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  • GoatApocalypse 29 Jul 2018 21:52:43 4,229 posts
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    Jim Beam White Label.

    Wholly unremarkable but hard to begrudge it for £15.
  • drhickman1983 29 Jul 2018 22:22:04 5,465 posts
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    Finally put the whisky I won like a year ago into auction, currently met the reserve so should have some money coming my way. Tempted to buy an Ardbeg Corryvreckan and Bruichladdich Octomore 08.1 with some of the proceeds.
  • Buffalo_Bertie 30 Jul 2018 12:56:22 21 posts
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    Finishing up a few bottles I've had for a while now and am on the look for some suggestions. Just about to polish off:

    - Lagavulin 16 (probably my all-time fave)
    - Laphroaig 10
    - Haig Club (A very well-meaning leaving present from my last job, not great whiskey, unfortunately)

    Still have a fair amount of Ardbeg 10 left. Massive fan of the Islay style as you can probably tell.

    If anyone gets a chance to head to a Chivas Regal tasting session in London, do it. It's 10 quid a ticket and you get an enormous amount of whiskey along with a small pitch for the brand.

    Been to the Nikka one too, which was in Milroys (soho). Starting to really get into Japanese whiskey.
  • elstoof 30 Jul 2018 13:15:29 20,785 posts
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    Tried Highland Park? Peaty but a bit different to Islay
  • RandolphCarter 30 Jul 2018 14:27:43 1,088 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Tried Highland Park? Peaty but a bit different to Islay
    On its own, I find it underwhelming - add a few drops of water and it becomes amazing.
  • RandolphCarter 30 Jul 2018 14:30:52 1,088 posts
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    @Buffalo_Bertie Funnily enough, I had a gift of a bottle of Haig Club on Saturday from a friend (must be going cheap somewhere)....and it's terrible. One of the worst whiskies I have ever tried. There's just nothing remarkable or commendable about it. It has no redeeming qualities. Even the screw-cap annoyed me - no cork.
  • brokenkey 30 Jul 2018 15:29:16 9,805 posts
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    Haig Club Clubman takes like Malibu.
  • LionheartDJH 30 Jul 2018 21:57:33 20,141 posts
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    @Buffalo_Bertie
    Nice, based on Ardbeg Ten I'd have to say I'm a fan of the peaty Islay style too. Laphroaig and Lagavulin are high on my must try list.

    Had Haig Club a couple of times, not great. A classic exercise in throwing money at marketing to inflate the price of an inferior product; get Becks to advertise it and have a cologne bottle design and you can charge £35 for a whisky that should be half the price. Can get a decent single malt for the price, or a blend for less.
  • GoatApocalypse 31 Jul 2018 06:35:18 4,229 posts
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    Fans of peated whisky would do well to drop £50 on a bottle of Springbank. Probably my favourite peated whisky, and a whisky of excellence provenance it is too.

    Edited by GoatApocalypse at 06:39:53 31-07-2018
  • elstoof 31 Jul 2018 08:50:19 20,785 posts
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    Havenít touched any scotch for a while, been all about the American whiskeys lately. Blantonís old fashioneds and rittenhouse manhattans & old pals all summer
  • GoatApocalypse 31 Jul 2018 09:31:21 4,229 posts
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    What do you make of Noah's Mill, elstoof? I hear nothing but glowing praise, so I'm tempted to drop some cash on a bottle, but £80 is kinda salty.
  • Buffalo_Bertie 31 Jul 2018 09:50:24 21 posts
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    @GoatApocalypse I've heard this from a few others too. Will give it a try. Cheers!
  • Buffalo_Bertie 31 Jul 2018 09:53:25 21 posts
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    @LionheartDJH I'd recommend getting some smaller bottles or taster drams online if you don't understandably fancy dropping 50+ notes on a bottle you may not like.

    Lagavulin is my hands down favourite, but I've read on other forums that it's changed over the last 10 years or so due to popularity. Seems good to me though!
  • Buffalo_Bertie 31 Jul 2018 09:54:17 21 posts
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    @RandolphCarter It's tough to find something that it's good at, other than attractive branding.
  • Buffalo_Bertie 31 Jul 2018 09:57:02 21 posts
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    Ailsa Bay

    Had some of this last night and really enjoyed it. Nicely peated but not that kind of medicinal/iodine taste you get with Islays.
  • GoatApocalypse 31 Jul 2018 10:40:20 4,229 posts
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    @Buffalo_Bertie

    You won't regret it. Easily one of my favourites. It's peated but rich and spicy with a lovely oaky character too.

    It feels like a very serious whisky for connoisseurs, to be savoured and marveled at.
  • elstoof 31 Jul 2018 11:01:18 20,785 posts
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    GoatApocalypse wrote:
    What do you make of Noah's Mill, elstoof? I hear nothing but glowing praise, so I'm tempted to drop some cash on a bottle, but £80 is kinda salty.
    Havenít tried it, bit more coin than Iím willing to pay for a bourbon as I donít generally sip them straight so £40-50 is about my limit. 57% though, not too bad value once youíve watered it down to a litre
  • GoatApocalypse 31 Jul 2018 11:07:11 4,229 posts
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    Seen a few people comparing it to Pappy. Might splash out and report back.
  • gamingdave 31 Jul 2018 11:25:55 4,755 posts
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    Said it before, but ill say it again.

    The Aldi single malts at £17 are staggering value. Their Islay is bloody lovely. Sure, its not Lagavulin (it's most likely a young Coal Ila), but it's a 3rd of the price!

    They also do a Highland and a Spey.
  • imamazed 31 Jul 2018 11:53:13 6,328 posts
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    You just said Lagavulin. I don't currently have a bottle of Laguvulin.

    Damn it. That's £50 gone.
  • LionheartDJH 31 Jul 2018 14:01:23 20,141 posts
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    @Buffalo_Bertie Thanks for the tip! I've got a collection of a dozen or so miniatures that I'm working through at the moment, and on the odd occasion I go to a bar with a decent selection then I try new whiskies. I've only bought one bottle on a whim so far and that was cheapo Johnnie Red so didn't feel too bad that I don't like it neat (it's passable as a mixer for me).

    Heard a lot of good things about Lagavulin, must be good at 16 years old! How would you say it compares to Ardbeg in terms of peatiness and taste?
    Speaking of which, Ardbeg on sale in Tesco at the mo for £37 so picked up a bottle today.

    I really like port too so interested to try a port barrel aged scotch - anyone any recommendations for a decent one?
  • smoothpete 31 Jul 2018 14:17:45 34,827 posts
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    This weekend I had:

    Caol Ila 18 year old
    Laphroaig 18 year old Islay
    Carn Mor Strictly Limited
    Glendronach 2003 Whisky Shop Exclusive
  • Buffalo_Bertie 31 Jul 2018 16:00:03 21 posts
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    @LionheartDJH No worries! The Lagavulin is a lot smoother than the Ardbeg. A little bit sweeter too. With Ardbeg, you can taste the sea but with Lagavulin, it's more a sweet campfire.

    If you're after a PX cask and don't mind dropping some money, the Distiller's edition of Lagavulin is amazing. I went for the 2016/2017 version and it was unreal. Haven't tried many other port ones though.

    Thanks for the Ardbeg tip, hard to say no at £37 :-)
  • Buffalo_Bertie 31 Jul 2018 16:02:06 21 posts
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    @GoatApocalypse Just asked around and one of my friends has a bottle of Springbank he's not keen on, so swapping him for a bottle for Eagle Rare 10 bourbon (good bourbon to check out btw - I know we're in a single malt thread but...)

    Cheers for the tip!

    Edited by Buffalo_Bertie at 16:02:42 31-07-2018
  • GoatApocalypse 31 Jul 2018 17:42:20 4,229 posts
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    I think of this as a pretty generic whisky and whiskey thread...

    I like Eagle Rare. But oddly, not in an Old Fashioned.
  • LionheartDJH 8 Aug 2018 23:07:32 20,141 posts
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    Had Laphroaig 10, Quarter Cask and Lagavulin 16 over the past few days. I thought Ardbeg was great but Laga is even better, amazing dram. Need to pick up a bottle.

    Laph 10 pretty good too, but preferred the Quarter Cask, had a nice sweetness to it that wasn't as apparent in the standard 10 year.
  • RandolphCarter 9 Aug 2018 07:41:16 1,088 posts
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    gamingdave wrote:
    Said it before, but ill say it again.

    The Aldi single malts at £17 are staggering value. Their Islay is bloody lovely. Sure, its not Lagavulin (it's most likely a young Coal Ila), but it's a 3rd of the price!

    They also do a Highland and a Spey.
    I've tried the Lidl Islay whisky and it was....good!
  • Jetset_UK 10 Aug 2018 08:54:07 3,578 posts
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    @LionheartDJH It wasn't half bad. Although I must admit it was a goto whisky for when I'd been out for a few beers.
  • Jetset_UK 10 Aug 2018 08:58:51 3,578 posts
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    @smoothpete Hows the Caol Ila 18? The Caol Ila 12 was one of the first single malts I tried, and I hated it. So given it a wide berth since then, but tried it again and really enjoyed it.

    Spunked almost £100 on a Springbank 18. Bit disappointed at first, but now its been open a couple of weeks it's a true stunner!
  • Poorandugly 10 Aug 2018 09:04:12 567 posts
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    Just want to say that the Glenfarclas 17 is sublime. Nice tones of raisins and fruitcake, to my nose anyway. Highly recommended!
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