Following The Single Malt Thread Page 39

  • Deleted user 11 November 2018 11:55:33
    I'm gonna open it and show you how manly I am. Then I'll challenge you to an arm wrestle
  • GoatApocalypse 11 Nov 2018 11:58:56 5,323 posts
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    :D

    You'll win because, ironically, I'm too cowardly for any kind of physical confrontation.
  • Deleted user 11 November 2018 12:03:02
    Haha :D

    I'll chase you down the street and challenge you to a game of table tennis then.
  • smoothpete 12 Nov 2018 10:06:34 35,484 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    This shit, incredible.

    https://imgur.com/gallery/V8fvPfJ
    So this stuff.

    I went to the whisky festival with a couple of mates from Glasgow, and a friend of theirs called Rab. 16 years ago Rab had bought a cask for £1400. He left it for 16 years, tried it, realised it was amazing, then sold it to this distillery and they bottled it as this:

    https://www.ladyoftheglen.com/store/product/port-charlotte

    They had a stall at the whisky fest and it was really cool to be there with thee guy who had basically made the product. It was the best thing at the show, in my opinion. I have purchased 2 bottles which I will hang on to with the expectation that they will appreciate over time. If they do (which I believe they will) then I'll sell one and drink the other.

    2nd best was a Highland Park, I think it was 21 years old but none of us can remember specifically which one it was (it was late in the show)

    3rd best was, bizarrely, from Taiwan. Kavalan Solist sherry cask
  • elstoof 12 Nov 2018 10:46:45 22,627 posts
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    How pissed do you have to be to buy a cask of whisky at a festival for 1400 quid
  • smoothpete 12 Nov 2018 10:52:31 35,484 posts
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    Nah he bought the cask off someone he knew, not at a show. I'm not sure of the exact context. They made 10 grand profit on it, which is not bad.
  • JamesUK 12 Nov 2018 11:01:25 779 posts
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    243 bottles for £1400 sounds pretty good to me. £5.76 a bottle.
  • elstoof 12 Nov 2018 11:01:57 22,627 posts
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    I know, Iím just being a twat. Cracking deal though, Iíd be tempted to take a punt on a cask if it was that price. About 300 bottles at what Iíd imagine is cask strength, thatís a jolly decent mark up

    Edited by elstoof at 11:03:15 12-11-2018
  • smoothpete 12 Nov 2018 12:02:40 35,484 posts
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    Yeah we were talking about doing it. Long time to wait though. And it might still be shite after 16 years!
  • elstoof 12 Nov 2018 12:23:58 22,627 posts
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    Did he have to store it himself or did the distillery keep it until he cashed in? Would be much like buying wine en primeur if the latter
  • smoothpete 12 Nov 2018 12:37:27 35,484 posts
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    I think the people he bought it off stored it, I believe that was part of the deal. He didnít approach the distillery till it was ready (as far as I understand it)
  • smoothpete 12 Nov 2018 15:11:59 35,484 posts
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    Boooooooo they cancelled my order!

    "Good afternoon Mr Pete,

    Unfortunately, I've had to refund your order as the Port Charlotte has
    sold out quicker than the website was updated.

    I am very sorry to have to tell you this."

    Which is a bit fucking suspect to be fair seeing as it updated immediately from 10 bottle available to 8 bottles available when I placed my order.
  • mangojoe 12 Nov 2018 18:14:53 2,257 posts
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    Bought some Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Friday. It's gone already! Really recommend
  • docrob 13 Nov 2018 13:26:07 1,120 posts
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    We've been drinking more whisky recently in an attempt not to drink wine during the week (yes, I know it sounds ridiculous, but it does cut down on both calories and alcohol!)

    Have been trying some slightly random malts in consequence.

    Recommend:
    Aberlour 12yo (bought discounted from Tesco)
    Stronachie 10yo (from Majestic - this is an odd one as it's an attempt to recreate the taste of the whisky from a long-gone distillery. I thought it was a bit of a gimmick, but they had a bottle open to try and it's lovely)

    Do not recommend:
    Highland Park Viking Honour - I normally love HP, and had a bottle of 12yo recently that was very nice. This stuff is just rough in comparison though - not nice at all. I actually saw a review of it that said the same, but my wife bought the bottle before I could tell her!
  • LionheartDJH 23 Nov 2018 14:54:12 20,291 posts
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    Amazon have some pretty good discounts on a big range of whiskies at the mo, including Laga 16 at £38.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002VZY62K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Gpb-BbH4M5QAY
  • smoothpete 23 Nov 2018 15:02:12 35,484 posts
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    Wrong thread but I'm sure some of you appreciate rum. I just had a bottle of Plantation 5 year old delivered to my desk. It would rude not to try it, right?
  • imamazed 23 Nov 2018 16:12:46 6,388 posts
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    LionheartDJH wrote:
    Amazon have some pretty good discounts on a big range of whiskies at the mo, including Laga 16 at £38.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002VZY62K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Gpb-BbH4M5QAY
    Thanks for the heads up. Adore Laga 16, but it's never discounted so snapped up a bottle to share with my old man over Christmas.
  • monkehhh 23 Nov 2018 18:46:33 5,053 posts
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    Was gonna get the boss a bottle of that Lagavulin 16 for his 40th, but I think the rest have just decided to get him something distinctly less exciting from Sainsburys!

    Any recommendations for a general crowd pleasing drop to offer to the father / brother in-law at Christmas and be something that I can enjoy too? I know bugger all about the stuff so it doesn't seem right to drop insane money, but somewhere around 40 quid doesn't seem crazy.
  • drhickman1983 23 Nov 2018 20:57:56 5,722 posts
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    @monkehhh

    Ardbeg 10yo is my go-to whisky. About 35 quid online.

    That's my recommendation, nice peat, but not overpowering.
  • [Slip] 23 Nov 2018 21:22:06 1,027 posts
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    So Iím a casual whisky drinker and always go with Glenmorangie 10 year.

    Iíve tried various others - but Iím looking for recommendations- one thing Iím not sure others suffer from but anything thatís slightly peaty I donít get on with and (weirdly) get a headache almost after the first drink of it...

    Donít mind spending a little more for something Iíll enjoy
  • Carlo 23 Nov 2018 21:37:47 20,489 posts
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    [Slip] wrote:
    So Iím a casual whisky drinker and always go with Glenmorangie 10 year.

    Iíve tried various others - but Iím looking for recommendations- one thing Iím not sure others suffer from but anything thatís slightly peaty I donít get on with and (weirdly) get a headache almost after the first drink of it...

    Donít mind spending a little more for something Iíll enjoy
    Think you would pay the price for a Balvinie? Personally love the carribean cask

    Edited by Carlo at 21:39:52 23-11-2018
  • GoatApocalypse 24 Nov 2018 07:17:42 5,323 posts
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    @[Slip]

    Generally, anything from Speyside is on the lighter, sweeter side. Aberlour 12 is good; if you want a treat, go for the non-chill filtered version. It's more expensive but richer.

    I can recommend fancier things depending on your budget.

    I'd also recommend trying a premium bourbon.
  • LionheartDJH 24 Nov 2018 11:13:17 20,291 posts
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    @monkehhh

    Personally I'd go for a Speyside (as Goat has suggested to Slip) or a Highland as a 'play it safe' scotch.

    Something like Balvenie 12 year double wood (or the 14 year carribean cask which gets a lot of praise but a bit more expensive), Aberlour 12 or Dalmore 12. Could try Glenfiddich also but I'd recommend at least the 15 if not the 18, the 12 is solid but boring. If you want to be seasonal there's also Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold which is currently on sale at Tesco.

    Or lastly, maybe a blended malt like Johnnie Walker Green Label or Monkey Shoulder. I know people who don't like whisky but still enjoy Monkey Shoulder.

    Drhickman's suggestion of Ardbeg is a good one for people who have had a few whiskies before and want to try something different, but Islays can be marmite due to the distinctive smokiness caused by the high peat content. It's one of my favourite whiskies but I wouldn't call it a general crowd pleaser!
  • monkehhh 24 Nov 2018 11:44:33 5,053 posts
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    Cheers all, lots of good info!

    Speaking of bourbon, a friend introduced me to Woodford Reserve maple syrup old fashioneds the other day.. delicious.
  • [Slip] 25 Nov 2018 11:50:08 1,027 posts
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    @GoatApocalypse - cheers - I'll have a look a the Aberlour 12

    It's a good time fo year to suggest xmas pressies from people and it's typically £30/£40 range
  • mrharvest 28 Nov 2018 08:17:44 5,586 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    2nd best was a Highland Park, I think it was 21 years old but none of us can remember specifically which one it was (it was late in the show)
    Highland Park, man. I'm not usually a fan but the best whisky I've had was an Oddbins edition of their 21. (Or was it the 18?)

    I got myself yesterday a Glenrothes Select Reserve. It's a pretty simple one; honey, beeswax, a bit of cinnamon, a slight citrusy note. Not bad, if not awesome either.

    Edited by mrharvest at 08:18:16 28-11-2018
  • GoatApocalypse 24 Dec 2018 19:04:43 5,323 posts
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    Jack Daniel's Rye.

    I'm amazed at how good this is. Picked it up for £20 today and other than a pretty weak finish, it really delivers.
  • Dgzter 24 Dec 2018 19:12:40 2,624 posts
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    In France for Christmas this year; just the wife and I.

    Managed to pick up a reasonable Laphroaig 10ans in the supermarket. Need to not destroy myself too much this evening so I can enjoy it tomorrow lol x
  • drhickman1983 31 Jan 2019 23:12:19 5,722 posts
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    Doesn't belong here as it's a blended whisky, but picked up this reasonably cheap six islands reserve from M&S, it's bloody good.

    Nice full flavour, peppery, peaty, almost buttery finish.
  • Psychotext 1 Feb 2019 00:35:40 64,739 posts
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    I don't drink Whisky, but I just bought these for Rum and they're pretty snazzy.

    https://norlanglass.com/products/norlan-whisky-glass
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