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. "Highland Park" sounds like an affluent suburb of Los Angeles or something!


Everything and Nothing / Re: Digital Compact Camera - any advice?
« on: December 22, 2013, 06:11:01 AM »
Tomas I had a Canon Sure Shot not too long ago and it delivered great images, function and quality so I have always been a canon fan.  Dont know the models you mention.

Also something important that would make me consider the Panasonic is that it uses a Leica lens.....the best glass there is!

I have read about Kilchoman......good to see a new distillery when most date back to the 1800's.  Sounds like it will be hard to source.

Searched out the possible health benefits of drinking whiskey moderately....this was the best that I found.  No Mayo Clinic endorsements though..... ::)

This is all about the benefits hiding away in your alcohol cabinet, now I am not talking about little umbrella drinks laden with sugary syrups and artificial colors, I am talking about 1 serving (strait up or on the rocks) per day taken like any other vitamin to benefit from the medicinal properties it brings to the table. Whiskey has been used as medicine for hundreds of years in fact before chemists began pumping out medications tailored to your ailment whiskey was the go to cure all everybody reached for, moonshine was infused with anything from peppermint to opium and marketed at a miracle cure and in prohibition the only person who could legally get alcohol was through a doctor. It has been scientifically proven that beverages like whiskey, scotch and bourbon contain no fat and very low carbs in fact the 0.04 grams of carbohydrates a shot of whiskey does contain is immediately turned to energy one it is digested. I am sure you are thinking of your favorite brand fondly at this point and daydreaming about pouring yourself a victory shot just to spite the nay sayers but we have only just begun, you see whiskey is no one trick pony. Along with not adding inches to your waist line, whiskeys have been shown to aid in prevention of dementia and stroke by as much as 50%, it has shown to lower chances of developing diabetes between 30 and 40% and in cancer studies whiskeys high amounts of the antioxidant ellagic acid have been shown to destroy cancer cells. Now lets talk about heart health, whiskey decreases blood clots and increases good cholesterol. Additional benefits of whiskey are being looked in to by scientists looking to make a truly great discovery in the world of science as you read this so who knows what will be the next positive reason to toast to good health will be. The best thing about whiskey is that it is easy to make, a stove top still is an simple setup for distilling moonshine whiskey in small amounts for medical purposes. Remember that these benefits are only gained through moderate use (1-2 shots a day), you do not want to form a dependance on alcohol, the inability to function without a drink in a grid down situation is like signing your own death warrant, enjoy the health benefits of whiskey in moderation. /i]

I really did enjoy the Highland Park 12, some smoke but not Islay strength. I have to try the 15 yr and the 18 yr most be really special.  I do tend to favor Island malts, well the UK is and island so that would be Isle malts I guess.  Talisker from the Isle of Sky was the exception.  Theres one from the Isle of Orkney is it Skye called Scapa that is intriguing and pricy. And Jura is on the list.

Have to try Big Peat...thanks for bring that up Blake.  It s got to be a blast mixing Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore & Port Ellen spirits.

Saul I cant get a picture of Clint Eastwood stand at a saloon bar out of my head....Bullet Bourbon Frontier Whiskey. I love the name.  I will look for that one.

I picked up a bottle of Lagavulin yesterday for the holidays......Finishing Caol Ila and enjoying Laghroaig Triple Wood.  I like to have a few bottles going at a time, sort have my own little tastings. Definitely a lot of peat right now.

Ardbeg do some wonderfully unusual distilling from what Ive read where they take current production spirit and mix it with their much older stock to create some extraordinary Whiskey...I think the "Alligator" that you mentioned Blake may have been such a bottling.

One thing Im finding is that the older malts are certainly smoother but I notice I miss that untamed sometimes in your face complex wildness that an Ardbeg 10yr has of a Laphroaig.  It can be such an event. I wonder if age mellows intensity....hey Im almost 50yrs old, bet Im not as exciting as when I was 25.  Ah but so much wiser!  ;)

This could turn into a Whiskey, currently drinking thread....

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Buchla Music Easel Ships
« on: December 19, 2013, 06:48:46 PM »
Too true Anthony....

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Buchla Music Easel Ships
« on: December 19, 2013, 06:06:31 PM »
Hi does indeed look Serge like. Cant say regarding Subotnick, though I thought he used a complete (whatever that means) Buchla 200 on compositions like "Silver apples of the moon"

here is an overview of the system.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / The Buchla Music Easel Ships
« on: December 19, 2013, 05:26:31 PM »
I think this is very almost identical recreation of the 1973 original Easel available for order. This is a truly a great time for electronic synthesis, analog or digital


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ???
« on: December 19, 2013, 05:07:41 PM »
This is in the same vein as Eno's Scape.  A toy yes, fun yes, a novelty yes. 

I think its very cool and I hope it helps to bring people into Steve's Immersion world and perhaps into ours. And hey....why not let one of the great ambient electronic pioneers get them into their yoga / mediative states than.....I don't know, lets say Yanni.  No offense Yanni fans.

Tell me about it.....the list keeps getting longer! ;D

Excellent recommendations Mike....Glad your enjoying the Caol Ila.

I have had my eye on Aberlour 16 and Auchtentoshan.  Belvenie  Carribean Cask should be interesting with the rum influence.  Belvenie make a peated whiskey but its about $130 so that's gone to the bottom of the list

Oban is another I want to try.

Below is a flavor map that is handy to have on my iPhone when Im starring unknowingly at the well stocked whisky section at the liquor store.  Really helps get a idea of contrasting flavors.

Auchtentoshan is the complete opposite or the Islay malts.....hopefully not to light and delicate though that could be good nevertheless.

The Laphroaig story.....



Could not find a complete video...just theses little ones that came from the website.

As a Friend of Laphroaig this is what you get....makes a Laphroaig dram that much more special

Im curious if you would share that "list" Mike.....suggestions from aficionados!  Recommendation go a long way.   Hope I dont sound too thirsty  :)

Excellent Blake......this might be a good place to exchange whisky tasting notes,  theres just so much to discover in a sniff and sip.  I still do enjoy wine but its so easy to finish a nice bottle in an evening that it actually cost way more than good scotch.   A bottle of scotch in an evening by yourself....that there would be a problem.

Still working out my preference of a splash of water or not.....the higher alcohol whiskies for sure and thus far whiskies that hit around 56% are harder to drink for me as the alcohol seems to get in the way, which is not what the experts say.

Over time Glenlivet was my go to once in a while......need to go back and taste it again.

I did not realize that american bourbon casks played such an important roll in the initial maturation of Scottish single malt whisky.  Laphroaig use Makers Mark Bourbon cask.

Sounds like a Fantastic evening the photograph and story.

You might like to try Caol Ila Islay malt.  It somewhere between Laphroaig and Lagavulin in taste and not as hard one your wallet as Lagavulin.  It is my current dram.

Writers always seem to have great taste in whiskies....hey maybe ambient musician do to.  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 16, 2013, 08:53:23 PM »
Very.....came to these monitors from a Mastering setup that had lots of audiophile paraphernalia.  I wanted the full range listening capabilities that B&W 802's, my old speakers, within a smaller studio environment.  The Focal Twins delivered.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 16, 2013, 07:01:18 PM »
Oh.....the monitors.  Got those in 2007,  dont remember then its gone up a little.  Today $3800 a pair +-

Found this thread buried in the archives......thought I would bring it back to life, tis the season!

I have been enjoying single malts scotch's these past several months.....never really got into them until I picked up a mix pack of small bottles that were Craggenmore 12, Talisker 10 & Lagavulin 16.  Well that change everything.  Its hard to image just sitting with a dram and sniffing and sipping for a half hour.  Such a small amount of liquid produces such aromas and flavor.

My list in particular order though I do tend to favor the Islay malts with their heavy peat smoke.


Ardbeg Ten, Lagavulin & Laphroiag Triple Wood really stand out.  They are all great whiskies.  The Islay ones seem to manage to bottle the smell and almost taste of the Ocean!

Still much more to discover.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 16, 2013, 06:48:42 AM »
$345....and the Focals are up against tough competition from my Grado SR325.  I love these cans but they are open backed

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 15, 2013, 03:36:24 PM »
Indulging myself this christmas, that and I need a closed back headphone for recording purpose.  Im led to believe these cans translate well with my Focal Twin monitors.  Would be really handy. Lets see.

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