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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #60 on: March 24, 2014, 03:23:57 PM »
Some recent drams...... :)



I will keep going back to this one.....theres some much toffee and orange in this your think you can taste chocolate but thats in your head...Wow, and this is no dessert it has plenty of power on the nose and palette.






This is an unusual one.....theres a beeswax sense to it that is intriguing and a little strange in a good way.....worth trying!






At $29 I said to myself with a snob like tone.....you get what you pay for but I had seen ratings up at 93 points from whiskey magazines so......they are right, its quite amazing and you might ask yourself if there is some Gaelic magic going on that can put a bottle of $29 malt in the same range as a 94 point, $90 bottle of Lagavulin (Whiskey Advocates Magazine).  Only on way to find out ;) 

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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #61 on: September 29, 2014, 12:40:42 PM »
Just back from a short break in Highland Perthshire where I visited this place...........



The smallest distillery in Scotland where everything is hand made by the three distillery workers.

I purchased this........



and thereafter partook of said amber nectar of the gods, at my holiday place, looking out over this landscape one afternoon in the late summer sun....



Very pleasant indeed.


PS Julio .....this dram also tasted wonderful in the distillery tasting room  ;) 8)

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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #62 on: September 29, 2014, 02:15:44 PM »
Excellent thirdsystem.......I can only imagine. That last picture is beautiful!  Its been a few months since I had some Edradour in the house.  Have to change that.   Thanks for sharing

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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #63 on: September 29, 2014, 02:41:51 PM »
Beautiful indeed.

I forgot to report in here about some very nice single malts I enjoyed in Boston at a convention this summer. Must dig through Facebook to find photos and details.
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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #64 on: September 29, 2014, 06:14:48 PM »
Please do Mike...you and your fellow writers have great taste in single malts.  Look forward to it!

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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #65 on: September 29, 2014, 06:25:19 PM »


My current dram.....lots of coconut and vanilla.  Glenmorangie in body but much superior on all other counts

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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #66 on: September 30, 2014, 05:06:24 PM »
Well, here's a start.









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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #67 on: September 30, 2014, 05:10:14 PM »
From ReaderCon, a genre fiction convention in Boston, MA, this past July. Here's a whisky lover's room party where we shared some special items before going up to a bigger, busier party in the room of one of the publishers at the convention.







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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #68 on: October 01, 2014, 04:57:38 AM »
Nice line up there Mike....the whisky I mean ;)

Aberlour 16 is a favorite.....Auchentoshan 12 is my go to malt and I had my eye on the triple wood but have not taken the plunge yet.  Did you like it?

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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #69 on: October 01, 2014, 07:52:34 AM »
Definitely yes. To me, Auchentoshan 12 is good, but Three Wood is special. Definitely worth the extra money, so if you like Auchentoshan 12, definitely try Three Wood.
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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #70 on: October 02, 2014, 02:46:17 PM »
Glenrothes, quite a heavy whisky on the nose, almost 25 years since I tasted that one.

Aberlour a lighter dram and I seem to remember rather pleasant.

Glenfiddich also a lighter flavour but a nice easy malt to drink. Always liked it.

Auchentoshan was always one of my favourites. A light, lowland malt. The only one which is triple distilled I think. Never tried the three wood (which sounds fantastic) and therefore must endeavour to do so.

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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #71 on: October 02, 2014, 02:54:24 PM »
Definitely yes. To me, Auchentoshan 12 is good, but Three Wood is special. Definitely worth the extra money, so if you like Auchentoshan 12, definitely try Three Wood.

Good to know Mike, thanks....locally its up in the $75 range.  Getting into the special occasion price range.  I sense just such an occasion coming really soon. ;D

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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #72 on: October 02, 2014, 03:04:32 PM »
I definitely don't drink that kind of "special" stuff often. Usually buy a bottle when visiting friends who are single malt enthusiasts, and usually one or more of them will buy a nice bottle, and we'll all have a chance to try something unusual and special we wouldn't otherwise get to try.

Actually I think it was my friend Justin Steele (who appears in the 4-person photo above) who bought the Three Wood and I bought the Aberlour 16 year. Everyone in our group enjoyed both of these so much, both Justin and I bought ourselves a bottle of each later in the summer.
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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #73 on: October 02, 2014, 04:26:17 PM »
Its true single malt whiskey is expensive.......Its defiantly a luxury in the scheme of things but one that is so spirited.....why do they call it spirits in the Scotland / UK?




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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #74 on: October 02, 2014, 04:27:52 PM »
I don't mind buying an expensive bottle here and there because I only drink the good stuff occasionally. I like to have several different ones to alternate between, and I don't drink single male too often, so I might have bottles sitting on the shelf for years.

Quality over quantity!
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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #75 on: October 03, 2014, 05:36:31 AM »
For a while I had about four different malts going at one time.....it was a fun way to taste. 

Agreed.....quality over quantity.  A dram or 2, after that it ceases to be a benefit.

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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #76 on: October 07, 2014, 06:15:42 PM »
I'm not up on scotch at all (wine is more my thing), but what about non-Scottish whisky?
Any standouts from around the world ?
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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #77 on: October 08, 2014, 04:45:32 AM »
APK the Japanese produce single malts and I think blended whiskey and I have heard good things though I have not tried any myself.....good question?

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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #78 on: October 08, 2014, 09:17:51 AM »
It's not that you can't find good whiskeys other than from Scotland. It's just that 99% of the top-quality whiskey in the world comes from Scotland, so why not start there?

Probably the next great whiskey producer in the world is the USA, with bourbon and sourmash, though these are very different things from single malt. There are a few good Irish whiskeys though most of those are a notch or two below a good Scotch. And as Julio said, there are some Japanese producers as well.

As with wine, of course, 98% of the product produced worldwide is cheap, low-quality.
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Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #79 on: October 09, 2014, 11:45:23 AM »
Being a Scot, it would be complete and utter sacrilege punishable by possible imprisonment if any other countries "whisky" product was consumed  :P  ;) I have covertly consumed the occasional Jack Daniels in a surreptitious manner. Very nice.

Rather than drinking three pints of beer at the theatre the other night, decided to go for three drams instead to reduce the need for requiring to go to the wee boys room  :-[  Like the other lads have mentioned I only usually have one whisky, maybe two, so this was unusual for me.

1) Jura. Long, long time since I had this ! Very, very nice indeed. I didn't get a look at the bottle but it was beautifully aged, clearly in sherry wood. Will definitely have to investigate this one further.

2) Highland Park, Orkneys finest. Enjoyed it but will have to give it another go.

3) Talisker. Definitely nectar of the gods, made in Skye form peat and girders ( ;)) this is my favourite of all whiskies, without a doubt.

Also enjoyed the play (dragged by wife) so was a very pleasant evening indeed.