Quote

I think we are on our own  :'(

OK, do you taste almonds ?

No but perhaps toffee ??  ???   ???
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:45:39 am
QuoteMy wife has just told me I'm exceptionally sad for tasting whisky online
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:46:31 am
Quote

No no nuts, perhaps I'm not a true Scot after all!
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:46:33 am
No seaweed, no toffee, no much apart from peat!  ;)
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:47:04 am
Quote

No but perhaps toffee ??
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 02:48:11 am
I've just finished my second glass and my daughter wants to use the PC (how dare she!!)

I'm out of here for a while. Time for a glass of wine with the wife ::)
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:48:27 am
Quote

So in summary (you too Pete if you are stil here)...a brief description would be?

Fantastic smell (aroma), and a lovely peaty taste that lingers.

Just got the toffee right at the end.
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:49:49 am
Ok lads, am off too for mt tea.

Fajita's with lashings of wine so come sex time I'll be fuicked!

I do lkike this whiskym, but I need more experience to pick up the subtleties of it.
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:50:50 am
We desperately need a chatrom. This refreshing lark is a pain in the cask  ::)
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:51:23 am
QuoteWe desperately need a chatrom. This refreshing lark is a pain in the cask
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 02:51:53 am
OK guys

Till next time....
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 02:53:13 am
QuoteOK guys

Till next time....

Can't wait!  ;D

Dods, you have your work cut out.
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 15:28:22 pm
Well I have to say I laughed last night as we did this live, but just reading it all back it is with tears in my eyes!

The official line was seaweed, smoky peaty fires, almonds etc.

Pete & I got - a dentist who fishes and hasn't washed his hands, toffee, and a tarmacaddam steamroller driver who doesn't wash either.

How did we even learn to walk?

Oh, and to cap it all, we all tasted different whiskies!  ::)

Please god let us do this again, it was hilarious!  lmao  lmao
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Post by: Reg on December 10, 2004, 16:12:54 pm
QuoteWhere the hell is Reg?
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 16:16:20 pm
Quote
Er, I was at the cinema last night, watching Blade : Trinity, and mighty fine it was too.

I can't do any kind of sync mid-week as I work away (I could do it during the day, but somehow think my Client would not be too impressed!).

Maybe sample a dram with you guys during Christmas week sometime?

Sorry Reg, my misunderstanding, I thought you were around for it. It was great fun, and the whisky was very nice & smooth. With several hints of tastes not on the label!  ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 20:42:42 pm
QuoteWell I have to say I laughed last night as we did this live, but just reading it all back it is with tears in my eyes!

The official line was seaweed, smoky peaty fires, almonds etc.

Pete & I got - a dentist who fishes and hasn't washed his hands, toffee, and a tarmacaddam steamroller driver who doesn't wash either.

How did we even learn to walk?

Oh, and to cap it all, we all tasted different whiskies!  ::)

Please god let us do this again, it was hilarious!  lmao  lmao

Yup, we were rubbish whisky tasters  ::) I think I prefer drinking it while having a conversation about something other than whisky. The problem is I can tell there are different aromas and tastes but other than a general smoky peatiness I can't actually identify them very well. Mind you I though getting tar was good.

Shall we all try and get the same version of the whisky next time  :D
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Post by: Fenix on December 10, 2004, 20:59:50 pm
Wait till I see dods, almonds!!! nice try folks.
how about we all watch Rio at same time while clearing the fridge of all the beer (or in my case, Stella) roundabout Xmas?
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 22:05:57 pm
QuoteWait till I see dods, almonds!!! nice try folks.
how about we all watch Rio at same time while clearing the fridge of all the beer (or in my case, Stella) roundabout Xmas?

Wrong forum triple firewall boy  ::)

Stick to you 'morangie. Perhaps I can persuade Mark R (Ardmore) to give you a personal tour (& perks  ;D )
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Post by: Dods on December 10, 2004, 22:16:41 pm
Quote
Maybe sample a dram with you guys during Christmas week sometime?

Great idea but we need to pick a date soon as things will get hectic (& hazy  ;) ) that week.

Maybe we could get Me, Ash, Reg, Fenix, Pete, Ron and whoever..


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Post by: Ron on December 10, 2004, 22:37:35 pm
Sounds like you guys had loads of fun while I was travelling back from London. Hopefully I can join in next time (and with the correct whisky to taste too). If at all possible, I can add the Michael Jackson tasting notes at the end, so we can see how far we were off. ;)
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 22:52:18 pm
QuoteSounds like you guys had loads of fun while I was travelling back from London. Hopefully I can join in next time (and with the correct whisky to taste too). If at all possible, I can add the Michael Jackson tasting notes at the end, so we can see how far we were off. ;)

At last someone sensible to add to the debate.  ::)

Just ordered my HP18yo which is currently safe & sound in Dubai duty free, blisfully unaware of it's new fate.  ;D

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Post by: BaldiePete on December 10, 2004, 23:05:04 pm
Quote

At last someone sensible to add to the debate.  ::)

Just ordered my HP18yo which is currently safe & sound in Dubai duty free, blisfully unaware of it's new fate.  ;D


Tasting the HP 18YO would be a great idea but I love it so much I'd be even more incoherent than last time.

<pour glass>
<sip>This is good
<sip>really good
what does it taste of ?
<sip> whisky
<pour new glass>
<sip> really nice whisky
<sip> it's lovely
<sip> and smooth
<sip> and it goes down a treat
<pour new glass>
what does it smell like ?
<sip> who cares
<sip>
<sip>
<sip>
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Post by: Ashley on December 10, 2004, 23:10:33 pm
Quote

Tasting the HP 18YO would be a great idea but I love it so much I'd be even more incoherent than last time.

<pour glass>
<sip>This is good
<sip>really good
what does it taste of ?
<sip> whisky
<pour new glass>
<sip> really nice whisky
<sip> it's lovely
<sip> and smooth
<sip> and it goes down a treat
<pour new glass>
what does it smell like ?
<sip> who cares
<sip>
<sip>
<sip>

Maybe, but at least we'd all agree.

Anyway, I think the tasting should be to educate us, and I'd prefer that we got educated on cheaper bottles personally!
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Post by: Slim on December 11, 2004, 01:11:39 am
Quote[size=10]NO NO NO[/size] not ice cubes. >:( That's almost as bad as Neil Peart with his three cubes in his Macallan.

I concur in general - it's criminal.  Alright for a glass of Grants on a hot day, but not in a decent malt.

I wouldn't have any qualms about splashing a couple of ice cubes in The Macallan though (at least the 10YO).  Might take the edge off the syrupy flavour a bit and make it a bit less sticky.
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Post by: Slim on December 11, 2004, 01:17:11 am
QuoteNo seaweed or ozone for me.

Never tried the Caol Ila, but it's an Islay so that's rather surprising.

Sorry I missed a Scotch sync!  I don't visit Bacchus' Plateau a great deal, can someone PM me if there's another one?  Cheers!
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Post by: Ashley on December 11, 2004, 01:36:11 am
Quote

Never tried the Caol Ila, but it's an Islay so that's rather surprising.

Sorry I missed a Scotch sync!
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Post by: Ron on December 11, 2004, 02:25:15 am
QuoteAnyway, I think the tasting should be to educate us, and I'd prefer that we got educated on cheaper bottles personally!

Well, with your school system, you should know the best education is costing you a fortune, right? ;D
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Post by: Ashley on December 11, 2004, 05:46:54 am
Quote

Well, with your school system, you should know the best education is costing you a fortune, right? ;D


Cheers Ron.  ;)

I reckon wiothin a few weeks I will have at least a dozen malts, and still be unable to tell what they taste of!  ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 11, 2004, 16:06:06 pm
Quote


Cheers Ron.  ;)

I reckon wiothin a few weeks I will have at least a dozen malts, and still be unable to tell what they taste of!  ;D


I predict they'll taste of whisky  ;D  ::) ;D
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Post by: Ron on December 11, 2004, 18:08:00 pm
Just bought a 12 yr and an 18 yr old Highland Park today.
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Post by: Dods on December 12, 2004, 20:10:56 pm
QuoteJust bought a 12 yr and an 18 yr old Highland Park today.

Just finished an 18yr old last night  ::)

Shopping time  ;D
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Post by: Ron on December 12, 2004, 22:00:48 pm
Just opened the 18 yr old HP and sipping on my first dram. Nice indeed. ;D
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Post by: Dods on December 13, 2004, 00:52:30 am
QuoteJust opened the 18 yr old HP and sipping on my first dram. Nice indeed. ;D

Jealous
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Post by: Dods on December 13, 2004, 00:53:17 am
I know - the Old Pulteney  :D
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Post by: Ashley on December 13, 2004, 20:02:07 pm
QuoteI know - the Old Pulteney
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Post by: Bob on December 14, 2004, 14:55:54 pm
Well I spent
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Post by: Dods on December 14, 2004, 16:42:17 pm
QuoteWell I spent
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Post by: Kaitsu M. on December 15, 2004, 02:45:28 am
Haa...  ;D  here's the forum for me!

Any idea about the new Talisker 18y... Anyone tried it yet?

And is there any first hand knowledge about Bruichladdich 3D?

I have a bottle of both, which one first??


A also share a part (1/6) of a hogs head maturing at Bruichladdich on Islay. Visited the cask after Glasgow gig. Ready to be bottled y. 201X, or later.

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Post by: Bob on December 15, 2004, 03:24:27 am
Quote

I am no great fan the the wetern isles whisky either. I guess that is no surprise growing up and living on the worlds ONLY Whisky Trail - the North East of Scotland ;D


Christ I wish someone would of told me how shit islay really is ;)

I was saying to stew that in all the time we have been going to breeze block city (aberdeen) we could of gone on the whisky trail...I tell you..wasted years..wasted ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 15, 2004, 03:30:54 am
QuoteWell I spent
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 15, 2004, 03:32:32 am
Quote

I am no great fan the the wetern isles whisky either. I guess that is no surprise growing up and living on the worlds ONLY Whisky Trail - the North East of Scotland ;D


Speyside is to subtle for my tastes  ;)   ;D
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Post by: Bob on December 15, 2004, 03:37:34 am
lmao...to say I've only had one glass out of the islay you can buy it off me for
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Post by: Ashley on December 15, 2004, 04:42:04 am
QuoteHaa...
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 15, 2004, 04:57:00 am
Quote

No idea which to try first, but this is definitely the place fore you.
 ;D


Especially if you can tell the difference between the aromas of tar and almonds  lmao
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Post by: Ashley on December 15, 2004, 12:27:42 pm
Quote


Especially if you can tell the difference between the aromas of tar and almonds
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Post by: Ashley on December 17, 2004, 17:04:47 pm
AAAaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhhh

Dubai duty free only has the 12yo!  :-[  :'(
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Post by: Ron on December 18, 2004, 03:08:31 am
QuoteChrist I wish someone would of told me how shit islay really is ;)

Blasphemy!!! ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 18, 2004, 05:36:47 am
Stone her  ;D
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Post by: Bob on December 18, 2004, 06:16:07 am
kiss my arse ;)  :-*
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Post by: Ashley on December 18, 2004, 16:28:37 pm
Quotekiss my arse ;)
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Post by: Ashley on December 18, 2004, 16:29:31 pm
Anyway, how's about a new tasting.

What about an evening next week when we all are around, maybe a tad later in the night?
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 18, 2004, 16:46:41 pm
Could be another farce  ::)
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Post by: Ashley on December 18, 2004, 18:52:33 pm
QuoteCould be another farce
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Post by: Slim on December 18, 2004, 21:01:38 pm
QuoteI thought it was disgusting, it had more of a taste of TCP than anything else

That's exactly how my older brother describes the Talisker and the Laphroaig; he doesn't like Islays (although the Talisker is actually from the Isle Of Skye, it's very similar)

QuoteOh well I am not wasting anymore money and will stick to what I know ;) I have a Laphraig(sp?) to try next ;)

Oh dear .. :D


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Post by: Dods on December 20, 2004, 20:28:01 pm
Hello all, I am back after a few days 'out of commission'  ;)

Talisker Sync.....yuk

Perhaps Baldie Boy or Ron would like to chair this one ?

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Post by: BaldiePete on December 20, 2004, 22:59:26 pm
QuoteHello all, I am back after a few days 'out of commission'  ;)

Talisker Sync.....yuk

Perhaps Baldie Boy or Ron would like to chair this one ?



I don't have any Talisker. How about Highland Park ?
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Post by: Ron on December 21, 2004, 01:14:51 am
QuoteI don't have any Talisker. How about Highland Park ?

Fine with me. I have the 12 and 18 yr old now.
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 21, 2004, 02:45:11 am
Quote

Fine with me. I have the 12 and 18 yr old now.


I've got both as well. How about you Ash ?
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Post by: Dods on December 21, 2004, 16:07:15 pm
NOW WE ARE TALKING  :D

Ash usually has a crateful of the stuff  :o
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Post by: Ashley on December 21, 2004, 16:10:55 pm
Quote

I've got both as well. How about you Ash ?

Shit boys, Dubai didn't have the 18yo (don't you lot ever read my posats - I am Admin you know!  ;)), and so no joy there, and I have asked for the 12yo for xmas, so I won't have until the 25th.

I also don't know about Slim whether he has any of them?

Oh feck it, I'll buy them both today & hide the feckers.

It is HP after all.  ;D  ;D  8)
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Post by: Ashley on December 21, 2004, 21:34:19 pm
Just bought the two of them.

Lock & load.
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Post by: Dods on December 21, 2004, 23:08:21 pm
QuoteJust bought the two of them.

Lock & load.
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Post by: Ashley on December 22, 2004, 00:11:31 am
They all seemd a tad expensive for piss juice if you ask me?
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Post by: Bob on December 22, 2004, 01:17:58 am
Guys I liked Talisker...I thought i wouldn't but I think its much better than the other Islay I tried...it still had a peaty taste but wasn't so strong.

So I've asked for some for Christmas, I didn't get a Laphraig (sp?) and would I like Highland park if I prefer Glenfiddich and Macallan?

Are we also going to look at Irish Whisky as well? Jonno and Bob bought us a 12YO bottle of Bushmills and I think its great stuff.
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 22, 2004, 02:54:47 am
QuoteJust bought the two of them.

Lock & load.  ;D

In the same shop, they had the following, any good and how's the price?

Auchentoshan 21yo
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Post by: Ron on December 22, 2004, 02:56:13 am
QuotePort Ellen Sherry Cask 21yo
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Post by: Ron on December 22, 2004, 02:57:31 am
QuoteGuys I liked Talisker...I thought i wouldn't but I think its much better than the other Islay I tried...it still had a peaty taste but wasn't so strong.

So I've asked for some for Christmas, I didn't get a Laphraig (sp?) and would I like Highland park if I prefer Glenfiddich and Macallan?

Are we also going to look at Irish Whisky as well? Jonno and Bob bought us a 12YO bottle of Bushmills and I think its great stuff.

If you don't like the dry, peaty taste of the Islays, Bob, then Laphroaigh might not be a good one for you. HP is much better then.
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 22, 2004, 03:00:18 am
QuoteGuys I liked Talisker...I thought i wouldn't but I think its much better than the other Islay I tried...it still had a peaty taste but wasn't so strong.

So I've asked for some for Christmas, I didn't get a Laphraig (sp?) and would I like Highland park if I prefer Glenfiddich and Macallan?

Are we also going to look at Irish Whisky as well? Jonno and Bob bought us a 12YO bottle of Bushmills and I think its great stuff.

You should like Highland Park. It's smokey but not nearly as peaty as the Islay whiskies. If you get the 18YO though it will spoil you for the 12YO  :-/

BTW, Talisker is not an Islay, it's from Skye. ;)

When is this going to happen ? After tomorrow I'm not free till after Christmas. I have to go to M+S late Thursday night to buy veg for the Christmas meal so I wont be drinking till I get back (at least 10.30)
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Post by: Bob on December 22, 2004, 03:18:23 am
Cheers Baldiepete,

The talisker had a taste simillar to the Islay but it wasn't as strong.

I can't do a sync till after christmas with you guys but I will certainly be doing it with peeps coming over during christmas. ;D
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Post by: Ashley on December 22, 2004, 13:10:01 pm
Quote

Port Ellen is lovely stuff and is a bargain at
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Post by: Dods on December 22, 2004, 14:56:45 pm
Quote

Yep full bottle.

Ooooh, if I'd knbown it was a bargain for an Islay I'd have been seriously tempted yesterday.

I'll have another look in the New Year.
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Post by: Ashley on December 23, 2004, 13:05:04 pm
Well looks like I'll be doing a private tasting this Christmas.  ;D
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Post by: Dods on December 24, 2004, 01:47:44 am
QuoteThey all seemd a tad expensive for piss juice if you ask me?
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 24, 2004, 02:16:26 am
I've got to do the Xmas Vegetable Run to Marks+Spencer later so I can't do anything until after 10pm.
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Post by: Dods on December 24, 2004, 04:33:53 am
Fancy an HP Pete ?
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 24, 2004, 06:09:20 am
QuoteFancy an HP Pete ?


I ALWAYS fancy an HP but it's too late for me now. Having struggled down to M+S earlier I'm now enjoying a non-filtered Arran Malt. Since this is Scotland's newest distillery (1995 IIRC) nothing it currently has on sale can be more than 9 years old although they are slightly sneaky by giving no hint of its age. It is very nice, a light slightly sweet whisky which I could easily guzzle in large quantities with unfortunate consequences.  ;)
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Post by: Ashley on December 24, 2004, 15:07:26 pm
well chaps, I am always up for it.

Was out at the Basketball last night so missed your excitement!  ::)

How about a date & time next week, Monday anyone?
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Post by: Dixkot on December 25, 2004, 02:52:59 am
Was in the drinks cupboard to get a whisky to leave for Santa [no milk in this house] and came across an unopened LAGAVULIN 16 YEAR OLD that I got as a 40th present [I'm 42 in March].

Had a wee sample to see if it was fit for Santa and it blew me away.  Not usually a fan of peaty Islays but this stuff is superb.  Very peaty with a very 'medicinal' after taste.  Santa's gonna have fun tonight. ;D ;)
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Post by: Ashley on December 25, 2004, 13:37:19 pm
Don't you ever clean your cupboads out then?  ::)
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Post by: Ron on December 25, 2004, 13:40:22 pm
Looks like we have a new convert. But blimey, having a Lagavulin in the house, unopened for two years, hard to imagine. ;)
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Post by: Ashley on December 25, 2004, 14:42:54 pm
QuoteLooks like we have a new convert. But blimey, having a Lagavulin in the house, unopened for two years, hard to imagine. ;)

I agree, but when you look closer Ron, he say's this was his drinks cupboard!  :o How bleeding big is his drinks cupboard? ;D
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Post by: Ron on December 25, 2004, 15:21:12 pm
QuoteI agree, but when you look closer Ron, he say's this was his drinks cupboard!  :o How bleeding big is his drinks cupboard? ;D

Looking at his 'what are you drinking?' post count, I'd say it is at least the size of his attic. ;D
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Post by: Dixkot on December 25, 2004, 22:28:30 pm
QuoteDon't you ever clean your cupboads out then?
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 26, 2004, 03:32:45 am
26 bottles  :o  :o  :o

Surely you should have got 40  ::)  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on December 27, 2004, 16:13:57 pm
Well I would have loves 26 bottles of malt for my 40th!  :o

But I'm not doing badly for a novice  ;)

Highland Park 12yo
Highland Park 18yo
Old Pultney 12yo
Lagavulin 16yo
Caol Ila 12yo
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 13yo cask 76.33

Do they sell Malts cheap in the sales?
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Post by: Bob on December 27, 2004, 16:43:27 pm
If you have a Waitrose near to you they are selling all their malts with up to a tenner off the price. Islays which are usually
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Post by: Dixkot on December 27, 2004, 22:46:11 pm
Quote
Do they sell Malts cheap in the sales?

My local Tesco is doing
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Post by: Dods on December 29, 2004, 03:19:57 am
Quote

My local Tesco is doing
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Post by: Dods on December 29, 2004, 03:26:29 am
WE NEED A SYNC GUYS

Wednesday 2030hrs
 or
Thursday 2030hrs

Perhaps NOT Friday
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 29, 2004, 03:38:53 am
Thursday should be OK for me. I have HP 12 and 18 YO and by Thursday I may have an SMWS bottle as well
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Post by: Ron on December 29, 2004, 03:51:27 am
Thursday we have dinner guests, so a no go for me.
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Post by: Ashley on December 29, 2004, 14:54:23 pm
QuoteThursday we have dinner guests, so a no go for me.

I can do tonight but only after the game, so @ 11.00 or even later.

Thursday I go off for a couple of days so no go there.
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Post by: Bob on December 29, 2004, 15:15:45 pm
I have to do it after New Year chaps, Henk is here and so we're having our own mini sych ;)

I'm getting my bottle of HP probably next week when I go shopping :)
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Post by: Bob on December 29, 2004, 15:16:56 pm
How about doing a synch on the 8th Jan at 10pm?
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 29, 2004, 16:05:12 pm
The 8th is OK for me
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Post by: Ashley on December 29, 2004, 16:31:55 pm
Me too.  ;D
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Post by: Ron on December 29, 2004, 17:47:46 pm
QuoteI have to do it after New Year chaps, Henk is here and so we're having our own mini sych ;)

Careful with Big Hank over there. Don
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Post by: Bob on December 31, 2004, 05:44:32 am
its more like the other way round!

Hes the one whos plying us with Jagermeister ;) ;D
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Post by: Ron on December 31, 2004, 13:39:43 pm
Quoteits more like the other way round!

Hes the one whos plying us with Jagermeister ;) ;D

Yeah, he seems to be converting the whole of the UK singlehandedly to drinking Jagermeister. ;)
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Post by: Henk on December 31, 2004, 16:10:57 pm
Well somebody has got to do it .......  ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 31, 2004, 23:58:46 pm
Went down to the SMWS today. Came back with a bottle of 12YO Scapa @ 62.4%.  ;D

Number 17 for any SMWS members.
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Post by: Dixkot on January 01, 2005, 00:51:14 am
The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old will be getting well and truely horsed tonight. ;D
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on January 01, 2005, 01:15:08 am
Hopefully midnight will see me with a nice glass of Highland Park, courtesy of good old daddy ;D Whilst his other guests get the cheap stuff!!
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 01, 2005, 01:32:22 am
QuoteHopefully midnight will see me with a nice glass of Highland Park, courtesy of good old daddy ;D Whilst his other guests get the cheap stuff!!


Quite right, keep the good stuff to yourself, especially if the other guests don't appreciate the difference  ;)
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Post by: Dods on January 01, 2005, 17:56:01 pm
QuoteWent down to the SMWS today. Came back with a bottle of 12YO Scapa @ 62.4%.
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Post by: Dixkot on January 01, 2005, 21:36:20 pm
QuoteThe Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old will be getting well and truely horsed tonight. ;D

Went down so well that I felt obliged to drink 3/4 of the bottle.
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Post by: Ashley on January 02, 2005, 21:26:41 pm
Well, NYE and between three of us we demolished a rather nice bottle of 10yo Auchentoshan.

Plus I got my Michael Jackson Malt Whisky Companion, ooh I am getting into all this!  ::)
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Post by: Dods on January 05, 2005, 21:28:59 pm
QuoteWell, NYE and between three of us we demolished a rather nice bottle of 10yo Auchentoshan.

Plus I got my Michael Jackson Malt Whisky Companion, ooh I am getting into all this!
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Post by: Ashley on January 05, 2005, 21:50:58 pm
Quote

I have created a monster
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Post by: Ashley on January 07, 2005, 00:43:38 am
So is it this Saturday at 8pm for the HP then?
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 07, 2005, 01:14:15 am
I'm not going to make it. I've been invited round to some friends for a drink (you know, with real people  ;) ) so I'll be tanning someone elses whisky on Saturday  lmao

How about tomorrow ?
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Post by: Dods on January 07, 2005, 16:57:26 pm
QuoteI'm not going to make it. I've been invited round to some friends for a drink (you know, with real people
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Post by: Ashley on January 07, 2005, 17:12:17 pm
Ok then, I shall review it myself & type as I find! (hic)  ::)
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Post by: Bob on January 09, 2005, 07:37:46 am
Well I was out eating so I apologise but my Macallan (12YO) is pretty good ;)
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Post by: Ashley on January 09, 2005, 15:45:22 pm
Soz, I was too pissed on wine to remember!  :-[
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Post by: Bob on January 09, 2005, 15:58:54 pm
doesn't suprise me ;D
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Post by: Ron on January 09, 2005, 17:02:09 pm
QuoteSoz, I was too pissed on wine to remember!  :-[

Almost the same here. ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 16, 2005, 05:56:59 am
Just got back from the SMWS at the Vaults here in Edinburgh.
Between my wife and myself we had the following.

50 - Bladnoch
76 - Mortlach
114 - Longrow (?)
121 - Arran
30 - Glenrothes
21 - Glenglassaugh (never heard of that one)
22 - Glenkinchie

The Longrow was incredible. Absolutely blew my head off, especially as I had it when I was eating haggis, neeps and tatties  ;D

Haggis and whisky were made for each other   ::)
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Post by: Ron on January 16, 2005, 17:31:33 pm
Longrow is a special Springbank, if I remember correctly. Every once in a while, the folks from Springbank produce this special whisky. Nice one indeed.
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 16, 2005, 17:50:30 pm
QuoteLongrow is a special Springbank, if I remember correctly. Every once in a while, the folks from Springbank produce this special whisky. Nice one indeed.


That's right. Springbank do their own malting and when they are making Longrow they dry the malt exclusively using peated fires. For Sprinbank it's partly peat fire and partly hot air and for the gentler Hazelburn expression they don't use any peat in the drying process (and triple distill the whisky as well).

The Longrow was hot and peppery and went superbly with haggis.
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Post by: Ashley on January 16, 2005, 19:24:21 pm
QuoteWell I would have loves 26 bottles of malt for my 40th!
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Post by: Ashley on January 16, 2005, 19:25:31 pm
I also have @
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Post by: Ashley on January 20, 2005, 16:08:52 pm
Budget just been upped to
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Post by: Bob on January 20, 2005, 22:11:04 pm
lmao

Looks like we may have to get a fund going for a new liver for Ash ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 20, 2005, 23:47:04 pm
QuoteBudget just been upped to
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Post by: Ashley on January 21, 2005, 05:03:28 am
Well just spent
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 21, 2005, 06:16:45 am
QuoteWell just spent
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Post by: Ashley on January 21, 2005, 15:41:25 pm
Well, it's not my cash & so I am quite happy with it.

I had to buy all malts from this shop as the manager is doing the tasting for me.

If there is any left, you & I can try the Macallan on the 16th.  ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 21, 2005, 20:00:18 pm
QuoteWell, it's not my cash & so I am quite happy with it.

I had to buy all malts from this shop as the manager is doing the tasting for me.

If there is any left, you & I can try the Macallan on the 16th.
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Post by: Ashley on January 21, 2005, 21:26:16 pm
I'm banking on less than half even bothering, my main concern is that the chap from Oddbins doesn't give them too much.
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 21, 2005, 21:46:35 pm
If it's pub measures (25 ml) you'll get 28 drams from a 70cl bottle. You should be able to calculate how much will be left over. If the guy is just pouring it out he's bound to pour larger measures, since 25ml is such a pitiful amount.
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Post by: Ashley on January 21, 2005, 22:20:09 pm
Agreed Pete, but three malts would floor many people especially after the pre-dinner drinks & table wine all evening, so I doubt they will be full measures.
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Post by: Dods on January 24, 2005, 21:42:55 pm
Quote

Bleuergh. I hate Glen Orangie

BTW Glen Orangie is not from the same part of Scotland as The Macallan.
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 28, 2005, 05:52:30 am
Quote

Indeed it is pretty pants (& recently sold!) but these guys won't care and Ash needs something to put his coke in  :o


Glen Orangie had just bought the SMWS which was controversial in itself. Who knows what the new owners will do with it ?

Now drinking - SMWS Scapa  - lovely  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on January 28, 2005, 06:02:34 am
Well, apparently those bloody corporate buggers got pissed as farts on MY Scotch!  >:(

I'm left with @ 1/5th of the Macallan and @ 1/3rd of a bottle of the Ardbeg.  :'(

Luckily the Glenmorangie was totalled so that's all gone!

Apparently a good fecking hellish time was had by all!  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on January 28, 2005, 06:19:25 am
Tried the Macallan 18yo, it was quite nice, but a bit savage on the roof of my mouth.

I'll try to keep you some Pete.  ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 28, 2005, 22:29:51 pm
QuoteTried the Macallan 18yo, it was quite nice, but a bit savage on the roof of my mouth.

I'll try to keep you some Pete.  ;)


Are you sure that wasn't the Ardbeg ?  ;)

I hope to get some Port Ellen before April. It's my favourite whisky (at least it is this week ;D ). If I have any left I'll bring you down a sample at the Newcastle piss-up but you'll have to have it before you drink anything else. It would be a crime to drink it after your tastebuds were ruined by beer and curry  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on January 28, 2005, 23:29:44 pm
Quote
Are you sure that wasn't the Ardbeg ?
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Post by: Dods on February 09, 2005, 20:10:44 pm
I used to call The Ardbeg The Old Bag...

Are you trying that later too?
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Post by: Ashley on February 10, 2005, 16:14:28 pm
QuoteI used to call The Ardbeg The Old Bag...

Are you trying that later too?

 ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 14, 2005, 02:48:03 am
My wife just won the lottery bonus ball competition at her work and got
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Post by: Ron on February 14, 2005, 04:05:22 am
My merchant still has some Port Ellen.

Now sipping: Lagavulin Double Matured.
Yum
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Post by: Dods on February 15, 2005, 22:30:02 pm
I am currently going through a major phase of Glenlivet
Yum too
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 18, 2005, 02:59:43 am
Finished my Highland Park 18 YO last night  :'(  :'(
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Post by: Slim on February 19, 2005, 01:44:02 am
I tried a bottle of the Aberlour 10YO last week - at
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 19, 2005, 02:09:39 am
QuoteI tried a bottle of the Aberlour 10YO last week - at
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Post by: Ron on February 19, 2005, 05:29:09 am
Aberlour at cask strength is a great drink, way better than the regular stuff.

I have the 15 yr old here and it is quite a nice dram, but still a bit sweet and 'soft' as far as I'm concerned.
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Post by: Slim on February 19, 2005, 06:38:08 am
QuoteBTW it may need more time in the cask not the bottle. A whisky stops maturing when it is bottled since the maturation is a process involving reaction with the wood of the cask and the air in the warehouse where the casks are stored.

lol I meant to type 'barrel', so I'm surprised to see, on reading your post, that I'd typed 'bottle'.  Did I? (checks - yep ;D)
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Post by: Ashley on February 19, 2005, 15:34:53 pm
Quote

lol I meant to type 'barrel', so I'm surprised to see, on reading your post, that I'd typed 'bottle'.
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Post by: Ashley on February 19, 2005, 19:58:36 pm
Time for a wee dram in synch methinks.

Any takers for tonight?  ;)
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Post by: Ron on February 19, 2005, 23:05:58 pm
If I can still crawl upstairs after the bottle of Italian wine, I might join the synch. ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 19, 2005, 23:09:59 pm
QuoteTime for a wee dram in synch methinks.

Any takers for tonight?  ;)


Definitely not  :(

I have my 5 year old niece and 1 year old nephew staying tonight and the room the PC is in is needed for the wee one to sleep in.
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Post by: Ashley on February 20, 2005, 16:13:57 pm
Tonight then?  ;)
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Post by: Bob on February 21, 2005, 21:21:26 pm
yeah what we drinking?
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Post by: Ashley on March 03, 2005, 04:50:09 am
I'm on the Highland Park 18yo and it is lovely.

Slight drop of water.
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Post by: BaldiePete on March 03, 2005, 05:05:47 am
QuoteI'm on the Highland Park 18yo and it is lovely.

Slight drop of water.


I've still not got a new bottle  :'(
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Post by: Ashley on March 03, 2005, 05:23:48 am
I have and it's time for round 2.  ;D
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Post by: Slim on March 04, 2005, 00:17:07 am
A blended Scotch called Bailie Nicol Jarvie caught my eye in Asda today. Considering the price, it would appear to have pretentions above its station womewhat, with a very attractive, vintage style label and a cork stopper - it was only
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Post by: BaldiePete on March 04, 2005, 00:23:54 am
I've never had any (I'm a total whisky snob and only buy malts  lmao ) but it should be a cut above the average as it contains more malts than most blends.

Some details here.
http://www.glenmorangieplc.com/portfolio/bnj.asp
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Post by: Slim on March 04, 2005, 00:46:43 am
I normally buy single malts myself, typically Glenlivet or Laphroaig, depending on mood. But if I can't find one for less than
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Post by: Dods on March 04, 2005, 19:03:54 pm
QuoteI normally buy single malts myself, typically Glenlivet or Laphroaig, depending on mood. But if I can't find one for less than
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Post by: Slim on March 05, 2005, 03:04:42 am
Not unless it's a particularly good investment ;D

Even then I'd probably end up drinking it. Of course, I'd only pour the very best brand of Cola into it - I find a splash of Pepsi helps to bring out the taste in a good malt, especially with a couple of ice cubes.
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Post by: BaldiePete on March 05, 2005, 03:22:33 am
QuoteNot unless it's a particularly good investment ;D

Even then I'd probably end up drinking it. Of course, I'd only pour the very best brand of Cola into it - I find a splash of Pepsi helps to bring out the taste in a good malt, especially with a couple of ice cubes.


 lmao  lmao  lmao

Nah, Red Bull - that's the mixer for an expensive malt  ;)
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Post by: Bob on March 07, 2005, 23:54:17 pm
Are you guys not rock hard to drink it neat? ;)

I was in Threshers on friday and the assistant was trying to sell me this
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Post by: BaldiePete on March 08, 2005, 00:10:21 am
I didn't know such a thing existed  :-/
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Post by: Bob on March 08, 2005, 02:08:54 am
neither did I in all honesty so I'm a bit suspious  :-/
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Post by: Slim on March 08, 2005, 18:55:12 pm
I remember hearing a news report about it in 1984 - it does exist, or at least it did then. The person being interviewed, from a company which was marketing the stuff, claimed the Welsh had actually invented whisky, that whisky was being made in Wales before the first distillery was established in Scotland. Make of that what you will ..

Just found this site: http://www.welsh-whisky.co.uk/ - looks like they've just started marketing a brand of Welsh whisky this month. They claim that it's a return to whisky distilling in Wales after an absence of 100 years, which clearly isn't correct, unless my memory is playing tricks.

I bet it's really just extraterritorial 'Scotch' with a marketing angle.

Anyone ever tried Suntory by the way, a Japanese brand, but intended as a Scotch 'replica' if you will, ie with no pretence to be part of a long-established whisky-making tradition? It's not bad at all.
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Post by: BaldiePete on March 08, 2005, 23:40:33 pm
Quote
Anyone ever tried Suntory by the way, a Japanese brand, but intended as a Scotch 'replica' if you will, ie with no pretence to be part of a long-established whisky-making tradition? It's not bad at all.

Not tried it but I have heard that many of the Japanese "scotch replicas" are very good. The Scotch Malt Whisky society has a few bottles but I've never tried it.
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Post by: Ron on March 09, 2005, 03:10:45 am
Tried the Suntory once. Not bad, but not something special either.
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Post by: Ashley on March 09, 2005, 03:53:40 am
I weas in the Metro Centre today, and came across this new shop.

http://www.whiskyshop.com/

Anyone esle  know these shops?
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Post by: Dods on March 09, 2005, 20:20:55 pm
QuoteI weas in the Metro Centre today, and came across this new shop.

http://www.whiskyshop.com/

Anyone esle
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Post by: BaldiePete on March 09, 2005, 23:51:34 pm
QuoteI weas in the Metro Centre today, and came across this new shop.

http://www.whiskyshop.com/

Anyone esle  know these shops?


There's one in Edinburgh. As well as all the usual stuff they sell "sample bottles" of a whole range of malts. These bottles are only 200ml so they allow you to try a few different whiskies without breaking the bank.
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Post by: Bob on March 11, 2005, 01:34:00 am
Quote



(That's my mountain in the graphic)


Got the deeds of ownership for it eh? ;)
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Post by: Dods on March 11, 2005, 19:49:10 pm
Quote


Got the deeds of ownership for it eh? ;)

Unfortunatley not but I still think it is mine. It means a lot in these parts does Bennachie.
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Post by: BaldiePete on March 12, 2005, 19:02:03 pm
So what is a dram ?

I got this from the Iain Banks book "Raw Spirit" who was told it by one of the distillery guys at the Isle Of Jura distillery.

A measure of whisky that is pleasing to both the guest and host

Very Scottish  ;)
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Post by: Ron on March 12, 2005, 19:05:32 pm
My merchant will get a nice collection of rare malts later this week. I think I have to avoid his place for a little while. ;D
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Post by: Ashley on March 27, 2005, 21:58:26 pm
Highland Park 25yo, bottle for me & one for Dods (providing he coughs up the dosh!)  ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on March 28, 2005, 04:38:45 am
QuoteHighland Park 25yo, bottle for me & one for Dods (providing he coughs up the dosh!)  ;D


Nice, If he doesn't I will  ;)
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Post by: Dods on March 29, 2005, 21:47:16 pm
Quote


Nice, If he doesn't I will
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Post by: BaldiePete on March 29, 2005, 23:29:04 pm
Quote

Nae chance laddie. However, I will be collecting it at the gathering in a couple of weeks....oh dear.

You'd better hide it in your room. It'll be wasted on the drunken rabble at the Newcastle do. Of course if it was sampled before the vast consumption of beer that would be a different matter  ;)


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Post by: Dods on March 30, 2005, 20:14:19 pm
I wouldn't want to open the seal just in case it unscrewed on the way home in transit  ;)

But then again

Maybe's Aye ,  Maybe's No
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Post by: Ashley on March 30, 2005, 22:14:47 pm
Just checked,
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Post by: Dods on March 30, 2005, 22:20:53 pm
I told you so but I did not realise at the time (half pissed) that it was
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Post by: BaldiePete on March 30, 2005, 23:26:23 pm
A friend has just come back from a skiing holiday in Canada and he got me a bottle of HP 18YO at the airport. Since he's a BAA shareholder he gets a discount so it was only
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Post by: Ashley on March 31, 2005, 06:49:34 am
QuoteA friend has just come back from a skiing holiday in Canada and he got me a bottle of HP 18YO at the airport. Since he's a BAA shareholder he gets a discount so it was only
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Post by: Dods on March 31, 2005, 17:23:05 pm
I have heard a few folks with that opinion.

You can shove yer 25yr old up yer....

Well I actually rather like it.  :)
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Post by: Ashley on April 04, 2005, 05:26:42 am
Lagavulin 16yo.

This is fantastic stuff, my taste exactly.
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Post by: Ashley on April 04, 2005, 05:27:25 am
I have the option of another duty free this week, I'm thinking Laphroig!  ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on April 04, 2005, 05:45:21 am
I may bring some Port Ellen down to Newcastle in my trusty hip-flask ;D

It has to be tasted before you eat any curry though
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Post by: Ron on April 04, 2005, 13:10:30 pm
If you like the Lagavulin Ashley (and I agree, it is great indeed), try the Double Matured. Even better than the regular stuff.
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Post by: Dods on April 04, 2005, 14:55:17 pm
Yuk. Sorry guys but just NOT my thing.
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Post by: Ashley on April 04, 2005, 14:57:08 pm
QuoteIf you like the Lagavulin Ashley (and I agree, it is great indeed), try the Double Matured. Even better than the regular stuff.

Label details please?  ;)
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Post by: Ron on April 04, 2005, 15:12:09 pm
Lagavulin - The Distillers Edition - Double Matured.
I currently have a 1984 and 1987 over here.

http://www.whiskymag.com/whisky/brand/lagavulin/whisky591.html

For some info.
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Post by: Bob on April 05, 2005, 04:00:02 am
QuoteYuk. Sorry guys but just NOT my thing.

With you on that one ;)
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Post by: Ron on April 05, 2005, 23:36:10 pm
Quote

With you on that one ;)

That just leaves more for us. I won't complain. ;D
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Post by: Ashley on April 06, 2005, 04:36:05 am
Another tasting tonight methinks!  ;)
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Post by: Ashley on April 06, 2005, 05:35:31 am
Macallan 18yo methinks!

What a beautiful aroma, gorgeous smell to this one.

Lovely "warm" taste initially, as usual too many tastes to describe adequately.

I need more practice!  ;D

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Post by: Slim on April 06, 2005, 08:56:57 am
Hope it's a lot better than the 10YO, which I found rather unsatisfying.
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Post by: Ashley on April 06, 2005, 14:50:06 pm
QuoteHope it's a lot better than the 10YO, which I found rather unsatisfying.

I too am no fan of the standard bottling. This one is a lot nicer, but at
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Post by: Dods on April 06, 2005, 20:51:13 pm
I am no fan of any Macallan that I have tasted. It is not that I dislike it, I just dont seem to be able to distinguish the tastes.

A mental block methinks (no comments)
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Post by: Ashley on April 07, 2005, 05:20:37 am
Time for another one.  ;D

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 13yo cask 76.33

Shit, this has a very distinctive nose and I cannot place the aroma!  >:(

God the taste EXPLODES in your mouth. HUGE flavours!

Tar, slight Liquorice, and a stack of other stuff!  ::)

God, this is hard.
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Post by: Ashley on April 07, 2005, 05:27:33 am
Ooops, cask strength, I forgot to add water!  :-[

Much smoother.  ;D
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Post by: Dods on April 19, 2005, 20:24:35 pm
Can somebody please remind me what we had at the illicit tasting in Newcastle?
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Post by: BaldiePete on April 19, 2005, 22:40:39 pm
QuoteCan somebody please remind me what we had the the illicit tasting in Newcastle?


Macallan 18 YO
Port Ellen 21YO
SMWS Bottle 76 (Mortlach) - I don't know the age

plus Becs had some Glen Garioch 15YO in a hip flask.
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Post by: Stoofah on April 19, 2005, 23:27:13 pm
Quote


Macallan 18 YO
Port Ellen 21YO
SMWS Bottle 76 (Mortlach) - I don't know the age

plus Becs had some Glen Garioch 15YO in a hip flask.

They all finished me off - but which one did I like best??

 ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on April 20, 2005, 00:30:00 am
Quote

They all finished me off - but which one did I like best??

;D


You didn't like the Port Ellen, nor did Becs. Bloody heathens, that's what I say lmao

I think you preferred the Macallan but my memory is a little hazy  :-/
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Post by: Dods on April 20, 2005, 16:09:11 pm
Mortlach, Mortlach, Mortlach......

YUMMY in my tummy  ;D
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Post by: Ron on April 20, 2005, 16:48:16 pm
QuoteYou didn't like the Port Ellen, nor did Becs. Bloody heathens, that's what I say lmao

My wife actually likes the peaty Islay ones. I cannot say what I find worse. ;D
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Post by: Ashley on April 25, 2005, 00:53:44 am
Oh dear!

Far too many malts in the bar in Glenrothes this weekend, so we tasted quite a few (@ 10 per evening  :o).

I have absolutely no recollection of how any of them tasted, I just recall my horror at my round being the
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Post by: BaldiePete on April 25, 2005, 01:07:26 am
QuoteOh dear!

I just recall my horror at my round being the
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Post by: Dods on April 25, 2005, 18:38:25 pm
Quote
By the way, I bought a bottle of Mortlach 16YO today (that's distillery 76 from the SMWS) which I'll be trying later.

Excellent choice young man!

Had some in the pub last night
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Post by: Ashley on April 29, 2005, 21:42:12 pm
A nice young man called Jon Dahms brought me a lovely bottle of the Macallan 10yo on Wednesday.  ;D

More choice!  ::)
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Post by: BaldiePete on April 29, 2005, 22:14:21 pm
I'm hoping to get down to the SMWS on Saturday before going to see Billy Connolly (and if I'm quick after the gig as well ;D)
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Post by: Dixkot on May 03, 2005, 06:30:05 am
QuoteI'm hoping to get down to the SMWS on Saturday before going to see Billy Connolly (and if I'm quick after the gig as well ;D)

Get drunk before the concert.  It will appear funnier that way.  ;D ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 03, 2005, 23:06:08 pm
Quote

Get drunk before the concert.  It will appear funnier that way.  ;D ;)


I had three SMWS drams beforehand. Distillery 29 (Laphroaig) - a lot of carbolic and iodine, Distillery 76 (Mortlach), - mollasses (thanks to Anne for getting that) and Distillery 50 (Bladnoch) - a bit bland.


As for Billy Connolly - I thought he was very funny although he did re-use some old material.
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Post by: Dods on May 03, 2005, 23:09:40 pm
Quote


I had three SMWS drams beforehand. Distillery 29 (Laphroaig) - a lot of carbolic and iodine, Distillery 76 (Mortlach), - mollasses (thanks to Anne for getting that) and Distillery 50 (Bladnoch) - a bit bland.

I see a liking of Mortlach appearing you Speyside lover you
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 03, 2005, 23:27:50 pm
Quote

I see a liking of Mortlach appearing you Speyside lover you :D


The worm is turning ...   ;)
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Post by: Ashley on May 04, 2005, 00:47:02 am
Quote

I see a liking of Mortlach appearing you Speyside lover you
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 04, 2005, 03:42:58 am
Quote

Is it nice then?

Brands?

::)


Wake up Ash, it's the same distillery as the bottle that you have from the SMWS.

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Post by: Ashley on May 04, 2005, 04:47:32 am
Quote


Wake up Ash, it's the same distillery as the bottle that you have from the SMWS.


I tried waking up once, it di me no good whatsoever!  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on May 04, 2005, 04:51:28 am
Quote


Wake up Ash, it's the same distillery as the bottle that you have from the SMWS.


Speyside, Dufftown?
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 04, 2005, 06:06:11 am
http://www.scotchwhisky.net/malt/mortlach.htm

http://www.whisky-distilleries.info/Mortlach_EN.shtml

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Post by: Ashley on May 04, 2005, 06:45:03 am
Thank you oh wise one!  ;)
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Post by: Dods on May 04, 2005, 19:30:39 pm
QuoteThank you oh wise one!
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Post by: Bec on May 05, 2005, 21:35:34 pm
Quote

I'm glad someone is keeping you right  ;)

Oh, and it is less than 25 miles from my hoose  :D

..but I keep going on about that  ::)

Yes you and your house and that bloody mountain ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 05, 2005, 23:16:10 pm
Quote

I'm glad someone is keeping you right  ;)

Oh, and it is less than 25 miles from my hoose  :D

..but I keep going on about that  ::)


There must be more distilleries than you can shake a pointy stick at within 25 miles of your hoose.
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Post by: Ashley on May 07, 2005, 00:13:56 am
Quote


There must be more distilleries than you can shake a pointy stick at within 25 miles of your hoose.

Yes, but if Dods did shake a pointy stick, he'd fall over!  ;D
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Post by: Ron on May 08, 2005, 22:38:31 pm
A 30 yr old Ardbeg for yesterday's pre dinner dram and right now a double matured Lagavulin. Lovely.  ;D
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Post by: Dods on May 10, 2005, 00:17:01 am
Quote


There must be more distilleries than you can shake a pointy stick at within 25 miles of your hoose.

Yup  ;D
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Post by: Dods on May 10, 2005, 00:17:54 am
Quote

Yes, but if Dods did shake a pointy stick, he'd fall over!
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Post by: Slim on May 11, 2005, 00:42:10 am
I tried to convince myself I deserved a bottle of Scotch earlier, and i didn't take much persuading.

So I bought a bottle of the Auchentoshan, a Lowland single malt, at Oddbins. Just poured the first glass - it's quite different! Not at all smoky, a nice rounded peatiness and a prominent oaky taste, mixed with an odd floury motif, especially in the aftertaste .. a bit like apple crumble.

I wouldn't call it smooth exactly, but I quite like it. However, I've learned that the first taste can be deceptive, so I'll see how I get on with it.
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Post by: Ashley on May 11, 2005, 05:12:39 am
QuoteI tried to convince myself I deserved a bottle of Scotch earlier, and i didn't take much persuading.

So I bought a bottle of the Auchentoshan, a Lowland single malt, at Oddbins. Just poured the first glass - it's quite different! Not at all smoky, a nice rounded peatiness and a prominent oaky taste, mixed with an odd floury motif, especially in the aftertaste .. a bit like apple crumble.

I wouldn't call it smooth exactly, but I quite like it. However, I've learned that the first taste can be deceptive, so I'll see how I get on with it.

As posted earlier, I had this one a couple of weeks ago.

Unfortunately I cannot remember much apart from it went down & didn't come back up!  ::)
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 11, 2005, 05:20:18 am
QuoteI tried to convince myself I deserved a bottle of Scotch earlier, and i didn't take much persuading.

So I bought a bottle of the Auchentoshan, a Lowland single malt, at Oddbins. Just poured the first glass - it's quite different! Not at all smoky, a nice rounded peatiness and a prominent oaky taste, mixed with an odd floury motif, especially in the aftertaste .. a bit like apple crumble.

I wouldn't call it smooth exactly, but I quite like it. However, I've learned that the first taste can be deceptive, so I'll see how I get on with it.

What age is this bottle ?
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Post by: Slim on May 11, 2005, 05:48:51 am
Ah, sorry to omit that detail - it's a 10YO. Also, triple distilled. It definitely improves after the first three glasses, which suits me quite well. Has a nice hint of toasted brown sugar that I didn't notice on the first taste. Not quite so spicy or warm as other Scotches I'm familiar with, but I do like this one.

(http://groover.kicks-ass.net/images/auch.jpg)
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 11, 2005, 06:13:45 am
Thanks. Not had that one. According to Michael Jackson (no not that one  ;) ) it's palate is "lemon zest, marshmallow, sweet but not cloying".
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Post by: Slim on May 11, 2005, 06:40:26 am
Hmm - marshmallows aren't vegetarian, and I can't remember what they taste like lol

But if they're anything like this, I've been missing out.
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Post by: Ashley on May 11, 2005, 12:30:06 pm
QuoteHmm - marshmallows aren't vegetarian, and I can't remember what they taste like lol

But if they're anything like this, I've been missing out.

They taste very similar to Bacon sandwiches  apparently!  ;)
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Post by: Slim on May 11, 2005, 18:51:22 pm
I remember what those taste like. A bit like fake bacon sandwiches lol
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Post by: Ashley on May 12, 2005, 01:14:53 am
QuoteI remember what those taste like. A bit like fake bacon sandwiches lol

I suppose if you miss bacon sarnies, you could always try Turkey rashers!  ;)
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Post by: andyhaines on May 20, 2005, 04:24:28 am
Having a few glasses of Glenmorangie - Port Wood Finish.

I know some people who like a distinctive malt, find the regular Glenmorangie a little bland, but I really like it. The flavours are subtle, and the whisky is really smooth.

The Port Wood Finish does add a certain bite and "creamyness" to the flavour (hic). Not sure yet if I'll get it again, but I'll keep perservering until I'm sure if I like it or not. ;D
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Post by: Ashley on May 21, 2005, 15:11:25 pm
QuoteHaving a few glasses of Glenmorangie - Port Wood Finish.

I know some people who like a distinctive malt, find the regular Glenmorangie a little bland, but I really like it. The flavours are subtle, and the whisky is really smooth.

The Port Wood Finish does add a certain bite and "creamyness" to the flavour (hic). Not sure yet if I'll get it again, but I'll keep perservering until I'm sure if I like it or not. ;D

Welcome Andy, and thanks for that. Anyone else tried these different 'finishes'.

Like I was saying to Dods yesterday, I need to get off the wine and back into sampling all those lovely malts!
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Post by: Ashley on May 23, 2005, 15:10:53 pm
Had a lovely warming glass of Lagavulin 16yo last night. Very nice indeed, beautiful taste and quite peaty.

Then I had the Ardbeg 10yo which was very much lighter in colour, and much more delicate than I imagined it would be.
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Post by: Ron on May 23, 2005, 16:39:25 pm
Two nice drams, although I would have sipped them the other way around.
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Post by: Ashley on May 23, 2005, 18:18:07 pm
QuoteTwo nice drams, although I would have sipped them the other way around.

Well maybe you would, but I don't have to copy everything you do do I?
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Post by: Ron on May 23, 2005, 23:26:10 pm
QuoteWell maybe you would, but I don't have to copy everything you do do I?

Nope, that's true. You preferably not copy too many things that I do. ;)
I just find that when I have had a Lagavulin, I have a problem enjoying the taste for the 'milder' whiskies, since the Lagavulin just overwhelmes it with me.
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Post by: Ashley on May 24, 2005, 11:28:13 am
Quote

Nope, that's true. You preferably not copy too many things that I do. ;)
I just find that when I have had a Lagavulin, I have a problem enjoying the taste for the 'milder' whiskies, since the Lagavulin just overwhelmes it with me.

Yeah, I did wonder about that!  ;)
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Post by: Slim on May 24, 2005, 20:04:45 pm
QuoteI just find that when I have had a Lagavulin, I have a problem enjoying the taste for the 'milder' whiskies, since the Lagavulin just overwhelmes it with me.

Yes .. for years I avoided the Balvenie because I thought it was far too bland and insubstantial for my taste the first time I tried it. But I had a glass a year or so ago, and it was actually rather pleasant, not at all as I'd remembered it! The first time I'd tried it was straight after a glass of the Laphroaig.

It's still not one of my favourites, but it's very drinkable provided you haven't already been drinking an Islay or similar.
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 25, 2005, 05:45:18 am
Personally I wouldn't call Ardbeg a milder whisky.  :o
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Post by: Ron on May 25, 2005, 12:53:50 pm
QuotePersonally I wouldn't call Ardbeg a milder whisky.  :o

The 10 yr old is, after sipping on a Lagavulin. It is a great finishing whisky when you are sampling a few, but not when another peatier Islay is sipped first.
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Post by: markyg on June 09, 2005, 22:31:01 pm
Just opened a bottle of Caol Ila,
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Post by: Ashley on June 09, 2005, 22:45:10 pm
QuoteJust opened a bottle of Caol Ila,
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Post by: markyg on June 09, 2005, 22:59:53 pm
yeah
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Post by: Slim on June 16, 2005, 22:46:59 pm
I picked up a half-bottle of Glenfiddich earlier. Although some turn their noses up at it for being the generic single malt, I rather like it myself.
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Post by: Fishy on June 16, 2005, 22:56:03 pm
No beer in the house last night so cracked open a bottle of laphroaig that i'd had since my birthday... cracking stuff..very peaty..

may have some more tonight methinks...
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 16, 2005, 23:33:34 pm
There appears to be a promotion on Highland Park 12YO at the moment. I've seen it in a few places for
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Post by: andyhaines on June 17, 2005, 21:40:55 pm
Had a few too many nips (for a school night) of Talisker last night  :-[.
Sweated it out in the gym at lunchtime.
Room for a few more tonight... :D
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Post by: Bec on June 18, 2005, 14:57:59 pm
QuoteI picked up a half-bottle of Glenfiddich earlier. Although some turn their noses up at it for being the generic single malt, I rather like it myself.

I love Glendfiddich, I'm not a snob when it comes to drinking it, at a student party I went to at the bar they were selling 15YO special glenfiddich, much smoother and not as sweet, price was good as well.
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Post by: Dods on June 19, 2005, 17:25:08 pm
Quote

I love Glendfiddich, I'm not a snob when it comes to drinking it,

I am  :o
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Post by: Bec on June 19, 2005, 18:34:46 pm
Quote

I am  :o

yes we know that though ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 20, 2005, 23:07:45 pm
Quote

I am  :o


As am I.

Glenfiddich is what we get out when Anne's great uncle Charlie comes to visit. The old boy can pack away a few "wee goldies" (with lemonade  :o  :o) and he's not getting any of my good stuff if he's going to do that to it.
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Post by: Bec on June 22, 2005, 18:44:03 pm
I have a snobbery of teachers and bells but Glenfiddich is ok if your not plush, personally I can't see why you'd pay hundreds of pounds on a whiskey. Yes I appreciate the maturing and the taste, but I see it as if I like it then I'll drink it. It doesn't make me any less educated because I prefer a mainstream whisky.
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 22, 2005, 22:56:00 pm
People who spend hundreds of pounds on a bottle of whisky usually don't drink them. They keep them as an investment. Dods has a large stash of expensive whisky he doesn't drink.
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Post by: Dods on June 24, 2005, 00:10:29 am
QuotePeople who spend hundreds of pounds on a bottle of whisky usually don't drink them. They keep them as an investment. Dods has a large stash of expensive whisky he doesn't drink.

and i fear that Ash will come up, get me pissed and try and drink one.


































but they are in the bank
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Post by: Ashley on June 24, 2005, 05:27:07 am
Quote

and i fear that Ash will come up, get me pissed and try and drink one.


































but they are in the bank
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Post by: Bec on June 24, 2005, 19:45:38 pm
Quote

lmao

I did laugh, what's the point if it's not to drink then?

Someone on my wave length ;)
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Post by: Dods on June 24, 2005, 22:13:35 pm
Quote

Someone on my wave length ;)

now there is an admission. On the same wavelength as the Geordie loon.
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 24, 2005, 23:29:25 pm
Quote

lmao

I did laugh, what's the point if it's not to drink then?


He's an Aberdonian - the point is to make money obviously  lmao
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Post by: Slim on June 25, 2005, 04:00:32 am
QuoteI have a snobbery of teachers and bells but Glenfiddich is ok if your not plush, personally I can't see why you'd pay hundreds of pounds on a whiskey.

Personally I like it irrespective of the price; it's not usually cheaper than other brands anyway (at least not where I normally buy Scotch). It's a fine single malt.
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Post by: Bec on June 25, 2005, 05:54:23 am
Quote

now there is an admission. On the same wavelength as the Geordie loon.

mind you that wavelength lasted about a nanosecond ;)
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on June 27, 2005, 17:35:51 pm
Got ver pleasantly inebriated last night (day off today...thank God! ) Finished off the remains of recent Birthday/Father's day bottles;

Balvenie 10 year old Founders Reserve
Dalwhinie 15 year old
a'bunadh (Batch 10   59.8%) lovely 8)

That just leaves me with an unopened 10 year old Maclallen and half a bottle of Jamesons :-[

I've only recently discovered that I can drink Single Malts without suffering from the usual headspin/near death experiences that a long night on the beer results in. Must be my Midlothian genes kicking in at last. I feel a lifestyle change coming on! ;D


Pete, thanks a lot for the tip re the i-Tunes disaster. I'll give it a go today :)
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 28, 2005, 00:06:23 am
Quote

Pete, thanks a lot for the tip re the i-Tunes disaster. I'll give it a go today :)

My pleasure. Mine's a Highland Park (18 YO)  ;D
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Post by: Dods on June 29, 2005, 15:33:15 pm
Quote

My pleasure. Mine's a Highland Park (18 YO)
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Post by: Dods on June 29, 2005, 15:34:12 pm
Quote

a'bunadh (Batch 10
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on July 04, 2005, 04:48:20 am
 :-/ er it's nowhere near your league Dods. But for what its worth...

Non chill filtered Speyside straight from the cask at 59.8 % from Aberlour Glenlivet Distillery Co. I have no idea how long the maturation process is nor what type of cask was used.
It brings an instant glow when sipping to the tip of the tongue. Very slightly peaty, more smokey really. Instant burst of flavour to the middle of the tongue and a slight tang on the roof of the mouth. Too many flavours, really multi textured...oo-er! Should try it with a drop of water I know but not got time for to do it justice tonight. Aftertaste is mellow but lingering. Sweet, slightly acidic. Will try to give it more time tomorrow.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on July 05, 2005, 01:49:51 am
Okay, with the benefit of a splash of water here's my second impressions of the a'bunadh:

Passing my nose over the tumbler ( a treble ;D ) The nose is lightly smokey with...wait for it.......Citrus scents. Its got hints of grapefruit and mandarin and perhaps an undertone of melon.

A deeper inhalation brings forth a heavy waft of demerara and treacle toffee or perhaps molassess.... No, toffee!
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on July 05, 2005, 02:02:43 am
QuoteOkay, with the benefit of a splash of water here's my second impressions of the a'bunadh:

Passing my nose over the tumbler ( a treble ;D ) The nose is lightly smokey with...wait for it.......Citrus scents. Its got hints of grapefruit and mandarin and perhaps an undertone of melon.

A deeper inhalation brings forth a heavy waft of demerara and treacle toffee or perhaps molassess.... No, toffee!
I may be imagining it but I did get a very faint suggestion of Sherry or even Brandy ...the cask perhaps? :-/

It's a powerful spirit and I haven't yet found the best ratio of water to whisky. The flavours definitely develop the more you drink ( or maybe my taste buds are just being saturated ) Its obviously not as refined as many of the malts discussed here but it is, nevertheless, very guid and well worth the bargain
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on July 05, 2005, 02:24:32 am
The Aberlour Range  
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A powerful and complex malt with the strength and character of a 19th-century whisky.

10 Year Old
15 Year Old Sherry Finish
a'bunadh

Duty Free
1990 Vintage
12 Year Old Sherry Matured
15 Year Old Double Cask Matured

France
12 Year Old Double Cask Matured
15 Year Old Cuvee Marie D'Ecosse

Range Archive
30 Year Old 1970
Distillers Selection
Special Reserve

Aberlour a'bunadh is a natural single cask strength malt whisky. Taken directly from specially selected sherry casks it is bottled as simply as possible without the use of modern filtering methods or the addition of water.

The three main characteristics that distinguish Aberlour a'bunadh from the other single malts are:

Original Cask Strength means that the whisky is bottled at the strength of the cask, which in the case of the first batch of a'bunadh is 59.6%. Not diluted, the whisky possesses a greater aromatic complexity. Most malts of the old days were cask strength.

Not Chill-filtered. Today most malt whiskies are chill-filtered to prevent the whisky becoming cloudy when adding water or ice. This process, which did not exist in the 19th century, removes some richness and mouth feel as well as some fruit and sherry character. Aberlour a'bunadh is a true replica of the old days' malts.

Only the best Sherry Butts, which previously held oloroso, have been selected by Douglas Cruickshank, Aberlour's Distillery Director. These casks are the rarest and the most precious used for whisky maturation. Again, they were used in the old days when sherry was imported from Spain in casks which were then left empty sitting in UK ports or ships.

 
Batch number Alcoholic strength  Approximate year  
1-5 59.6% 1997
6 59.9% 1999
Silver Label 58.7% 1999
7 59.9% 2000
8 60.2% 2001
9 60% 2002
[glb]10 59.8% 2003[/glb]
11 59.8% 2003
12 60% 2004

 

A 19th-century-style whisky matured exclusively in Spanish oak Oloroso sherry butts, then bottled at cask strength. Dark, luxurious and powerful; a superb after-dinner malt.

Colour
Deep, rich amber.

Nose
An intoxicating aroma of mixed spices, praline and spiced orange, harmonising with rich, deep notes of Oloroso sherry.

Taste
Orange, black cherries, dried fruit and ginger, spiked with dark bitter chocolate and enriched with sherry and oak. Full-bodied and creamy.

Finish
Robust and intense, with bitter-sweet notes of exotic spices, dark chocolate and oak.

 
 
 
  
 
  
  
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Post by: Dods on July 06, 2005, 20:03:52 pm
My word Bisto, a book!

Interesting about the non-chilled. I enjoy looking at a bottle and guessing. Sometimes you can tell. I try not to refer to the 'bibles' until after I have tasted and made my comments. Then after referring to the text, I find that I have made a complete arse of it  ::).

It is all relative and we can all speak volumes of nonsense about it.

If an
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Post by: Slim on July 09, 2005, 03:10:40 am
I'm about to open a modest, but very palatable Speyside here at Slim Towers. Anyone care to join me in a glass of Scotch?
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Post by: Ashley on July 09, 2005, 15:20:16 pm
QuoteI'm about to open a modest, but very palatable Speyside here at Slim Towers. Anyone care to join me in a glass of Scotch?

It's a bit early for me, but I'll give it a go!  ;)
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on July 18, 2005, 02:29:59 am
Quote

It's a bit early for me, but I'll give it a go!
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Post by: BaldiePete on July 19, 2005, 03:24:12 am
QuoteMy word Bisto, a book!

Interesting about the non-chilled. I enjoy looking at a bottle and guessing. Sometimes you can tell. I try not to refer to the 'bibles' until after I have tasted and made my comments. Then after referring to the text, I find that I have made a complete arse of it  ::).

It is all relative and we can all speak volumes of nonsense about it.

Ash and I are experts in that field.  ::)


Quote
If an
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Post by: BaldiePete on July 19, 2005, 22:30:51 pm
This one is for Dods.

I was in the Cadenheads shop on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh today and they had a bottle of Springbank distilled in 1919 (I didn't see when it was bottled). It was a bargain at only






















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Post by: BaldiePete on July 28, 2005, 00:25:14 am
Attention any members of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society - get an order in NOW for a bottle of 4.100 (it's an 18YO Highland Park). They don't get many HP in and there was only 243 bottles from the cask.

Here are the SMWS tasting notes.


This most northerly distillery, takes its peat from the Hobbister Moor and its water from the Cattie Maggie burn. A refill hogshead has left this the colour of apple nectar. At first nosing this is deceptively light, unusual for this make, with simply a whiff of floral soap and light wood smoke. The initial taste however, is a real Norwegian hurricane
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Post by: Ashley on July 28, 2005, 22:15:21 pm
At
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Post by: Ashley on July 28, 2005, 22:17:22 pm
Bugger, sold out anyway!

Ok, I've decided to start getting a bottle every month / six weeks.

Any society recommendations?
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Post by: Chris Quartly on July 28, 2005, 23:08:20 pm
QuoteAny society recommendations?


http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/

 ;D
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Post by: Dods on July 28, 2005, 23:13:39 pm
Quote


http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/

;D
lmao
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Post by: BaldiePete on July 28, 2005, 23:22:04 pm
QuoteAt
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Post by: Ashley on July 29, 2005, 05:11:59 am
Quote


http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/

;D

Ha bloody ha!  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on July 29, 2005, 05:15:07 am
Quote

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Post by: Dods on August 01, 2005, 17:57:56 pm
Quote

It's a deal!
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Post by: Ashley on August 08, 2005, 23:01:22 pm
Well, with the SWMS rooms being so reasonable, who's up for a short whistle stop tour of Edinburgh then?  ;D

October anyone?
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Post by: Dods on August 08, 2005, 23:57:42 pm
QuoteWell, with the SWMS rooms being so reasonable, who's up for a short whistle stop tour of Edinburgh then?
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Post by: Ashley on August 09, 2005, 00:10:26 am
Quote

I'm not free until the weekend of the 29th
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 09, 2005, 00:30:03 am
Just to check - 29th October ?
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Post by: Ashley on August 09, 2005, 00:55:52 am
QuoteJust to check - 29th October ?

This year!  ::)
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 09, 2005, 01:24:29 am
I'm in - and my wife (also an SMWS member) has just told me she wants to go  :o
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Post by: Dods on August 09, 2005, 14:09:08 pm
QuoteI'm in - and my wife (also an SMWS member) has just told me she wants to go
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Post by: Ashley on August 09, 2005, 14:40:58 pm
Fantastic, great stuff.

So we doing the rooms i.e staying in the smws rooms?
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 09, 2005, 14:55:30 pm
I'm staying at home  ;D
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Post by: Bec on August 09, 2005, 15:17:01 pm
we're coming along ;)

Just don't give me any of that peaty crap :P
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 09, 2005, 21:58:09 pm
Quotewe're coming along ;)

Just don't give me any of that peaty crap :P


Must be a female thing ;) If Anne does go you'll get along just fine - she hates peaty whiskies as well (nor does she like Rush)  :(
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Post by: Dods on August 09, 2005, 23:28:25 pm
Quote


Must be a female thing ;) If Anne does go you'll get along just fine - she hates peaty whiskies as well (nor does she like Rush)
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Post by: Bec on August 09, 2005, 23:39:06 pm
Quote

What ever do you mean, I'm no fan of the Islay's either.

LMFAO

That makes you a girl as well ;D

Welcome Doddette ;D
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Post by: Dods on August 09, 2005, 23:42:41 pm
Quote

LMFAO

That makes you a girl as well ;D

Welcome Doddette ;D

I did wonder who would be first  ::)

What was the name of that character again?
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Post by: Bec on August 09, 2005, 23:44:25 pm
Quote

I did wonder who would be first  ::)

What was the name of that character again?

which character???

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Post by: The Old Dog on August 10, 2005, 00:32:23 am
guys i'll assume the wee dram i had on saturday nicht was the H P 18 yo from what i can remember it was smooth and very tasty but thats no review seeing as i'm biased to highland park whisky anyway also the giveaway was the hip flask on the table and to my eternal shame didn't finish it i was pished though (no excuse)
 ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 10, 2005, 00:43:14 am
Quoteguys i'll assume the wee dram i had on saturday nicht was the H P 18 yo from what i can remember it was smooth and very tasty but thats no review seeing as i'm biased to highland park whisky anyway also the giveaway was the hip flask on the table and to my eternal shame didn't finish it i was pished though (no excuse)
;D


The hip flask was Scapa 14YO - also from Orkney
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Post by: The Old Dog on August 10, 2005, 01:50:19 am
Quote


The hip flask was Scapa 14YO - also from Orkney
bugger well still the right area ok year was wrong as well i'll go and stand in the corner
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Post by: Ashley on August 10, 2005, 15:13:29 pm
The SMWS rooms in Leith are closed for refurbishment that time, any ideas?

Hotel is fine, but how do we do the tastings?

BTW, there is a tasting on in Glasgow on the 28th, Islay / Island one.

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Post by: Fishy on August 10, 2005, 15:17:30 pm
QuoteThe SMWS rooms in Leith are closed for refurbishment that time, any ideas?

Hotel is fine, but how do we do the tastings?

BTW, there is a tasting on in Glasgow on the 28th, Islay / Island one.


is that the Whisky Live thing ? was at that last year..got completely bladdered...
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Post by: Ashley on August 10, 2005, 15:30:30 pm
Quote

is that the Whisky Live thing ? was at that last year..got completely bladdered...

No just a standard tasting of those regions.
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 11, 2005, 00:20:04 am
QuoteThe SMWS rooms in Leith are closed for refurbishment that time, any ideas?

Hotel is fine, but how do we do the tastings?

BTW, there is a tasting on in Glasgow on the 28th, Islay / Island one.



Remember that the SMWS has two venues in Edinburgh. The one on Queen Street has the same whiskies. It is not as good as Leith (it's a lot smaller) but it is a lot more central and has the distinct advantage of not being in Leith.  ;)  No rooms there, so you'd have to stay in a hotel.
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Post by: The Old Dog on August 11, 2005, 02:17:58 am
Queen street would be a good choice Pete i'll do a check for hotels close enough for peeps .
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 11, 2005, 02:34:54 am
QuoteQueen street would be a good choice Pete i'll do a check for hotels close enough for peeps .


Ash has loads of money - he can stay in The George  ;D
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Post by: The Old Dog on August 11, 2005, 02:38:32 am
not a hotle i'd stay in it's not what it used to be ,saw tailors hall above the three sisters in the cowgate i'll check the prices will look for others as well tailors hall is a wee touch expensive
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Post by: Bec on August 11, 2005, 03:05:42 am
well as you guys lost me can you let me know prices as well, can we still come along even if we're not members?
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Post by: The Old Dog on August 11, 2005, 03:40:48 am
yes guests are allowed into smws premises (that would be me as well) i'm still working on hotels in and around the centre of Edinburgh.
Ok had a trawl through various sites and so far the best looking and cheapest yet is the Herald House Hotel
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 11, 2005, 04:02:11 am
We have 3 members: Me, Ash and Dods. They don't actually specify a limit on guests but I don't think turning up with more than 3 guests each would be a good idea. If Anne goes she'll also be able to sign people in.


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Post by: BaldiePete on August 11, 2005, 04:13:19 am
I've just checked the SMWS website - it's 3 guests maximum.
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Post by: Muppet on August 11, 2005, 04:13:55 am
Quote


Ash has loads of money - he can stay in The George
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 11, 2005, 04:25:51 am
Hotels:
http://www.premiertravelinn.com/pti/hotelInformation.do?hotelId=23934
http://www.premiertravelinn.com/pti/hotelInformation.do?hotelId=24161

More research required  :-/
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Post by: Muppet on August 15, 2005, 03:23:03 am
The Novotel in Lauriston place, next to the premier inn linked above, has a 24hr bar.  Its quite a nice hotel too.

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Post by: Bec on August 15, 2005, 13:46:24 pm
I love Novotel, great places ;)

I'll take a gander :)
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Post by: Dods on August 16, 2005, 02:28:51 am
QuoteThe SMWS rooms in Leith are closed for refurbishment that time, any ideas?

That is VERY disappointing as I really would like to stay there again. Aye it is out from the centre but only a couple of quid in a cab.

Ash, is it closed for a while?

I will give in to the majority and Queen Street may have to do.

Yes, i'm a pedantic snob  ::)
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 16, 2005, 04:16:44 am
I was just looking at the SMWS website and they have an event on on the 1st November in Leith so it must be opening then. Looks like we are just going to miss it re-opening. I'd suggest another weekend but all of November is out for me (except perhaps the 26th).

The Leith Rooms are better than those on Queen Street.
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Post by: Ashley on August 16, 2005, 15:03:05 pm
Quote

That is VERY disappointing as I really would like to stay there again. Aye it is out from the centre but only a couple of quid in a cab.

Ash, is it closed for a while?

I will give in to the majority and Queen Street may have to do.

Yes, i'm a pedantic snob
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Post by: The Old Dog on August 18, 2005, 04:24:06 am
Easy answer then pick a different weekend  that suits everybody  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on August 18, 2005, 21:31:54 pm
So, to recap, are we sticking to the original dates, or changing?
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 18, 2005, 23:16:46 pm
If we don't do it on the 29th October when could it be done ? During November. I'm only available on the 26th and in December, probably only the 3rd.

Dods said his first free date is the 29th October but didn't give any later dates.

How about you ?
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Post by: Ashley on August 18, 2005, 23:23:03 pm
I would prefer to keep the original dates, as it gets messy in November / december for me.

Can't we stay elsewhere and do tastings in the other rooms?

BTW, have you seen the 26 new malts on the smws site?
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 19, 2005, 00:11:52 am
QuoteI would prefer to keep the original dates, as it gets messy in November / december for me.

Agreed

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Can't we stay elsewhere and do tastings in the other rooms?

Agreed. It's going to be the 29th ;D

Quote
BTW, have you seen the 26 new malts on the smws site?

Woah, I'm just going over there now ;D
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Post by: Dods on August 19, 2005, 02:42:17 am
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Woah, I'm just going over there now ;D
The advantage of living in our capital city
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 19, 2005, 03:17:28 am
The George Hotel would be very convenient. It's within 0.5 mile of the SMWS on Queen Street.

http://www.e-travelguide.info/georgeedinburgh/

Not the cheapest mind you.
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Post by: Slim on August 24, 2005, 01:56:42 am
I've just procured a bottle of the fabulous Jonnie Walker Red Label. Look down your noses if you like; to my mind this stuff is nicer than a few single malts I can think of.
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Post by: Bec on August 24, 2005, 04:38:58 am
Waitrose have Highland Park on special offer, usual Price is
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 24, 2005, 04:47:32 am
QuoteWaitrose have Highland Park on special offer, usual Price is
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Post by: Bec on August 24, 2005, 04:48:50 am
Quote


No Waitrose up here (unfortunately)  :(

Bugger :(
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Post by: Dods on August 26, 2005, 00:11:12 am
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Bugger :(

Never buggered a Waitrose  ;)

HP at
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Post by: Bec on August 26, 2005, 14:28:38 pm
Quote

Never buggered a Waitrose  ;)

HP at
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 26, 2005, 22:19:18 pm
Latest on TNMS Edinburgh SMWS Piss Up

The Leith Rooms are open on the 29th October, it is the flats which are shut. ;D Woo-hoo, they may be in deepest Trainspotting country but they are way better than the place on Queen Street.

There had been thoughts of getting a guided tasting but it is expensive (
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Post by: Bec on August 27, 2005, 00:58:04 am
Sounds good ;)

Went to a shop today in York called Whiskyshop.com I bought an 18 year old Macallan mini bottle for
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Post by: Ron on August 27, 2005, 01:34:09 am
Quotedistilliries (can't spell ;D)

You shouldn't post after sampling at the whisky shop. ;D
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Post by: Bec on August 27, 2005, 01:48:19 am
Quote

You shouldn't post after sampling at the whisky shop. ;D

*Hic* ;D
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Post by: Slim on August 27, 2005, 01:48:44 am
Quotethey had a 15 YO Macallan but I already have that anyway ;)

Might be nice in a glass of coke with some ice.
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Post by: Bec on August 27, 2005, 03:50:01 am
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Might be nice in a glass of coke with some ice.


 :o :o :o :o
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Post by: Ashley on August 27, 2005, 11:12:33 am
QuoteI've just procured a bottle of the fabulous Jonnie Walker Red Label. Look down your noses if you like; to my mind this stuff is nicer than a few single malts I can think of.

Have you cracked this one yet Slim, and if so, is it as nice as you thought?
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Post by: Bec on August 30, 2005, 03:12:26 am
http://www.innkeeperslodge.com/lodgedetail.asp?lodgeID=59

If we can afford to come then will probably stay here as
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 30, 2005, 04:01:45 am
That's about 1 mile or so from our flat. It's about 3 to 4 miles from the City Centre. There are more buses than you can shake a stick at into the centre from there (takes about 15 minutes) and the bus stop is about 10 feet from the front door. Alternatively, about
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Post by: Slim on August 30, 2005, 04:20:29 am
QuoteHave you cracked this one yet Slim, and if so, is it as nice as you thought?

Finished it, mate. Yes - very nice for a blended Scotch.
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Post by: Bec on August 30, 2005, 04:43:01 am
QuoteThat's about 1 mile or so from our flat. It's about 3 to 4 miles from the City Centre. There are more buses than you can shake a stick at into the centre from there (takes about 15 minutes) and the bus stop is about 10 feet from the front door. Alternatively, about
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Post by: The Old Dog on August 31, 2005, 02:10:18 am
Thats good news haven't been in the Toby since it was done up last year, used to have an impressive bar might do a recce at the weekend afore heading up north  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on August 31, 2005, 23:15:42 pm
I'm sorry but I really have no idea where me & Dods will be yet.

Am up to my eyes in work, and may (or may) not look at this over the weekend.

What I do know however, is that I am definitely coming.  ;D
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Post by: Bec on September 01, 2005, 00:09:37 am
lol

You two are like old wimmin ;)
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Post by: Dods on September 01, 2005, 00:22:12 am
I'm up to my arms in it too.

But I will be there.....
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Post by: Bec on September 01, 2005, 00:43:01 am
QuoteI'm up to my arms in it too.

But I will be there.....


In what though? ;)
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Post by: Ashley on September 06, 2005, 14:48:20 pm
It's done.  8)

George & I are booked into The Old Waverley Hotel on Princes Street in Edinburgh city centre. (
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Post by: BaldiePete on September 06, 2005, 23:14:17 pm
QuoteIt's done.  8)

George & I are booked into The Old Waverley Hotel on Princes Street in Edinburgh city centre. (
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Post by: Ashley on September 07, 2005, 01:13:27 am
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Excellent
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Post by: Bec on September 07, 2005, 16:22:11 pm
We're not as flush as you guys so we're staying at the Toby :)

We'll be there Friday to Monday as we got a deal :)
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Post by: Ashley on September 07, 2005, 22:09:25 pm
QuoteWe're not as flush as you guys so we're staying at the Toby :)

We'll be there Friday to Monday as we got a deal :)

It's only
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Post by: Bec on September 08, 2005, 06:17:35 am
Quote

It's only
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Post by: Ashley on September 09, 2005, 04:47:48 am
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For a double its
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Post by: BaldiePete on September 09, 2005, 05:58:03 am
Assuming it's not rescheduled for TV, I see that the Hibs v Hearts derby is on the 29th at Easter Road. Could be a bit lively in the Leith area that day  :-/
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Post by: Ashley on September 09, 2005, 15:07:26 pm
QuoteAssuming it's not rescheduled for TV, I see that the Hibs v Hearts derby is on the 29th at Easter Road. Could be a bit lively in the Leith area that day
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Post by: BaldiePete on September 09, 2005, 20:12:00 pm
Quote

I'll be alright, I'm English.  ;D


I wouldn't advertise that  ;)
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Post by: Bec on September 09, 2005, 23:58:35 pm
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I wouldn't advertise that  ;)

That means Ash can't speak ;)
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Post by: The Old Dog on September 11, 2005, 17:45:56 pm
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That means Ash can't speak ;)
What no "Howay the lads" ;D
Just don't go in to Tamson's bar on Easter road with a jambo scarf on. ;D
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Post by: Bec on September 11, 2005, 18:57:48 pm
how far away is livingston?

Just got an offer to stay at a Ramada for
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Post by: The Old Dog on September 11, 2005, 21:20:33 pm
It's in the centre of Livingston more or less still a bit of a trek into Edinburgh though of course if you really want to go swanky you could try along the road the Marriot Dalmahoy nice place bit easier to get into Edinburgh from there have a look ;D
http://www.hotel-price.co.uk/uk/marriotthotels/dalmahoy.htm?source=adwords
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Post by: BaldiePete on September 11, 2005, 22:52:20 pm
Quotehow far away is livingston?

Just got an offer to stay at a Ramada for
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Post by: Bec on September 12, 2005, 00:41:20 am
Ok then Toby it is ;D
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Post by: Ashley on September 12, 2005, 04:22:15 am
Quotehow far away is livingston?

Just got an offer to stay at a Ramada for
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Post by: Bec on September 12, 2005, 04:25:58 am
Quote

Can't you read a map?  ::)

No, I was asking what the area was like so don't take your temper out on me  :P
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Post by: The Old Dog on September 12, 2005, 16:21:24 pm
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No, I was asking what the area was like so don't take your temper out on me
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Post by: Bec on September 12, 2005, 16:23:31 pm
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Steady now keep the toys in the pram please ;D

And you shut it or you'll get a good spanking and be put on the Happy Birchday list ;)
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Post by: The Old Dog on September 12, 2005, 16:29:09 pm
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And you shut it or you'll get a good spanking and be put on the Happy Birchday list ;)
;D Ooh a bit touchy today are we ,ach i don't know you help folk and a ye get is pelters aye well nowt new there then  lmao  as for birching it better be industrial strength birch  lmao
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Post by: Bec on September 12, 2005, 18:38:24 pm
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;D Ooh a bit touchy today are we ,ach i don't know you help folk and a ye get is pelters aye well nowt new there then  lmao  as for birching it better be industrial strength birch  lmao

Ya wee scamp ;)
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Post by: The Old Dog on September 13, 2005, 00:25:17 am
Learning Scots i see ;D
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Post by: Bec on September 13, 2005, 00:38:06 am
QuoteLearning Scots i see ;D

well I have to be seen speaking the local lingo when I visit a new country ;D
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Post by: The Old Dog on September 13, 2005, 00:58:29 am
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well I have to be seen speaking the local lingo when I visit a new country ;D
A few words will get ye by "getifayabassa" is one and the other is "fair pints o heavy doll" other than that english is spoken up here ,though some places in Edinburgh require local translators ;D
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Post by: Bec on September 13, 2005, 02:43:39 am
what do you mean some places? The whole bloody place needs a translator ;)
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Post by: The Old Dog on September 13, 2005, 02:46:51 am
Quotewhat do you mean some places? The whole bloody place needs a translator ;)
Nah you just don't understand proper talking ;D
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Post by: Bec on September 13, 2005, 02:48:41 am
pah...you lot are too drunk most of the time to even understand each other ;)
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Post by: Ron on September 13, 2005, 02:52:40 am
This reminds me of one of my earliest trips to the UK, when I was still a lad. I ended up peeing outside of a bar, somewhere in England, (mind you, the loo was just outside ;)) and one of the blokes peeing next to me was complimenting me on my English and how much better is was then his could ever be.
I did understand then that he was Scottish, even without the subtitles. ;)
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Post by: The Old Dog on September 13, 2005, 02:52:59 am
Quotepah...you lot are too drunk most of the time to even understand each other ;)
I resent the slurrrrr thas we scosh ish always pusheed yid fink we hate a bevvy or simmet ;D
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Post by: Bec on September 13, 2005, 02:54:54 am
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I resent the slurrrrr thas we scosh ish always pusheed yid fink we hate a bevvy or simmet ;D

Wit?
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Post by: The Old Dog on September 13, 2005, 02:55:51 am
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Wit?
LOL  lmao
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Post by: Dods on September 13, 2005, 16:35:36 pm
Can I go back to topic and say that I had a lovely 30yr old Springbank last night....Fit fine  :)
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Post by: Bec on September 13, 2005, 17:27:45 pm
well not being as posh as you I only had an 18 year old macallan last night ;)
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Post by: Ashley on September 14, 2005, 15:26:16 pm
QuoteCan I go back to topic and say that I had a lovely 30yr old Springbank last night....Fit fine
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Post by: Fishy on September 14, 2005, 22:33:07 pm
was tippling a 30yr old Balvennie at the weekend.. the bottle they said would cost you over
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Post by: The Old Dog on September 16, 2005, 01:12:02 am
Was in Cadenheads today a bottle of Springbank (think pete might have mentioned this ) distilled in 1919 not a bad price to
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Post by: BaldiePete on September 16, 2005, 03:16:03 am
QuoteWas in Cadenheads today a bottle of Springbank (think pete might have mentioned this ) distilled in 1919 not a bad price to
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Post by: The Old Dog on September 16, 2005, 17:42:22 pm
Quote


I saw that and thought it was
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Post by: Ron on September 22, 2005, 19:48:46 pm
Just got my wife a bottle of Laphroaig Quarter Cask (http://www.laphroaig.com/qc/index.htm). I am really curious how this one will taste. Will report soon, no doubt.
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Post by: BaldiePete on September 22, 2005, 23:49:23 pm
QuoteJust got my wife a bottle of Laphroaig Quarter Cask (http://www.laphroaig.com/qc/index.htm). I am really curious how this one will taste. Will report soon, no doubt.


Good idea - buy your wife a whisky that you want to drink lmao
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Post by: Ron on September 23, 2005, 17:13:49 pm
QuoteGood idea - buy your wife a whisky that you want to drink lmao

Yeah, she likes it too.
I remember the very first time I bought her a whisky. She was mainly drinking Famous Grouse at the time, so I bought her a bottle of Royal Lochnagar, since that was promoted over here as a 'ladies whisky'. For myself, I had a bottle of regular Laproaigh. When we tasted, she liked the Lochnagar and then wanted to try the Laproaigh. Unlike most of the ladies I know, she really, really liked this one, so needless to say I 'lost' both bottles that evening. ;D

The Quarter Cask was sampled last night and it is very dry, peaty and extremely sharp with alcohol. It definately needs a few drops of water to mellow it a little. My wife really loves it, but I thought it was a tad too sharp for my tasting, but a very nice whisky nonetheless.
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Post by: Ashley on September 28, 2005, 14:54:38 pm
Sensible answers only please.  ::)

I'm at my fist SMWS tasting  tomorrow evening, (it's a Speyside) and I'm just wondering what happens?

It says start time 7.30 but does it all kick off then or can I mooch in after 8 and all will be ok?

Is there any scran, and will I get laid?  ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on September 28, 2005, 22:33:53 pm
QuoteSensible answers only please.  ::)

I'm at my fist SMWS tasting  tomorrow evening, (it's a Speyside) and I'm just wondering what happens?

It says start time 7.30 but does it all kick off then or can I mooch in after 8 and all will be ok?

Is there any scran, and will I get laid?  ;)

Never actually been to one but from what I was told by the guy who organises them in Edinburgh, you'd be expected to be there on time. You'll get some cheese and biscuits.

RTFM  ::)

http://www.smws.co.uk/tasting/
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Post by: Ashley on September 29, 2005, 17:37:41 pm
All sorted now for the Edinburgh weekend.  ;D

I get to the capital of Jockland @ 2.30pm on Friday 28th, and leave Monday 31st @ 3pm.

Excellent.  ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on September 30, 2005, 03:31:16 am
QuoteAll sorted now for the Edinburgh weekend.  ;D

I get to the capital of Jockland @ 2.30pm on Friday 28th, and leave Monday 31st @ 3pm.

Excellent.  ;D


Woah, the whole weekend. We'd better get some sort of plan together. Is Dods coming all weekend as well ?

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Post by: Ashley on September 30, 2005, 15:05:24 pm
Yes me & Dods are there Friday to Monday.  ;D

Get planning Pete.  ;)

Did the SMWS tasting last night, and you no longer need to plan for Sunday evening, as The Vaults are having a traditional music night on the 30th, so I suggest we turn up nice & early to get a decent seat and enjoy the craic.

Anyway, to the tastings -

Let me just say that Speyside is not really my taste.  :-[

1) 18yo Cragganmore, looked like tinted water but I got none of the flavours or smells listed on the pre-printed notes, and I'd just had the one lager in Bourgoynes beforehand with the Gilrod. Me not likey this one.

2) 16yo Glenlivet, listed as "chocolate coated chilli peppers" but tasted a bit flat and had a couple of strange tangs that I didn't like at all.

3) 29yo Dallas Dhu, now this was much better! At
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Post by: BaldiePete on October 01, 2005, 23:00:19 pm
Quote


I saw that and thought it was
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Post by: Dods on October 06, 2005, 01:12:12 am
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Wow, any good?

What do yo think  ::)

The 30yr old Springbank is my fav 30yr old after all....(of those I have tasted)

YUMMY  :P
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Post by: Dods on October 06, 2005, 01:16:35 am
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I was in Cadenheads again today. I was right,
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Post by: Dods on October 06, 2005, 01:18:14 am
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Let me just say that Speyside is not really my taste.
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Post by: Dods on October 06, 2005, 01:20:41 am
QuoteYes me & Dods are there Friday to Monday.
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Post by: Dods on October 06, 2005, 01:27:51 am
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Ardmore is the distillery a couple of miles from me where we can get a private tour
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Post by: BaldiePete on October 06, 2005, 05:32:14 am
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Pity

I was almost jumping in the car tio steal it at
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Post by: Ashley on October 06, 2005, 15:38:49 pm
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You can go up and look at the bottle on the 29th
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Post by: BaldiePete on October 06, 2005, 22:55:43 pm
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Jesus, don't tempt him Pete.  :o


It's a nice wee shop, well worth a visit. Loads of pubs on the Royal Mile as well  ;)
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Post by: Dods on October 09, 2005, 00:01:51 am
The last time I was on the Royal Mile I was seeing a lawyer and it cost me 750 notes for an hour
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Post by: Ashley on October 09, 2005, 06:36:48 am
QuoteThe last time I was on the Royal Mile I was seeing a lawyer and it cost me 750 notes for an hour
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Post by: BaldiePete on October 09, 2005, 14:50:34 pm
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feck me Dods, I got a Barrister for that in Newcastle, mind you I was paying.  ;)

If he saw a lawyer on the Mile, I'd guess he/she/it (delete as applicable) was actually an advocate (Scottish equivalent of a barrister).
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Post by: Dods on October 09, 2005, 15:02:13 pm
Yup

Council for my case at the Court of Session
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Post by: BaldiePete on October 20, 2005, 05:56:10 am
Still drinking the HP (4.100) from the SMWS. It's wonderful stuff but I'm rationing it  ;)
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Post by: Ashley on October 20, 2005, 06:12:24 am
Looking forward to this weekend.  ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on October 20, 2005, 22:52:22 pm
 :o  :o
I hope you mean next weekend
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Post by: Ashley on October 21, 2005, 01:07:14 am
Quote:o
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Post by: Neph on October 21, 2005, 02:21:01 am
I was up in Aviemore for a few days and driving back I obviously passed a distillery or two. You whisky drinkers should organise a TNMS distillery tour. You could even visit the Glenkinchie distillery next weekend.
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Post by: BaldiePete on October 21, 2005, 02:31:42 am
QuoteI was up in Aviemore for a few days and driving back I obviously passed a distillery or two. You whisky drinkers should organise a TNMS distillery tour. You could even visit the Glenkinchie distillery next weekend.


We may well be doing that  ;)
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Post by: Ashley on October 21, 2005, 05:25:50 am
QuoteI was up in Aviemore for a few days and driving back I obviously passed a distillery or two. You whisky drinkers should organise a TNMS distillery tour. You could even visit the Glenkinchie distillery next weekend.

Try to keep up!

You popping in for a bevvy?  :D
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Post by: BaldiePete on October 23, 2005, 01:21:46 am
I had a very nice Caol-Ila (25 YO) at the SMWS last night when we popped in for a quickie ( ooh-err ::) ) on the way to see Serenity. Very smooth, nice balance of the typical Islay flavours without being overpowering.
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Post by: Bec on October 23, 2005, 02:34:32 am
QuoteI had a very nice Caol-Ila (25 YO) at the SMWS last night when we popped in for a quickie ( ooh-err ::) ) on the way to see Serenity. Very smooth, nice balance of the typical Islay flavours without being overpowering.

yuk  :-X

I still haven't opened the 18YO Glenlivet we had bought for us :)
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Post by: Ashley on October 27, 2005, 01:03:22 am
Anyone been here yet?

http://www.spiritofislay.net/

Has a forum and links.
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Post by: Ashley on October 31, 2005, 21:30:48 pm
It might be just a wee dram, but it is never 'just' a wee dram.

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Post by: BaldiePete on October 31, 2005, 22:59:53 pm
This book is an entertaining read. Travelling around Scotland visting distilleries, buying bottles in industrial quantities, sinking them, then writing about it. And all the expenses can be claimed against tax. Now that's what I call a job.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0099460270/qid=1130777837/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/026-2681673-4585217

(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0099460270.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
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Post by: Dods on November 01, 2005, 00:47:57 am
QuoteThis book is an entertaining read. Travelling around Scotland visting distilleries, buying bottles in industrial quantities, sinking them, then writing about it. And all the expenses can be claimed against tax. Now that's what I call a job.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0099460270/qid=1130777837/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/026-2681673-4585217


Well remembered sir, and thanks.
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Post by: Dods on November 01, 2005, 01:03:13 am
So does anyone remember the drams we had and the numbers?

Fri
Springbank
HP
?
Ardmore

Sat
Springbank

Sun
Springbank x 2
Old Pulteney
?
Mortlach
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Post by: Ashley on November 01, 2005, 01:12:53 am
QuoteSo does anyone remember the drams we had and the numbers?

Fri
Springbank
HP - 4.101
?
Ardmore

Sat
Springbank

Sun
Springbank x 2 - 27.60 &
Old Pulteney
?
Mortlach

A lot of them were from the big books, so it will be tricky.
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Post by: BaldiePete on November 01, 2005, 01:20:07 am
QuoteSo does anyone remember the drams we had and the numbers?

Fri
Glenkinchie (Queen St)  - Number 22.?
HP - Number 4.101
Ardmore - Number 66.16
The Glenlivet ? - Number 2.?

I'm sure we had 4 on Friday but not the Springbank. I could be wrong  :-/
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Post by: Dods on November 01, 2005, 01:33:52 am
Yes, I think that you are right Pete
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Post by: Neph on November 01, 2005, 03:59:39 am
Quote

Fri
Glenkinchie (Queen St)
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Post by: Dods on November 04, 2005, 04:25:51 am
4.101
27.60

and I just bought a 121.8 in Leith when I was in the toon for a meeting today  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on November 04, 2005, 16:02:47 pm
Quote4.101
27.60

and I just bought a 121.8 in Leith when I was in the toon for a meeting today
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Post by: Dods on November 04, 2005, 18:57:46 pm
There ain't none (Mortlach). Only the bottle that is left on the shelf in Leith.

There has not been a Dufftown's finest release for about 6 issues. There was supposed to be another this time but none again!

Pity, a good Christmas dram
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Post by: Dods on November 04, 2005, 19:07:51 pm
Oh, and for the distilery numbers

http://www.jdawiseman.com/papers/trivia/smws-distillery-numbers.html

 :)
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Post by: Dods on November 04, 2005, 23:47:02 pm
Quote

and I just bought a 121.8 in Leith

Suprised by my choice guys?
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Post by: BaldiePete on November 05, 2005, 00:26:12 am
Quote

Surprised by my choice guys?


Arran  :-/  I've had some and it's OK. A bit too bland for my Islay ravaged taste buds.

The distillery tour is worse than the one at Glenkinchie. Lot's of nonsense about the mist and the glens  :P
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Post by: Dods on November 05, 2005, 06:46:45 am
I have been at the annual CAMRA festival tonight.

I had a Scapa ale amongst many others :D

There is certainly a hint of the dram in there
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Post by: andyhaines on November 05, 2005, 20:12:51 pm
QuoteI have been at the annual CAMRA festival tonight.

I had a Scapa ale amongst many others :D

There is certainly a hint of the dram in there
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Post by: andyhaines on November 05, 2005, 20:14:41 pm
Just bought a bottle of Highland Park that I may have to open when I get back from the pub tonight.  ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on November 06, 2005, 01:33:05 am
QuoteJust bought a bottle of Highland Park that I may have to open when I get back from the pub tonight.  ;D


If you like HP you're among friends in here  ;D
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Post by: andyhaines on November 06, 2005, 02:40:02 am
Quote


If you like HP you're among friends in here
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Post by: Ashley on November 06, 2005, 05:51:48 am
Quote
They do a good brown sauce as well.
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Post by: andyhaines on November 06, 2005, 17:53:09 pm
Quote

Actually Andy, you now count as a genius on this board now.
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Post by: Ashley on November 07, 2005, 04:22:01 am
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Damned with faint praise.
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Post by: BaldiePete on November 07, 2005, 05:11:04 am
Quote

I know the feeling, was due to crack open my Scarpa tonight, but I decided against it for now.

Maybe tomorrow.


Scapa is lovely. It runs HP damn close.
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Post by: Dods on November 07, 2005, 22:07:14 pm
I suppose that Scarpa Flow is quite funny  lol
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Post by: Dods on November 07, 2005, 22:27:42 pm
Just been delivered - My hardback copy of Raw Spirit  ;D

Maybe start a we thread (it's a thread not a process!) in Lit.
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Post by: Kaitsu M. on November 11, 2005, 22:01:29 pm
Its so dark and boring here in Finland...  :(

So, I will have a dram or two (or even more) of Bruichladdich 20, Third Edition "Islands" today. Got the bottle just yesterday.
  
 lol

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Post by: Dods on November 11, 2005, 22:34:18 pm
Agh good lad.
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Post by: BaldiePete on November 21, 2005, 23:20:02 pm
So who's got some spare cash

http://www.whisky.co.uk/club/costs.html
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Post by: Dods on November 22, 2005, 06:54:08 am
QuoteSo who's got some spare cash

http://www.whisky.co.uk/club/costs.html

Why?

We are already part of the most wonderful club at a great price.

That means that you have to pay for your membership this year Geordie-boy  ::)
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Post by: Ashley on November 22, 2005, 14:56:12 pm
Quote

Why?

We are already part of the most wonderful club at a great price.

That means that you have to pay for your membership this year Geordie-boy
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Post by: BaldiePete on November 22, 2005, 23:34:24 pm
Quote

Why?

We are already part of the most wonderful club at a great price.


It's an investment. Ladybank was closed and is re-opening, funded by investors. You get 12 bottles a year for 10 years of a whisky which wont be on general sale.
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Post by: Ashley on December 08, 2005, 04:53:28 am
I'm having a dram.

It's been a while, 2 secs and I'll expose all.  ;)
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Post by: Ashley on December 08, 2005, 04:58:45 am
14 yo Scapa

Oooh lovely.  :)
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Post by: Ashley on December 08, 2005, 05:20:40 am
QuoteI still have an 18 yo macallan and Glenlivet I've yet to open, didn't much rate highland park though, not my cup of tea.

Didn't go the mik & 2 sugars route did you?  :D

Missed you, where you been?
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 08, 2005, 05:59:03 am
I've just had a 21YO Port Ellen and Anne had the 14YO Scapa. The Port Ellen is lovely. All the best flavours of Islay without the brutality that some of the drams from there have.
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Post by: Ashley on December 08, 2005, 17:04:34 pm
Good god that Port Ellen must be drying up by now!
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 08, 2005, 22:57:02 pm
QuoteGood god that Port Ellen must be drying up by now!


I'm rationing it. There is only a one decent sized dram left in the bottle.
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Post by: Ashley on December 08, 2005, 23:02:30 pm
Quote


I'm rationing it. There is only a one decent sized dram left in the bottle.


I'm on the next train.  ::)

Maybe another tasting tonight.
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Post by: Ashley on December 15, 2005, 00:05:37 am
In expectation of a couple of new bottles for the Davidson drinks trolley, I expect to start on the remnants of some malts tonight.  ;)
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Post by: Dods on December 16, 2005, 01:54:40 am
Re the Society rooms in Edinburgh:

Why are they NOT wheelchair accessible  ??? ?

Especially the one in town as it is fekin new!!!  >:(

i've renewed as per usual but a letter will be winging it's way.

Bastards. It's not like they can't afford it  >:(  :(
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 16, 2005, 02:20:22 am
QuoteRe the Society rooms in Edinburgh:

Why are they NOT wheelchair accessible  ??? ?

Especially the one in town as it is fekin new!!!  >:(

i've renewed as per usual but a letter will be winging it's way.

Bastards. It's not like they can't afford it  >:(  :(


I thought there was a lift in the Queen Street rooms  :-/
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Post by: Ashley on December 16, 2005, 13:40:55 pm
QuoteRe the Society rooms in Edinburgh:

Why are they NOT wheelchair accessible
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Post by: Chris Quartly on December 19, 2005, 21:21:14 pm
I had a glass of the Macallan (21 yr old) on Friday and quite liked it :) (straight, no ice)
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Post by: Dods on December 19, 2005, 22:36:12 pm
QuoteI had a glass of the Macallan (21 yr old) on Friday and quite liked it :) (straight, no ice)
:o

Hoorah...
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Post by: Dods on December 19, 2005, 22:37:05 pm
Quote


I thought there was a lift in the Queen Street rooms
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Post by: Ashley on December 23, 2005, 15:34:21 pm
Last nights taste test led to the victory of the Macallan 18yo over the Highland Park 18yo (which was described as being too peaty
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 23, 2005, 18:56:53 pm
QuoteLast nights taste test led to the victory of the Macallan 18yo over the Highland Park 18yo (which was described as being too peaty  :o)

Sadly, it also soaw the demolition of aforementioned Macallan which at over
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 23, 2005, 18:59:17 pm
QuoteI had a glass of the Macallan (21 yr old) on Friday and quite liked it :) (straight, no ice)


You are allowed to put a small amount of water in it   ;)  but if you put ice in a good malt I'm afraid we'll have to send round a hit squad  ;D
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Post by: Neph on December 26, 2005, 13:45:04 pm
I won a bottle of the Macallan in the Christmas raffle at work. :D
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Post by: Ron on December 26, 2005, 14:41:25 pm
QuoteIt's a good thing there was no Ardbeg, Lagavullin or Laphroaig being tasted.  ;)

He wouldn't dare to have those in a tasting without us invited, Pete. ;)
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Post by: Ashley on December 27, 2005, 16:03:40 pm
Well Santa has brought me
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 28, 2005, 18:56:08 pm
QuoteWell Santa has brought me  12yo HP and a 10yo Laphroaig  ;D

Because Mari's father doesn't like any hint of smoke in his drams at all, I bought him a bottle of Glenlivet (miles cheaper here than Singapore), but we've been necking a rather tasty bottle of 10yo Oak Finish Macallan that Basspedalman gave me earlier this year, thanks mate it is very nice.  ;)

As a result I have started to re-assess my collection of malts, and have discovered that I only have either HP's or Peaty or the SMWS choices, so 2006 will see me looking wider afield, and after my Christmas experiences, I shall be investing in some Speyside choices as aperitif's.

Anyone got some suggestions for me?


I got a miniature of Tomintoul (a Speyside) 16YO which was almost delicate (certainly compared to some of the Islay monsters). I'm almost convinced there was a hint of orange in the taste  :-/  Very drinkable - it would be easy to down a load of this in one sitting.   :)
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Post by: Dods on December 29, 2005, 10:45:50 am
Quote
QuoteWell Santa has brought me
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 29, 2005, 11:07:50 am
Quote
Quote
QuoteWell Santa has brought me  12yo HP and a 10yo Laphroaig  ;D

Because Mari's father doesn't like any hint of smoke in his drams at all, I bought him a bottle of Glenlivet (miles cheaper here than Singapore), but we've been necking a rather tasty bottle of 10yo Oak Finish Macallan that Basspedalman gave me earlier this year, thanks mate it is very nice.  ;)

As a result I have started to re-assess my collection of malts, and have discovered that I only have either HP's or Peaty or the SMWS choices, so 2006 will see me looking wider afield, and after my Christmas experiences, I shall be investing in some Speyside choices as aperitif's.

Anyone got some suggestions for me?


I got a miniature of Tomintoul (a Speyside) 16YO which was almost delicate (certainly compared to some of the Islay monsters). I'm almost convinced there was a hint of orange in the taste  :-/  Very drinkable - it would be easy to down a load of this in one sitting.   :)


I'd go and get a Tomintoul but the roads blocked  ::)



Of course it is  ;)


Quote
Have you been Pete, there is a very nice whisky shop right in the centre of the village. A bit touristy but nae bad at all.


Only been in Tomintoul once, about 20 years ago when I wanted to see what the A939 Cockbridge to Tomintoul road was like.  I didn't realise that Cockbridge was just a bridge, not a village.  ::)

Best whisky shop I've been in was Loch Fyne Whiskies in Inverary.
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Post by: Dods on December 29, 2005, 11:26:36 am
Quotewell to lower the tone ;)

Does being part of the whisky society mean you can only like the pure whiskies or does it very much come down to personal preference?


Have you tried Cock o' the North  ;)

Yes, it is a brand  ::)
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Post by: Dods on December 29, 2005, 11:41:19 am
QuoteWell Santa has brought me
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Post by: Ashley on December 29, 2005, 11:47:10 am
Quote

Coming to your senses at last
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 29, 2005, 11:47:51 am
Quote
Quote
Quotewell to lower the tone ;)

Does being part of the whisky society mean you can only like the pure whiskies or does it very much come down to personal preference?


Have you tried Cock o' the North  ;)

Yes, it is a brand  ::)


lmao

Erm...no I haven't...where does one buy a cock of the north? ;)  ::)



Isn't there one in your house ? ::)
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 29, 2005, 12:09:11 pm
Quotewell to lower the tone ;)

Does being part of the whisky society mean you can only like the pure whiskies or does it very much come down to personal preference?


Before you can join you have to:
1. Sit a 3 hour examination on the history and of malt whisky and it's distillation methods with particular emphasis on the the effect of still shape and the angle of the Lyne Arm on the end taste.
2. Undergo a tasting test to ensure you can determine the difference between a Laphroaig and a Glenkinchie
3. Demonstrate an ability to write copious and pretentious tasting notes. For instance, "the nose of this malt reminds me of the sweat from a bay horse after a gallop on a white sand beach at low tide when the moon is full".
4. Undergo a blood test to ensure that you have not been drinking blended whiskies or liqueurs.

If you fail you are defenestrated from the top of the Queen Street members rooms.

;D  ;D  ;D


Of course you can like whatever you want. I think they may even do a liqeuer at the SMWS. No blends of course  :)

[pedant]
The SMWS doesn't sell "pure" whisky. Technically that is the blended product of more than one malt whisky distillery. However it is not called a "blend" because a "blend" is a combination of malt whisky and grain whisky which is produced on a mass scale by a different method. What the SMWS sells is "single malt" which is from one distillery
[/pedant]
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 29, 2005, 12:12:22 pm
Quote[

Ash, do not forget the Dufftown malts, remember that wonderful explosion of flavour at the SMWS we had on the Sunday evening? Mortlach. Perhaps not as an aperitif then  ::)


I have a bottle of Mortlach at the moment. Very nice  :)  I think it sounds like it should be a Klingon whisky.  Try saying it with heavy emphasis on the last syllable and a good long Scottish "ch" sound.  ;D  ;D
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Post by: Ron on December 29, 2005, 12:31:37 pm
Found a few bottles of Port Ellen at my local merchant, but with prices starting over 100 Euro and ending well over 200 Euro, I had to control myself.  :-[
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Post by: Dods on December 29, 2005, 12:53:07 pm
Quote
Quote

Coming to your senses at last
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Post by: Dods on December 29, 2005, 12:54:35 pm
QuoteFound a few bottles of Port Ellen at my local merchant, but with prices starting over 100 Euro and ending well over 200 Euro, I had to control myself.
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 29, 2005, 13:23:46 pm
QuoteFound a few bottles of Port Ellen at my local merchant, but with prices starting over 100 Euro and ending well over 200 Euro, I had to control myself.  :-[



100 euros (about
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Post by: Ron on December 29, 2005, 13:40:25 pm
I'm not too worried about the 'cheaper' ones, but not buying them with my wife around in the shop. ;)
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Post by: Ashley on January 01, 2006, 12:54:17 pm
The Davidson Dram stocks as of 1st Jan 2006 are -

Highland Park 12yo
Highland Park 18yo
Highland Park 25yo
Laphroaig 10yo
Bowmore 12yo
Springbank 10yo
Jura 10yo
Lagavulin 16yo
Glenlivet 12yo
Port Ellen 21yo
Macallan 10yo Fine Oak
Scapa 14yo
Ardbeg 10yo
Caol Ila 12yo
SMWS 76.33
SMWS 4.101
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Post by: The Old Dog on January 01, 2006, 13:07:46 pm
QuoteThe Davidson Dram stocks as of 1st Jan 2006 are -

Highland Park 12yo
Highland Park 18yo
Highland Park 25yo
Laphroaig 10yo
Bowmore 12yo
Springbank 10yo
Jura 10yo
Lagavulin 16yo
Glenlivet 12yo
Port Ellen 21yo
Macallan 10yo Fine Oak
Scapa 14yo
Ardbeg 10yo
Caol Ila 12yo
SMWS 76.33
SMWS 4.101

Show off ::)
i currently have no whisky (malt ) at all (all donations greatfullt recieved [smiley=wink.gif] and as i'm off the booze at the mo it will be a while before i'm looking at the world through booze coloured glasses actually i'll be lucky to see at all  ::)
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Post by: Dixkot on January 01, 2006, 13:21:51 pm
I got a Glenfiddich Ancient Reserve 18 Y.O from Santa, and very nice it is too.  ;D

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Post by: BaldiePete on January 01, 2006, 14:59:27 pm
My current stock is:

Highland Park 12YO
Highland Park 18YO
Scapa 14YO
Clynelish 14YO
Bowmore Legend (no age statement)
Caol-Ila Cask Strength (no age statement)
Dalwhinnie 15YO
Mortlach 16YO
Glenfiddich  12YO
SMWS 4.100 18YO (Highland Park)
SMWS 4.101 16YO (Highland Park)

Some of these are running dangerously low. Time to stock up  ;D

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Post by: BaldiePete on January 02, 2006, 15:27:53 pm
On Celebrity Mastermind tonight, author Iain Banks has Scotch malt whisky as his specialist subject. Could be worth viewing.
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Post by: Ron on January 02, 2006, 20:17:12 pm
My stock at the moment:

Laphroaigh 10 YO
Laphroaigh 15 YO
Laphroaigh Quarter Cask
Ardbeg 30 YO
Lagavulin 16 YO
Lagavulin Double Matured
Macallan Traveller series 20s
Macallan Traveller series 30s
Macallan Traveller series 40s
Macallan Traveller series 50s
Macleod's Islay (young Lagavulin)
Bunnahabhain 12 YO
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 02, 2006, 20:42:23 pm
QuoteOn Celebrity Mastermind tonight, author Iain Banks has Scotch malt whisky as his specialist subject. Could be worth viewing.



He got 12 on whisky, 14 on general knowledge and won the competition. I got 7 on the whisky round.
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Post by: Dods on January 03, 2006, 16:33:53 pm
Quote


He got 12 on whisky, 14 on general knowledge and won the competition. I got 7 on the whisky round.

Bugger, just noticed this  ::)
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 06, 2006, 16:52:59 pm
Quote
Bugger, just noticed this  ::)



Download (25MB) of the full show here (http://wwc.dkit.ie/banks/). It's the cm.avi file.
It's worth watching the General Knowledge questions to see how  spectacularly thick Myleene Klass is.
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Post by: Dods on January 06, 2006, 17:54:37 pm
 :D Thank you kind sir  :D
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Post by: MarkThomas on January 07, 2006, 13:04:57 pm
Santa kindly brought me a bottle of Scapa. Normally a HP man, but tasted a Scapa (the HP distillery's next door neighbour) at the SMWS in London a couple of years ago and it was stunning. Seems to be making a reappearance on the shelves, as I couldn't get a bottle for love nor money until about 6 months ago.
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Post by: Ashley on January 11, 2006, 13:37:49 pm
Just ordered a couple of nice bottles from the SMWS.

I just hope they have them in stock.  ::)
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Post by: Ron on January 28, 2006, 11:49:09 am
Just bought myself a nice bottle of Port Ellen.
18 YO, distilled 1981, bottled 2000, Provenance series, winter distillation.

More on this dram soon, no doubt. ;)
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Post by: Ron on January 28, 2006, 12:11:18 pm
Quote

where's mine? ;D



Come on over, my wine and whisky shop still has some on stock. ;)
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Post by: Ashley on January 28, 2006, 12:16:17 pm
QuoteJust bought myself a nice bottle of Port Ellen.
18 YO, distilled 1981, bottled 2000, Provenance series, winter distillation.

More on this dram soon, no doubt. ;)


You doing EuCon Ron?

Does this shop have a website?
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 28, 2006, 12:35:23 pm
Quote

where's mine? ;D




You wouldn't like it. Port Ellen is an Islay.  ;D
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Post by: Ron on January 28, 2006, 13:02:33 pm
QuoteYou doing EuCon Ron?

Does this shop have a website?


I will most likely do EuCon, Ashley.
The shop has no website, unfortunately.

BTW, this bottle cost me 115 Euro, so definately not too expensive.
His most expensive Port Ellen (yep, he has 5 different bottlings in stock!) is well over 200 Euro.
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Post by: Ron on January 28, 2006, 14:08:57 pm
Quote

Phew close call then ;D ;)


Yep, and it is quite a peaty Islay as well. ;)
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Post by: Ron on January 28, 2006, 17:53:00 pm
QuoteMore on this dram soon, no doubt. ;)


Not as dry and peaty as the other Islays from the same side of the island, but a great dram indeed. Oily, peppery, with a nice burning 'gulp' and of course some peat in the taste.
My wife's first reaction was: "mmmmmmmm" ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 28, 2006, 20:26:20 pm
Quote


My wife's first reaction was: "mmmmmmmm" ;)


That's my wife's reaction as well  ::)  oh, sorry we're talking about the whisky  ;)  ;D
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Post by: Ron on January 28, 2006, 20:36:10 pm
Quote

That's my wife's reaction as well  ::)  oh, sorry we're talking about the whisky  ;)  ;D


Yeah, otherwise we need to go to the Basement.
That's where Bec sips most of her Scotch anyway. ;D
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Post by: Ron on January 29, 2006, 11:01:16 am
Quote

:o

What are you implying? ;D


That you spend more time in the Basement than in Rush chat, that's all. ;D
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Post by: Ashley on January 30, 2006, 12:41:54 pm
QuoteJust ordered a couple of nice bottles from the SMWS.

I just hope they have them in stock.
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 30, 2006, 18:37:15 pm
Quote
4.104 16yo (26 malts set)

Highland Park


Quote
53.96 25yo

Caol-Ila

That sounds like a very nice dram indeed. Must get myself down to the Vaults soon to try it out.
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Post by: Ashley on January 30, 2006, 18:48:36 pm
Quote
Highland Park


Caol-Ila

That sounds like a very nice dram indeed. Must get myself down to the Vaults soon to try it out.


It didn't take long to get me tempted I can tell you.  8-)
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Post by: Dods on January 31, 2006, 11:53:12 am
Maybe taking the train to the Tincastle on Saturday so perhaps a wee vault visit is possible after the match. It all depends upon mate mates wife dropping  :o

Snodes, if you are looking in here, try Gelnlivit as a go between. Very close to 'Fiddich in proximity but so much better and closer to your tastes.

But Irish  :o
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Post by: Ashley on January 31, 2006, 13:10:35 pm
Quote

It didn't take long to get me tempted I can tell you.
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Post by: Slim on February 04, 2006, 20:16:30 pm
Was tempted by a bottle of cask-strength (53%) Laphroaig today, but thought better of it.

Instead, I bought my second bottle of Auchentoshan. Seems a little bit too sweet this time, and a little bit unsubstantial. Still, a very adequate apres-dejeuner slurper.
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Post by: Ron on February 05, 2006, 00:33:37 am
QuoteWas tempted by a bottle of cask-strength (53%) Laphroaig today, but thought better of it.

Instead, I bought my second bottle of Auchentoshan. Seems a little bit too sweet this time, and a little bit unsubstantial. Still, a very adequate apres-dejeuner slurper.


That's considered a bad choice here in this household.
But I'm glad you like the Auchentoshan.
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Post by: Slim on February 05, 2006, 00:41:04 am
I normally prefer an Islay or the Talisker, but I was in the mood for something a bit mellower today. I should have bought a bottle of Glenlivet really, but since I've only had one bottle of Auchentoshan, I felt that I should firm up my opinion of it. This will probably be the last one, though.
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Post by: Ron on February 05, 2006, 00:49:45 am
Auchentoshan is a bit too mellow for me, indeed. Glenlivet would have been better indeed.
Cask strength Laproaigh would have been even better. ;)
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Post by: Dixkot on February 05, 2006, 01:28:14 am


Auchentoshan is OK but not one that I would buy for myself.  My favourite recently has been Bunnahabain (The 18 YO at a snip under
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Post by: Ron on February 05, 2006, 09:39:01 am
Two of the lesser known Islays, but nice drams indeed.
My wife regularly asks for the 'bottle with the sailor'. :)
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Post by: Ben on February 05, 2006, 21:26:26 pm
Don't know if this has been covered already here but With or Without ice? water? Personally I abhor mine with either, whisky has to be warm, like a good Red.
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 05, 2006, 22:03:19 pm
QuoteDon't know if this has been covered already here but With or Without ice? water? Personally I abhor mine with either, whisky has to be warm, like a good Red.



Ice in whisky is an abomination  ::)

A little water however (especially with cask-strength) is a good thing. It helps release the flavours and the nose.
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Post by: Slim on February 05, 2006, 22:06:30 pm
It was covered a long time ago, and yes - ice in a good whisky is Just Wrong. If I have the misfortune to be drinking an inferior brand though, perhaps at someone else's expense, I'll happily slap a couple of ice cubes in there.
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Post by: Dixkot on February 05, 2006, 22:22:58 pm


A dash of water, as Pete says, to release the flavours.  



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Post by: Ron on February 05, 2006, 23:38:20 pm
Quote

Most pubs just shove the ice in without even asking! I only really like Glenfiddich with a cube of ice, the rest with a drop of water.


When they do that, just send it back and ask for a proper dram....
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 05, 2006, 23:59:53 pm
Quote

Most pubs just shove the ice in without even asking! I only really like Glenfiddich with a cube of ice, the rest with a drop of water.



Not up here they don't
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Post by: Slim on February 06, 2006, 00:54:45 am
I bet they do
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 07, 2006, 22:35:20 pm
Quote

yes they do Pete ;)

Plenty of places I've been to have always dumped more ice and none have ever provided water (except the distilleries.)



I only go the sort of class establishments who know not to put ice in the whisky  ;)  ;) ::)
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 11, 2006, 02:18:59 am
Just got a bottle of Glenlivet from Costco for only
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Post by: Slim on February 12, 2006, 00:43:53 am
I really like the Glenlivet, and it's the usual non-Islay choice for me if I can find it for less than 20 notes and I'm not feeling adventurous.
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Post by: Ron on February 12, 2006, 17:25:50 pm
Sipping on a nice glass of Lagavulin Double Matured, while reading an excellent book.
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Post by: Slim on February 17, 2006, 21:12:17 pm
I'm taking a week off British Whisky. Will probably select a nice Islay next weekend.
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 17, 2006, 21:51:34 pm
QuoteBritish Whisky


[smiley=laugh.gif]  [smiley=laugh.gif]  [smiley=laugh.gif]

Only you could say that ...    ::)
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Post by: Dods on February 20, 2006, 14:53:15 pm
I get really pissed off with the SMWS sometimes. I get my Spring Bottlings book on Saturday. They are shut and they go on public (web site) sale today. None of what i wanted left  :-[

And Slim - fek off ya bigot  ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 20, 2006, 18:56:52 pm
It's gone downhill since Glenmorangie took over and they opened Queen Street.
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Post by: Dixkot on February 20, 2006, 19:06:08 pm


Tried a Glenfarclas 21 years old (ABV 46%) at the weekend, very tasty indeed.  When I say i tried it, I mean 3 of us drank the whole bottle.  I had a bit of a 'head' on Sunday.



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Post by: BaldiePete on February 20, 2006, 22:49:45 pm
Quote

Tried a Glenfarclas 21 years old (ABV 46%) at the weekend, very tasty indeed.  When I say i tried it, I mean 3 of us drank the whole bottle.  I had a bit of a 'head' on Sunday.





[wullie]
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Post by: Ashley on February 21, 2006, 10:16:35 am
QuoteI get really pissed off with the SMWS sometimes. I get my Spring Bottlings book on Saturday. They are shut and they go on public (web site) sale today. None of what i wanted left
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Post by: Dods on February 21, 2006, 15:15:40 pm
Revolt  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on February 21, 2006, 16:50:14 pm
QuoteRevolt
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Post by: Dods on February 22, 2006, 16:40:30 pm
Just gave in and bought the

37.28
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 22, 2006, 18:47:51 pm
QuoteJust gave in and bought the

37.28
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Post by: Dods on February 23, 2006, 14:10:11 pm
Oh aye, and fit fine  ;D
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Post by: Slim on February 25, 2006, 22:18:20 pm
QuoteAnd Slim - fek off ya bigot
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Post by: Slim on February 25, 2006, 22:28:56 pm
Out of curioisity, I picked up a bottle of Sainsburys' "Sherry Cask Finished Malt Whisky" the other week, and I scored another bottle today. 8 years old. Subtly fruity and malty with a hint of vanilla and a nice lingering sherry finish. Very pleasant indeed.

It saddens me to see people buying puke like Teachers, Bells and the like when there are really nice alternatives like this available for the same price or less.
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Post by: Dixkot on February 26, 2006, 15:46:16 pm
From BBC Scotland web-site


Distillery makes 'strongest' dram

A distillery on a west coast island is preparing to produce the "world's most alcoholic single malt whisky".

Managers at Bruichladdich on Islay will use an ancient recipe to distil the whisky four times and produce an alcohol content of at least 92%.

Bruichladdich believes it will be akin to a drink described 300 years ago by travel writer, Martin Martin.

Managing Director Mark Reynier said the distillery was doing it as a bit of fun and it was unlikely to be repeated.

Tasting note

He said: "We are doing this because we have this ancient recipe and therefore we can.

"It is unlikely that we will ever produce any more quadruple distilled malt again, so we expect it to become much sought after."

In his 1695 travel book, The Western Islands of Scotland, Martin Martin refers to a quadruple distilled whisky known as "usquebaugh-baul" and wrote what is probably the world's oldest whisky tasting note.

He said: "The first taste affects all the members of the body: two spoonfuls of this last liquor is a sufficient dose; and if any man should exceed this, it would presently stop his breath, and endanger his life."

The secret lies in the drink being distilled four times - usually malt is only distilled twice.

Master Distiller Jim McEwan said: "The whisky produced will be around 92% alcohol.

"It should be very similar to the whisky tasted by Martin when he came to the island. It will be very floral, but most importantly it will take your breath away!"

Whisky usually has an alcohol content of between 40% and 63.5%.

Just twelve barrels will be made on Monday at lunchtime.

Bruichladdich distillery was mothballed by the American multi-national Jim Beam in 1994.

It was purchased in December 2000 by a group of private investors.

The distillery was built in 1881 by William Harvey and his brother.

The original Victorian machinery, painstakingly restored over six months, is still used.
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 27, 2006, 19:09:08 pm
Sounds like a publicity stunt to me. The stuff will probably be undrinkable.
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Post by: Ashley on February 27, 2006, 19:23:38 pm
QuoteSounds like a publicity stunt to me. The stuff will probably be undrinkable.


Michael Jackson said on the radio yesterday that he would be keen to at least try the stuff with water.

Personally, I agree with you Pete.
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Post by: stereoroid on March 06, 2006, 18:04:45 pm
QuoteSounds like a publicity stunt to me. The stuff will probably be undrinkable.


They're anticipating objections, in the press release (http://www.bruichladdich.com/latestnewsarticles/quadruple.htm):
QuoteObviously we advocate the sensible consumption of alcohol - Bruichladdich more than most is for savouring. Yet some people, notably The Scotch Whisky Association, without knowing our intentions, tell us we are
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Post by: BaldiePete on March 06, 2006, 18:54:59 pm
Possibly related to this (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3144980.stm) story. The webcams were being monitored by some American security agency because the distillation process is supposedly similar to some weapon making processes.
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Post by: Dods on March 06, 2006, 20:16:47 pm
Been drinking 21 year old Glenlivit here in Pasadena over the weekend at 35ers  :D

Fit fine  ;D

Bottle finished now though  :-[
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Post by: Dods on March 06, 2006, 20:18:24 pm
Quote

Nothing bigoted about inclusiveness, mate.

Just poking some fun matey :)
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Post by: Ashley on March 16, 2006, 09:13:04 am
Dods texted me to say he was enjoying a 21yo Glenlivet in LA, bottle that is not glass.  :D
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Post by: BaldiePete on March 17, 2006, 17:57:21 pm
Just bought a bottle of Scapa 14YO and am hoping to get an HP 18YO next week. Orkney heaven  ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on March 22, 2006, 19:15:43 pm
Got my HP 18YO today. My whisky stash currently looks like this  ;D

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/BaldiePete/booze.jpg)
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Post by: Dods on March 23, 2006, 14:30:03 pm
HP18, Scapa14 & Mortlach18 all in a row

Oh fit fine
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Post by: Dixkot on March 30, 2006, 23:38:19 pm


Presently sipping an Isle Of Jura - Superstition.

And lovely it is too. :)

Oh and it's 43.5%.  ;D

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Post by: Ron on April 07, 2006, 17:50:42 pm
Just bought myself two nice bottles of Islay:
http://www.whiskymag.com/whisky/brand/ardbeg/whisky1773.html
http://www.whiskymag.com/whisky/brand/lagavulin/whisky591.html (but then the 1987 bottling)
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Post by: Dods on April 08, 2006, 13:52:00 pm
So nobody here bought that record breaking 70 yr old 'fiddich this week then?
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Post by: Dods on April 14, 2006, 11:16:28 am
Sheila grabbed my 25 yr old HP from the country hoose and thrust it in my hand at the weekend.

Forgot I had it  :o

Had some on Wed night.  :P
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Post by: Dods on April 14, 2006, 11:21:33 am
In fact, that last post just made me realise how much whisky I am NOT drinking. I have not been having my nightly dram for at least 3 months  :o

Just the occasional flirtation like the other night. Why?

I bought a society bottle the other month and have not touched it. Why?

Now don't get me wrong. It is not like I am not drinking. Mr T keeps me company most evenings if only a couple but I just don't feel like a quality dram after a few of those.

I even had a low flyer with gnger last weekend  :-?

DEATH TO THE PHILISTINE
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Post by: BaldiePete on April 14, 2006, 15:13:31 pm
Shocking  :o

Get your act together young man  and get a few drams in you before you turn into a Sassenach ::)

I've only had one dram of the HP 25YO and wasn't too impressed. I much prefer the 18 YO. Mind you I wasn't sober when I tasted it.
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Post by: Dods on April 17, 2006, 18:44:45 pm
QuoteShocking
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Post by: BaldiePete on April 17, 2006, 19:35:19 pm
Quote

This will get your taste buds going (& your wallet).

I had a 25yr old Scapa last night. At
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Post by: Ron on April 17, 2006, 20:16:23 pm
Quote


Lovely (but expensive). I paid
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Post by: Dods on April 28, 2006, 10:45:34 am
Hmm, interesting.....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/4949822.stm

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Post by: BaldiePete on April 28, 2006, 15:08:43 pm
QuoteHmm, interesting.....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/4949822.stm




I'm not convinced your average luxury hotel guest would want to stay next to a distillery. Drink the produce perhaps but not smell the process used to make it.
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Post by: Dods on April 28, 2006, 17:56:22 pm
Time for a smws weekend again?
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Post by: BaldiePete on April 28, 2006, 18:20:27 pm
QuoteTime for a smws weekend again?


The Vaults is open again (and the flats are also open - gotta be better than the Old Waverley).
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Post by: Dods on May 01, 2006, 10:36:25 am
Quote

The Vaults is open again (and the flats are also open - gotta be better than the Old Waverley).

Oooh
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Post by: Ashley on May 05, 2006, 09:14:26 am
Two more society bottlings yesterday  ::)

4.108
This is the most northern Scottish distillery
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 05, 2006, 15:00:48 pm
I'll hazard a guess that you cut and paste the SMWS tasting notes there  ::)

Highland Park and Caol-Ila.
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Post by: Ashley on May 05, 2006, 15:27:43 pm
QuoteI'll hazard a guess that you cut and paste the SMWS tasting notes there
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Post by: Dods on May 05, 2006, 16:08:54 pm
PISH
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 05, 2006, 16:55:03 pm
QuotePISH  ;)

:o :o :o :o :o
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Post by: Ashley on May 05, 2006, 17:34:36 pm
Quote
:o :o :o :o :o



The boy's mad Pete.  :D
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Post by: Ron on May 05, 2006, 18:06:28 pm
Bought a bottle of Laphoiagh Quarter Cask at the airport on the trip.
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 07, 2006, 16:42:20 pm
Just got back from a weekend in Oban. Took the scenic route (via Arran  :o ) and called in at the Arran Distillery on the way to the Lochranza ferry and got a bottle of the 10YO (they only opened in 1995 so this is the oldest one they do). It's pleasant but lacking in character with very little peat. Could easily be guzzled before a meal. Once we got to Oban we went on the distillery tour (very good, slightly better than the Glenkinchie one), nice girl leading the tour. They actually had a batch in the washbacks being fermented but they don't run the stills at the weekend. The good thing about that was the guide let us have a look inside the still. I don't fancy having to climb inside to clean one of those. I'm sure some joker would "have a laugh" by closing the hatch. At the end of the tour, they had the usual dram (slightly sweet, again very little peat or smokiness) and a load of other whiskies. Anne bought a bottle of the Oban (14YO) but I had spotted something else  ;)  Port Ellen, 2nd release, 24YO cask strength.  
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Post by: Ashley on May 08, 2006, 00:54:59 am
Quote
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 08, 2006, 17:29:09 pm
Quote

Dods, book that ferry, we're going in.  ;D



You don't need to get a ferry to Oban - it's on the mainland. We were just being perverse and taking a scenic route.
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Post by: Ashley on May 08, 2006, 18:12:23 pm
Quote


You don't need to get a ferry to Oban - it's on the mainland. We were just being perverse and taking a scenic route.



I know Pete, I've been.

Quite quaint little touristy town, with a Huuuuuuuge hill in the background.   :o
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 08, 2006, 18:19:18 pm
Quote


I know Pete, I've been.

Quite quaint little touristy town, with a Huuuuuuuge hill in the background.   :o



... and a council estate hiding behind the hill where all the real people stay. Lots of local nutters in the pub we went to on Saturday before our meal.
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Post by: Dods on May 09, 2006, 15:09:51 pm
Quote


... and a council estate hiding behind the hill where all the real people stay. Lots of local nutters in the pub we went to on Saturday before our meal.

Local Hero it is not.

A ferry to Oban  ;D
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on May 18, 2006, 00:14:34 am
Just drinking a 10yo Ardbeg
Very nice, it's filled the room with the aromas of whatever it smells of, with a citrussy finish once it's been necked down :)
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Post by: Dods on May 18, 2006, 10:35:07 am
QuoteJust drinking a 10yo Ardbeg
Very nice, it's filled the room with the aromas of whatever it smells of, with a citrussy finish once it's been necked down :)

Celebrating Barca 's win then Nick?
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on May 18, 2006, 11:25:58 am
Quote
Celebrating Barca 's win then Nick?
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Post by: Ron on May 18, 2006, 21:43:10 pm
QuoteJust drinking a 10yo Ardbeg
Very nice, it's filled the room with the aromas of whatever it smells of, with a citrussy finish once it's been necked down :)


Try to get hold of an older Ardbeg. They do get better with age. ;)
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on May 20, 2006, 00:03:36 am
Quote

Try to get hold of an older Ardbeg. They do get better with age. ;)

I'm sure they do Ron, but this had money off ;)
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Post by: Ron on May 20, 2006, 08:51:16 am
Quote
I'm sure they do Ron, but this had money off ;)


Well, you can only spend the money once, so might as well get the older ones. ;D

Tonight we will be having a whisky tasting night over here.
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Post by: Ron on May 20, 2006, 12:44:47 pm
Tasting schedule:

Macallan Twenties (http://www.themacallan.com/range/twenties.html)
Macallan Thirties (http://www.themacallan.com/range/thirties.html)
Macallan Forties (http://www.themacallan.com/range/forties.html)
Macallan Fifties (http://www.themacallan.com/range/fifties.html)
Laphroaig Quarter Cask (http://www.laphroaig.com/whiskies/quarter_cask/index.asp?expanded=quarter_cask)
Ardbeg Uigeadail (http://www.whiskymag.com/whisky/brand/ardbeg/whisky1773.html)
Port Ellen Provenance Winter Distillation (http://www.whisky-distilleries.info/Port%20Ellen_EN.shtml)
Lagavulin Double Matured Distillers Edition 1987 (http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/product.asp?pf_id=0010000005202)

If my dad brings a bottle with him, the schedule might be changed a little. ;)
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Post by: Dods on May 23, 2006, 17:22:36 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/5004114.stm

Glenlivit elicit stuff
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 02, 2006, 01:06:19 am
Quotehttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/5004114.stm

Glenlivit elicit stuff



Fascinating - thanks for posting that  ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 02, 2006, 01:08:53 am
Let no one tell you that Aberdonians are mean sheep-shaggers.

George is a wonderful human being and Port Ellen 4th release is even better than that.   ;D The 28 year old HP is also lovely (or so I'm told).  ;)
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Post by: Ashley on June 02, 2006, 08:01:43 am
QuoteLet no one tell you that Aberdonians are mean sheep-shaggers.

George is a wonderful human being and Port Ellen 4th release is even better than that.
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Post by: Ashley on June 02, 2006, 08:02:39 am
Just bought Iain Banks 'In search of the perfect dram', anyone else read this?

And yes, this is the correct section.
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 02, 2006, 08:08:37 am
You mean "Raw Spirit" ?  If so, yes, I've read it. It's part travelogue, part autobiography, part whisky book. I enjoyed it but it's probably better if you are familiar with his novels.
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Post by: Ashley on June 02, 2006, 18:01:30 pm
QuoteYou mean "Raw Spirit" ?
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Post by: Dods on June 05, 2006, 11:40:09 am
Quote

That's the boy, I thought you might have read it.

I bought it last year but have yet to read it  :o
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Post by: Dods on June 05, 2006, 11:41:40 am
QuoteLet no one tell you that Aberdonians are mean sheep-shaggers.

George is a wonderful human being and Port Ellen 4th release is even better than that.
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Post by: Dods on June 08, 2006, 21:00:01 pm
weatherman Dave has just walked into the pub with THREE bottles of 14yr old Scapa!
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 08, 2006, 21:59:36 pm
Quoteweatherman Dave has just walked into the pub with THREE bottles of 14yr old Scapa!



Make sure you get one of those babies  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on June 09, 2006, 09:39:17 am
Quoteweatherman Dave has just walked into the pub with THREE bottles of 14yr old Scapa!


Bugger.

Is he coming on the Aug trip?  ;)
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Post by: Dixkot on June 19, 2006, 09:06:33 am


Lovely bottle of GLENMORANGIE - Burgundy Wood Finish for Father's Day.
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 19, 2006, 17:54:46 pm
Lovely new hip flask for me (actually it's a hunter's flask, which is cylindrical and has a couple of cups built-in to the lid). Something a bit like this (http://www.surplusandadventure.com/ishop/800/shopscr2884.html)
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Post by: NeilP on July 06, 2006, 01:25:31 am
Just got a bottle of Old Pultney  from a friend in Wick- 18 year special and very dark(peat?) in coulour... any opinions?
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Post by: Ron on July 06, 2006, 19:48:27 pm
Off to an Islay tasting tonight. ;D
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Post by: Ron on July 06, 2006, 23:36:49 pm
Sampling list of tonight:

Bruichladdich 1994, 11y, Full Strength 2nd Edition, 56,5%
Bowmore 1995, 10y, Ultimate Selection, Cask 789, Oak Cask, bottled 2004,56,7%
Caol Ila 1981, 19y, Old Malt Cask, Sherry Cask, bottled 2000, 50%
Port Ellen 1978, 23y, Old Malt Cask, 6 month sherry finish, bottled 2001, 50%
Ardbeg 1996, 8y, Spririt of Scotland, bottled 2004, 51,7%
Laphroaig 10y, Cask Strength, 55,7%
Lagavulin, 12y, Special Release, bottled 2005, 57,7%
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Post by: Ashley on July 09, 2006, 23:32:08 pm
QuoteSampling list of tonight:

Bruichladdich 1994, 11y, Full Strength 2nd Edition, 56,5%
Bowmore 1995, 10y, Ultimate Selection, Cask 789, Oak Cask, bottled 2004,56,7%
Caol Ila 1981, 19y, Old Malt Cask, Sherry Cask, bottled 2000, 50%
Port Ellen 1978, 23y, Old Malt Cask, 6 month sherry finish, bottled 2001, 50%
Ardbeg 1996, 8y, Spririt of Scotland, bottled 2004, 51,7%
Laphroaig 10y, Cask Strength, 55,7%
Lagavulin, 12y, Special Release, bottled 2005, 57,7%


A pretty sensational line up there Ron  8-)

Any comments?
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Post by: Dods on July 10, 2006, 11:18:25 am
QuoteJust got a bottle of Old Pultney
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Post by: Ron on July 10, 2006, 17:37:09 pm
QuoteA pretty sensational line up there Ron  8-)

Any comments?


It was quite a nice line up indeed!

The Port Ellen was the worst of the night, I must admit. Completely lost its taste, really a dead whisky.

The Laphroaig and Lagavulin were spectacular. Laphroaig had a lovely peaty and 'greasy' taste.
Lagavulin was as dry as you can get them. So peaty it made my mouth shrink.

Bruichladdich and Bowmore were nice whiskies, but not the special stuff that I love from Islay.

Caol Ila was better, with a bit more definitive taste and some peat.

Ardbeg was very nice. Still young, but already a very distinctive taste.

All in all a nice tasting, with an additional bonus of 10% off from the whiskies we bought afterwards.

The guys organising the tasting had nice stories with each bottle and some lovely food to accompany the tasting.
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Post by: The Letter R on July 11, 2006, 14:34:15 pm
Can't be arsed to trawl thru 41 pages of this thread  :P...but has anyone tried Monkey Shoulder it is supposed to be the first "triple" malt Scotch whisky blended from 3 of the finest Speyside single malts. It is made from 100% malt whisky and with no grain whisky resulting -  so they say  - in a "richer malt of exceptional smoothness." ........so anyone ...is it any good ??

(http://www.liquorsnob.com/archives/pictures/Monkey-Shoulder-Whisky-thumb.jpg)
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Post by: Ashley on July 12, 2006, 01:06:53 am
QuoteCan't be arsed to trawl thru 41 pages of this thread
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Post by: Dods on July 12, 2006, 09:29:43 am
There was an article about this and another couple of toys they do in the BA inflight magazine last year. That tells you enough!

They were very much geared toward the 20-30yr old group. Trying to make it trendy.
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Post by: The Letter R on July 12, 2006, 09:47:29 am
Cheers for the input chaps - I won't bother wasting my money then.
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Post by: Dods on July 14, 2006, 16:23:55 pm
QuoteCheers for the input chaps - I won't bother wasting my money then.

Actually, I have just come across a bunch of cocktails that involve the stuff. I just might give it a go  :o
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Post by: Ashley on July 16, 2006, 11:09:35 am
Come tomorrow, all my collection will be in it's new home, I'll post a piccie on here of them all together for you.  ;)
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Post by: Ron on July 16, 2006, 11:12:41 am
Bought a bottle of the 12 yr. old Lagavulin I had at the tasting.
Should be fun for the next few months. :D
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Post by: BaldiePete on July 17, 2006, 20:49:44 pm
The only malts on this ship are Glenfiddich  :'(  and The Glenlivit  :D. Look like it will be the Livit for me.
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Post by: Ron on July 17, 2006, 21:57:46 pm
Poor Pete....
And I am here sipping the twenties of the Traveller series by Macallan.
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Post by: BaldiePete on July 28, 2006, 21:01:22 pm
On the questionaire you are given at the end of the cruise I complained about the whisky selection. 12 whiskies of which 10 were blends  :o :o :o :o :o  Shocking.

At the duty free I got a HP box set of 330cl bottles of the 12YO, 18YO and 25YO. I'll be trying the 25YO later  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on July 28, 2006, 21:12:51 pm
QuoteOn the questionaire you are given at the end of the cruise I complained about the whisky selection. 12 whiskies of which 10 were blends
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Post by: Ashley on July 28, 2006, 21:13:39 pm
Just fnished Iain Banks 'Raw Spirit' made me yearn for a trip to Islay.

Any takers.  ;D
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Post by: Ron on July 28, 2006, 22:06:45 pm
QuoteJust fnished Iain Banks 'Raw Spirit' made me yearn for a trip to Islay.

Any takers.  ;D


There seems to be an Islay festival week in May/June, so might be a nice idea.
You drive us from distellery to distillery, Ash? ;D
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Post by: Ashley on July 28, 2006, 23:00:58 pm
Quote

There seems to be an Islay festival week in May/June, so might be a nice idea.
You drive us from distellery to distillery, Ash? ;D



I'll book the taxi if you like!  ;D

It is a serious idea.
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Post by: BaldiePete on July 28, 2006, 23:36:47 pm
Quote


I'll book the taxi if you like!  ;D

It is a serious idea.



Next year ? I'm up for it. Dods can drive, he hates Islay whiskies  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on July 29, 2006, 00:18:24 am
Quote


Next year ? I'm up for it. Dods can drive, he hates Islay whiskies
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Post by: BaldiePete on July 29, 2006, 11:30:38 am
A bit disappointed in the HP 25YO. I can't quite work out what I didn't like but it seemed harsher than the 18YO which was surprising. Defintely less smoke in the nose and taste. I've had it once before and I thought the same then, but that was very late night and I made the mistake of ordering it when I was pissed. I assumed that I would like it more if I drank it in more civilised circumstances but that wasn't the case  :-/
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Post by: Ron on July 29, 2006, 15:09:26 pm
QuoteI'll book the taxi if you like!  ;D

It is a serious idea.



I am taking it serious, don't worry.
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Post by: Dods on July 31, 2006, 15:26:07 pm
QuoteA bit disappointed in the HP 25YO. I can't quite work out what I didn't like but it seemed harsher than the 18YO which was surprising. Defintely less smoke in the nose and taste. I've had it once before and I thought the same then, but that was very late night and I made the mistake of ordering it when I was pissed. I assumed that I would like it more if I drank it in more civilised circumstances but that wasn't the case
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Post by: Dods on July 31, 2006, 15:26:48 pm
Quote


Next year ? I'm up for it. Dods can drive, he hates Islay whiskies
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Post by: Chris Quartly on August 07, 2006, 17:46:55 pm
Anyone know anything about Dalwhinnie and where I can get a couple of bottles? My in-laws bought a couple of bottles when they were in Scotland last year and wanted me to bring a couple more bottles when I next go over.
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 07, 2006, 18:11:29 pm
QuoteAnyone know anything about Dalwhinnie and where I can get a couple of bottles? My in-laws bought a couple of bottles when they were in Scotland last year and wanted me to bring a couple more bottles when I next go over.



If you have an Oddbins nearby they sell it. Their online store (http://www.oddbins.co.uk/products/productDetail.asp?productcode=90285) is currently out of stock though. You can get it online from this (https://www.lfw.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?ACTINIC_REFERRER=https%3a%2f%2fwww%2elfw%2eco%2euk%2facatalog%2fsearch%2ehtml&REFPAGE=https%3a%2f%2fwww%2elfw%2eco%2euk%2facatalog%2fsearch%2ehtml&WD=dalwhinnie&PREVQUERY=RANDOM%3dNETQUOTEVAR%253ARANDOM%26PAGE%3dSEARCH%26SS%3ddalwhinnie%26TB%3dA%26PR%3d%2d1%26ACTION%3dSearch&PN=Stock_Lists_Dalwhinnie_19%2ehtml%23a1069#a1069) shop (the standard bottling is the 15YO)
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Post by: Ron on August 07, 2006, 20:17:02 pm
QuoteAnyone know anything about Dalwhinnie and where I can get a couple of bottles? My in-laws bought a couple of bottles when they were in Scotland last year and wanted me to bring a couple more bottles when I next go over.


Buy some at Heathrow (assuming you will fly through Heathrow).
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Post by: Ashley on August 07, 2006, 21:17:25 pm
Oh I'm dreading the HP tour, I can feel the credit cards calling for help right now.  :o
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Post by: Chris Quartly on August 08, 2006, 10:27:08 am
Quote


If you have an Oddbins nearby they sell it. Their online store (http://www.oddbins.co.uk/products/productDetail.asp?productcode=90285) is currently out of stock though. You can get it online from this (https://www.lfw.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?ACTINIC_REFERRER=https%3a%2f%2fwww%2elfw%2eco%2euk%2facatalog%2fsearch%2ehtml&REFPAGE=https%3a%2f%2fwww%2elfw%2eco%2euk%2facatalog%2fsearch%2ehtml&WD=dalwhinnie&PREVQUERY=RANDOM%3dNETQUOTEVAR%253ARANDOM%26PAGE%3dSEARCH%26SS%3ddalwhinnie%26TB%3dA%26PR%3d%2d1%26ACTION%3dSearch&PN=Stock_Lists_Dalwhinnie_19%2ehtml%23a1069#a1069) shop (the standard bottling is the 15YO)


Thanks Pete, and Ron. I've not much of a clue about whisky, is it a nice malt at all?
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 08, 2006, 17:45:20 pm
Quote

Thanks Pete, and Ron. I've not much of a clue about whisky, is it a nice malt at all?



Not outstanding (IMO) but very pleasant. I have a bottle in my drinks collection (unless Anne has finished it when I wasn't looking - she really likes it)

I would have thought you could definitely get it at the airport. It's one of the "Classic Malt" series that Diageo (biggest whisky maker) plugs heavily so it's highly likely to be available there (and in a bigger bottle than on the High Street  ;D )
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Post by: Dods on August 09, 2006, 12:49:00 pm
QuoteOh I'm dreading the HP tour, I can feel the credit cards calling for help right now.
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 09, 2006, 18:03:45 pm
The SMWS has three HP at the moment (16YO, 19YO and 23YO). We were in for a quick one last Friday. Anne had the 19YO (which I sampled of course  ;D ) and very pleasant it was too. Way better than the standard 25YO. I had a Longrow (number 93 I think) which is made at Springbank. It was a bit like like an Islay but with less of a kick in the guts, phenolic, medicinal flavour that you get from most Islays.
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Post by: Dods on August 10, 2006, 14:23:44 pm
QuoteThe SMWS has three HP at the moment (16YO, 19YO and 23YO). We were in for a quick one last Friday. Anne had the 19YO (which I sampled of course
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 10, 2006, 17:49:45 pm
Quote
We meant to nip past the one in London last week but ran out of time  ::)

You, Ash & Dix up for a rather splendid whisky orientated pub on your trip to the GC?



Does the Pope shit in the woods ?  Are bears catholic ?   ;D
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Post by: Dixkot on August 10, 2006, 19:27:33 pm
Quote


You, Ash & Dix up for a rather splendid whisky orientated pub on your trip to the GC?


Absofeckinlutely!!!! ;D


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Post by: Ashley on August 10, 2006, 23:43:10 pm
Quote
We meant to nip past the one in London last week but ran out of time
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Post by: Dixkot on August 11, 2006, 00:03:23 am
Quote

Glen Coe?
Glasgae Central?
George's Cock?



Granite City.

;D

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Post by: Dods on August 11, 2006, 10:10:21 am
QuoteAnyone know anything about Dalwhinnie and where I can get a couple of bottles? My in-laws bought a couple of bottles when they were in Scotland last year and wanted me to bring a couple more bottles when I next go over.

Come to the Aberdeen meet and I'll take you to the distillery matey  ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 11, 2006, 15:26:32 pm
Quote
Come to the Aberdeen meet and I'll take you to the distillery matey  ;D



That's a fair trek from Aberdeen.
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Post by: Dods on August 11, 2006, 16:24:41 pm
I know but we go past about another dozen or so on the way  ;D

Seriously though I am looking forward to a wee pub crawl up & down Union Street in the afternoon and maybe along the 'shore in the evening if we can handle it  ;D

Probs end up just sitting in the T'Wig a' day and nicht (well, apart fae a curry break)  ::)

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Post by: Dods on August 11, 2006, 16:25:36 pm
Terr babe, how are you getting here?
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 11, 2006, 16:29:10 pm
QuoteTerr babe, how are you getting here?



You might be better asking that question in GCE. I'm not sure if Terry frequents the Plateau  ;)
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Post by: Dods on August 11, 2006, 16:45:05 pm
Quote


You might be better asking that question in GCE. I'm not sure if Terry frequents the Plateau
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Post by: Ashley on August 21, 2006, 12:14:28 pm
HP distillery was very interesting, was disappointed they had no 40yo at the shop, but when I looked online it's over
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Post by: Dods on August 21, 2006, 14:43:10 pm
...and the shop was half empty if other stuff (t-shirts etc) as they are re-branding soon  ::)
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Post by: BaldiePete on September 04, 2006, 19:30:35 pm
Lots of stuff about HP's business plans in The Herald (http://www.theherald.co.uk/business/69310.html) today. Expect new shaped bottles and some new expressions (16YO).
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Post by: BaldiePete on September 05, 2006, 20:24:19 pm
Scapa 14YO only
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Post by: Fishy on September 07, 2006, 12:57:42 pm
anybody going to Whisky Live in Glasgow this weekend..??
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Post by: Norwegian on September 14, 2006, 21:35:57 pm
So if I should bring 1 bottle of Whisky home from Scotland next week-end, what should I buy?
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Post by: Ron on September 14, 2006, 21:46:34 pm
QuoteSo if I should bring 1 bottle of Whisky home from Scotland next week-end, what should I buy?


Try a few samples in a bar first.
They all taste differently, so no real advise to give here on which one to buy.
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Post by: Norwegian on September 15, 2006, 07:57:54 am
Quote

Try a few samples in a bar first.
They all taste differently, so no real advise to give here on which one to buy.

I
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Post by: Fishy on September 20, 2006, 12:00:34 pm
Quote
I
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Post by: Norwegian on September 20, 2006, 20:06:53 pm
Quote


depends whether you like the taste for peaty ones, blends etc... i've just polished off a Highland PArk but also like Ardbed (Peaty)..might be worth trying an Arran Malt..:)

show me the way mate :D
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Post by: Ron on September 20, 2006, 21:30:00 pm
I am having a very nice tasting next month:

1. Invergordon 1964, 41 years 47,1% winkelwaarde 169,00
2. Glenlossie 1966, 40 years 50,0% winkelwaarde 209,00
3. Glentauchers 1990, 15 years 58,5% winkelwaarde 99,00
4. Glen Elgin 1978, 27 years 47,5% winkelwaarde 169,00
5. Highland Park 1981, 24 years 55,8% winkelwaarde 139,00
6. Macallan 1976, 30 years 45,1% winkelwaarde 250,00
7. Bunnahabhain 1977, 27 years 50,6% winkelwaarde 199,00  `
8. The Whisky That Cannot Be Named 1953, 50 years 54,3% winkelwaarde 1199,00
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Post by: Fishy on September 22, 2006, 11:53:05 am
Cracked open some Balvennie 10 yr old..lovely stuff...
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Post by: The Letter R on September 22, 2006, 15:11:08 pm
QuoteLots of stuff about HP's business plans in The Herald (http://www.theherald.co.uk/business/69310.html) today. Expect new shaped bottles and some new expressions (16YO).


Launch of new bottle announced in the Morning Advertiser today ( LV trade paper ).
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Post by: The Letter R on October 04, 2006, 17:28:11 pm

Not sure if anyone gets this but may be of interest to some....


http://www.whiskymag.com/
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on October 05, 2006, 00:04:10 am
Mmmmmm, a nice drop of Ardbeg 10 yr old, with plenty of ice, and a splash of orange :)
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Post by: BaldiePete on October 05, 2006, 00:25:56 am
QuoteMmmmmm, a nice drop of Ardbeg 10 yr old, with plenty of ice, and a splash of orange :)



You're trolling,  aren't you  ;)
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Post by: Fishy on October 05, 2006, 10:29:52 am
QuoteMmmmmm, a nice drop of Ardbeg 10 yr old, with plenty of ice, and a splash of orange :)


i'll take the Ardbeg and the ice but you can feck right off with yer dash of orange mate.... ;)
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on October 05, 2006, 14:09:14 pm
Quote


You're trolling,
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Post by: Dixkot on October 05, 2006, 19:03:43 pm
QuoteMmmmmm, a nice drop of Ardbeg 10 yr old, with plenty of ice, and a splash of orange :)



:o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o


THAT IS OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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Post by: BaldiePete on October 05, 2006, 21:42:46 pm
Quote


:o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o


THAT IS OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!







YHBT  ;)

(If you don't understand - go here (http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/Y/YHBT.html)
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Post by: Dixkot on October 05, 2006, 22:34:11 pm
Quote


YHBT  ;)

(If you don't understand - go here (http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/Y/YHBT.html)



It's still outrageous. ;)

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Post by: Dods on October 06, 2006, 17:41:36 pm
I finally have all my bit in one hoose again and I'm rather scared by the amount of whisky I have!

I'll never drink it all in a lifetime. Or at least if I did, the lifetime would be a short one.

Fancy a weekend tasting a Castle Dod anyone?  :P

I'll let you camp  ;D
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Post by: Ashley on October 07, 2006, 09:39:38 am
QuoteI finally have all my bit in one hoose again and I'm rather scared by the amount of whisky I have!

I'll never drink it all in a lifetime. Or at least if I did, the lifetime would be a short one.

Fancy a weekend tasting a Castle Dod anyone?
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on October 12, 2006, 00:11:32 am
Fistfulls of ice in my Whiskey tonight
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Post by: Ron on October 12, 2006, 13:05:41 pm
QuoteFistfulls of ice in my Whiskey tonight


Lemon, orange or vanilla flavoured?
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Post by: Ron on October 14, 2006, 17:42:17 pm
QuoteI am having a very nice tasting next month:

1. Invergordon 1964, 41 years 47,1% winkelwaarde 169,00
2. Glenlossie 1966, 40 years 50,0% winkelwaarde 209,00
3. Glentauchers 1990, 15 years 58,5% winkelwaarde 99,00
4. Glen Elgin 1978, 27 years 47,5% winkelwaarde 169,00
5. Highland Park 1981, 24 years 55,8% winkelwaarde 139,00
6. Macallan 1976, 30 years 45,1% winkelwaarde 250,00
7. Bunnahabhain 1977, 27 years 50,6% winkelwaarde 199,00  `
8. The Whisky That Cannot Be Named 1953, 50 years 54,3% winkelwaarde 1199,00


Off to sample this tonight. Will report in the morning (if capable).
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Post by: Ron on October 15, 2006, 19:04:12 pm
Sampling all single casks yesterday, from Adelphi Distilleries (http://www.adelphidistillery.com/home).
Especially the HP, Glenlossie en Whisky That Cannot Be Named were delightful. The Glentauchers was nice too, as was the Bunnahabhain.
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Post by: BaldiePete on October 18, 2006, 17:51:26 pm
I picked up a whisky book in a charity shop at the weekend. It is "Spirit Of Adventure - A Journey Beyond The Whisky Trails" by Tom Morton, a Scottish journalist. Let's just say that it bears certain similarities to Iain Banks "Raw Spirit" in both style and content. Since this book was published about 12 years prior to the Iain Banks book, if I was Tom Morton I'd be having a word with my lawyers about it.

Anyway, it's good fun although the guy doesn't like Scapa  :o but he loves HP  ;D.

This is him on adding lemonade to malt whisky:

Out of the question, as are any of the following: Coca-Cola, Irn Bru, tomato juice, Lucozade, Pakora juice, curry sauce, Gatorade, Angostura Bitters, Worcester Sauce, etc etc. If you really want to add fruity, sugary things to a whisky, the only one designed for it is The Invergordon Single Grain. But if all you want to taste is the fruity, sugary thing in the first place, plus some alcoholic kick, why not add a little methylated spirits to it ? This will also make you go blind, meaning you wont have to look at what you're drinking, and you will possibly die in agony, which is possibly what you deserve.

Are you listening Nick ?    ;)
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on October 18, 2006, 17:57:47 pm
QuoteAre you listening Nick ?
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Post by: BaldiePete on October 18, 2006, 19:15:21 pm
Quote
I was going to stick some Coca-Cola in my Ardbeg tonight :-/ ;)

Is HP Sauce acceptable in HP?



The meths is in the post  ::)
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on October 19, 2006, 00:19:13 am
Tonight I have mostly been drinking Balvenie Founders Reserve, on it's own :)

I've been drinking it thriugh a straw though, and put a cocktail umbrella in it.............
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Post by: The Letter R on October 20, 2006, 14:26:31 pm
Glenfiddich are launching a Ltd edition single malt for Christmas. Due to hit the shops on 1st Dec the Toasted Oak Reserve 12 yr old Whisky has been matured in casks that have been toasted to produce a rich, spiced, sweet vanilla aroma. The barrels were originally used in the States to mature American whiskey before being shipped to Scotland and filled with Glenfiddich.
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Post by: TerrBerr on October 21, 2006, 00:18:31 am
Thought you whisky connoisseurs would get a tickle out of this or a sigh of despair...

There was a works competition crossword and my colleague asked me for help with one clue.

A word for 'orange liqueur'.

He suggested that 'Glenmorangie' was the answer.  ;D

My other colleague was amazed to find that the actual answer was 'Curacao'. She said, 'But that's blue!'


;D  ;D  ;D

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Post by: BaldiePete on October 21, 2006, 00:29:47 am
QuoteThought you whisky connoisseurs would get a tickle out of this or a sigh of despair...

There was a works competition crossword and my colleague asked me for help with one clue.

A word for 'orange liqueur'.

He suggested that 'Glenmorangie' was the answer.  ;D

My other colleague was amazed to find that the actual answer was 'Curacao'. She said, 'But that's blue!'


;D  ;D  ;D



I usually refer to Glenmorangie as "orangie".

Bland and boring IMO  :o
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Post by: Dods on October 23, 2006, 11:23:39 am
QuoteI picked up a whisky book in a charity shop at the weekend. It is "Spirit Of Adventure - A Journey Beyond The Whisky Trails" by Tom Morton, a Scottish journalist. Let's just say that it bears certain similarities to Iain Banks "Raw Spirit" in both style and content. Since this book was published about 12 years prior to the Iain Banks book, if I was Tom Morton I'd be having a word with my lawyers about it.

Anyway, it's good fun although the guy doesn't like Scapa
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Post by: BaldiePete on November 05, 2006, 10:01:05 am
Anne and I called in at the Vaults for a quick one yesterday (  :o  ::) ).

I had a number 3 (Bowmore). Very nice, typically Islay, lots of peat and sea. I completely failed to identify the Skips crisps aroma identified in the tasting notes  :-?

(http://www.taquitos.net/dbimages13/Skips-Prawn.jpg)

Anne had a number 4 (HP). There was something different about the nose on this but since I didn't have the tasting notes and I am rubbish at identifying anything other than the most obvious smells and flavours I couldn't pin it down.
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Post by: The Old Dog on November 05, 2006, 11:17:33 am
Quote
He did a wee telly series on his 2-stroke bike many moons ago touring the distilleries. He does Radio Scotland between 2pm and 4pm weekdays.

Aye a remember that from what i remember it was an old east european bike possibly east german or czech i'll go and have a hunt for the exact one mz was the prefix i think ..i was told by a member of smws that they have several new "dirty bay" types coming in all done in different casks ...think he said that one was going to cost out at
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Post by: BaldiePete on November 05, 2006, 11:44:18 am
Quote
Aye a remember that from what i remember it was an old east european bike possibly east german or czech i'll go and have a hunt for the exact one mz was the prefix i think ..i was told by a member of smws that they have several new "dirty bay" types coming in all done in different casks ...think he said that one was going to cost out at
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Post by: The Old Dog on November 05, 2006, 11:48:46 am
Quote

It was an MZ250 (with a sidecar
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Post by: Slim on November 28, 2006, 00:44:41 am
Cracked open a bottle of the Talisker, earlier on. I love this time of year when you can get it for less than
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Post by: Slim on November 28, 2006, 00:47:38 am
QuoteTonight I have mostly been drinking Balvenie Founders Reserve, on it's own :)

I've been drinking it thriugh a straw though, and put a cocktail umbrella in it.............


Good man  8-)
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Post by: Dods on December 18, 2006, 10:32:11 am
Brought some Old Pulteney along in a hipper to a Christmas doo on Friday. Went down a treat  :P
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Post by: Ron on December 18, 2006, 10:41:28 am
Our merchant gave us a nice bottle of 10yr old Ardbeg for Christmas.
Now that's a nice treat. :)
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on December 18, 2006, 12:58:09 pm
QuoteOur merchant gave us a nice bottle of 10yr old Ardbeg for Christmas.
Now that's a nice treat. :)

You lucky man :)
I'll be having a drop of that tonight when I get back in from Iron Maiden
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Post by: Ron on December 18, 2006, 13:44:44 pm
Quote
You lucky man :)
I'll be having a drop of that tonight when I get back in from Iron Maiden


Yep, it does feel lucky. He is quite generous towards us (regularly we get a bottle of wine to sample), but that's probably we are quite good customers. :)
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Post by: Reg on December 21, 2006, 10:45:17 am
(http://www.laphroaig.com/uploads/images/cask_full_size.jpg)

Original cask strength 10 year old Laphroaig was what I discovered last night.  55%.

Crikey its good.  

Now here is a tale (and a question).  I do confess to putting some ice in, and the whisky went cloudy, so, not being an expert I took it back to the bar and they experimented with 2 more glasses.

In one, they poured the malt, which looked dark and clear, then added ice, sure 'nuff, it went cloudy.

2nd glass, they added some water to the whisky and once again, it went cloudy.

Oh, says I, it must be alright - it looks fine before you add anything to it.  Ok says the owner, you might as well have these as well!

Oh dear.  . . .

Anyway, to you cask strength afficionados - is this normal behaviour (I mean for the whisky, not for the pub owner - that obviously ISN'T normal behaviour!).

I can say it was a lovely drop, and after the 3 beers (1 x Rosey Nosey guest beer, and 2 x Timothy Taylor Landlords), these 3 or 4 whiskys (the 'experiment' glasses were not short measures!), and of course, I felt duty bound to buy another, well, I was well and truly in a good mood.
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 21, 2006, 11:09:29 am
That malt has not been chill-filtered so when you add ice  :o :o :o  or water to it  ;) it will go cloudy. You got a bargain there, shame you ruined the taste by adding ice  ;).

Chill-filtering was introduced for this very reason. In the American market, where whisky is commonly drunk with ice, they are unhappy if the drink appears to change when the ice is put in. The chill-filtering cools the spirit and removes the cloudiness. Unfortunately it also removes some of the character and taste.
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Post by: Reg on December 21, 2006, 11:27:18 am
Thanks Pete.  Afterwards someone read on the label that you should use 2 parts water to 1 part of the whisky to get the best of the flavour.  That seems a bit extreme to me.
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Post by: Ron on December 21, 2006, 11:33:56 am
With cask strength whisky, I just add a few drops, not too much.
If the best flavour would be with so much water, the distillery would probably water it down already for you.
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Post by: Blastzone on December 21, 2006, 22:22:43 pm
Got given from a customer today a bottle of Wallace single malt whisky liqueur .. distilled and bottled in Deanston Perthshire.
Anybody tasted it before? I've never heard of it but hope to crack it open xmas eve with some friends.
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Post by: The Old Dog on December 21, 2006, 22:58:16 pm
It's  ok  i think i have had it  can't remember when or where for that matter as it comes from Deanston distillery it should be good nice water up there  ...enjoy  btw 3 bottles of JD  ;D
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Post by: Blastzone on December 22, 2006, 00:25:15 am
thanks dave ... i'll give it a go(jd in reserve though ;)
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Post by: Ashley on December 22, 2006, 10:36:58 am
Quote(http://www.laphroaig.com/uploads/images/cask_full_size.jpg)

Original cask strength 10 year old Laphroaig was what I discovered last night.
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 22, 2006, 10:39:41 am
That will teach you for buying a bottle of Orangey  :P
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Post by: Dods on December 22, 2006, 13:15:24 pm
QuoteThat will teach you for buying a bottle of Orangey
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Post by: markyg on December 22, 2006, 18:07:37 pm
got given an 18 yo Highland Park today by a contractor..lovely.
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 22, 2006, 19:53:54 pm
Quotegot given an 18 yo Highland Park today by a contractor..lovely.



You jammy bugger. Best whisky ever.
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Post by: markyg on December 24, 2006, 13:49:59 pm
lol, yeah, im no expert but i like highland park, i have
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Post by: NeilP on December 26, 2006, 12:29:32 pm
Got this yesterday, very nice bottle too.

Highland Park Ambassadors Cask 21 Year Old

(http://www.highlandpark.co.uk/img/whisky/limited/ambassadorCask.jpg)
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on December 26, 2006, 13:00:59 pm
QuoteGot this yesterday, very nice bottle too.

Highland Park Ambassadors Cask 21 Year Old

(http://www.highlandpark.co.uk/img/whisky/limited/ambassadorCask.jpg)

Very nice :D

I might crack open my Signatory un-chillfiltered HP later on
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Post by: Norwegian on December 26, 2006, 13:53:43 pm
I just remembered that I have a bottle of Bruichladdich Islay 10 yrs (purchased it in 1999)

Have not tasted it, am not an expert what am I in for here? Compare it to Glenmorangie, I like that one :)

Cheers
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Post by: NeilP on December 26, 2006, 14:43:30 pm
Quote
Very nice :D

I might crack open my Signatory un-chillfiltered HP later on


a splash of orange with it Nick?
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Post by: Ron on December 26, 2006, 16:06:53 pm
QuoteI just remembered that I have a bottle of Bruichladdich Islay 10 yrs (purchased it in 1999)

Have not tasted it, am not an expert what am I in for here? Compare it to Glenmorangie, I like that one :)

Cheers


I'm not too familiar with the Glenmorangie, but Bruichladdich is one of the 'milder' Islays. Hardly any peat in the taste, so if you like the highland whiskies, you should be ok with this one.

And remember, there's only one way to find out: try it!
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on December 26, 2006, 16:19:29 pm
Quote

a splash of orange with it Nick?

Lemonade Neil, Lemonade ;D
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Post by: Dixkot on December 26, 2006, 17:22:07 pm
QuoteI just remembered that I have a bottle of Bruichladdich Islay 10 yrs (purchased it in 1999)

Have not tasted it, am not an expert what am I in for here? Compare it to Glenmorangie, I like that one :)

Cheers


I know it's a matter of personal taste but I think that Bruichladdich is way better that Glenmorangie.

Bruichladdich and it's near neighbour Bunnahabain are among my favourites.

As Ron says they don't have that 'medical' taste of the peaty Islays like Laphroaig & Lagavulin.

Enjoy. ;D




My mate and his wife are up tonight, and I plan to open my 12 y.o H.P and throw the stopper away immediately.

::)
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on December 26, 2006, 17:45:33 pm
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My mate and his wife are up tonight, and I plan to open my 12 y.o H.P and throw the stopper away immediately.

Don't forget the orange/coke/lemonade  and lots of ice;)
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Post by: Dixkot on December 26, 2006, 17:51:51 pm
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Don't forget the orange/coke/lemonade  and lots of ice;)


>:( >:( >:( >:(


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Post by: Norwegian on December 26, 2006, 20:39:59 pm
Quote

I know it's a matter of personal taste but I think that Bruichladdich is way better that Glenmorangie.

Bruichladdich and it's near neighbour Bunnahabain are among my favourites.

As Ron says they don't have that 'medical' taste of the peaty Islays like Laphroaig & Lagavulin.

Enjoy. ;D




My mate and his wife are up tonight, and I plan to open my 12 y.o H.P and throw the stopper away immediately.

::)

Cheers mate, and good luck with that 12 y.o. H.P ;)
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Post by: Norwegian on December 26, 2006, 20:40:37 pm
Quote

I'm not too familiar with the Glenmorangie, but Bruichladdich is one of the 'milder' Islays. Hardly any peat in the taste, so if you like the highland whiskies, you should be ok with this one.

And remember, there's only one way to find out: try it!

cheers Ron, I will give it a try :)
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Post by: Fishy on January 16, 2007, 19:15:15 pm
Might crack open some ancNoc tonight... never tried it...:)
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Post by: Ashley on January 23, 2007, 00:42:35 am
Last night I finished off a lovely Laphroig.

Tonight is a 14yo Scarpa, very nice.
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on January 25, 2007, 00:10:37 am
Just had a nice drop or two of Talisker. Good Medicine.
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 25, 2007, 00:20:29 am
QuoteJust had a nice drop or two of Talisker. Good Medicine.

What colour was your cocktail umbrella ?  ;)
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Post by: Ashley on January 25, 2007, 10:34:39 am
Last night was Ardbeg, ooh so nice and warming.  ;)

Tonight, being Jock night, I think I shall start with the light oak 10yo Macallan which is a very nice early evening Malt, then I think HP18yo to celebrate Burns followed to the close by a heavy and strongly peated Islay, choice not yet determined.

I have decided not to wear a dress as I shall leave that up to my chip bearing, paranoid, hairy legged friends in the North.  ;D
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Post by: Dixkot on January 25, 2007, 11:09:50 am

From today's Daily Record.

STORE'S WHISKIES BEAT THE BIG GUNS

SUPERMARKET whiskies have beaten some of Scotland's most famous malts in the drink's "bible".

Drinks expert Jim Murray has given top marks to Tesco's 12-year-old Speyside and Islay malts in his 2007 Whisky Bible.

The Speyside is given a rating of 88, compared with only 83 for rival Glenlivet and 80 for Glenfiddich Special Reserve.

Tesco's Islay malt does even better, earning a rating of 89 to beat Bowmore's top selling 12-year-old, rated at 85.

Tesco's s ingle malts sell for
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Post by: Ashley on January 25, 2007, 11:12:20 am
Quote
From today's Daily Record.

STORE'S WHISKIES BEAT THE BIG GUNS

SUPERMARKET whiskies have beaten some of Scotland's most famous malts in the drink's "bible".

Drinks expert Jim Murray has given top marks to Tesco's 12-year-old Speyside and Islay malts in his 2007 Whisky Bible.

The Speyside is given a rating of 88, compared with only 83 for rival Glenlivet and 80 for Glenfiddich Special Reserve.

Tesco's Islay malt does even better, earning a rating of 89 to beat Bowmore's top selling 12-year-old, rated at 85.

Tesco's s ingle malts sell for
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Post by: Dixkot on January 25, 2007, 11:20:20 am


I've tried the Speyside, and it is excellent.

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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on January 25, 2007, 20:36:31 pm
Quote
What colour was your cocktail umbrella ?
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Post by: Blastzone on January 25, 2007, 23:40:20 pm
My sales rep colleague from work is just back from visiting Belfast and,although neither of us know much about whisky, he said he had had a nip called "Middleton" which he loved and asked if i had tried of it before.
I aint even heard of it ... anyone out there seen it, or where to get a hold of it ?
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Post by: Ashley on January 25, 2007, 23:41:53 pm
Port Ellen 21yo

The last of the batch Baldie Pete gave me.

Bowmore  ;)
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 26, 2007, 00:59:21 am
Quote
No cocktail umbrella involved Pete, just a glass and some Talisker, the way God intended us to drink British Whisky :)



Who's this God character ?
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 26, 2007, 01:00:19 am
QuotePort Ellen 21yo

The last of the batch Baldie Pete gave me.

Bowmore  ;)



FFS - that was a teeny bottle from almost 2 years ago  :o :o

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Post by: Ashley on January 26, 2007, 07:51:17 am
Quote


FFS - that was a teeny bottle from almost 2 years ago
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 27, 2007, 12:13:15 pm
Anne and I were at the SMWS in Leith last night.

I had:

4.111 21 YO HP   ;D
93.22 14 YO Longrow
66.21 21 YO Ardmore (very strange and sweet, almost toffee like)
37.31 28 YO Cragganmore

Very nice haggis, tatties and neeps as well.

The I came home and had a Clynelish  ::)
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Post by: Ron on January 27, 2007, 13:24:21 pm
We had a couple of Lagavulin 12 yr. old Special Release last night, before dinner.
Lovely with a drop of water.
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Post by: Ashley on January 27, 2007, 14:11:07 pm
Finally had my Haggis last night, with a HP 18yo and a whisky sauce.

Yum.
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Post by: Dods on January 29, 2007, 12:14:50 pm
QuoteAnne and I were at the SMWS in Leith last night.

I had:

4.111 21 YO HP
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Post by: Norwegian on February 26, 2007, 13:48:06 pm
had me some of this on Friday, seem to recall that I liked it very much :)
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 27, 2007, 23:47:42 pm
Anne has just suggested we take a trip to Islay for my birthday this year  :o :o  ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on February 28, 2007, 00:01:35 am
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Tesco's Islay malt does even better, earning a rating of 89 to beat Bowmore's top selling 12-year-old, rated at 85.
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Managed to get hold of some of that last week, seems to fly off the shelves, not got round to tasting it yet though.... ::)
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 19, 2007, 00:22:18 am
Jeez, no one's been in here for almost three months  :o

I'm currently drinking a Glenlivet, which is pleasant enough but lacking a little character (either that or it's too subtle for my tastes  ;) ). That means it's easy to tan a few large ones though  ::)

My collection is currently down to:

Port Ellen (2nd release) - almost finished  :'( :'(
Glenlivet
Oban
Macallan
HP 18 (half of a 33ml bottle  :'( )
HP 12

I need to get a new bottle or two.
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Post by: Ashley on May 19, 2007, 00:32:54 am
I need a dram right now.

And not a wee one!!!!!

::)
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on May 19, 2007, 00:40:03 am
QuoteI need a dram right now.

And not a wee one!!!!!

::)

Well, get one and finish off the ticket allocations, I'm in the car-park at Sheffield btw ;)

Must say that the Tesco Islay malt was very good indeed, although not an overly peaty example, and their own label Highland one is very good too, I shall go revisit that one very soon.

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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on May 29, 2007, 00:20:37 am
Bought meself a bottle of this for
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 29, 2007, 00:36:15 am
QuoteBought meself a bottle of this for
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Post by: Slim on May 29, 2007, 13:49:34 pm
I bought a bottle of Chivas Regal yesterday. Never tried it before, and it's a blended so won't appeal to hardcore single malt devotees. But my options were very limited at Somerfields, so I gave it a go. Very nice, especially for
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 29, 2007, 20:56:16 pm
I found that I had a bottle of Scapa lurking at the back of the drinks shelf so I got Bunnahabhain instead.  ;D

(http://www.bunnahabhain.com/imgs/page_imgs/045.jpg)

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Post by: Dods on May 30, 2007, 10:34:22 am
QuoteBought meself a bottle of this for
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Post by: Dods on May 30, 2007, 10:35:09 am
QuoteI found that I had a bottle of Scapa lurking at the back of the drinks shelf so I got Bunnahabhain instead.
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Post by: hygge on May 30, 2007, 10:35:33 am
QuoteI found that I had a bottle of Scapa lurking at the back of the drinks shelf so I got Bunnahabhain instead.
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Post by: Dods on May 30, 2007, 16:16:19 pm
Quote

Bunnahabhain is one of my favourites. It used to be pretty cheap here in Sweden - 318SEK (
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Post by: Norwegian on June 01, 2007, 19:50:52 pm
I am having a glass of Bowmore Enigna now :)
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Post by: hygge on June 02, 2007, 10:15:15 am
Quote
That is because Pete keeps buying up the stock
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 19, 2007, 00:59:34 am
A bottle of Laphroaig Double Matured Quarter Cask as a Fathers Day present  ;D  It does not have an age specified which is unusual  :-?

Dods would hate this  ;)
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Post by: Ron on June 23, 2007, 21:02:12 pm
A 30 year old Ardbeg (well, actually two) before dinner tonight. Highly yummie. :D
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Post by: Ashley on June 23, 2007, 23:09:39 pm
Just opened an 18yo Caol Ila.

Very nioce, but maybe I should add a dash of water as it is quite rough to the tongue.
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 24, 2007, 01:29:18 am
QuoteJust opened an 18yo Caol Ila.

Very nioce, but maybe I should add a dash of water as it is quite rough to the tongue.



Can you taste the driver's armpits ?  ;) ;D

http://www.t-n-m-s.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1100819936/160
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Post by: Ron on June 24, 2007, 22:10:38 pm
Cask strength Laphroaig

(http://www.laphroaig.com/images/our_whiskies/cask_bottle.jpg)
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Post by: Dods on June 25, 2007, 14:37:08 pm
Quote


Can you taste the driver's armpits ?
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Post by: Dods on July 06, 2007, 14:42:31 pm
Forgive me Speyside for I have sinned:

I have not had a dram in ages
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Post by: Reg on July 27, 2007, 13:46:09 pm
QuoteCask strength Laphroaig

(http://www.laphroaig.com/images/our_whiskies/cask_bottle.jpg)

Wow.  I had some of that around Christmas last year in a pub.  Very, VERY nice, and also very strong.
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Post by: Reg on July 27, 2007, 13:49:02 pm
Sorry if it has been mentioned before, but did y'all know that ENGLAND now has a whisky distillery?  They casked their first brew in December 2006.

Check it out here (http://www.norfolkwhisky.co.uk/index.htm).

It only came to my attention because there was an item on it last night on the local news.
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Post by: BaldiePete on July 27, 2007, 18:27:29 pm
I finished my Port Ellen 24YO Second Release  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

(http://www.whisky-land.de/catalog/images/RM-Port-Ellen-2nd.jpg)
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 02, 2007, 00:12:23 am
QuoteSorry if it has been mentioned before, but did y'all know that ENGLAND now has a whisky distillery?
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Post by: Dods on August 03, 2007, 13:46:59 pm
Quote
Hoorah, the Scotch can have their independence then ;D

;D
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Post by: Slim on August 13, 2007, 21:12:24 pm
QuoteCask strength Laphroaig

(http://www.laphroaig.com/images/our_whiskies/cask_bottle.jpg)


I bought a quarter-cask Laphroaig a few months ago (actually Christmas, now I think about it). I like the Laphroaig and Islays in general, but this was a shade too intense for me.
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Post by: Slim on August 13, 2007, 21:14:18 pm
QuoteFinally ended my whisky drought in the pub last week. Glenlivit 18yr old. Been drinking lots of Gin lately


Moi aussi, actually - a lot of Martinis have passed the lips in the last month or three.
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 24, 2007, 19:40:48 pm
Got a bottle of this 27YO Port Ellen from Anne for my birthday last week  ;D

(http://www.whisky-online.com/acatalog/malt-Port-Ellen-bot-1607.jpg)

(http://www.whisky-online.com/acatalog/malt-Port-Ellen-lab-1607.jpg)
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Post by: Dods on September 04, 2007, 17:32:00 pm
Yuk  ;)

Friends brought round a bottle of 18yr old HP last Saturday night  :D
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Post by: BaldiePete on September 04, 2007, 18:11:14 pm
QuoteYuk  ;)


Heathen  ;)

Quote
Friends brought round a bottle of 18yr old HP last Saturday night  :D


Now THOSE are what I call friends.
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Post by: 2112TomSawyer on September 05, 2007, 17:42:11 pm
Glen Garioch......mmmmmm nice !!!!!

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Post by: 2112TomSawyer on September 08, 2007, 20:02:21 pm
Not that anyone's bothered but had a drop more Glen Garioch tonight and it's still fantastic.

I'm very very  happy !!!!
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Post by: Spirit of Rich on September 08, 2007, 20:40:11 pm
QuoteNot that anyone's bothered but had a drop more Glen Garioch tonight and it's still fantastic.

I'm very very
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Post by: 2112TomSawyer on September 09, 2007, 14:27:39 pm
Quote

That makes a change.
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Post by: Slim on October 25, 2007, 21:23:47 pm
Drinking a rather fine single malt, this evening. Absolutely gorgeous, with a truly enticing flavour - quite warm, delightfully woody with lots of depth, subdued vanilla notes with a hint of citrus and a suggestion of licquorice - and as smooth as an otter's cravat.

It's the Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky,
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Post by: Micke.K on October 25, 2007, 21:45:50 pm
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And if the missus notices my slurred speech on the phone later on, I'll be able to tell her, hand on heart, that I haven't been on the Scotch again.


;D ;D

Good plan....I'll probably use it at some point.....I hope it's not copyrighted ;D
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Post by: Norwegian on October 25, 2007, 22:18:53 pm
Having a glas of Bowmore Enigma to celebrate the SMB
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Post by: Micke.K on October 25, 2007, 22:21:12 pm
QuoteHaving a glas of Bowmore Enigma to celebrate the SMB
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Post by: Norwegian on October 25, 2007, 22:36:00 pm
Quote

Me - A glass of Shiraz 8-)

:onot one of my bottles I hope ;D
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Post by: Dods on October 25, 2007, 22:51:37 pm
QuoteIt's the Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky,
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Post by: Dods on October 25, 2007, 22:53:33 pm
QuoteGlen Garioch......mmmmmm nice !!!!!


I just noticed this post.

The distillery is 4 miles away fae here mate  :D
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Post by: Micke.K on October 25, 2007, 23:17:27 pm
Quote
:onot one of my bottles I hope ;D

::)
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Post by: Dods on October 26, 2007, 11:04:16 am
QuoteI bought of bottle of AnCnoc a while back and cracked it open (inspired by Dods!) and well I'm really surprised at how smooth and light it is.

Can someone tell me though, how the bloody hell I pronounce it?

The n's are silent  ;)
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Post by: Norwegian on October 26, 2007, 12:22:41 pm
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The n's are silent  ;)

[smiley=laugh.gif] [smiley=laugh.gif]
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Post by: Slim on October 27, 2007, 01:33:10 am
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That is surprisingly tasty is it not  :)

However, I still do not beleive that it is a malt!   :(


It certainly is very flavoursome. To me it tastes more like a top drawer blended than a single malt.
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Post by: BaldiePete on October 27, 2007, 09:52:43 am
Of course it's a "malt". If it's made by the same process using the correct ingredients (malted barley, yeast, water) then it's a malt.

What it isn't is "Scotch".

That doesn't seem to have stopped the SMWS from stocking Japanese (and American) whisky though. I've never had any Japanese whisky, must try some next time I'm down there.
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Post by: Slim on October 27, 2007, 13:41:19 pm
Would be a shame if the Japanese buggered the British whisky industry the way they did the British motor industry - but I don't think it'll happen.
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Post by: Norwegian on November 04, 2007, 16:59:06 pm
had 3 glasses of this last night :)

(http://www.whiskyguiden.se/Bilder/twe/talisker18.jpg)
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Post by: Micke.K on November 05, 2007, 09:47:50 am
Friday night I had this nice whisky, which I bought at the airport in Rome

(http://www.johnlewis.com/jl_assets/product/230220763.jpg)
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on November 05, 2007, 10:07:24 am
QuoteFriday night I had this nice whisky, which I bought at the airport in Rome

(http://www.johnlewis.com/jl_assets/product/230220763.jpg)

Now that is nice, don't think it's as good as it used to be though....
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Micke.K on November 05, 2007, 10:09:45 am
Quote
Now that is nice, don't think it's as good as it used to be though....


I wouldn't know. cause it was the first time I tasted it :)

I liked it very much 8-)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on November 05, 2007, 10:49:56 am
Quote

I wouldn't know. cause it was the first time I tasted it :)


Don't forget everything was better in the past ;)

QuoteI liked it very much 8-)

It's a very good all-round Whisky.
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Post by: Micke.K on November 05, 2007, 10:54:32 am
Quote

Don't forget everything was better in the past ;)



Too right 8-)
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Post by: Ashley on November 05, 2007, 11:40:19 am
Great choice Fuzzface, well done.  :D

A fabulous standard malt that is just marvellous.

The 18yo one imho is the daddy of the 4 I have so far tried.

12yo - Great stuff, the perfect everyday dram

16yo - dissapointing, only had one nip though so should try it more.

18yo - Superb, great honied expression (ooerr), and just a fabulous incredibly superb tasting whisky.

25yo - Good whisky too, but not as good as the 18yo.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on November 05, 2007, 11:52:45 am
Finished off my bottle of Lagavulin Double Matured last night.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 05, 2007, 12:51:04 pm
QuoteOf course it's a "malt". If it's made by the same process using the correct ingredients (malted barley, yeast, water) then it's a malt.

What it isn't is "Scotch".

Yes I know but I also think you know where I'm coming from.

A pilgrimage weekend to SMWS needs to be organised again sometime in '08.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Micke.K on November 05, 2007, 13:23:09 pm
Quote
Yes I know but I also think you know where I'm coming from.



Scotland, right..? ::)

;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on November 05, 2007, 13:25:20 pm
Quote

Scotland, right..? ::)

;D


;D

The barley that makes Highland Park grows all around my house in Aberdeenshire. The beasts are enjoying the stalks now.  :P
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on November 25, 2007, 22:14:20 pm
Just cracked open a bottle of the 12YO Glenlivet.
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Post by: BaldiePete on November 25, 2007, 22:22:45 pm
QuoteJust cracked open a bottle of the 12YO Glenlivet.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on November 26, 2007, 12:11:23 pm
I had a few glasses of the 15YO Glenlivet this week-end :)
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Post by: The Old Dog on December 08, 2007, 21:06:23 pm
Quote

Nice - The Glenlivet is my favourite of the Speysides.


Funny i find it a bit on the weak/watery side for my taste certainly not as robust as say a Scapa or my Highland Park special  ;) but then i've been spoiled by HP other whisky just isn't the same anymore .
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 09, 2007, 02:17:09 am
Quote

Funny i find it a bit on the weak/watery side for my taste certainly not as robust as say a Scapa or my Highland Park special  ;) but then i've been spoiled by HP other whisky just isn't the same anymore .



Neither of which are Speysides  ;)  Not my favorite whisky area. Sorry Dods     :P
Scapa and HP are both superior to Glenlivet. Those Orcadians must be doing something right. ::)

I got a bottle of Ledaig in Morrisons today for
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: The Old Dog on December 09, 2007, 12:15:26 pm
Quote

;D

The barley that makes Highland Park grows all around my house in Aberdeenshire. The beasts are enjoying the stalks now.  :P

It all used to be locally grown till HP became more widely available ,still some of the barley crop is still sourced locally but given this years rubbish weather i'd be surprised if any was taken ..

Quote


Scapa and HP are both superior to Glenlivet. Those Orcadians must be doing something right. ::)


Aye but ye dinna wante ken whit extra gets added   ;)ahm sayin nowt  ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on December 13, 2007, 00:01:56 am
Tonight I have been mostly drinking Scapa 12yo. Yowzah. Good stuff indeed. feck, I;ve got a meeting with the auditors tomorrow. feck. feck. feck.
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Post by: Slim on December 22, 2007, 00:22:01 am
Quote


Neither of which are Speysides  ;)  Not my favorite whisky area. Sorry Dods     :P
Scapa and HP are both superior to Glenlivet. Those Orcadians must be doing something right. ::)


Don't agree with you about HP. Very nondescript; rather unsatisfying.
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 22, 2007, 10:40:24 am
Quote

Don't agree with you about HP. Very nondescript; rather unsatisfying.


You must be talking about the brown sauce  ::)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on December 22, 2007, 10:59:07 am
had a few Balvenie Doublewood last night :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Reg on December 24, 2007, 21:50:16 pm
Am just sampling a new purchase - the Bruichladdich Rocks from Islay.  46%.  Non-chill filtered.

Very nice.  About
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on December 25, 2007, 13:57:13 pm
I got a bottle of of HP 18YO today   ;D ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on December 25, 2007, 22:33:09 pm
QuoteI got a bottle of of HP 18YO today
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Post by: andyhaines on December 25, 2007, 23:22:51 pm
Quote
:P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P

Got a bottle of 10yo Glen Morangie. it'll do I suppose..........

Better than The Macallan I got....still, as they say, "when needs must," and all that. ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: NeilP on December 26, 2007, 14:12:19 pm
QuoteI got a bottle of of HP 18YO today   ;D ;D


very nice indeed, you must have been good this year!
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on January 02, 2008, 00:51:57 am
I finally broke into the 27 YO Port Ellen that I got for my birthday in August.


(http://www.whisky-online.com/acatalog/malt-Port-Ellen-bot-1607.jpg)

(http://www.whisky-online.com/acatalog/malt-Port-Ellen-lab-1607.jpg)
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Post by: Slim on January 02, 2008, 01:04:25 am
A good haul this Yuletide. A couple of bottles of Chiv - still a cracking blended Scotch - two Glenlivets, and (best of all) a Talisker.

The Talisker is as good as it gets, for yours truly. I need to carefully and diplomatically train one or two relatives in that direction.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on January 02, 2008, 01:14:02 am
I must agree that Talisker is an excellent malt. Not had a bottle for a couple of years - I must get some in sometime soon.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Reg on January 02, 2008, 16:40:00 pm
Me like Talisker.
And Laphroaig better.
And Lagavulin best of all.

Oh yes - I sampled Penderyn (a Welsh whisky) just before Christmas, and was sadly disappointed.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on January 02, 2008, 20:27:39 pm
QuoteMe like Talisker.
And Laphroaig better.
And Lagavulin best of all.


Me like Reg. ;D
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Post by: Fuzzface on January 03, 2008, 12:26:57 pm
QuoteMe like Talisker.
And Laphroaig better.
And Lagavulin best of all.



I can only agree on all counts ;D

Had an excellent Lagavulin on new years eve....MMM! 8-)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on January 03, 2008, 17:35:43 pm
A TNMS trip to Islay is required (with a side venture to Skye)
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Post by: Ron on January 03, 2008, 19:49:56 pm
QuoteA TNMS trip to Islay is required (with a side venture to Skye)


When is the Islay week?
Somewhere in May, if I remember correctly.

And I don't envy your Port Ellen one bit, Pete, really not. :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on January 05, 2008, 18:27:44 pm
QuoteA TNMS trip to Islay is required (with a side venture to Skye)

hear, hear 8-)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on January 05, 2008, 20:56:15 pm
pick your poison:

http://www.islaywhiskysociety.com/map.htm
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on January 12, 2008, 01:01:24 am
I was down at the member's rooms of the SMWS tonight. They had a superb HP, heather, honey and smoke. And it was only 8YO  :o
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on January 22, 2008, 18:21:05 pm
QuoteIs
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Post by: Dods on January 22, 2008, 18:37:17 pm
QuoteIs
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Kaitsu M. on June 05, 2008, 14:49:14 pm
I visited Islay a bit more than a week ago for three days and tried some manouvres as a bartender at a bar (in Bowmore) with more than 250 different single malts (mostly from Islay).

(http://img116.imageshack.us/img116/4130/bartenderou0.jpg)

Nam nam...

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Post by: Norwegian on June 05, 2008, 18:46:32 pm
QuoteI visited Islay a bit more than a week ago for three days and tried some manouvres as a bartender at a bar (in Bowmore) with more than 250 different single malts (mostly from Islay).

(http://img116.imageshack.us/img116/4130/bartenderou0.jpg)


 
so you have visited whisky-Mekka I am definately going there 8-)

Nam nam...
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Post by: Kaitsu M. on June 06, 2008, 10:43:40 am
Yeah

Our own cask at Bruichladdich:

(http://img365.imageshack.us/img365/9299/ourowncasket1.jpg)

Straight from cask:

(http://img365.imageshack.us/img365/1108/straightfromcaskje3.jpg)

Friend of Laphroaig:

(http://img365.imageshack.us/img365/395/friendoflapvh5.jpg)

;D

Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on June 06, 2008, 11:06:37 am
Kippis ;D
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Post by: Ashley on June 23, 2008, 09:47:19 am
My once mighty collection has been ravaged over the past year or so.

I came home from a week away to find Sophia had discovered she loved all ages of HP. Nice of course, but she liked it with Diet Coke!!!! 12yo, 16yo, 18yo and even 25yo. All now have been demolished with more than a splash of DC and ice.  Oh the shame. :-[

Luckily, she hates Isaly malts, so that is all I have left.  ;D
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 23, 2008, 17:50:32 pm
QuoteMy once mighty collection has been ravaged over the past year or so.

I came home from a week away to find Sophia had discovered she loved all ages of HP. Nice of course, but she liked it with Diet Coke!!!! 12yo, 16yo, 18yo and even 25yo. All now have been demolished with more than a splash of DC and ice.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on June 23, 2008, 17:58:01 pm
QuoteMy once mighty collection has been ravaged over the past year or so.

I came home from a week away to find Sophia had discovered she loved all ages of HP. Nice of course, but she liked it with Diet Coke!!!! 12yo, 16yo, 18yo and even 25yo. All now have been demolished with more than a splash of DC and ice.  Oh the shame. :-[


Speechless......
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on June 27, 2008, 18:36:04 pm
QuoteMy once mighty collection has been ravaged over the past year or so.

I came home from a week away to find Sophia had discovered she loved all ages of HP. Nice of course, but she liked it with Diet Coke!!!! 12yo, 16yo, 18yo and even 25yo. All now have been demolished with more than a splash of DC and ice.  Oh the shame. :-[

Luckily, she hates Isaly malts, so that is all I have left.  ;D


Jesus H - get her a couple of bottles of Bells Reserve or something.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: andyhaines on June 27, 2008, 21:13:24 pm
I've got a wife that does that as well...should be a criminal offence in my book. >:(
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: rufus the dawg on August 05, 2008, 12:17:26 pm
buy her some crap jack daniels
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: rufus the dawg on August 05, 2008, 12:22:13 pm
as anyone given whiskey to your dog, i sometimes let my boxer dog smell the empty glass and its so funny to watch the expression he makes, he curls his lips up and bounces around the house, then comes back for another smell.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on August 05, 2008, 17:29:36 pm
cracked opened some Balblair on Saturday night... very nice...
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Post by: andyhaines on August 16, 2008, 22:52:34 pm
Sinking a few Highland Park 12 Year Olds.....picked up a bottle for around
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Post by: Topper on August 17, 2008, 21:15:41 pm
QuoteSinking a few Highland Park 12 Year Olds.....picked up a bottle for around
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 18, 2008, 00:22:01 am
QuoteSinking a few Highland Park 12 Year Olds.....picked up a bottle for around
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Post by: Chris Quartly on August 18, 2008, 10:00:42 am
QuoteSinking a few Highland Park 12 Year Olds.....picked up a bottle for around
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Post by: Topper on August 18, 2008, 10:08:48 am
Quote

picked it up and put it back 3 times during my shop, didn't get it ::)


Still fighting those demons? ;) I think I mentioned Glenlivet to you but I was meaning Royal Lochnagar. Nothng wrong with either though :).
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Post by: Chris Quartly on August 18, 2008, 10:34:30 am
Will probably just raid the liquor store near the in-laws, always good prices in there 8-)
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Post by: rufus the dawg on September 09, 2008, 12:35:13 pm
just brought from lidl

http://www.lidl.co.uk/uk/home.nsf/pages/c.o.tat.o.Ben_Bracken_Single_Malt_Scotch_Whisky_Aged_12yrs

there is no ben bracken distillery of course, but i did a internet search, and its Tamnavulin, and it cost me fifteen pounds, so not a bad price.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on September 11, 2008, 22:42:50 pm
I bought a bottle of Bruichladdich at Asda. Supposedly an Islay single malt, but it tastes more like a decent blended to me. None of the marine notes or peaty heat I've come to expect from an Islay. Very ordinary, not really my thing.

I bought it because it was on special offer; the usual overriding criterion of course.
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Post by: Dods on September 11, 2008, 22:48:40 pm
Special offers are not what they seem to be sometimes and this time it would appear that you have been burned.

Better luck next time laddie  :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on September 18, 2008, 10:16:20 am
a couple of Highland Park 12yr old last night...
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Post by: rufus the dawg on September 18, 2008, 12:22:26 pm
QuoteI bought a bottle of Bruichladdich at Asda. Supposedly an Islay single malt, but it tastes more like a decent blended to me. None of the marine notes or peaty heat I've come to expect from an Islay. Very ordinary, not really my thing.

I bought it because it was on special offer; the usual overriding criterion of course.


was it asda own brand? if not should be original. bruichladdich is usual cheap compared to most single malts, isn't it meant to be quite light in taste though that is what i remember, i have only had one bottle of this and that was about ten year ago
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on October 03, 2008, 22:41:29 pm
No, it was the original Bruichladdich.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: rufus the dawg on October 15, 2008, 19:04:34 pm
just brought a bottle of ten year old balvenie for thirteen pounds from tescos
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Post by: Ruud on October 29, 2008, 16:39:26 pm
Nice one Rufus

IMHO The Balvenie is (one of) the best producers in Scotland.

You should try the Doublewood or the Single Cask, they're great also
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: rufus the dawg on October 30, 2008, 00:12:24 am
yes the double wood is excellent, a bit like royal lochnagar, but with a little longer finish, my wife even drinks the double wood.

i missed out on another deal at tescos on monday, they had THELIVET fifteen year old french oak for twenty three pounds, it was the only one on the shelf and i did not buy it. idiot. i went back the next day and it was gone.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on October 30, 2008, 00:16:41 am
Tonight, I have been mostly drinking Balvenie Doublewood.
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Post by: Ruud on October 30, 2008, 19:50:12 pm
For me it's going to be the Highland Park 12years old tonight.

Tried the 18 years old a couple of days but still prefer the 12years.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on October 31, 2008, 08:10:03 am
I quite like both, with a slight preference for the 12 year old one as well.

Couple of business trips coming up, so I can start stacking a few more Laphoraigh and Lagavulin bottles.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ruud on November 04, 2008, 21:32:52 pm
Completing your collection Ron ?  :P
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Post by: Ron on November 05, 2008, 09:48:14 am
Quote from: Ruud on November 04, 2008, 21:32:52 pm
Completing your collection Ron ?  :P


Nah, it can never be complete, a whisky collection. But I am stacking a few bottles, yes!  :P
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: rufus the dawg on November 05, 2008, 10:58:31 am
tescos have The Livet fitteen year old in again for twenty one pounds, going to buy a bottle today.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on November 10, 2008, 14:25:02 pm
Somerfield have the 12YO Glenlivet for a little less than Ã,£16 at the moment.
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Post by: BaldiePete on November 15, 2008, 00:35:37 am
HP 18YO for Ã,£35.99 at Edinburgh Airport, an absolute bargain. It's normally Ã,£60.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on November 16, 2008, 23:56:31 pm
Damn Somerfield and their reasonably-priced Glenlivet.
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Post by: Chris Quartly on December 22, 2008, 11:46:40 am
Tried my best to work my way through the Scotch menu at the work Christmas do on Friday.

Can't remember everything I tried ;D but the Monkey Shoulder was quite pleasant, hadn't heard of that before.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on December 22, 2008, 19:59:58 pm
It's an upmarket blended, made only with malts. Seen it at ASDA, but I haven't tried it.
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Post by: Chris Quartly on December 23, 2008, 10:20:06 am
It had a fairly sweet taste, not a million miles away from a Maccalan (IMO) so perhaps it's not as peaty as you'd like.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Topper on December 23, 2008, 18:50:06 pm
Just bought some of this for those chilly nights ;D
(http://www.heelslide.net/drink/pics/balvenie_doublewood.jpg)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on December 23, 2008, 20:15:30 pm
Quote from: Topper on December 23, 2008, 18:50:06 pm
Just bought some of this for those chilly nights ;D
(http://www.heelslide.net/drink/pics/balvenie_doublewood.jpg)


Nice stuff. One of my favourite Speysides.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Topper on December 23, 2008, 21:50:17 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on December 23, 2008, 20:15:30 pm
Nice stuff. One of my favourite Speysides.


...And fast becoming one of mine ;D. Very nice.
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on December 23, 2008, 22:54:44 pm
Quote from: Topper on December 23, 2008, 21:50:17 pm
...And fast becoming one of mine ;D. Very nice.

And that reminds me, my bottle is nearly empty, now do I risk the shops tomorrow, or hope Santa brings me one..............
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Pricey on December 25, 2008, 01:08:30 am
(http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/ProductImage.aspx?pc=HLPOB.25YOV1&w=270)
a present from a contractor..
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on December 25, 2008, 15:33:45 pm
Some 10 year old Laphroaigh for me later tonight :)
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Post by: Ron on December 25, 2008, 18:26:36 pm
Quote from: Norwegian on December 25, 2008, 15:33:45 pm
Some 10 year old Laphroaigh for me later tonight :)


Laphroaigh Quarter Cask here at the moment.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on December 26, 2008, 01:15:09 am
Quote from: Pricey on December 25, 2008, 01:08:30 am
(http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/ProductImage.aspx?pc=HLPOB.25YOV1&w=270)
a present from a contractor..

You lucky bugger.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: NeilP on December 26, 2008, 11:24:01 am
Quote from: Pricey on December 25, 2008, 01:08:30 am
(http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/ProductImage.aspx?pc=HLPOB.25YOV1&w=270)
a present from a contractor..


they must like you Pricey - nice one!! ;)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on December 27, 2008, 14:22:49 pm
Quote from: Pricey on December 25, 2008, 01:08:30 am
(http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/ProductImage.aspx?pc=HLPOB.25YOV1&w=270)
a present from a contractor..


Holy shit, you must have done a good job. 25 YO HP is not cheap.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on December 27, 2008, 14:43:43 pm
Quote from: Nick Sims on December 23, 2008, 22:54:44 pm
And that reminds me, my bottle is nearly empty, now do I risk the shops tomorrow, or hope Santa brings me one..............

They may not have been welcome, but at least the in-laws brought me a bottle yesterday :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on December 28, 2008, 19:19:05 pm
Pricey, did you actually get the 25YO? Wondering if you perhaps just googled "Highland Park" without regard to the actual vintage you received, for your image ..
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dixkot on December 29, 2008, 21:14:25 pm


Got a Glenfiddich 15 y.o for Christmas which I plan to open later.
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Post by: Norwegian on December 30, 2008, 11:46:15 am
Quote from: Dixkot on December 29, 2008, 21:14:25 pm

Got a Glenfiddich 15 y.o for Christmas which I plan to open later.
did you :D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dixkot on December 31, 2008, 01:35:34 am
Quote from: Norwegian on December 30, 2008, 11:46:15 am
did you :D


No.  Will have it with 'The Bells'
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on December 31, 2008, 12:01:53 pm
Quote from: Dixkot on December 31, 2008, 01:35:34 am
No.  Will have it with 'The Bells'

Your mixing it with a blended Scotch???????????????????  ;)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dixkot on December 31, 2008, 13:23:19 pm
Quote from: Nick Sims on December 31, 2008, 12:01:53 pm
Your mixing it with a blended Scotch???????????????????  ;)


LOL

I knew someone would pick up on that. ;D

Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on December 31, 2008, 17:58:25 pm
Quote from: Dixkot on December 31, 2008, 13:23:19 pm
LOL

I knew someone would pick up on that. ;D

But did you pick up on my grammatical error?
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dixkot on January 02, 2009, 00:12:12 am
Quote from: Nick Sims on December 31, 2008, 17:58:25 pm
But did you pick up on my grammatical error?


Yes, but I ignored it.  Your You're a numbers man after all. ;)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Pricey on January 03, 2009, 01:18:06 am
slim - yeah i got the 25 year old, - a contractor who has done a fair bit for me over the years whilst i was in housebuilding bought it for me - he asked me which whisky or brandy i liked, i said i dont mind HP, then a courier delivered it a few days later, pretty surprised too when i googled it...nice man eh ? mind you hes probably had a tidy amount from me in jos over the years..ive put it away now till my birthday later this month, then away again till next christmas.
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Post by: BaldiePete on January 04, 2009, 02:17:16 am
Quote from: BaldiePete on August 24, 2007, 19:40:48 pm
Got a bottle of this 27YO Port Ellen from Anne for my birthday last week  ;D

(http://www.whisky-online.com/acatalog/malt-Port-Ellen-bot-1607.jpg)

(http://www.whisky-online.com/acatalog/malt-Port-Ellen-lab-1607.jpg)


Finally finished it a few minutes ago  :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on January 07, 2009, 13:47:52 pm
I can feel a trip to Somerfield coming on.

Probably 12YO Glenlivet as usual.
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Post by: Slim on January 07, 2009, 21:40:39 pm
Forked out for a Laphroaig, the usual (yet far from ordinary) 10YO.
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Post by: Slim on January 08, 2009, 11:41:29 am
And now naturally I've got a headache.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: NeilP on January 08, 2009, 11:43:55 am
Quote from: Slim on January 08, 2009, 11:41:29 am
And now naturally I've got a headache.


You had more than the one then James? ;D

Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on January 08, 2009, 13:59:41 pm
I had about 1/3 of the bottle. That warm, woody, smoky tang is very moreish.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on January 08, 2009, 18:18:19 pm
Quote from: Slim on January 07, 2009, 21:40:39 pm
Forked out for a Laphroaig, the usual (yet far from ordinary) 10YO.


Nice choice!
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: NeilP on January 08, 2009, 19:14:58 pm
Quote from: Slim on January 08, 2009, 13:59:41 pm
I had about 1/3 of the bottle. That warm, woody, smoky tang is very moreish.


Isn't that 11 units? ::)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 12, 2009, 14:51:40 pm
Opened my 12YO Highland Park the other day, yummy!
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on January 12, 2009, 15:06:36 pm
(http://fortscotch.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/talisker_b_original_1.jpg)..opened this up a few days ago..just superb..lovely peaty taste...
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on January 19, 2009, 22:14:00 pm
Quote from: NeilP on January 08, 2009, 19:14:58 pm
Isn't that 11 units? ::)


No - it's only 40%. 40% x 700ml = 28 units, so I consumed less than 10 units.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on January 19, 2009, 22:15:01 pm
Quote from: thefishy on January 12, 2009, 15:06:36 pm
(http://fortscotch.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/talisker_b_original_1.jpg)..opened this up a few days ago..just superb..lovely peaty taste...


Yes, and a hint of the Atlantic sea air. My very favourite, that one. But lots more still to try.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: rufus the dawg on February 01, 2009, 23:21:29 pm
if you go to elgol on skye you can get a boat trip over to the cuillins. the fun of the trip is that the guy that runs the trip gets the talisker out and hands it around, magic.

so the captain get the talisker out and my wife and i have a wee dram, and there is a group of four (two  young couples) sitting opposite us on the boat and one of the guys says lets have one "great wiskey". so four taliskers get handed around and the faces on one of the couples; it was like watching kids trying to drink cough mixture- so funny, they should of kept to the diet C(h)oke
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on March 04, 2009, 15:14:06 pm
Anyone tried this? They say it gives you less hangover than other Whiskies... ::)

(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.luxist.com/media/2009/02/nakedscot(1).jpg)

http://martini-lounge.blogspot.com/2009/02/naked-scot-hangover-free-whisky.html
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on March 09, 2009, 15:52:23 pm
Macallan
15 year Old
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dixkot on April 19, 2009, 09:58:15 am


Four year-old whisky (http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/scotland/Fouryearold-whisky-comes-of-age.5183866.jp)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on April 19, 2009, 11:11:12 am
Old Whisky Good - New Whisky Bad  ;) ::)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: rufus the dawg on April 21, 2009, 23:21:49 pm
Quote from: Norwegian on March 04, 2009, 15:14:06 pm
Anyone tried this? They say it gives you less hangover than other Whiskies... ::)


i get really bad hangovers from real ale (2/3 pints),i do not get hang overs from whisky and wine, why is that?
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: andyhaines on May 04, 2009, 18:16:33 pm
Visited The Scotch Malt Whisky Society at The Vaults in Leith on Saturday. Wonderful place. Sampled several lovely whiskys in a great atmosphere. Food was fantastic as well. :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on May 04, 2009, 18:44:31 pm
Quote from: andyhaines on May 04, 2009, 18:16:33 pm
Visited The Scotch Malt Whisky Society at The Vaults in Leith on Saturday. Wonderful place. Sampled several lovely whiskys in a great atmosphere. Food was fantastic as well. :)


It's great at The Vaults. Don't bother with the place they have up on Queen Street - it has absolutely no atmosphere compared to the Vaults. Are you a member or were you a guest ?
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on May 04, 2009, 18:46:02 pm
I'm going to be up in Orkney in a couple of weeks time. I've just booked a Highland Park distillery tour  ;D ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: andyhaines on May 04, 2009, 19:40:03 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on May 04, 2009, 18:44:31 pm
It's great at The Vaults. Don't bother with the place they have up on Queen Street - it has absolutely no atmosphere compared to the Vaults. Are you a member or were you a guest?

This muppet smuggled me in:

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b174/andyhaines/andy037.jpg)
;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on May 04, 2009, 20:04:28 pm
Quote from: andyhaines on May 04, 2009, 19:40:03 pm
This muppet smuggled me in:

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b174/andyhaines/andy037.jpg)
;D


That looks like a suspiciously clear liquid you are drinking there  ;)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Chris Quartly on May 05, 2009, 13:26:45 pm
Had some Bushmills in Ireland, nice enough but nothing on a Highland Park or Dalwhinnie.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on May 05, 2009, 14:40:25 pm
Yes, but bog standard Bushmills is the Irish equivalent of Grants, JW Red Label, Famous Grouse et al - not fair to compare it to proper Scotch. There are some single malt Irish whiskies, never tried one myself. I did quite like Jamesons when I was younger.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Chris Quartly on May 05, 2009, 15:03:54 pm
It was a 10-year old Bushmills I tried, not exactly vintage but probably a little better than the bushmills "original" and bushmills "other one (can't remember the name)" that were available.

Still, I'd drink it again over those ones you mention.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: SL on May 15, 2009, 22:12:49 pm
Tried this for the first time recently...bloody marvellous!! MMM MMM!! :)
(http://www.taste-of-arran.co.uk/data/shop/Arrangold_lg.jpg)

Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on May 16, 2009, 16:02:18 pm
Couple of special bottles from my regular dealer:

Bowmore Dawn
(http://www.thewhiskybarrel.com/prod-img/bowmore_dawn_300.jpg)

Macallan Cask Strength:
(http://www.thewhiskybarrel.com/prod-img/macallan_cask_300.jpg)

Aberlour Cuvée Marie d'Ecosse:
(http://www.wein-spirituosen-kuehn.de/catalog/images/Aberlour%20Cuvee%20Marie%20d%20%20Ecosse,%2015%20Jahre.jpg)

Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: andyhaines on May 17, 2009, 19:56:01 pm
Quote from: Ron on May 16, 2009, 16:02:18 pm
Couple of special bottles from my regular dealer:


Aberlour Cuvée Marie d'Ecosse:
(http://www.wein-spirituosen-kuehn.de/catalog/images/Aberlour%20Cuvee%20Marie%20d%20%20Ecosse,%2015%20Jahre.jpg)

I really like the regular 10yr old Aberlour... be interested to hear what you make of this Ron. :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on May 17, 2009, 20:03:45 pm
Quote from: andyhaines on May 17, 2009, 19:56:01 pm
I really like the regular 10yr old Aberlour... be interested to hear what you make of this Ron. :)


I'll keep you informed, Andy. :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on May 17, 2009, 20:24:57 pm
Quote from: andyhaines on May 17, 2009, 19:56:01 pm
I really like the regular 10yr old Aberlour... be interested to hear what you make of this Ron. :)


Interesting - I don't like that one. One of the cheaper single malts, and tastes a bit pants to me. Was a bit disappointed to get one in return for a Glenlivet from my sister-in-law's partner at Winterval.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: andyhaines on May 17, 2009, 21:16:35 pm
Quote from: Slim on May 17, 2009, 20:24:57 pm
Interesting - I don't like that one. One of the cheaper single malts, and tastes a bit pants to me. Was a bit disappointed to get one in return for a Glenlivet from my sister-in-law's partner at Winterval.

Each to their own, mate. :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on May 18, 2009, 10:16:16 am
Whisky festival in Ayr this weekend.. :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on May 18, 2009, 11:29:07 am
Quote from: thefishy on May 18, 2009, 10:16:16 am
Whisky festival in Ayr this weekend.. :)
Barboi will be busy then... ::)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on May 18, 2009, 12:29:46 pm
Quote from: Norwegian on May 18, 2009, 11:29:07 am
Barboi will be busy then... ::)


not being held there...:)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on May 18, 2009, 14:02:26 pm
Quote from: thefishy on May 18, 2009, 12:29:46 pm
not being held there...:)
I am sure you have his adress good for you :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on May 18, 2009, 14:20:53 pm
Quote from: Norwegian on May 18, 2009, 14:02:26 pm
I am sure you have his adress good for you :)


just let it go will ya...:)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on May 18, 2009, 22:13:56 pm
Quote from: thefishy on May 18, 2009, 14:20:53 pm
just let it go will ya...:)
ok - for now ::)

Honestly, I tried to Google this whisky festival, but i didnÃ,´t find out much...is it an annual thing? Is it good/for how long etc.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on May 19, 2009, 07:28:28 am
I'm in speyside just  now  ;D The bar in the place we are staying has about 125 whiskies. They even have a Swedish whisky  :o I declined the opportunity, preferring a couple of unusual Highland Parks (20 and 22 yo). I'm heading up to Kirkwall soon to visit the whisky Mecca that is the HP distillery ;D
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on May 20, 2009, 17:10:15 pm
Pete, not the Craigellachie Hotel is it? Actually that must have more  :o A dangerous place to stay.

Enjoy HP mate, it's a good tour  :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on May 20, 2009, 22:51:44 pm
Quote from: Dods on May 20, 2009, 17:10:15 pm
Pete, not the Craigellachie Hotel is it? Actually that must have more  :o A dangerous place to stay.

Enjoy HP mate, it's a good tour  :)


The (cheaper) Highlander Inn which is just across the road.

I'm in Kirkwall at the moment, did the tour this afternoon. A good tour but the dram was very small (of the 12 YO, no choice) and they charged six quid for it. Also, nobody told me the place was at the top of a bloody hill.  ::) The Glenlivet tour was actually better (and free) and you got a choice of 3 drams, the standard 12YO an 18YO and a non-chill filtered cask strength.

Went to Macallan on Sunday but it was shut.



Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dods on May 29, 2009, 10:38:28 am
I've had affa fine haggis in the Highlander.....and affa fine whisky too. However, The Craigellachie has over 700  :o

It's quite the Alladin's Cave.

I'm sure we got more than one wee dram at HP.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on May 29, 2009, 11:38:10 am
Quote from: andyhaines on May 17, 2009, 19:56:01 pm
I really like the regular 10yr old Aberlour... be interested to hear what you make of this Ron. :)


I think this 15yr old Aberlour is much better than the regular Aberlour. The regular one is a fair highlander with a nice soft and smooth taste. The 15 yr is spiced up a bit and bit fuller. For me, it has a bit more adventure in the taste.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: rufus the dawg on May 30, 2009, 21:23:59 pm
Longmorn 15 years
(http://www.thewhiskyguide.com/Bilder/Bottles/longmorn_15_stor.jpg)

just had a snifta
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dixkot on June 24, 2009, 19:18:25 pm


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8117498.stm
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on June 25, 2009, 18:06:36 pm
Quote from: Dixkot on June 24, 2009, 19:18:25 pm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8117498.stm


If Diageo don't know already what gives whisky it's flavours they're in the wrong business.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: rufus the dawg on June 25, 2009, 19:29:50 pm
just brought a bottle of this peaty creag, well worth the money 50% talisker

(http://www.tanners-wines.co.uk/public/pictures/products/standard/L5191.jpg)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on July 07, 2009, 22:21:18 pm
 (http://www.thegreenwellystop.co.uk/whiskyshop/images/uploads/ledaig-single-malt-whisky-10yo.jpg)

the father's day pressie which is just about gone  :) 
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dixkot on July 30, 2009, 16:11:20 pm


50 year old for sale (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/8174576.stm)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on July 31, 2009, 18:32:13 pm
going to treat me with a biiiig glass of Laphroaigh later tonight :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on August 01, 2009, 10:22:23 am
Quote from: Norwegian on July 31, 2009, 18:32:13 pm
going to treat me with a biiiig glass of Laphroaigh later tonight :)
had 3 glasses, big headache today - wtf >:(
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Ron on August 01, 2009, 17:46:21 pm
Quote from: Norwegian on July 31, 2009, 18:32:13 pm
going to treat me with a biiiig glass of Laphroaigh later tonight :)


Laphroaigh is GOOD!!!
Saw a bottle of this today, couldn't resist:

(http://www.tonovermars.nl/whisky/laphroaig-triple-wood.jpg)

Laphroaigh Triple Wood
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: NeilP on August 06, 2009, 22:53:20 pm
Quote from: Dixkot on July 30, 2009, 16:11:20 pm

50 year old for sale (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/8174576.stm)


This 50-year-old Macallan (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8187060.stm) was auctioned in Glasgow today
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on August 07, 2009, 00:32:47 am
Quote from: Norwegian on August 01, 2009, 10:22:23 am
had 3 glasses, big headache today - wtf >:(


fecking lightweight..:)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on October 09, 2009, 20:25:26 pm
Currently imbibing a glass of Tesco's own (sort of .. they don't distill it out the back) Islay Single Malt. Very nice for ÂÃ,£17, when you consider that a bottle of something dreadful like Bells or Teachers isn't much less.

Tried their Speyside a couple of weeks ago (~ ÂÃ,£15) and that was highly creditable as well. Nice one, Tesco.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on October 09, 2009, 20:34:21 pm
Quote from: Slim on October 09, 2009, 20:25:26 pm
Currently imbibing a glass of Tesco's own (sort of .. they don't distill it out the back) Islay Single Malt. Very nice for ÂÃ,£17, when you consider that a bottle of something dreadful like Bells or Teachers isn't much less.

Tried their Speyside a couple of weeks ago (~ ÂÃ,£15) and that was highly creditable as well. Nice one, Tesco.

Yup Tesco's own label malts are of a very high quality for the price.
I regularly buy them.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: rufus the dawg on November 11, 2009, 19:10:26 pm
i went to a glenfarcas whiskey tasting with tanners at shrewsbury last wednesday. it cost me ÂÃ,£25 so a price of a good single.
i had a
10 year old - good all round drinking
15 year old - one of the best scotches i have tasted good before and after dinner
21 year old -after dinner drinking
25 year old - after dinner again
30 year old - tasted like a christmas cake
105 -60% - very powerful
1990- single cask- cask strength- very powerful and amazing
1970-single cask - cask strengh - strong and powerful with lots of oak.

everyone agreed that the 15 year old is an excellant all round whiskey and the best of the lot. i also worked out i must of had about ÂÃ,£60
worth of whiskey.

one of the tales told by  the family member who was there who owns glenfarcas is that diageo have built one massive distillery that can make
the whiskey from all the different distilleries they own from under one roof by the push of a button. all the stills have been remade to the
same dimensions to the ones around scotland they own, and all this whiskey is for blending. i would not be so sure.



the head guy from the family was there telling us stories
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Chris Quartly on November 12, 2009, 11:02:14 am
I'm looking to buy a bottle of Dalwhinnie for Carrie's step-dad for Christmas (it's his tipple of choice), this seems to be the best price I can find one for.

http://www.waitrosewine.com/230406365/Product.aspx?source=14798

Anyone know of other sources I could try?
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on November 12, 2009, 16:52:08 pm
I bought a not so wee Drambuie in duty free last week ÂÃ,£17.99 for a litre...Result!
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on November 13, 2009, 11:42:54 am
I must admit a like a small glass of Drambuie at Yuletide. A bit too sticky for everyday drinking, though.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on November 13, 2009, 11:49:46 am
i like drambuie with ice ..lovely

currently ..cracked open a 10 yr old Balvennie..lovely...
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: spudley on November 14, 2009, 18:55:11 pm
Had a wee dram of a cask strength (57.9%) "as we get it" single Islay last night as I felt a cold coming on. Seems to have done the trick, my nasal passages are as clear as a  swept chimney. My liver on the other hand....
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on November 14, 2009, 21:18:33 pm
Quote from: spudley on November 14, 2009, 18:55:11 pm
Had a wee dram of a cask strength (57.9%) "as we get it" single Islay last night as I felt a cold coming on. Seems to have done the trick, my nasal passages are as clear as a  swept chimney. My liver on the other hand....

The liver is not a vital organ. Clear nasal passages are a must :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: rufus the dawg on November 15, 2009, 15:36:52 pm
Quote from: Nick Sims on November 14, 2009, 21:18:33 pm
The liver is not a vital organ. Clear nasal passages are a must :)


the liver is evil and must be punished
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on November 15, 2009, 17:05:05 pm
Quote from: Slim on November 13, 2009, 11:42:54 am
I must admit a like a small glass of Drambuie at Yuletide. A bit too sticky for everyday drinking, though.


Ever tried mixing it with a single malt (Rusty Nail)? Fantastic with Cask Strength A'bunadh!
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: rufus the dawg on November 18, 2009, 18:26:37 pm
just seen a bottle of macallan 10 year old in the local co op for ÂÃ,£18.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dixkot on November 23, 2009, 22:54:50 pm


Shackleton's Whisky (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8364035.stm)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on November 26, 2009, 11:38:49 am
a couple of Balvennies last night...
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on January 03, 2010, 17:12:50 pm
Got a bottle of Jura at Christmas. Don't particularly like it. It's OK. Fortunately I'd bought myself a contingency bottle of Talisker.

But I've mostly been partaking of the Vodka Martini in recent months, so the Scotch imbibing is taking a back seat. Something's gotta give.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dixkot on January 26, 2010, 09:52:14 am



Shock as Taiwanese whisky defeats Scottish rivals to win single malt taste test

Jan 26 2010 By Keith McLeod

A WHISKY from Taiwan beat three different Scotch single malts in a blind taste test held by experts.

Kavalan, which has only been distilled since 2008, emerged as the winner to the astonishment of the judging panel in Edinburgh.

When the winner was announced, one judge, whisky connoisseur Charles MacLean, gasped: "Oh, God. Is this an April fool?"

Kavalan beat three Scotch and one English single malts, scoring 27.5 out of 40 at the taste test.

The Scotch brands that came a cropper were Langs (22/40), King Robert (20/40) and Bruichladdich (4.5/40). The St George's English malt scored 15.5/40.

The judges also included gin expert Geraldine Coates, whisky dealer Zubair Mohamed and screenwriter Paul Laverty.

While it is produced in Taiwan, the Kavalan distillery uses malt from Scotland. And the distillery was built by a firm from Dufftown, Banffshire.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on January 26, 2010, 10:56:56 am
There's an English single malt, eh? Interesting.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on January 26, 2010, 11:44:42 am
.."Dufftown" eh..........is that near Springfield?
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on January 26, 2010, 21:26:30 pm
Quote from: Slim on January 26, 2010, 10:56:56 am
There's an English single malt, eh? Interesting.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8405783.stm

It's expected to be a good dram (is it still a dram if it's English ?) - non chill-filtered is usually a good sign, although I'll wait a few years. At only 3YO I expect it will be a touch raw.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dixkot on February 05, 2010, 19:55:49 pm


A great wee story this.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8361995.stm

Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dixkot on March 12, 2010, 01:04:29 am


(http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/uk_enl_1268319542/img/1.jpg)

A 70-year-old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been carefully emptied from its cask and bottled. Claire Urquhart holds one of the bottles.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on March 12, 2010, 12:49:52 pm
she'd get it...:)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on March 12, 2010, 15:49:42 pm
I do hope she'll get to sample a mouthful.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on March 13, 2010, 14:46:24 pm
had a glas of Ardbeg 10 yrs last, night, will have another oben (or two) tonight :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on April 19, 2010, 11:44:33 am
last week I payed £18 for a litre of 16 year old Jura in the Stockholm Airport Tax-free, pls tell me that was a good price :)

(http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com//images/products/0010000010701_XL.JPG)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Reg on April 19, 2010, 18:11:06 pm
Well, according to a site I just looked at, a 70cl bottle of 16 year old Jura would knock you back £39.95.

So £18 seems quite a bargain.

http://www.drinksdirect.co.uk/acatalog/Isle_Of_Jura_16_Year_Old.html
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on May 12, 2010, 22:09:11 pm
Having a couple of aquavit-shots today, in fact it is called a summer-aquavit, but no summer is in sight :-\

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akvavit
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dixkot on May 12, 2010, 22:37:11 pm
Quote from: Norwegian on May 12, 2010, 22:09:11 pm
Having a couple of aquavit-shots today, in fact it is called a summer-aquavit, but no summer is in sight :-\

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akvavit


Love the Danish one, Linie Aquavit.  Fantastic stuff.  And they used to sell a Swedish one at Ikea.

(http://www.arcus.no/eng/Home/Our_brands/Linie_Aquavit/filestore/Linie-374.jpg)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Norwegian on May 13, 2010, 13:09:01 pm
Quote from: Dixkot on May 12, 2010, 22:37:11 pm
Love the Danish one, Linie Aquavit.  Fantastic stuff.  And they used to sell a Swedish one at Ikea.

(http://www.arcus.no/eng/Home/Our_brands/Linie_Aquavit/filestore/Linie-374.jpg)
Linie is Norwegian mate ;)

But it is owned by a Danish company

And ther is a famous danish bitter called "Gammel Dansk" (Old Dane), this is ofcourse owned by Orkla, a Norwegian consortion :P ::)

Very confusing, no wonder we drink eh ;D ;)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on May 16, 2010, 00:20:56 am
For vodka fans, Smirnoff's Black Label is highly recommended. It really tastes different - a distinctive rounded edge that's reminiscent of tequila. Very smooth and makes award-winning martinis. Can be had for £14 if you look around, more usually £16-17 though.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on July 15, 2010, 19:40:17 pm
 (http://chesterwhisky.com/images/Monkey%20Shoulder.jpg)

not one i would have chosen particularly..but given as a gift.. its not bad y'know :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Dixkot on July 23, 2010, 00:38:30 am


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-10727911
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Post by: BaldiePete on July 23, 2010, 00:46:13 am
Got a bottle of Talisker 57 North at the duty free in Newark last week.

(http://posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/simonbarber/VjhagecNrfCo8mVNUbkqwiscDgiNRRk1PpRke2SFLTr9vrkotTTipn8BoO00/4.jpg)
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Post by: Reg on September 08, 2010, 12:50:20 pm
Had a miniature bottle of Highland Park last night.  My first exposure to this very nice whisky.  Quite acceptable indeed!
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on September 08, 2010, 14:02:36 pm
Quote from: Reg on September 08, 2010, 12:50:20 pm
Had a miniature bottle of Highland Park last night.  My first exposure to this very nice whisky.  Quite acceptable indeed!

Indeed, quite acceptable.

Probably my favourite Whiskey (sic), but I don't think it's as good as it used to be...
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Post by: Slim on September 08, 2010, 16:44:28 pm
I didn't "get" Highland Park when I tried it. Thoroughly drinkable, but nondescript.
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Post by: Red Star on October 01, 2010, 09:36:01 am
Had a bottle of this given to me today for my 50th birthday;

(https://www.giftsinternational.net/products/jura.jpg)
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on October 01, 2010, 11:34:31 am
Quote from: Slim on September 08, 2010, 16:44:28 pm
I didn't "get" Highland Park when I tried it. Thoroughly drinkable, but nondescript.

Well, I'd say that HP was the best all-round Malt there is, it used to be especially good when drunk from a hip flask at the top of a mountain when out skiing :)

Like most things, it's not as good as it ysed to be...
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Post by: Reg on October 06, 2010, 00:17:48 am
Quote from: Red Star on October 01, 2010, 09:36:01 am
Had a bottle of this given to me today for my 50th birthday;

(https://www.giftsinternational.net/products/jura.jpg)
That's a nice malt Chris - I've got about a 1/3 of a bottle left of that one.
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Post by: rufus the dawg on December 05, 2010, 15:03:34 pm
has anyone had a decent blend, i was thinking of buying a bottle of black bottle whisky, i am wondering if anyone has tried it.

i have a friend who will drink a whole bottle of whisky in one sitting.  it get very expensive and i am not sure he tastes it, he drinks lidil stuff normally, so i am after something decent that tastes ok (i will drink it with him) that does not cost the earth.


(http://www.blackbottle.com/skins/blackbottle/login_bottle.jpg)
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Post by: Reg on December 05, 2010, 15:15:17 pm
Got a bottle of quarter cask Laphroaig for myself as a treat from Waitrose - down from £30 to £23.summat.

Although this lot want £35!

http://www.whiskyshop.com/Shop/Detail.aspx?whisky=Laphroaig-Quarter-Cask-Whisky&pid=2393
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 05, 2010, 17:45:03 pm
Quote from: Reg on December 05, 2010, 15:15:17 pm
Got a bottle of quarter cask Laphroaig for myself as a treat from Waitrose - down from £30 to £23.summat.

Although this lot want £35!

http://www.whiskyshop.com/Shop/Detail.aspx?whisky=Laphroaig-Quarter-Cask-Whisky&pid=2393


£23 is a good price for the quarter cask.
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Post by: Reg on December 05, 2010, 18:28:15 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on December 05, 2010, 17:45:03 pm
£23 is a good price for the quarter cask.
I thought so :)
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Post by: Dixkot on December 05, 2010, 19:28:11 pm
Quote from: rufus the dawg on December 05, 2010, 15:03:34 pm
has anyone had a decent blend, i was thinking of buying a bottle of black bottle whisky, i am wondering if anyone has tried it.

i have a friend who will drink a whole bottle of whisky in one sitting.  it get very expensive and i am not sure he tastes it, he drinks lidil stuff normally, so i am after something decent that tastes ok (i will drink it with him) that does not cost the earth.



As blended go, Black Bottle is up there with the best of them.  Chivas Regal is probably my favourite.  J&B and Grouse are also very good.
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Post by: rufus the dawg on December 05, 2010, 21:25:31 pm
Quote from: Dixkot on December 05, 2010, 19:28:11 pm
As blended go, Black Bottle is up there with the best of them.  Chivas Regal is probably my favourite.  J&B and Grouse are also very good.


thankyou. are there different chivas regals....which one?

on the opposite end of the scale i have just been given a glenfarclas 15 year old for christmas
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Post by: Dixkot on December 05, 2010, 21:44:43 pm

They have special editions etc, but the 12 Y.O is their standard.

(http://whiskyparty.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/CHIVAS_REGAL_12_yo._CUTIE_CARTON70ml.jpg)
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Post by: Slim on December 05, 2010, 22:23:34 pm
As far as blendeds go, I like Chiv and JW Black Label particularly. I also have a guilty fondness for JW Red Label. Probably sentimental more than anything. Used to drink it as a student.
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Post by: rufus the dawg on December 05, 2010, 22:49:00 pm
thanks

the chivas looks expensive,  i am after a cheap drinkable blend that does not taste and smell of grain. any thoughts?
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Post by: Slim on December 06, 2010, 13:30:17 pm
Well I'm sure I saw a Chiv for £16 or so in Tesco just the other day. Good time of year for bargains of course. If you go much below that, you're inevitably going to get something that's a bit grainy I suspect. Although having said that Sainsburys used to do a sherry cask Scotch blended only from malts that was quite cheap, and I really liked that. Only £12 or £13.
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Post by: Slim on December 06, 2010, 13:33:38 pm
I don't think I've bought a bottle of Scotch since the 2009 festive season, shame really. My devotion to the vodka martini is such that I'd more or less always have one of those. Looking forward to a few Glenlivets over yuletide though. Wouldn't be Winterval Day without a couple of glasses of a nice Speyside.

My conversion to cocktails is probably a good thing. I'm taking in more liquids due to the ice water, and getting a bit of vitamin c from the lime twist.
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Post by: rufus the dawg on December 06, 2010, 14:45:32 pm
Quote from: Slim on December 06, 2010, 13:33:38 pm
I don't think I've bought a bottle of Scotch since the 2009 festive season, shame really. My devotion to the vodka martini is such that I'd more or less always have one of those. Looking forward to a few Glenlivets over yuletide though. Wouldn't be Winterval Day without a couple of glasses of a nice Speyside.

My conversion to cocktails is probably a good thing. I'm taking in more liquids due to the ice water, and getting a bit of vitamin c from the lime twist.

and the asprin after because of the headache will thin your blood, so preventing you from having a heart attack......
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Post by: Chris Quartly on January 10, 2011, 16:53:28 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVvkZ_6TQMA
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Post by: Reg on January 31, 2011, 16:23:55 pm
Had a drop of my Lagavulin on Friday night.  Outstanding.
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Post by: Ron on February 01, 2011, 09:42:56 am
Quote from: Reg on January 31, 2011, 16:23:55 pm
Had a drop of my Lagavulin on Friday night.  Outstanding.


:P :P :P
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 01, 2011, 10:08:50 am
Thats an expensive tipple these days Reg. I've often seen/heard folk cite Lagavulin as a favourite but, like Ron, I find it undrinkable. Its funny how much individual palates vary, not that I'm in any way a connoisseur! I couldn't tell you what it was but I do remember tasting a malt years ago that had a very subtle peat tone and I did enjoy that. I'm hoping that I can make sampling Single Malt a hobby in future years. Touring various distilleries would be a great way to celebrate a landmark birthday with a mate or two.
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Post by: Ron on February 01, 2011, 10:31:52 am
I think you are mistaking my 'licking my lips" for puking, Bisto. ;)
Actually, Lagavulin is my favourite single malt, certainly the Double Matured one.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 01, 2011, 10:49:27 am
Oops, my mistake!  As I said it is remarkable how much individual tastes differ. The intense Peat flavour overpowers my taste buds to the point where I can't detect anything else. To me theres no enjoyment in that. Perhaps its just me though? I have a very acute sense of smell (fortunately/unfortunately depending on the circumstances), I know the two senses are closely related perhaps this affects how intensely I experience certain flavours?
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Post by: Reg on February 01, 2011, 11:34:46 am
Could be Andrew.  I'm an ex-smoker so tend to prefer more intense flavours I guess due to damaged taste buds?

Yes its an expensive tipple, but this bottle I've had for about 8 years now and got it duty free - and only have a dram occasionally.  When it runs out I won't buy another, I'll resort to 2nd best - quarter cask Laphroaig.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 01, 2011, 21:16:17 pm
Is that the one you brought along to Welcon? Happy Days! Don't suppose Maz would want to be reminded of it but it was a Fab weekend!
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Post by: Reg on February 02, 2011, 10:30:35 am
Did I bring whisky with me?  I can't remember.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 02, 2011, 10:39:12 am
We both did, not sure if Chris did though.
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Post by: Reg on February 02, 2011, 13:37:54 pm
Quote from: Bisto on February 02, 2011, 10:39:12 am
We both did, not sure if Chris did though.
Oh.  Then it would have been the Lagavulin.  Same bottle.  I've only got about a quarter left.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 02, 2011, 14:08:28 pm
Quote from: Reg on February 02, 2011, 13:37:54 pm
Oh.  Then it would have been the Lagavulin.  Same bottle.  I've only got about a quarter left.


Bloody hell, thats some restraint!  :o ;D
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Post by: Reg on February 02, 2011, 15:51:51 pm
Quote from: Bisto on February 02, 2011, 14:08:28 pm
Bloody hell, thats some restraint!  :o ;D
Oh I've got other whiskys to keep me going!  The Lagavulin I keep for special occasions now.
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Post by: Dods on February 02, 2011, 22:41:14 pm
Lagavulin - Gadz! Far too peaty for my delicate tastes when it comes to a dram.

Slim mentioned Glenlivit earlier, now your talking. Even a Glen Garioch from the local village - fine. The Still Man'a a good lad.

Reg, eight years. Far to much discipline mate.

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Post by: Ron on February 03, 2011, 10:14:21 am
The Quarter Cask Laproaigh is a nice one too. I'm glad my taste is not that delicate. :)
But 8 months would already be serious restraint, let alone 8 years!

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Post by: Reg on February 03, 2011, 10:44:25 am
To be fair, I don't drink a lot of whisky - its a drink I like to savour at the end of a night rather than make a night of drinking it.  If that makes sense.
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Post by: Reg on February 15, 2011, 10:23:11 am
Um - not drinking a lot of whisky?

That kind of changed over the weekend.  Friend and I polished off a bottle of 18yo Glenlivet over Sat night and last night.  Soooo easy to drink.
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Post by: Slim on June 28, 2011, 00:04:55 am
Quote from: Reg on February 01, 2011, 11:34:46 am
Could be Andrew.  I'm an ex-smoker so tend to prefer more intense flavours I guess due to damaged taste buds?


In that case give Suntory Yamazaki a try, Reg - very tasty. Only tried the 12YO myself. http://www.suntory.com/yamazaki/12and18year.html
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Post by: Slim on June 28, 2011, 00:08:28 am
I'm currently drinking something called Snow Grouse - comes in a nice semi-opaque bottle, and it's a chill-filtered Scotch intended to be drunk "seriously chilled" (the whisky, not you).

Now you might be thinking they've come up with a way to market a blended whisky that's too rough to be drunk at the usual temperature.

I'm afraid you'd be right. Still, only £15-something. I got two bottles for that, the first and the last.
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 28, 2011, 00:18:01 am
I'm currently working my way down one of the bottles I got at the airport on the way to Dublin last month. It's a special edition Ardbeg called "uigeadail" (pronounced "oog-e-dall"), 54.2% ABV non-chill filtered it is stunningly smoky.

(http://ard-shop-media.s3.amazonaws.com/catalog/product/cache/1/image/f63dc5ec28f3175f8a7f615bd217eb71/0/0/003a-uigeadail.jpg)
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Post by: Reg on June 28, 2011, 12:25:21 pm
Ooooooooh.  That sounds niiiiiiice Pete.
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Post by: Ron on July 06, 2011, 18:26:06 pm
I remember that one, Pete and indeed it is nice and peaty.....
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on July 06, 2011, 19:58:54 pm
Just wondering if any of you peat lovers smoke cigarettes? Each to their own palette of course but its such a strong flavour I'm interested to see if there might be any link/correlation
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Post by: BaldiePete on July 06, 2011, 21:14:35 pm
Quote from: Bisto on July 06, 2011, 19:58:54 pm
Just wondering if any of you peat lovers smoke cigarettes? Each to their own palette of course but its such a strong flavour I'm interested to see if there might be any link/correlation


Nope. I loathe smoking in all its forms.
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Post by: Slim on July 07, 2011, 02:19:13 am
Quote from: Bisto on July 06, 2011, 19:58:54 pm
Just wondering if any of you peat lovers smoke cigarettes? Each to their own palette of course but its such a strong flavour I'm interested to see if there might be any link/correlation


Used to very moderately, but not for many years. Haven't smoked a mild cigar for ages either, though I do enjoy them. I suppose it is a similar sort of indulgence, yes.
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Post by: Fishy on July 07, 2011, 11:03:06 am
(http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/gl/glenmorangie-10-years-.jpg)

just about polished this one off.. absolutely superb...
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Post by: Slim on July 08, 2011, 13:47:29 pm
That one's finished in Bourbon casks, isn't it? Tried it myself but found the taste of Bourbon a bit overpowering. Very drinkable but not really British-tasting enough for my liking.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on July 08, 2011, 15:09:01 pm
Quote from: Slim on July 07, 2011, 02:19:13 am
Used to very moderately, but not for many years. Haven't smoked a mild cigar for ages either, though I do enjoy them. I suppose it is a similar sort of indulgence, yes.


Quote from: BaldiePete on July 06, 2011, 21:14:35 pm
Nope. I loathe smoking in all its forms.


The Juras out then





I'll get my coat
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Reg on July 11, 2011, 10:32:09 am
I'm a smoky peaty whisky fan and I used to smoke.  But I haven't smoked in 22 years now, and I never will again.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on July 11, 2011, 11:00:29 am
Quote from: Reg on July 11, 2011, 10:32:09 am
I'm a smoky peaty whisky fan and I used to smoke.  But I haven't smoked in 22 years now, and I never will again.


I'm wondering in an absent minded kinda way why it is that people experience tastes in different ways when the source itself is standard, uniform and unvaried. Is it purely a chemically different environment from mouth to mouth that influences how variable individual palettes are, or perhaps something like differing levels of acidity/alkaline in the mouth from person to person? Maybe some people actually have more taste buds or more of a certain type than others?
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Post by: Kaitsu M. on August 08, 2011, 09:51:16 am
Smoky? YES!!

(http://img814.imageshack.us/img814/4149/octo.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/814/octo.jpg/)




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Post by: NeilP on November 27, 2011, 11:45:52 am
So, is the elixir of Wick the 'Daddy'?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-15423862
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Post by: Dixkot on December 10, 2011, 16:19:50 pm
Quote from: NeilP on November 27, 2011, 11:45:52 am
So, is the elixir of Wick the 'Daddy'?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-15423862


Haven't tried the 21 y.o. but the 12 y.o is lovely.
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Post by: Dixkot on December 10, 2011, 16:21:19 pm
Quote from: Dixkot on December 10, 2011, 16:19:50 pm
the 21 y.o.


Just had a Google.  £75+ a bottle.
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Post by: Slim on December 27, 2011, 19:42:56 pm
Got some of this for Crimbo:

Talisker Distillers Edition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A23dx588Uo

.. also got a bottle of the regular stuff and some rocket fuel called "57 degrees North".
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 27, 2011, 20:23:52 pm
Quote from: Slim on December 27, 2011, 19:42:56 pm
Got some of this for Crimbo:

Talisker Distillers Edition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A23dx588Uo

.. also got a bottle of the regular stuff and some rocket fuel called "57 degrees North".


The  "57 degrees North" is wonderful - smoky and with definite peat, but sweeter than an Islay.
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Post by: NeilP on December 27, 2011, 20:28:23 pm
Quote from: Dixkot on December 10, 2011, 16:19:50 pm
Haven't tried the 21 y.o. but the 12 y.o is lovely.


there aren't too many who have tried the 21.

Got a 12 yr old Old Pulteney and 18 Highland Park this week so very happy boy
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Post by: Slim on December 27, 2011, 21:59:29 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on December 27, 2011, 20:23:52 pm
The  "57 degrees North" is wonderful - smoky and with definite peat, but sweeter than an Islay.


Cheers Pete! I'll look forward to that. Currently renewing my friendship with Glenlivet.
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Post by: Fishy on December 29, 2011, 16:37:23 pm
(http://www.singlemaltsdirect.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/a/r/arran_-_sleeping_warrior.jpg)

got this for xmas...  fiery but very nice... 8)
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Post by: Slim on January 02, 2012, 21:48:00 pm
Just trying a snifter of the Distiller's Edition - quite strong tasting, more depth than the regular Talisker, but not as marine or medicinal. Sweet and woody. A little floral. Finished in sherry casks which I usually like, but I think it detracts a bit here. Doesn't have the zing and bite of the regular Talisker.

On its own terms though, I really like this - reminds me a lot of the Yamazaki single malt, albeit a little smoother and more refined - no bad thing at all.
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Post by: Slim on January 06, 2012, 22:08:12 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on December 27, 2011, 20:23:52 pm
The  "57 degrees North" is wonderful - smoky and with definite peat, but sweeter than an Islay.


And very powerful. Trying it now. Nice taste, sweet and overpowering but I like my Scotch a bit more quaffable than this. Not really a tentative sipper. Reminds me a lot of a similarly nutter-edition Laphroaig I had a few years back ('Quarter Cask'?)
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Post by: Reg on April 10, 2012, 14:51:40 pm
I've got the quarter cask Laphroaig.

Sunday night, I treated myself to a Talisker in the bar of the hotel I was staying in.  Very nice.

Barman offered me ice in it.  I said no thanks!
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on August 02, 2012, 23:10:56 pm
Not a dram but been quaffing a fair amount of Sobrano brandy of late
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: zoony on December 30, 2012, 17:39:40 pm
I've never really been a whisky drinker, but I've probably had more of it this month than I've ever had before. Had some Jamesons at the quiz 2 weeks ago, and had some JD and also some Bells on boxing day. All taken neat as well.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on December 31, 2012, 11:52:55 am
Bells is awful..... blended rubbish... We always keep a bottle of that knocking around. The ones who aren't too bothred what they drink get that or want to shove coke into it.. unless they ask for a a decent single malt..:)

think some Drambuie could be the order of the day for me very soon :)
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on December 31, 2012, 13:25:18 pm
Thought I'd been forgotten this year but Mrs Bisto  finally took the hint and bought me a bottle of Drambuie. I'm sure it was a wind up but the old gal has been almost ss bad as me at forgetting things lately..
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: zoony on December 31, 2012, 17:27:05 pm
Quote from: Fishy on December 31, 2012, 11:52:55 am
Bells is awful..... blended rubbish... We always keep a bottle of that knocking around. The ones who aren't too bothred what they drink get that or want to shove coke into it.. unless they ask for a a decent single malt..:)




Have to admit that it all tastes the same to me mate, but I respect your knowledge and far superior experience on the subject  ;).
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on January 01, 2013, 02:07:35 am
Quote from: zoony on December 31, 2012, 17:27:05 pm
Have to admit that it all tastes the same to me mate


::)..........beyond all hope of redemption!
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: zoony on January 01, 2013, 10:47:53 am
Quote from: Bisto on January 01, 2013, 02:07:35 am
::)..........beyond all hope of redemption!


Lol. There's no chance I'm ever going to be an expert on it mate, would rather have a Baileys.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on January 01, 2013, 11:00:45 am
Quote from: zoony on January 01, 2013, 10:47:53 am
Lol. There's no chance I'm ever going to be an expert on it mate, would rather have a Baileys.


.......well, as they say, theres no accounting for taste........or lack of it.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on January 01, 2013, 11:12:03 am
Quote from: zoony on December 31, 2012, 17:27:05 pm
Have to admit that it all tastes the same to me mate


You're obviously drinking the wrong stuff.  ;)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on January 01, 2013, 14:07:59 pm
got some of this lined up for later today :)

(http://www.laphroaig.com/Images/agecheck/bottle_home.jpg)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: zoony on January 01, 2013, 14:34:45 pm
Quote from: Bisto on January 01, 2013, 11:00:45 am
.......well, as they say, theres no accounting for taste........or lack of it.


Well I do like the best band in the universe mate.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: zoony on January 01, 2013, 14:35:43 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on January 01, 2013, 11:12:03 am
You're obviously drinking the wrong stuff.  ;)


Well I'm open to a few lessons from some of you experts on here Pete  ;).
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on January 01, 2013, 14:36:25 pm
Quote from: zoony on January 01, 2013, 14:34:45 pm
Well I do like the best band in the universe mate.


thats a moot point mate :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: zoony on January 01, 2013, 14:42:58 pm
Quote from: Fishy on January 01, 2013, 14:36:25 pm
thats a moot point mate :)


Let's not go there in here mate, stick to the whisky  ;).
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: BaldiePete on January 01, 2013, 17:00:29 pm
Quote from: Fishy on January 01, 2013, 14:07:59 pm
got some of this lined up for later today :)

(http://www.laphroaig.com/Images/agecheck/bottle_home.jpg)


No one could ever taste that and say it tastes the same as Bells.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on January 01, 2013, 17:51:41 pm
Quote from: Fishy on January 01, 2013, 14:07:59 pm
got some of this lined up for later today :)

(http://www.laphroaig.com/Images/agecheck/bottle_home.jpg)


Got one of those myself on Christmas Day. Nearly gone now unfortunately.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 01, 2013, 20:44:07 pm
Got a 12-yo Highland Park from the in-laws, it'll go nicely with the other bottle already in the cupboard, can't have too much of the stuff :)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Slim on January 02, 2013, 14:07:17 pm
I bought myself a "selection box" Glenfiddich set containing 20ml bottles of the 12YO, 15YO and 18YO. Hadn't tried the 15 or the 18 before. The 15 is delightful. 18 is OK but a bit medicinal.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on December 26, 2013, 14:51:13 pm
I saw Bruichladdich Rocks on sale at Sainsburys for £28 today
Has anybody tasted this? Thought I might give it a try but unsure..its a single malt unchill filtered colouring free and not peated but its from several vintages...that put me off a little. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on December 26, 2013, 16:36:13 pm
(http://img.thewhiskyexchange.com/270/brbon_jac2.jpg)

got this as a pressie yesterday and duly polished it off with the help of a few friends :)..lovely stuff btw... quite smooth...
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on December 27, 2013, 00:05:45 am
Quote from: Chris Quartly on January 01, 2013, 20:44:07 pm
Got a 12-yo Highland Park from the in-laws, it'll go nicely with the other bottle already in the cupboard, can't have too much of the stuff :)

You're not wrong there young sir :)

But HP's not as good as it used to be...

A bottle of 12yo Glenlivet was my Whisky pressie this year. I'll drain my Old Pulteney and make a start.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: NeilP on December 27, 2013, 00:21:32 am
I treated myself to a bottle of this for special occasions

(http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0160/6818/products/pult-21_grande.png?v=1338563406)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on December 27, 2013, 01:42:56 am
I'm 51 next year if that helps...
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: NeilP on December 27, 2013, 13:31:43 pm
sounds a good enough excuse
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Post by: Bez on February 06, 2015, 12:29:31 pm
Any recommendations for an expensive(ish) bottle of whisky as a gift.....looking at around £100.

The recipent knows his stuff and lives in Scotland, so nothing run of the mill please....

It's a thank you for getting 7 of us in to Loch Lomand golf course for free....usually £250 each...so if it runs more that's cool....
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 06, 2015, 15:03:44 pm
Old Pulteney 21 year old

If he likes Islay whisky get an Ardbeg Corryvreckan. If you're not sure get the Old Pulteney.

https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/old-pulteney-21-year-old-whisky/#!/product/

https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/ardbeg-corryvreckan-single-malt-whisky/#!/product/whiskies/ardbeg-corryvreckan-single-malt-whisky/
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Post by: Fishy on February 06, 2015, 15:36:40 pm
Talisker 25 yr old

£220
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Post by: Bez on February 06, 2015, 15:37:53 pm
Quote from: Fishy on February 06, 2015, 15:36:40 pm
Talisker 25 yr old

£220


There's a couple of "tightwads" in the group....£25 a man is going to scare them off ;)
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Bez on February 06, 2015, 15:38:55 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on February 06, 2015, 15:03:44 pm
Old Pulteney 21 year old

If he likes Islay whisky get an Ardbeg Corryvreckan. If you're not sure get the Old Pulteney.

https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/old-pulteney-21-year-old-whisky/#!/product/

https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/ardbeg-corryvreckan-single-malt-whisky/#!/product/whiskies/ardbeg-corryvreckan-single-malt-whisky/


Cheers Pete, I think he does like Islay...don't really want to "tip our hat" by asking though...
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Chris Quartly on February 06, 2015, 15:55:33 pm
My favourite is Highland Park 18 which is in your price bracket.
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on February 06, 2015, 16:01:06 pm
Arran 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10852) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)  £91


https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/arran/arran-18-year-old-1995-old-malt-cask-hunter-laing-whisky/
Title: Re: A wee dram...
Post by: Fishy on March 23, 2015, 11:19:58 am
(http://barmagazine.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Orkney-Bere-isle-of-arran.jpg)

a visit to the Arran distillery last week revealed this little gem...