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  • steve1979 12 Dec 2011 09:21:27 1,997 posts
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    I got myself a bottle of Yamazaki 12 yr the other day. Wonderful whiskey. I also got a Highland Park 18 Year Old Miniature as the full bottle was a bit out of my budget range at the moment and wanted to see what's it's like. Very nice stuff, might get myself a full bottle at some point during the year.
  • smoothpete 12 Dec 2011 10:11:31 31,515 posts
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    I bought a bottle of (the only) welsh single malt the other day. It's Penderyn sherrywood. I tried some in the shop but I had already tried a few other things and it was only midday and my memory is somewhat cloudy
  • Kokapetl 12 Dec 2011 22:51:35 865 posts
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    steve1979 wrote:
    I got myself a bottle of Yamazaki 12 yr the other day. Wonderful whiskey. I also got a Highland Park 18 Year Old Miniature as the full bottle was a bit out of my budget range at the moment and wanted to see what's it's like. Very nice stuff, might get myself a full bottle at some point during the year.
    Ooh! I've just bought myself a bottle of Yamazaki 12 yr as my Christmas treat. I'm pretty new to the whole whiskey tasting business, having only tasted what my local pub stocks. From what I've read on here and other sites it seems like a good starter tipple. Can't wait to open it on Christmas day.

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  • steve1979 13 Dec 2011 14:10:20 1,997 posts
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    It's a nice whiskey. I've been very much enjoying it. I was going to leave it until christmas too, but after having a shit friday last week, decided my needs were greater than my waiting.
  • JuanKerr 13 Dec 2011 14:19:59 36,251 posts
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    Anyone ever tried Caol Ila? Tempted to pick up a bottle over the Christmas period.
  • mrharvest 13 Dec 2011 14:23:13 5,198 posts
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    Go for it. Nice, peaty but balanced.
  • JuanKerr 13 Dec 2011 14:27:49 36,251 posts
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    Peaty is what I'm after. They're doing a few of those little 20cl bottles for 9.50 in Waitrose at the moment, so might pick one up this weekend.
  • elstoof 13 Dec 2011 14:28:05 7,390 posts
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    Nice enough Islay, so long as you like heavy peat. Most of it goes for blending for Diageo's brands. None of it's matured on Islay either, all is taken to the mainland if that matters to you. Lagavulin use their warehouses.
  • JuanKerr 13 Dec 2011 14:33:27 36,251 posts
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    Blimey, that's some serious knowledge right there! I love Lagavulin, so I'll give one of those smaller bottles a punt.

    Diageo owns Lagavulin doesn't it?
  • elstoof 13 Dec 2011 15:07:24 7,390 posts
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    Heh, I was actually reading something a while back about the distillery so your question was in perfect timing. The cheques in the post obviously.

    Yup, Lagavulin is a Diageo brand too. You'll probably find the Caol a bit rougher going than Lagavulin but still good all the same and definitely worth a punt.
  • localnotail 16 Dec 2011 17:07:45 23,093 posts
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    Discuss? (or disgust?)

    (By which I mean, are these any good? Am contemplating them as a present for a single malt drinker)

    Edited by localnotail at 17:11:02 16-12-2011

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  • ModishNouns 16 Dec 2011 17:12:30 4,655 posts
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    Disgust. Stupid gimmick.

    Completely wrong headed. You want, sometimes, depending on the whiskey, a little dilution without lowering the temperature. Those things have it upside down.

    Edited by ModishNouns at 17:22:47 16-12-2011
  • Blaketown 16 Dec 2011 17:12:51 4,652 posts
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    The bloke at our local Whiskey shop said they were absolutely useless.

    As in not only have they got it arse backwards as Modish said but they don't actually lower the temperature of the drink. Its the action of the ice melting that lowers the temp of a drink not the fact a cold thing is sat in the drink.

    Edited by Blaketown at 17:15:25 16-12-2011

    Brap, brap, old chap.

  • ModishNouns 16 Dec 2011 17:14:17 4,655 posts
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    There's a name for people that chill whiskey. They're called "Americans".
  • elstoof 16 Dec 2011 17:16:15 7,390 posts
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    I'd put those in a martini rather than a whisky.
  • localnotail 16 Dec 2011 17:17:19 23,093 posts
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    Cheers, I suspected as much but I'm lazy and don't want to have to go to the shops and encounter humanity in its lowest form.

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  • elstoof 16 Dec 2011 17:18:28 7,390 posts
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    An old decanter from a charity shop makes a nice whisky based pressie tho. I do have a bizzare fetish for decanters I must add.
  • speedfreek 16 Dec 2011 20:10:14 3,075 posts
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    ModishNouns wrote:
    There's a name for people that chill whiskey. They're called "Americans".




    Can't beat a good whiskEy o/
  • elstoof 16 Dec 2011 20:23:31 7,390 posts
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    That Pappy Van Winkle 20 year is awesome stuff. All you need there is some Blantons, 18 year old Sazerac and some George Stagg and you're all set :D
  • ModishNouns 16 Dec 2011 20:25:56 4,655 posts
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    speedfreek wrote:
    ModishNouns wrote:
    There's a name for people that chill whiskey. They're called "Americans".
    http://i42.tinypic.com/dmctad.jpg
    Yes, don't let my casual Christmas racism fool you. I could get quite silly with some of that :-)
  • speedfreek 16 Dec 2011 21:16:56 3,075 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    That Pappy Van Winkle 20 year is awesome stuff. All you need there is some Blantons, 18 year old Sazerac and some George Stagg and you're all set :D
    Opening the Pappy on Christmas day really looking forward to it.

    I'm only getting a 100 bottle every 3 months so Feb/March and I'll bag one of those :D

    The Jeffersons Presidential select 18 is amazing stuff.

    Edit : ModishNouns I drink all my spirits warm (except mojitos and jullips) thanks to being enamoured with the Sweeny TV series ;-p And this stuff Rochester Ginger Green Lable

    Edited by speedfreek at 21:20:35 16-12-2011
  • PearOfAnguish 17 Dec 2011 11:23:07 7,305 posts
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    Gents, which would you recommend as a good beginner bourbon - Maker's Mark or Woodford Reserve?
  • elstoof 17 Dec 2011 11:45:30 7,390 posts
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    Woodford for me. Makers Mark I find a little too sweet.
  • PearOfAnguish 17 Dec 2011 12:37:12 7,305 posts
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    Sweet is good for me so I've gone for Maker's Mark for now. Woodford is next.
  • elstoof 17 Dec 2011 13:18:15 7,390 posts
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    Both are good, I'm sure you'll enjoy the Makers. I probably could have been clearer, Woodford is also sweet but it's offset with a little spiciness which may or may not be your thing. Great toffee flavour from both.
  • brokenkey 17 Dec 2011 14:24:32 7,042 posts
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    Blaketown wrote:
    Its the action of the ice melting that lowers the temp of a drink not the fact a cold thing is sat in the drink.
    That's not right. You can speed up the chilling effect by forcing the ice to melt quickly (see their ice cream makers where your pour salt into ice, but pouring a cold thing next to a warm thing will see both of them reach a common temperature eventually.

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  • speedfreek 17 Dec 2011 19:58:57 3,075 posts
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    PearOfAnguish wrote:
    Gents, which would you recommend as a good beginner bourbon - Maker's Mark or Woodford Reserve?
    You really want a Woodford, a Makers & an Elijah Craig 12 year old as they're the best of the sub 30 whiskeys. Woodford is really flavoursome and mellow, makers is flavoursome with a lovely harsh alcohol kick to it and the Elijah sits between the 2. A whiskey for every mood \o/
  • mal 18 Dec 2011 04:16:51 22,579 posts
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    The reason ice cream malers pour salt into ice (assuming they do - never heard that before - doesn't it make the ice cream salty?) is to lower the freezing point. Ice can be at 0c but I presume it only interacts with liquids when it itself liquifies at 0c (as elstoof says), except when it's been tainted by salt where it can liquify at a good few degrees south of 0c (at least 32 degrees, which is why freezing without salt is 32 degreen on the fahrenheit scale).

    On the subject of whiskeys, it seems ice is shunned by the scotch drinker and welcomed by the american whiskey drinker (I'm not sure about the Welsh, Irish and Japanese and other whisky/ey drinkers). To me as an ale drinker I shun cooling measures, at least when drinking in a moderate climate/centrally heated room/air conditioned house. Cooling dulls the tastebuds. The only things that taste better when cooler is things that don't taste good when warm.

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  • mal 18 Dec 2011 04:26:08 22,579 posts
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    Oh, and on the subject of single malts, I had a wee dram of Uigadeal (the Ardbeg special cask), then some Ardmore (no relation that I know) then some old house favourite, a couple drams of Old Pultenay, all with a little water (though only the Uigadeal needs watering imo). The uiegadeal is still almost identical despite being open a couple of months with a few drams taken out, so I'm still going to keep it for special occasions. If there ever was a session whisky, Uigadeal or indeed standard Ardbeg is not it. The Ardmore was much more quaffable, if nothing in comparison to the slightly more expensive Old Pultenay. Given those two are amongst the cheapest single malts I know of, the fact they're drinkable while still being interesting enough speaks well for the industry's future. Good work, and I say that as a sasernach.

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  • Rusty_M 19 Dec 2011 18:29:20 4,692 posts
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    I got a bottle of 10 year old Glenmorangie in a work Christmas raffle (along with a big tub of celebrations). Not bad for 1, which I still owe someone as I didn't have cash on me at the time but I wanted to enter the raffle!

    So is the whisky any good? I'm still getting into it. I plan to find out for myself later this evening anyway.

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