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  • Carlo 14 Jan 2020 09:06:14 21,573 posts
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    https://whisky-panorama.com/

    Stupidly high-res when zooming in! Suspiciously half drunk bottles in many cases!
  • Zomoniac 14 Jan 2020 10:00:21 10,378 posts
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    Beautiful. That Octomore 4.1 tin has taken some beating.
  • drhickman1983 11 Apr 2020 11:56:05 7,342 posts
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    Holy shit, the Ardbeg An Oa is up there with the very best whisky I've ever had.
  • souvlaki 13 May 2020 16:51:50 1,114 posts
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    drhickman1983 wrote:
    Holy shit, the Ardbeg An Oa is up there with the very best whisky I've ever had.
    How does it compare to Ardbeg Uigeadail?
  • mrharvest 23 May 2020 20:06:26 5,662 posts
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    My daily tipple is Bowmore nr1. It's not great, but it's great value for money.
  • drhickman1983 23 May 2020 21:05:12 7,342 posts
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    souvlaki wrote:
    drhickman1983 wrote:
    Holy shit, the Ardbeg An Oa is up there with the very best whisky I've ever had.
    How does it compare to Ardbeg Uigeadail?
    I prefer the An Oa, though both are good. The Uigeadail is brasher and a bolder, bit harsher (stronger too), and the An Oa is a bit more balanced.
  • drhickman1983 24 May 2020 16:35:36 7,342 posts
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    Bought another bottle of the An Oa, but also picked up this

    https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/seaweed-and-aeons-and-digging-and-fire/seaweed-and-aeons-and-digging-and-fire-10-year-old-whisky/

    An undisclosed Islay, 10 y.o. for less than 35 quid. Rather good, very smooth. Doesn't have the depth or excitement of the Ardbegs but pretty damn good.

    Also picked up some FEW Rye Whisky.
    https://www.masterofmalt.com/spirit/few-spirits/few-rye-free-hip-flask-spirit/

    Bit different to my usual scotch but thought I'd give it a go. Will try it out later, but I'm tempted to get some vermouth and bitters as I'm tempted to make a Manhattan or two.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 19 Sep 2020 16:17:59 22,382 posts
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    Iím very very much not a whiskey connoisseur, but I do enjoy a dram. The bottle Iíve developed a bit of a taste for is Balvenie 14. Iím sure purists would sneer but I enjoy the sweetness and after years of feeling inadequate for not liking peaty whiskies Iíve now decided I donít care.

    Looking for recommendations for where to go from here.
  • Phattso 19 Sep 2020 16:22:24 26,517 posts
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    @You-can-call-me-kal Dalmore 15 and any of The Macallan over 12 years might suit.

    Iím a 20 year veteran of Scotch wankery, and you shouldnít give two shakes for not liking the peated stuff (that said if you havenít tried Lagavulin 16 that might be one last try to get on that wagon).

    My habit got so out of control that I enacted a two out one in policy to thin out their numbers.

    Edited by Phattso at 16:23:26 19-09-2020
  • You-can-call-me-kal 19 Sep 2020 16:29:38 22,382 posts
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    Yeah Iíve been told sherry cask Macallan by others too. Thanks, will get on that.
  • Phattso 19 Sep 2020 16:38:46 26,517 posts
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    It's one of the sweetest out there, in every sense of the word. But the Dalmore 15, despite not being as sweet, does have an awesome bottle, so.... ;-)
  • You-can-call-me-kal 19 Sep 2020 16:40:53 22,382 posts
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    I wish that wasnít important, but it clearly is so why pretend otherwise :)
  • docrob 19 Sep 2020 16:45:30 1,724 posts
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    Iíve had a few trips to the Highlands in the last 18 months, and Iíve discovered the range of ĎFirst Editionsí sold by the Whisky Shop chain. Theyíre aged in a single cask. Not cheap (£50-70 a bottle) but Iíve picked up half a dozen as itís some of the best whisky Iíve tasted. Especially the 2009 Royal Brackla - so pale in colour it almost looks like water, but tastes amazing.

    For more day to day purposes, Tesco have rotating discounts they change every few weeks. My go-to is Aberlour 12yo, which is about £30 when on sale. I also recommend Auchentoshan American Oak, which is very drinkable and available for £20 on a regular basis. Glenmorangie Lasanta (red bottle) is also worth looking out for, though itís not reduced as often.
  • Phattso 19 Sep 2020 16:46:17 26,517 posts
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    BEHOLD! \O/

  • Phattso 19 Sep 2020 16:47:29 26,517 posts
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    docrob wrote:
    I also recommend Auchentoshan American Oak, which is very drinkable and available for £20 on a regular basis.
    If you're ever in an airport, or find yourself on the outskirts of Glasgow, their Blood Oak is quite a thing.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 19 Sep 2020 16:55:24 22,382 posts
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    Phattso wrote:
    BEHOLD! \O/

    Have to say itís not quite to my aesthetic taste in terms of the bottle. A lot of the Japanese whiskeys get me going.
  • Vortex808 19 Sep 2020 19:20:26 14,597 posts
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    Dalmore is v. nice though. I like them a lot.
  • barchetta 20 Sep 2020 10:16:03 3,055 posts
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    I do quite like peaty number from time to time. Sadly, my stomach isn't what it used to be. However, I noticed Tesco had Ardbeg on offer at £37. I guess it is the basic single malt 'at least' 10 yrs, but worth a punt? More refined or peaty than Laphroaig?
  • Fonzie 20 Sep 2020 11:49:32 3,445 posts
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    barchetta wrote:
    I do quite like peaty number from time to time. Sadly, my stomach isn't what it used to be. However, I noticed Tesco had Ardbeg on offer at £37. I guess it is the basic single malt 'at least' 10 yrs, but worth a punt? More refined or peaty than Laphroaig?
    I find Ardbeg to be more peaty than Laphroaig. I like both but would go for Ardbeg if I had to choose.
  • docrob 20 Sep 2020 22:30:22 1,724 posts
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    Phattso wrote:
    docrob wrote:
    I also recommend Auchentoshan American Oak, which is very drinkable and available for £20 on a regular basis.
    If you're ever in an airport, or find yourself on the outskirts of Glasgow, their Blood Oak is quite a thing.
    My wifeís family are from Glasgow, so the latter happens every so often. The distillery is on the opposite side of town though!
  • drhickman1983 7 Oct 2020 00:12:59 7,342 posts
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    Have a Highland Park Valfather.

    To be honest it's not as smoky as I'd hoped, the blurb made it sound very smoky but really the peat is just on the aftertaste

    Still quite lovely though, and it's 47% strength gives it a kick.

    8/10
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