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Title: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: catflea on 01 Mar 2013, 05:13
So what are we all drinking at the moment....?

A friend brought me back a simply scrummy 12 year old Aberlour Ruby Port Cask Aged bottle from the Distillery recently, its pretty damned good...
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: RedWolf4 on 01 Mar 2013, 05:20
Captain Morgan's SPICED JAMAICAN RUM!!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 01 Mar 2013, 05:50
Captain Morgan's SPICED JAMAICAN RUM!!

wrong topic :-D

As I've already stated in the drunkards thread, I currently consider Laphroaig Quarter Cask to be my favourite Whisky. If I could afford something better, I would probably go for a Talisker Distillers Edition, as I had the opportunity to try one, and was astonished.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: LittleKing on 01 Mar 2013, 06:47
Whisky's evil, nearly dislocated my shoulder once because of it, couldn't move my arm for almost a month... I suffer from Severe Clumsiness mixed with a case of Two Left Feet that only gets worse when I drink :(
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 01 Mar 2013, 07:02
Drink less! I've been drunk of whisky only once in my life. And that was only a slight tipsiness. When I drink whisky, it's all about the taste. One or two glasses max.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: LittleKing on 01 Mar 2013, 07:09
I did go a little overboard that night...
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: catflea on 01 Mar 2013, 07:34
Whisky is not something to get drunk on,  its there to be savoured...
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 01 Mar 2013, 07:56
I am writing a treatise on this subject (not more than fifty or sixty thousand words), which I will post later. 

Meanwhile:  Laphroaig!. 

Malts Sengl wisgi ar gyfer y ennill!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: pwhodges on 01 Mar 2013, 08:37
Lagavulin is my all-time favourite.  But at present my open bottle is an unassuming but perfectly pleasant Jura.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: LittleKing on 01 Mar 2013, 09:27
Whisky is not something to get drunk on,  its there to be savoured...
Definitely learnt that lesson the hard way ;)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Zingoleb on 01 Mar 2013, 09:37
man, I usually go for the cheap whiskey and get so pissed i can't see straight. i feel like i'm doing it right...
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 01 Mar 2013, 09:44
man, I usually go for the cheap whiskey and get so pissed i can't see straight. i feel like i'm doing it right...
Whiskey. with an e. Without an e it's scotch, with the e it's (in most cases) bourbon, or irish whiskey. Or Canadian Rye whiskey. I'm not a great fan of bourbon anyway. And comparing a fine scotch to a cheap bourbon is, well, like comparing apples to oranges.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Zingoleb on 01 Mar 2013, 09:48
the difference in spelling isn't because of any difference in the alcohol, just a difference in where it's coming from.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 01 Mar 2013, 09:51
But it's produced in very different ways. The base materials differ as well.

Usually cheap bourbon has only matured one year, while most scotchs start at 10 years.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Zingoleb on 01 Mar 2013, 10:01
but that's not the distinction whisky/whiskey makes. http://www.thekitchn.com/whiskey-vs-whisky-whats-the-di-100476
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: LittleKing on 01 Mar 2013, 10:08
Oh, I wasn't aware there was a distinction between whiskey/whisky either. My poison was of the Irish variety - Bushmills and then Jameson I believe.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Zingoleb on 01 Mar 2013, 10:13
there isn't, is what I'm saying.  :-P it's just a different spelling - it's the difference between color and colour. they're both correct, they're just regional spellings.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: LittleKing on 01 Mar 2013, 10:20
^ Ha, should have read your link before commenting  :-P Makes sense though!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 01 Mar 2013, 10:20
Yes, they are regional spellings. The producers who write "Whiskey" on their bottles are from Ireland and the US, the producers who write "Whisky" on their bottles are not. And as the products differ from region to region, the spelling is important.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: catflea on 01 Mar 2013, 11:49
To me, the e, or lack of, is important.    Whiskey is for mixing, be it in a cocktail or with coke wheras Whisky is to be savoured on the rocks or with a small splash of water. 
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Zingoleb on 01 Mar 2013, 11:53
i use colors in my pastel work but colour is reserved for oil paintings
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 01 Mar 2013, 12:01
Irish Whiskey is very different from Scotch Whisky. The same with Bourbon Whiskey.

If I mix something I use (Bourbon) Whiskey, if I want to enjoy something good, then I drink (Scotch) Whisky.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Aethien on 01 Mar 2013, 12:46
I'm no whisk(e)y drinker, just being a beer geek is expensive enough already, but I did have a Russian Imperial Stout aged in various bourbon and whisky barrels last night. Does that count?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Blood-Tree on 01 Mar 2013, 13:02
Meanwhile:  Laphroaig!

Totes agree dude. Talisker is also a fave.

As it's Saint David's Day I gotta shout out to Penderyn.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 01 Mar 2013, 13:14
I am a firm believer in the powers of Islay. Nearly everything from that island is excellent. Big bowmore fan. I've drank everything from them that I could afford and some things that I could not. 16 year olds from a bordeaux and a sherry cask, limited editions from 1996 or something are favourites. I had some ardbeg, is okay. I had some bruichladdich, awesome, recently an octomore ... So good ... I had several encounters with Port Ellen and those might be the best Islays but sadly very rare. Caol Ila ... Also good ...

Basically I love strong, peaty, woody scotches.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Blood-Tree on 01 Mar 2013, 13:24
Yeah, personally, it depends on the occasion. If I'm out for the night then Jameson is usually my preference. For a nightcap however, Islay is the business.

Ladies and Gentleman, may I be allowed to be so bold as to raise a subject of great controversy?

Namely: on the rocks, or neat?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 01 Mar 2013, 13:29
No water in the Whisky. I have some Whisky Rocks, if it's too warm, but usually I drink my whisky unchilled.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 01 Mar 2013, 13:51
I sat down and wrote this after the morning's errands, but before I
went through the thread.  Then I read the thread and edited it
somewhat.

Well, yes.  I am a Laphroaig drinker, and I usually drink the regular
10 year old. 

I started out drinking Glenfiddich (my brother-in-law's tipple), but
then a friend introduced me to Laphroaig, and that was that. 

I have tried Laphroaig cask strength, quarter cask, and 15 year old,
all very good.  I tend to drink the 10 year old, primarily keeping the
other stuff for special occasions.  I drink it almost neat, just a
little splash of water to release the flavor and aroma (as advised by
the Laphroaig distiller.  My friend who introduced me the Laphroaig puts
a little cracked ice in his.  I do have a glencairn glass that I drink
it from. 

I have also tried Lagavulin, Ardbeg Uigeadail, Caol Ila, Talisker, and
Bowmore.  I have not tried Bruichladdich or Bunnahabhain, since I can't
find them here, although I keep checking. 

There is also a single malt distilled in Wales, Penderyn
distillery (http://www.welsh-whisky.co.uk/), which I would like to try,
and is apparently available from a liquor store across the city from me,
although I have not been there yet. 

At various festive gatherings, I have drunk blended rotgut scotch, but I
tend to water it down.  And add ice.  Doesn't help much. 

I have the following in my liquor cabinet at the moment:  Bacardi rum,
Lord Calvert Canadian (my sister-in-law drinks this), Laphroaig 10 year old,
the potcheen mentioned in another thread, another sample bottle of
Bunratty mead, some red wine (Shiraz), Tanqueray gin, and Smirnoff Vodka.

I do drink Irish whiskey, usually Bushmill's or Jameson's, neat. 

Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Blood-Tree on 01 Mar 2013, 13:53
Penderyn is nice. Pungent.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Aethien on 01 Mar 2013, 14:02
Out of curiosity, how often do you guys try new whisky's? As a beer geek, trying new beer is what it's all about but I imagine that that's not all that feasible for whiskey when you're paying £/$/€50+ a bottle.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 01 Mar 2013, 14:10
Too often. Bottles are slowly gathering in my shelve, with approx. one new bottle per month.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Blood-Tree on 01 Mar 2013, 14:11
Usually pick up a bottle from duty-free at Edinburgh Airport when passing through - try to go for something different each time.

If out then will try different varieties. A single is usually the same cost as a pint. So no big deal.

Am not a connoisseur though, so probably atypical experience.

Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 01 Mar 2013, 14:13
I tend to buy a bottle of some new whisky every two or three  months, at most, but a bottle of Laphroaig about monthly. 

If I buy a new whisky, I tend to drink it rather than Laphroaig until it is gone, then I go back to my Laphroaig.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Aethien on 01 Mar 2013, 14:20
Too often. Bottles are slowly gathering in my shelve, with approx. one new bottle per month.
Yeah, on my budget I'd come out at about 1 new bottle a month I think, I've had nearly 400 different beers in the past 3 years though vs what could/would have been about 36-40 different whisk(e)ys.

I've even had more beers aged in whisk(e)y barrels than actual whisk(e)ys.  :roll:
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Thrillho on 01 Mar 2013, 14:24
I like Aberlour but it's expensive generally so I'm working my way through a bottle of Glenlivet I got for Christmas. It's not amazing (it's a bit too small and is all finish) but it's growing on me.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Zingoleb on 01 Mar 2013, 14:59
I sat down and wrote this after the morning's errands, but before I
went through the thread.  Then I read the thread and edited it
somewhat.

Well, yes.  I am a Laphroaig drinker, and I usually drink the regular
10 year old. 

I started out drinking Glenfiddich (my brother-in-law's tipple), but
then a friend introduced me to Laphroaig, and that was that. 

I have tried Laphroaig cask strength, quarter cask, and 15 year old,
all very good.  I tend to drink the 10 year old, primarily keeping the
other stuff for special occasions.  I drink it almost neat, just a
little splash of water to release the flavor and aroma (as advised by
the Laphroaig distiller.  My friend who introduced me the Laphroaig puts
a little cracked ice in his.  I do have a glencairn glass that I drink
it from. 

I have also tried Lagavulin, Ardbeg Uigeadail, Caol Ila, Talisker, and
Bowmore.  I have not tried Bruichladdich or Bunnahabhain, since I can't
find them here, although I keep checking. 

There is also a single malt distilled in Wales, Penderyn
distillery (http://www.welsh-whisky.co.uk/), which I would like to try,
and is apparently available from a liquor store across the city from me,
although I have not been there yet. 

At various festive gatherings, I have drunk blended rotgut scotch, but I
tend to water it down.  And add ice.  Doesn't help much. 

I have the following in my liquor cabinet at the moment:  Bacardi rum,
Lord Calvert Canadian (my sister-in-law drinks this), Laphroaig 10 year old,
the potcheen mentioned in another thread, another sample bottle of
Bunratty mead, some red wine (Shiraz), Tanqueray gin, and Smirnoff Vodka.

I do drink Irish whiskey, usually Bushmill's or Jameson's, neat.

can i just say that i really really like the way you post
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 01 Mar 2013, 21:25
Thank you. I did promise a treatise, I believe.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 02 Mar 2013, 00:51
I am poor so I don't buy anything very often. So ... I drink slowly. Neat, by the way.

I do go to the occassional whiskey fair and get to taste stuff then. And get pretty hammered along the way. They always give you too much booze at these gatherings. Odd complaint, maybe, but there it is.

Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Thrillho on 02 Mar 2013, 02:56
So ... I drink slowly. Neat, by the way.

Me too! I think ice ruins a delicious whiskey.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: RedWolf4 on 02 Mar 2013, 03:16
Indeed. *Sighs and remembers the one time he got shouted a glass of fine Irish whiskey once at a business thing he had to attend. He's pretty sure he's had wet dreams about that whiskey.*
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: catflea on 02 Mar 2013, 03:37
Namely: on the rocks, or neat?

If I am in a pub/bar I'll usually have it on the rocks.      However at home its either straight up neat or a teeny splash of water depending on my mood.  Water does release flavours in the drink which you may not otherwise detect.  Only a tiny tiny amount though, less than 1/4 water
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Thrillho on 02 Mar 2013, 05:04
If I am wanting to get drunk and have no mixer, I'll put ice in cheap shitty scotch to blunt its horror.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 02 Mar 2013, 09:26
If someone gives me a bottle of cheap scotch I save it until november and then add sugar, orange peel, cloves and figs. Leave for month and you have a wonderful winter drink which has nothing to do with the horrible scotch it once was.

Also, I have one terrible bottle in the closet for decontamination of wounds.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Lupercal on 04 Mar 2013, 13:23
For me, as a fresh graduate, cheap whiskey will always have to be shoved crudely in a dirty glass with cheap cola. Maybe some ice if there is any left in the tiny student freezer. Follow it up with whatever beer was on offer at the supermarket.

Obviously you're all very seasoned. Jack Daniels isn't too bad - very much middle of the road stuff. I also really enjoy Red Stag when I want something a bit different.

Proper Scoth...Jonny Walker Red Label is great. The Famous Grouse is also quite smokey. I would love to get some proper aged stuff but it is rather expensive. I never go and drink whiskey at bars, because they over-charge and i don't want THEM to prepare my whiskey for me. Its a savouring thing. Pour all the dirty pints you like, there's one poison I prefer to do myself.

So, what recommendations do people have to move into tasty whiskeys? I've heard Jura is fairly good. I walk past a massive 21 year old Glenfiddich poster every day from work, which makes the after-work-drink seem all that more appealing.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 04 Mar 2013, 13:29
Well, if you want something mild, then maybe something common like a Glenmorangie Original, I still like this one. Oban is quite nice as well, but I prefer Glenmorangie. If you want something really, really tasty and peaty, Laphroiag. It's probably one of the best known whiskys from Islay, and very popular for the strong taste. It's also rather affordable. If you can afford a little bit more (around 4€ difference here in Germany) you might also try the Laphroaig Quarter Cask, which tastes much stronger, but not of the Alcohol. Ardbeg is great as well, and Bruichladdich is fantastic.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Lubricus on 05 Mar 2013, 06:11
My current favourite whisky is the Pedro Ximénez finish Bruichladdich. It has all the flavour strength of the best Islays combined with a sweet smoothness from the Sherry casks - it's hard to beat for an Islay guy like me.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Lupercal on 05 Mar 2013, 13:39
I do need to sample more of the "Glen"s.

I got an email about a weird East London phenomenon that involves racing electronic horses and drinking cocktails. I hear bets (and hopefully cigars) are on the menu. Anyway, this email came with a recepie:

MAKE YOUR OWN
MALT JOCKEY

Why not get in the mood for an evening at the races with a Malt Jockey cocktail? Created by Dean Callan

INGREDIENTS
40ml Monkey Shoulder, 30ml sweet vermouth, 10ml maraschino liqueur, 3 dashes chocolate bitters
METHOD
1. Add all ingredients to mixing glass
2. Add ice and stir
3. Strain into chilled glass
Garnish with a twist of orange

Complicated, I know. (Monkey Shoulder will be the new one to try! It comes in an awesome bottle but is rather pricey)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Nodaisho on 11 Mar 2013, 16:57
Obviously you're all very seasoned. Jack Daniels isn't too bad - very much middle of the road stuff. I also really enjoy Red Stag when I want something a bit different.
Ugh, fuck Jack. I'd rather drink Evan Williams for half the price. If I'm going to pay ~20 a bottle I'll go for Buffalo Trace or some small batch on sale.

I've found that cheap scotch (dewars etc) is a good mixer. If I'm doing a well mixed drink at a ball that has scotch, I'll take it over the Jim Beam they all seem to have around here. Beam is just too sweet.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Thrillho on 11 Mar 2013, 17:07
If I remember rightly, Monkey Shoulder is a blend, but a brilliant one, and the only one I'll drink happily neat.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Apr 2013, 22:20
I don't drink whiskey that often, but when I do it's bourbon, and always neat. I had Knob Creek tonight when I went out, and I should point out that I know of its existence because of Faye. I've liked the couple ryes I've tried (but I can't name any), and I'll drink Jameson once in a while if the occasion calls for it. I've never liked scotch, though.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 06 Apr 2013, 22:23
Knob Creek is pretty good stuff. 
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Apr 2013, 22:24
Yeah, I like it.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 07 Apr 2013, 00:53
Knappogue Castle Irish Single Malt is a personal favorite, sadly this is one of their 12 years as opposed to their older vintage styles. I got to enjoy a whiskey that was bottled the year I was born. It also cost about my age as well but it was worth every penny for that dram.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 07 Apr 2013, 02:01
Yesterday, we were in a whisky shop looking at whiskies and tasting whiskies and I left the shop slightly dizzy and with a new whisky.

Ardmore. It's nice!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: pwhodges on 07 Apr 2013, 04:21
That's what my currently open bottle is (there was a special offer at the local Co-op, for that and Jura).
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Lupercal on 07 Apr 2013, 04:21
If I remember rightly, Monkey Shoulder is a blend, but a brilliant one, and the only one I'll drink happily neat.

Turns out I won tickets to the Monkey Shoulder 'Malt Jockey' night in London a few weeks ago. They served up three free delicious whisky based cocktails. It is great! And yeah its a blend.

Knob Creek

To be followed up with Mount Gay Rum?

Edit: See also: under my username
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 07 Apr 2013, 05:20
http://www.onlinewhiskybestellen.nl/product/3886/ardmore-tcwc-exm-2000-12-jaar-582-07l-refill-hogshead

This!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 19 Nov 2013, 10:00
Maybe I should start a new thread for this, but I think this is where it belongs.

I ran out of my normal 10 year old Laphroaig, and when I went to replenish my supply, my normal 10 year old was not available.  There were only five bottles on the Laphroaig shelf:  three bottles of Triple Wood, one bottle of cask-strength, and a bottle of "Cairdeas Port Wood Edition".  I bought the bottle of Cairdeas, since I had never heard of it before.  According to the bottle, each year Laphroaig's master distiller "handcrafts a limited edition malt to celebrate friendship ('Cairdeas' in Gaelic").   

One glass convinced me that I will buy more of it if I ever get the chance.  Review. (http://drinkwire.liquor.com/post/laphroag-cairdeas-scotch-whisky-review)

Anybody else had any experience with Laphroaig Cairdeas?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 19 Nov 2013, 11:15
I would love to tell you that I had had the pleasure of tasting that scotch ... but I haven't. Because it's expensive. And I'm limiting myself to one expensive scotch at a time.

Well, my bankaccount is, anyway.

Otherwise I'd be all over this. I like Islay scotches. They're the best.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Zebediah on 19 Nov 2013, 12:30
My normal drink is 12-year Glenfiddich. My wife likes Laphroaig. But I got to try something new the other night. We were at a liquor store that was giving samples (never been in a liquor store that gave free samples before!) of a Vermont-brewed maple bourbon - "Sapling" is the brand. It's quite good - not something I'd care to drink all the time, but we got a small bottle for toasts on New Year's Eve.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 19 Nov 2013, 13:19
It was expensive - $25 more per bottle than my usual. 

12 year old Glenfiddich was what I was drinking before I discovered Laphroaig. 

A maple bourbon sounds pretty nice actually, especially for New Year;s Eve toasts.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 19 Nov 2013, 14:36
Never been to a store where they give out samples?

Man, are you missing out. Last time I bought a bottle I went to a store that specialses in the special. Walked out with a rare bottle of Bowmore. But before I got near making that choice I was 7 drinks in. Practically hammered. A very delightful afternoon. Apparently there's a new(er) distillery on Islay and the first bottles are being put on the market. Kilchoman. Quite nice, but still a bit young for my taste. Went through everything they have put out so far before I settled on the Bowmore.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: calenlass on 19 Nov 2013, 16:47
12-year Glenfiddich is what I recommend to people who are new to scotch because of how mild, un-peaty, and (relatively) universally palatable it is.

Laphroaig is my default for peaty deliciousness, although if Talisker were cheaper in the US I would also recommend the 15 for smokiness and tasting like you licked the inside of an oak tree in a campfire.

Speyburn 10 is great for the opposite end of the spectrum, since it's very light and fruity and has almost a floral nose sometimes.

My hands-down favorite is Auchentoshan. It's really rare stateside, though, which makes me sad.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 19 Nov 2013, 20:50
Never been to a store where they give out samples?
Samples? Of whisk(e)y? WHY DO I NOT HAVE THAT STORE NEAR ME?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 19 Nov 2013, 23:24
http://www.onlinewhiskybestellen.nl/

Linky to that place. Not just for reasons of 'here it is, be jealous' but also because of the webshop. It's brilliant.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Zebediah on 20 Nov 2013, 10:02
In North Carolina, where I spent the first 46 years of my life, a liquor store that gives out free samples is not only unheard of, but illegal. Liquor stores are a state-run monopoly there.

Massachusetts has different laws.  8-)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Skewbrow on 20 Nov 2013, 22:59
Maybe I should start a new thread for this, but I think this is where it belongs.

I ran out of my normal 10 year old Laphroaig, and when I went to replenish my supply, my normal 10 year old was not available.  There were only five bottles on the Laphroaig shelf:  three bottles of Triple Wood, one bottle of cask-strength, and a bottle of "Cairdeas Port Wood Edition".  I bought the bottle of Cairdeas, since I had never heard of it before.  According to the bottle, each year Laphroaig's master distiller "handcrafts a limited edition malt to celebrate friendship ('Cairdeas' in Gaelic").   

One glass convinced me that I will buy more of it if I ever get the chance.  Review. (http://drinkwire.liquor.com/post/laphroag-cairdeas-scotch-whisky-review)

Anybody else had any experience with Laphroaig Cairdeas?

Afraid not. But will start looking. In these parts a government operated chain has a "monopoly" on liquor sales (=anything stronger than beer) by the bottle. They try their best, meaning that I got introduced to Cask Strength and Quarter Cask through them. Private citizens are allowed to import stuff, too, and a local pub owner specializes on Scotch. Just recently got my first taste of Triple Wood at his place. A pleasant experience. What would a connoisseur call the aftertaste? Oakish? Anyway, my next visit to his pub is coming in a week and a half, so I will ask for it.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Skewbrow on 02 Dec 2013, 11:27
Well. Today was the day! I got to visit that pub with a hot lady with dreads (don't read too much into that - she's a former grad student of mine), my "first born" PhD student and his wife. YESSSSS! The first six bottles this place has on display behind the glass are regular Laphroaig, 18 y old Laphroaig, Triple wood, Quarter Cask, Cask Strength, and.... Cairdeas. You gotta appreciate the owner's sense of priorities (and I'll know where I'll take Celticgeek, should he ever show up in these parts). After a few rounds of Cairdeas (exquisite) I switched to Cask Strength for its raw power.

Paying the price now in a way. But tomorrow there will be another day.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 02 Dec 2013, 12:52
It does sound as if I would enjoy that pub immensely!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 02 Dec 2013, 14:42
If I'm ever out there can I come, too?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Skewbrow on 02 Dec 2013, 23:02
The more the merrier. We don't know each other super well, but fine whisky will surely defeat the awkward zone. Even sans Victorian era fancy clothing.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 02 Dec 2013, 23:06
Indeed!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Yayniall on 03 Dec 2013, 10:38
Old Fashioneds are the king
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 03 Dec 2013, 10:56
I'm not sure I've had one, but they sound too sweet for my liking. If I get whiskey, I want whiskey.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Thomas Edison on 03 Dec 2013, 16:30
Relevant to this thread (http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2013/12/ron-burgundy-scotch-to-launch/).

I wonder how it'll taste.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 15 Dec 2013, 22:17
(http://www.whisky-online.com/images/products/4487-6577balvenie14yearoldbox.jpg)
Picked this up today for my dad's Xmas present. I'll let you guys know how it is when he opens it. (I've had their 12 year and liked it a lot, but this looks a lot more interesting)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: pwhodges on 15 Dec 2013, 23:52
He shouldn't be disappointed - that's what I've got open at present myself (it was also a present).
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 16 Dec 2013, 05:02
Good to know!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 23 Dec 2013, 17:57
So, my liquor store did not have any more Laphroaig Cairdeas Port Wood Edition, so I bought a bottle of Laphroaig Triple Wood,  Again, after one glass, I would buy more of this, too. 

Nice nose and taste.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: pwhodges on 01 Jan 2014, 10:01
An attempt to analyse the commonality of taste of whiskies from the same region.

http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2013/12/k-means-clustering-86-single-malt-scotch-whiskies.html (http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2013/12/k-means-clustering-86-single-malt-scotch-whiskies.html)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 01 Jan 2014, 10:13
Still casually working my way the a bottle of English Whiskey. I felt sure that something distilled in a place that's not even in the same postcode as a , Munro, Furth Munro, Corbett or even a Marylin would simply fail to be a good malt. However, I was completely wrong and the fine folk of Norfolk have done well.

A bottle of this is well worth your investment.

Mind you, I'm approaching the end so will be off to Sheffield's Dram Shop for a long rambling discussion on what I should be buying. I will then promptly disregard the entire conversation and make an impulse purchase. So far, this has proved the best way to buy Whiskey ever.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 01 Jan 2014, 10:32
He shouldn't be disappointed - that's what I've got open at present myself (it was also a present).
He liked it a lot! (There's still plenty left)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 02 Jan 2014, 20:24
Breaking in my new whisky stones with a 20+ year Chivas. (it's an 18 year bottle that the guy who has it has had for AT LEAST 4 years) tomorrow. So excited~
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 03 Jan 2014, 01:16
Whisky doesn't age in the bottle. What's on the label is the age of the drink.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Lupercal on 07 Jan 2014, 13:55
Well, it certainly makes out of date juice more appealing. "Ah, the jus d'orange...aged 5 years! Mmm"

I made my mum Irish Cream Liquor for Christmas, and Jameson's was the only Irish Whiskey I could find on supermarket shelves. Never have I been so sad to see so many different bottles of Scotch!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 07 Jan 2014, 13:59
You can get hard liquor at supermarkets? I can't even get beer at mine!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Barmymoo on 07 Jan 2014, 15:11
Haha you poor people in your country of "freedom". In the UK you can buy alcohol at 24 hour corner shops if you want to.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 07 Jan 2014, 15:56
Well that's kind of uncalled for. I know it was in jest, but maybe a little harsh?

Depending on the state, liquor stores are open for most of the day. Hell, there's a chain store near me called Bottle King that is pretty much a supermarket (it has a little food, but mostly alcohol), and is GIGANTIC.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Barmymoo on 07 Jan 2014, 16:30
Sorry, I didn't mean it to be harsh. Man, I'm managing to be offensive without intending it all the time lately :( I shall try to stop doing that. What I meant was, I find it strange that in a country that prides itself on freedom there are strict rules about where you can buy alcohol. I found it odd that there were such rules in Norway, too, but Norway is more upfront about having a lot of rules.

We do have liquor stores too, but they're not as common I don't think, because their main purpose is to sell speciality stuff since you can get everyday stuff in the regular shops while you buy your food.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 07 Jan 2014, 17:07
Nah, I knew what ya meant, just bummed that we don't have those stores :P
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 07 Jan 2014, 17:54
In more civilized states you can buy booze in grocery stores, corner stores, gas stations... hell liquor stores have drive through lanes in some places! It's the East coast that really cramps down on that sort of thing, and the very extreme chunks of the Bible belt where horrible places called "dry counties" exist.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 07 Jan 2014, 19:16
Man, you're really trying to get me to move out to Colorado. And it's kind of working. (The having family there helps too, but yeah)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Barmymoo on 08 Jan 2014, 11:22
I live in a dry village! I also live in a working men's social club, aka a pub. Britain: full of contradictions since 1066.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: pwhodges on 08 Jan 2014, 15:36
Long before 1066; think of the DaneLaw, for instance.

<FX>sips from glass of The Balvenie</FX>
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 08 Jan 2014, 17:37
<FX>sips from glass of The Balvenie</FX>
Aww yeah, the one Scotch I have easy access to. I may have one myself later.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Skewbrow on 14 Jan 2014, 13:19
Talisker strikes back. Tonight I got to check out what 25-year old produce of Skye tastes like (the bridge club relocated). Ahhh. Ok, at 32 euros a shot it will be a rarity. In particular when I'm driving (and it hit zero on the Fahrenheit scale today, so I'm not riding my bike).

I guess it's needless to add that partner and I won the night's matchpoint pairs contest. In spite of the opps making a couple of doubled contracts. :-D
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 14 Jan 2014, 13:47
Tried some Bookers Reserve bourbon the other night. That might be the most delicious whiskey I've ever had, and holy shit , 126 proof! :psyduck:
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 21 Jan 2014, 20:45
My liquor store is apparently trying to keep Laphroaig Triple Wood in stock.  I thanked them and replenished my supply. 
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Pilchard123 on 22 Jan 2014, 09:15
My liquor store is apparently trying to keep Laphroaig Triple Wood in stock.  I thanked them and replenished my supply.

At which point they failed in their attempt to keep it in stock?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 22 Jan 2014, 09:16
Nah, I left them one bottle.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 22 Jan 2014, 09:29
... for effort?

Anyway, feb. 15th, whiskey tasting thing in a big ass church in Alkmaar. I'm going and I'm going to get mildly hammered, probably smoke a cigar and eat some cheese and salmon and taste everything that's new and very old and it will be glorious.

There will be men in kilts there.

And a heap of scotch.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 22 Jan 2014, 09:38
Damn it, that's too far away.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 22 Jan 2014, 09:51
Sorry to hear that. Would have been fun.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 22 Jan 2014, 10:29
I hate that Google maps doesn't do driving directions to different continents (complete with "swim across the Atlantic Ocean") anymore.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 25 Mar 2014, 20:19
So I go to my liquor store (Bev-Mo, by the way, for Patrick's benefit) to replenish my supply of Laphroaig Triple Wood, when I notice, right next to the Laphroaig display, is the Jura display.  Based on a comment by Paul Hodges at the beginning of this thread, I decide to try out some Jura.  I picked up a bottle of their 16 year old Diurach's Own and took it home.

Reading up on Jura, I notice that the 16 year old is NOT peated, and I probably should have picked up a bottle of their Prophecy brand, which is heavily peated. 

However, the 16 year old stuff is very good, and I would recommend it. 
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 25 Mar 2014, 20:21
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Grognard on 26 Mar 2014, 13:08
scotch is nasty.
bleght.

I do like Maker's Mark.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 26 Mar 2014, 13:25
I once thought that way, but I appreciate Scotch more than I once did. As for bourbon, have you tried Booker's?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 27 Mar 2014, 03:34
You've never tasted Bowmore. Or Port Ellen. Or anything from Islay, ever. It might change your view of scotch. It might also kick your arse and steal your wallet.

yes, it's that good.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 27 Mar 2014, 04:21
Islay <3
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 27 Mar 2014, 04:43
Amazingly there's something that we can agree on.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 27 Mar 2014, 04:59
We've agreed on a few things before, just because our politics and world view are extremely different doesn't mean you can't have good taste in fine libations.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Neko_Ali on 27 Mar 2014, 07:35
That's okay GM. I'll have all your Scotch if you don't like it. :)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 27 Mar 2014, 07:42
GM likes Scotch, it's Grog that doesn't.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Grognard on 27 Mar 2014, 09:08
I like moonshine, preferably Apple Pie or Georgia Peaches.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 27 Mar 2014, 09:33
That's okay GM. I'll have all your Scotch if you don't like it. :)

You know Ali. I like you, I really do, but if you try to take my Scotch, or any of my other fine whiskey we will have a problem. Let's not have a problem. Now I have a lovely Highland Park 12 year on the shelf, do your take yours on the rocks?

Side note: I am now regularly using my whiskey stones, I got to break them in on 20 year(I think) Chivas and it was fantastic. If you like whiskey on the rocks you owe it to yourself and your beverage to get some stones.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 27 Mar 2014, 14:23
Ah, the thread I should have joined a long time ago.

Things I've tried:
Te Bheag blend, 12yr
Glenfiddich 12 & 15
Glenlivet 12
Jameson (ugh)
Concannon Irish Whiskey*
Dalwhinnie 15
Bulleit
Knob Creek

So far, my hands-down favorite is the Dalwhinnie 15. It's truly a thing of beauty. Next on my list is gonna be Lagavulin 16, because it's Ron Swanson's favorite and because I've heard unanimously good reviews.

*made from malts produced/fermented at Concannon Vineyards in my hometown of Livermore, CA, shipped to Ireland for distillation (hence it's still allowed to be called Irish whiskey), and aged in the same producer's petite syrah barrels. I'm fairly certain it's the only whiskey in the world that ages in barrels used to age that specific varietal.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 27 Mar 2014, 14:27
... shit, I really need to make a list like that ... if I can remember them all ...
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Taekwondoin on 27 Mar 2014, 14:32
Here is my current collection

(click to show/hide)

My current favourite of the crop is the Aberlour, but my overall favourite (which I need to buy more of) is the Auchentoshan 12 year.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 27 Mar 2014, 14:33
I couldn't remember my whole list if you put a gun to my head
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 27 Mar 2014, 15:42
Glenfiddich was my choice before I discovered Laphroaig.  I have tried several other single malts, but have always returned to Laphroaig.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Neko_Ali on 27 Mar 2014, 18:44
*backs away slowly and carefully from GM's scotch, not making any sudden moves*

Sorry. I misread... I would never mess with someone's Scotch.

I never drink anything with a high end whiskey, including on the rocks. Neat for me, please. I want to experience it as the maker intended. Low end whiskeys I'll mix and drink on the rocks though.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 27 Mar 2014, 19:10
A drop of water can really do amazing things for the right high end whiskey, and doing "rocks" with whiskey stones is the best possible way to enjoy your whiskey neat as there's no ice to melt and dilute the beverage.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 27 Mar 2014, 19:29
Laphroaig (among others, I believe) recommend a splash of water to release the full aroma and flavor of their products.  I recall that, technically, the water should be from the same Loch used to distill the whisky, but I am not sure about this.  I will have to check further. 

I keep hearing about whisky stones, and now I am determined to try them.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 27 Mar 2014, 20:06
I've had mostly Balvenie because my dad likes it. I enjoyed the 12 and the 14, but I haven't tried anything else really, at least not in terms of good Scotch.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 27 Mar 2014, 20:55
I keep hearing about whisky stones, and now I am determined to try them.

If you like a cold dram now and then (goddess knows I do in the summer) you will love them.

Here's a good guide on whiskey drinking that includes advice on water.


In general the theory is you want to dilute a whiskey that's been bottled at 40% down to 35%, just enough to drop the burn, and bring out the flavors, as Ralfy mentions with stronger/cask strength whiskeys experience is going to be your best guide.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 27 Mar 2014, 21:07
I'll watch that at some point, but...really? Diluting whiskey? I really don't like the idea of that.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: pwhodges on 28 Mar 2014, 02:41
Whisky in the cask is considerably stronger than in the bottle, and is diluted to the intended strength of bottling.  Some whiskys can be bought at "cask strength", which is either the original, or often still diluted but less so.  The idea is then that you can dilute it to your taste rather than that chosen by the distillery.  To dilute whisky which is not over the normal strength is likely to denature it, in my opinion.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 28 Mar 2014, 04:04
Like Ralfy and I both said, it's all down to personal taste. My general thought is if it's burning like a cheap shot of Jack Daniels or one of it's well imitators, it can probably use a tap of water. I would suggest experimenting by getting two glasses, one of your favorites and giving one a shake of water, giving it a quick swirl, and letting it sit for a minute while you enjoy your usual neat whiskey. Cleanse your pallet, then approach the water added glass. Remember you aren't adding much here, 10ml of water at the most and 5ml is probably more on point. Don't get too caught up in the word diluted, even though that's what's happening, the goal is to drop the alcohol a little and better bring out the rest of the chemicals in the whiskey or whisky in question, because those other chemicals are what we're there for.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 29 Mar 2014, 12:04
I usually just rinse out a glass and shake some water out and then pour in Bowmore.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: doombilly on 01 Apr 2014, 15:33
Not fancy like a lot of Scotch or Irish whiskies, but I dunno. I hope I don't come off as too redneck, but I got a little bummed when I heard Japanese companies were buying up a lot of the Kentucky Bourbons. (Makers, Jim Beam etc...). I do like Jamesons. But my surname is Cavanaugh, y'all.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Lupercal on 07 Apr 2014, 15:15
I made my Mum some Irish Cream liquor using Jamesons. Only used half the bottle, so I have drunk some of it. Don't find it too bad, don't quite get the bad rep it gets here (although perhaps it's the difference between Starbucks and percolating your own freshly ground Ethiopian beans, in coffee terms).

I've been experimenting with bourbon recently. Keen to get away from Jack and Jim Beam (although I do like them), I tried Old Samuel. £13.50 a bottle, can't go wrong. It's now my official "fuck it, I'll have a whiskey" whiskey.

Anybody else got a cheap go-to?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: doombilly on 07 Apr 2014, 15:38
Try Ezra Brooks. Honest. Kentucky. Sour mash.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 27 Apr 2014, 14:35
fucked with some Lagavulin 12 at my band's show last night. dear sweet Jesus, I have seen the light.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: pwhodges on 27 Apr 2014, 16:04
 :-D
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 27 Apr 2014, 16:51
Yeah, Lagavulin 12 is pretty good stuff.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 27 Apr 2014, 20:17
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 27 Apr 2014, 20:35
Lagavulin will be my next bottle.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 27 Apr 2014, 23:25
after the miracle that I witnessed last night, mine too. I've had good single malt before but that was unbelievable.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 27 Apr 2014, 23:48
Octomore. I'll leave it at that.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 28 Apr 2014, 04:02
I should probably order it at a bar before buying a bottle.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 28 Apr 2014, 05:17
Good luck finding a bar that serves Lagavulin, or anything.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 28 Apr 2014, 14:08
I called my local store, they have Lagavulin 16. I'm going to pick up a bottle sometime this week and save it for when I get my own place.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 28 Apr 2014, 15:00
... Just drink it.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 28 Apr 2014, 15:07
No, I want to save it for a special occasion plus I have a couple of open bottles already.

Is $85 reasonable for Lagavulin 16?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 28 Apr 2014, 15:19
Around the forty euros so 85$ seems okay to me.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 28 Apr 2014, 15:24
Forty euros is only $55. The store is usually one of the cheaper places to get things though, so I'm not expecting to find lower anywhere else. It's $90 and $100 at the other stores I checked.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 28 Apr 2014, 15:32
Oh. Hmm ... I miscalculated. Well, I can get drunk cheaper than you can.

Is it possible to import scotch by buying online?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 28 Apr 2014, 15:37
Even if it was, the shipping costs would almost certainly undo the savings.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: pwhodges on 28 Apr 2014, 16:10
Recommended retail price is £50.17, and cheapest UK price I can find is £44.81 (commonest is £48.50).   So $85 across the pond seems OK to me (and €40, if that's genuine is a raving bargain).
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 28 Apr 2014, 16:47
Importing booze to the U.S. drives the costs up pretty quickly as well.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 28 Apr 2014, 16:49
How much of a cost hike?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 28 Apr 2014, 17:09
I have no idea off the top of my head. Patrick might. Depends on the ATF and local taxes though.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 28 Apr 2014, 18:14
Yeah, I called a bunch of other stores and they ranged from $90 to $100. The $90 one is right down the street from my house and I can get it on the way from my train (where it'll cost what I made tomorrow and today, but I'll try not to think of how shitty my job is), which is worth the extra $5.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 28 Apr 2014, 22:35
At my two local stores, Lagavulin 16 sells for $79.99 at one, and $74.99 at the other (US dollars).

For comparison, Jura 16 sells for $72.99, Laphroaig Triplewood sells for $69.99, and Jura Prophecy sells for $76.99. 
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 29 Apr 2014, 03:51
I think I'll just wait until I have a better job and can justify the expense/celebrate getting that better job.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 29 Apr 2014, 10:45
we sell the 16yr for around $80, or $75 with a membership. we don't carry the 12, because fascism.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: idontunderstand on 29 Apr 2014, 11:29
What's a good whiskey to drink with yer dad.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 29 Apr 2014, 13:37
I drink Balvenie 14-year-old with my dad.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 29 Apr 2014, 18:08
if I were to pick a whisk(e)y to drink with my pops it'd probably be some kind of Irish. last time we drank whiskey together it was Jameson.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: idontunderstand on 01 May 2014, 10:15
I went for 12 year Bowmore in the end, we'll see how this turns out...
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 01 May 2014, 14:40
Fine. It's a Bowmore.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 02 May 2014, 16:07
had Lagavulin 16, it was also stellar

12 was better though.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 02 May 2014, 18:38
Wait, 12 was better? How? Why?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 03 May 2014, 10:23
It's still taste and preference.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 03 May 2014, 12:35
So I still haven't had Lagavulin, is it considerably better than Laphroaig? Because like I said earlier, I tried Laphroaig 10 recently and liked it, and I'm tempted to pick up a bottle of their 18 year old before I get the Lagavulin 16.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 03 May 2014, 12:45
I prefer Laphroaig over all other single malts I have tried. 
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Thrillho on 03 May 2014, 15:02
Laphroaig is only good as a fucking toilet cleaner as far as I'm concerned.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: idontunderstand on 04 May 2014, 02:41
The Bowmore had a quite subtle flavor, but just smoky enough for my taste. Pretty sweet but in a pleasant way. Dad couldn't come though, so I drank it by my lonesome and listened to Hank Williams and people trying to sound like Hank Williams which was decent I suppose.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 06 May 2014, 04:34
Had a glass of my Laphroaig Quarter Cask again. I still love it. I also just claimed my plot as a Friend of Laphroaig. I now have a square foot of Islay.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 May 2014, 04:38
Dang, I'll have to remember to do that when I buy a bottle.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 06 May 2014, 12:01
Wait, 12 was better? How? Why?

Ballsier.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 12 May 2014, 00:57
http://popchartlab.com/collections/prints/products/the-many-varieties-of-whiskey (http://popchartlab.com/collections/prints/products/the-many-varieties-of-whiskey)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 29 May 2014, 14:07
Sipping on some Balvenie 14, not wanting to wait another two and a half weeks before I can take my dad's gift out of my drawer and have some with him.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_wuorqFyK4Dg/TIdeH4iqXkI/AAAAAAAABAo/_CU1QfZoevY/s1600/Balvenie+Peated+17.jpg)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 29 May 2014, 15:23
you know, I enjoyed Balvenie 14, but it wasn't worth anywhere near what the fuckers charged me for it at the place where I tried it.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 29 May 2014, 16:11
Still so excited about trying Balvenie 17, considering the jump in quality from 12 to 14 (I could've got 15 but figured I'd splurge this time).
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 02 Jun 2014, 07:46
Bowmore Tempest. Small batch ... something.

http://www.bowmore.com/whiskies/tempest/

Surprisingly light for a Bowmore and an Islay. 'Sip-it-like-lemonade-Fall-down-hard-scotch.'
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 02 Jun 2014, 08:35
Got myself a bottle of un-chill filtered, 22yo Ben Nevis. Matured in Sherry cask. Only tried it in the store. Can't wait for an opportunity to open it.

Also I'm slightly scared by the idea of drinking something that is older than me.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 02 Jun 2014, 08:36
That doesn't happen to me anymore. Can't afford it. Relish it while it lasts.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 02 Jun 2014, 10:19
So to the folks telling me about Laphroaig, thanks, I had some in Oakland at my band's show a while back and it was fucking awesome.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 02 Jun 2014, 15:13
No problem.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 02 Jun 2014, 16:04
Only tried it in the store.
They let you sample a 22-year-old whiskey in the store? :psyduck:

So to the folks telling me about Laphroaig, thanks, I had some in Oakland at my band's show a while back and it was fucking awesome.
I've only had Laphroaig 10 and I liked it. I saw a Laphroaig 30 (!) at a liquor store near me for $300, and if I get a decent enough job before the end of the summer I might get it as a birthday gift for myself because IT'S OLDER THAN I AM.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 02 Jun 2014, 16:52
So to the folks telling me about Laphroaig, thanks, I had some in Oakland at my band's show a while back and it was fucking awesome.

Glad you liked it!

Only tried it in the store.
They let you sample a 22-year-old whiskey in the store? :psyduck:

Well, it was a really fine wine and whisky store, so, yes, they do. The bottom rack was filled with opened bottles. Also the friend who took me to the store bought a 21 year old, but even more expensive sherry cask finished Bowmore, so it was definitely worth the small amount of Whisky for the store.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 02 Jun 2014, 16:57
I gotta find this store!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 02 Jun 2014, 17:06
It isn't too uncommon for wine stores here to let you sample their wines, so if you fand a wine store that also specialises in Whisky you'll have good chances at being able to sample Whisky as well.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 02 Jun 2014, 17:06
I've seen wine stores that do tastings once in a while but never whiskey.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 02 Jun 2014, 17:21
Huh. I've known that these stores exist, but I never visited one before. And my friends intention to buy a Whisky for up to 100€ might have helped. Had I asked for a whisky for up to 50€ they probably wouldn't have let us sample the Ben Nevis (which was more expensive than I had wanted when I entered the store).


I also like the idea of this Whisky being from a Single Cask, so there are only 816 other bottles in the world to taste like this one.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 02 Jun 2014, 17:52
I know of two stores that do sampling in store. One is here, in Alkmaar, bless their hearts, the other ... Berlin. I bought two ludicrously rare and expensive Bowmores there five years ago. The first of which I finished of yesterday, as it happens.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 14 Jun 2014, 19:47
Sipping on some Balvenie 14, not wanting to wait another two and a half weeks before I can take my dad's gift out of my drawer and have some with him.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_wuorqFyK4Dg/TIdeH4iqXkI/AAAAAAAABAo/_CU1QfZoevY/s1600/Balvenie+Peated+17.jpg)
Opened it tonight when I got home from work, my dad was satisfied about the present and...wow. Such a jump in quality over the 14, which is itself a jump over the 12. What I love about the Balvenie is that their different ages are all aged differently. This one is so good, I'm still sipping my glass slowly, enjoying every bit.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 16 Jun 2014, 21:53
My liquor store (Bev-Mo, for Patrick's benefit) left a bottle of Jura Prophecy unguarded on the shelf.  I had to fight off three other old heavily-peated-single-malt-scotch-drinking codgers, but I was successful, and managed to acquire the bottle.

It is very good, and well worth the tussle :).
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 25 Jun 2014, 17:49
So I opened the 22 year old Ben Nevis. I don't exactly have a reason, I just felt like having a dram.

It is delicious. Not as heavy as my typical Laphroaig, not as sweet as some Sherry matured Scotch tends to be. A bit fiery at 47%, but still smooth. Wonderful. I have bottle 675 of 817 bottles taken from this cask, cask number 2908.

And I'm drinking something that is several years older than myself.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Lupercal on 26 Jun 2014, 02:41
Well, just got my Dad some of this for Father's Day:

(http://asset1.marksandspencer.com/is/image/mands/HT_FD_F23A_00958363_NC_X_EC_0?$PDP_PROD_IMAGE$)

Have yet to try it but its the only distillery in the country to make English Whisky (in Norfolk). Is it safe to say nobody else here has had this?

Another interesting fact: this whiskey outsold its Scottish rival two to one at Christmas 2013 (at the one supermarket that supplies it), likely due to the Independence vote in September!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: pwhodges on 26 Jun 2014, 03:12
Not safe to say! (yes, I've shared a bottle with a friend.)

I've also had Welsh "Chwisgi", but not the one (http://www.welsh-whisky.co.uk) you can buy now.  This Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_whisky) (in fact, the Internet as a whole) appears not to know about the abortive start of a distillery on the Lleyn Peninsular in North Wales in the 1970s; I note that the first reference in that article is to a book by a late family friend, the person brought my first wife and me together.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: D-alx on 07 Jul 2014, 07:47
Anybody here frequents reddit /r/scotch?  I got a bottle of the /r/scotch 7year old cask strength ledaig.  Some amazing stuff right there.

Also @Method of Madness, Lagavulin 12 is better than the 16 (to me) because its cask strength and holds a fair bit more flavor than the 16.  I'm quite partial to cask strength stuff (Aberlour A'bunadh, Laga 12, Amrut Cask Strength)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 07 Jul 2014, 21:06
Lagavulin 12 will be my next bottle then, you've convinced me...assuming I can find it. And it won't be until I move into my new place whenever that is.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: D-alx on 07 Jul 2014, 21:49
Off the top of my head, if you prefer the smoky ones....

Laga 12, Talisker DE (this is a big maybe), Laphroaig Portwood Edition, aphroaig Quarter Cask (skip the PX unless you want sweet and smokey), Kilchoman Machir Bay is a pretty good choice.

Now if you were willing to try non-Scottish whiskys... Kavalan or Amrut peated casks might be worth a try.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 07 Jul 2014, 21:58
I am willing. Bah, I need a better job so I can afford any of this.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Barmymoo on 08 Jul 2014, 10:54
The spirit is waiting but the wallet is weak?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Masterpiece on 08 Jul 2014, 12:02
I see what you did there.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Barmymoo on 08 Jul 2014, 13:54
I'm glad someone did!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 08 Jul 2014, 16:43
lookie what I got

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t34.0-12/10519646_10202885636515617_965599054_n.jpg?oh=620a8cc202febc9518e897f4e27b6084&oe=53BE3B59&__gda__=1404955080_f25272bff6c384215cca1de640913f31)

yea u jelly

edit to add: fuck yeah best pagebreak
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 08 Jul 2014, 16:58
The spirit is waiting but the wallet is weak?
Yep!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: D-alx on 08 Jul 2014, 17:55
lookie what I got

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t34.0-12/10519646_10202885636515617_965599054_n.jpg?oh=620a8cc202febc9518e897f4e27b6084&oe=53BE3B59&__gda__=1404955080_f25272bff6c384215cca1de640913f31)

yea u jelly

edit to add: fuck yeah best pagebreak

Man the smoke and peat of that one takes a little getting used to.  Big treat after that though
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: hedgie on 08 Jul 2014, 18:01
lookie what I got

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t34.0-12/10519646_10202885636515617_965599054_n.jpg?oh=620a8cc202febc9518e897f4e27b6084&oe=53BE3B59&__gda__=1404955080_f25272bff6c384215cca1de640913f31)

yea u jelly

edit to add: fuck yeah best pagebreak
That is one of my favourite whiskies of all time.  Up there with the Ardbeg Ugadail (sp?), and the Yamazaki 18.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 08 Jul 2014, 18:04
You better have some left when I'm out west!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 08 Jul 2014, 18:14
You better have some left when I'm out west!

that's highly doubtful, but my store stocks it regularly. it can be made to happen again.

Man the smoke and peat of that one takes a little getting used to.  Big treat after that though

(http://i.imgur.com/suUhMeD.jpg)

"son, you don't know me, so I'll explain this to you once..."
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 23 Jul 2014, 09:47
Bought a bottle of Laphroaig quarter cask and a bottle of Abelour 10 in Luxemburg. 60 euro. Pretty good.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: ankhtahr on 29 Jul 2014, 17:43
I just had a glass of Cardhu 12. It was the second bottle of whisky I bought, not long after buying my Glenmorangie Original. I had it remembered as being kinda boring, but apparently that was just to my untrained nose. Noticed a lot more fruit flavours than I thought. It's very mild compared to the other Whiskys I like, and a lot better than I had remembered. It definitely pays off to revisit Whiskys.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 03 Aug 2014, 00:53
(http://www.distractify.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads//2014/04/tumblr_lrgwojxv4U1qa9b8ro1_500-620x.jpg)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: hedgie on 03 Aug 2014, 01:11
Cold whisky.  What an abomination.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 03 Aug 2014, 04:46
Hardly. It's diluting it with water to a large extent that's the abomination.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: hedgie on 03 Aug 2014, 14:27
Ugh.  Yeah, watered-down whisky is even worse, though the two often go together (bah, ice).  And I will admit that there have been days this summer when I wish I had whisky stones just because holy fuck was it hot.  But for both whiskies and ales, I'm a big fan of them just being a few degrees shy of room temperature.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: GarandMarine on 03 Aug 2014, 16:33
I love my whiskey stones. They work for wine and champagne too!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 05 Aug 2014, 07:23
No no no ... both can be wrong! Cold whisky is as much a horror as diluted whiskey!

(Everything is a personal preference, though. So, knock yourselves out.)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 06 Aug 2014, 12:09
Bought a bottle of Laphroaig quarter cask and a bottle of Abelour 10 in Luxemburg. 60 euro. Pretty good.

I used to live there! I miss it. Is it still fairy-tale pretty?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 06 Aug 2014, 14:23
You lived in a quarter cask?

It is. Clean. To the point where it needs two syllables. Clea-uhn. But indeed, impressive landscapes, ridges, buildings and stuff. Will go back next year, probably.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Aug 2014, 14:34
Clea-uhn.
That doesn't even sound like clean!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 07 Aug 2014, 15:53
you could probably do surgery on an operating table made out of sidewalk, and they'd probably have a better chance of surviving than someone driving on a California freeway.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 07 Aug 2014, 16:00
"It's like skateboarding, except half the time, someone dies."
"Oh, so it's slightly safer than skateboarding."
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 26 Aug 2014, 18:26
Went out to dinner for my birthday, ordered Lagavulin 16. I was worried my expectations were too high.

They were not nearly high enough. NECTAR OF THE GODS would not be high enough praise. It's pricey, but now I know as soon as I get a better job, I'm buying a bottle.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: hedgie on 26 Aug 2014, 18:33
Dare I ask how much, and the name of the place so I can avoid it?  I've been getting it at <$10 US a glass, and usually with a strong pour.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 26 Aug 2014, 18:36
A steakhouse in New Jersey, but I never plan on buying it a shot at a time again, I'll just get a bottle, now that I've tried it.

(But holy shit, it was twenty-eight dollars, and it wasn't a huge pour either. It was plenty for a pre-dinner drink, and enough to let me know I wanted a bottle when I had an occasion to buy it, but god damn, I'm glad I wasn't paying.)

But if there was a restaurant that had <$10 pours of Lagavulin, I would have dinner there every week.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: hedgie on 26 Aug 2014, 18:44
I'm glad you at least enjoyed it, but yeah, much cheaper by the bottle.

The Thai restaurant/bar I often go to has it in the 9-10 range, Laphroaig for 8, Ardbeg for 9, and plenty of others.  The bar manager knows he's making all the money off the well shit he's selling to students in fruity mixed drinks, so us serious drinkers are paying very little if any markup on the top-shelf, especially the whiskies.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 26 Aug 2014, 19:03
What state do you live in?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: hedgie on 26 Aug 2014, 19:11
California.  Rather high cost of living where I am, as well.  But there are enough places where one can drink on a budget if they know where to go.  Hell, in SF, I could drink for less than I do where I am now, but then again, I knew the owners of a few bars and pubs, and at my local, there were a lot of old-timers who wouldn't let me pay for my own drinks, nor let me buy them a round.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 26 Aug 2014, 19:19
Ah, damn. I'm on the other side of the country, so that bar is not reasonable :/
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: hedgie on 26 Aug 2014, 19:28
Yeah, if you could afford to fly to the other side of the US just for a night of drinking, the cost of the drink would be irrelevant at that point.  What's really sad is that one place that closed down (think of the dive that Jimbo is usually found in) *was* the worst, possibly only true dive in town, but they had an amazing whisky selection, including having Yamazaki 18 year for $15 a glass.  The new upscale incarnation of the place added at *least* $5 to all of their top-shelf stuff, so I found another bar.  I don't think they're moving much of that inventory.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 26 Aug 2014, 19:32
Well Sarah has family in LA, and my sister is moving to San Francisco, so it's not like I won't have business on the west coast at some point.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 01 Sep 2014, 12:09

A steakhouse in New Jersey, but I never plan on buying it a shot at a time again, I'll just get a bottle, now that I've tried it.

(But holy shit, it was twenty-eight dollars, and it wasn't a huge pour either. It was plenty for a pre-dinner drink, and enough to let me know I wanted a bottle when I had an occasion to buy it, but god damn, I'm glad I wasn't paying.)

But if there was a restaurant that had &lt;$10 pours of Lagavulin, I would have dinner there every week.

There's a place here in Livermore that does em for $16. Never eaten there but I have definitely ordered drinks there a few times.


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Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Skewbrow on 14 Nov 2014, 12:51
I was pleased to close the week with the observation that the local monopoly retailer had added 18yr aged Laphroaig to their selection. Savoring it slowly.

I hope to taste Balvenie one of these days. Your descriptions are enough to warrant a test.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Dalillama on 14 Nov 2014, 15:26
I love me some Laphroaig, and Islays in general, but I can't afford them very often, and usually have to content myself with cheap but acceptable Irish like Tully.  As far as I'm concerned, nothing made from Maize can legitimately be called whisky or whiskey.  Calling it bourbon is acceptable, though.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 14 Nov 2014, 21:59
I hope to taste Balvenie one of these days. Your descriptions are enough to warrant a test.
I've had their 12, 14 (Caribbean Cask) , and 17 (Peated Cask). I'm assuming you meant me, I don't recall anyone else mentioning Balvenie. If you can spring for the 17, go for it. It's enough of a quality bump to be worth the price bump.

So in whiskey news, I acquired a bottle of Lagavulin 16 today! Not sure when I'm going to open it. I may wait until I have cause to celebrate.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 17 Nov 2014, 01:59
My buddy and I just went half and half on a bottle of like a villain 16, which is iphone speech to text for "Lagavulin 16"
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 17 Nov 2014, 17:39
Lagavulin 16, no evil lair is complete without a bottle!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Thrillho on 18 Nov 2014, 07:07
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10690146_10203822253569827_4596422358899027721_n.jpg?oh=192b8e3eb75270ceb430ac04b31d2e94&oe=54E436B6&__gda__=1427711203_c5def33c2b4d781db649456c481fa580)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/1911116_10203823944132090_674917015677505518_o.jpg)

I love this shit, never heard of it before.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 18 Nov 2014, 20:20
We sell it at my work! Not terribly popular and I'm not sure why, as I've never had it. I'll add it to my list.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 18 Nov 2014, 20:25
PS:

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/18/b05fd343660f9dea70b11eba1b2770fc.jpg)

This is tasty
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Thrillho on 20 Nov 2014, 05:56
We sell it at my work! Not terribly popular and I'm not sure why, as I've never had it. I'll add it to my list.

It catapulted up my list to third favourite behind this £1000-per-bottle I tasted once, and Aberlour.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 23 Nov 2014, 17:52
A thousand quid a bottle? Holy shit, that's forty quid an ounce before a bar marks it up. What was it called?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Thrillho on 24 Nov 2014, 01:11
I don't remember. I only got a double shot of it as a birthday present, but it was fucking incredible.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 26 Nov 2014, 09:45
http://gizmodo.com/these-gorgeous-photos-show-whisky-as-youve-never-seen-i-1662921821
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 03 Dec 2014, 02:03
What kind of dirty vodka drinking communist son of a whore lets whisky dry
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 13 Dec 2014, 21:14
I tried Macallan 12 tonight. Tasty!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Skewbrow on 31 Dec 2014, 14:34
Lookie what my Godchild gave me for Xmas.
 (http://worldofwhiskies.com/index.php/component/virtuemart/scottish/talisker-dark-storm-detail?Itemid=0) That is one serious flavor. Charred oak cask et cetera. Not sure it will become a favorite, but it is a fine whisky, and it is nice to be loved.

Ok, the kid's only 5 months old. His Mum bought it from a duty-free shop on a ferry trip.

As always, Sláinte.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 01 Jan 2015, 06:01
Nice.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Masterpiece on 08 Mar 2015, 16:37
My dad is a serious whisky drinker and I've always wanted to indulge in the hobby myself but I just hadn't had a taste for it yet.

Last week I drank a shot of his Lagavulin 12 and it was gooooooood. I usually drink Gin, but after that I don't think Gin will cut it anymore. So now I bought a bottle and will have to buy two or three whisky glasses for the prospective visitors that will no doubt visit soon.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 08 Mar 2015, 16:46
Oh, nice. I've only had the 16 but I've heard 12 is better in some ways, so I'm jealous.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Masterpiece on 08 Mar 2015, 16:58
I've heard 12 is better

I know, you've heard it here.

had Lagavulin 16, it was also stellar

12 was better though.

Also @Method of Madness, Lagavulin 12 is better than the 16 (to me) because its cask strength and holds a fair bit more flavor than the 16.  I'm quite partial to cask strength stuff (Aberlour A'bunadh, Laga 12, Amrut Cask Strength)

I got my bottle for 45 €.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 08 Mar 2015, 16:59
Well...yeah. Hopefully if/when we hang out you have some left.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Masterpiece on 08 Mar 2015, 17:05
Well as I'm not going to carry an opened bottle of whisky on a transatlantic flight, it's all down to you mate.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 08 Mar 2015, 20:44
Hey, if you're actually here and come to where I live, I'll get a bottle of 12 for the occasion.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 09 Mar 2015, 00:52
You fucks better wait for me
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 09 Mar 2015, 05:18
I'll be out near you in June or July, Patrick.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 10 Mar 2015, 00:18
Oh Maaaaasterpiece
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 10 Mar 2015, 00:19
Method's bringing whiiiisky, I have a 12 pack of coooondoooms
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Masterpiece on 10 Mar 2015, 09:41
I'll bring the lube
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 10 Mar 2015, 12:26
So last night I had a cocktail made of rye, coconut water and bitters. It was gods damn delicious. The bitters perfectly balanced the sweetness.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Masterpiece on 19 Mar 2015, 08:29
I believe Beopuppy has been here before.

(http://i.imgur.com/D3hYkOM.jpg)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 19 Mar 2015, 09:12
Hell yes, and I left 200 euros lighter than I went in.

So ... what was your damage?

(God, I love that shop.)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Masterpiece on 19 Mar 2015, 09:27
~70€
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 19 Mar 2015, 10:33
Was that where you got the Lagavulin 12?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Masterpiece on 19 Mar 2015, 11:01
For some reason the 12 matured to a 16 while I wasn't looking. I apparently bought the wrong one.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Pilchard123 on 19 Mar 2015, 11:11
No, you've actually been in suspended animation for the past four years. Welcome to the future!

(We've got fun and games)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 19 Mar 2015, 11:35
That would be the jungle, baby. You're going to die.

Still, good scotch. Did you enjoy the shop?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Masterpiece on 19 Mar 2015, 13:46
I really liked the lady working there. She was great.

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Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Masterpiece on 19 Mar 2015, 13:47
I am high, I can't think of better opinions yet

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Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Masterpiece on 22 Mar 2015, 17:32
Oh wow I didn't know I wrote this. Damnit.

Just came here to write that I tasted the Lagavulin and DAMN IT'S SMOOTH
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: thedevilissix on 05 Apr 2015, 08:15
I fear cries from you all of "Shun the non-believer! Shuuuuun!" when it comes to my tastes in Scotch, because I like them to be more sweet than with peat. Glenmorangie, Glenmorangie Lasanta and Auchentoshan are particular favourites of mine.
If any water's administered at all, it is really a splash. Split second splash!
Title: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: pwhodges on 05 Apr 2015, 12:29
Water?  Water?

Tsk!

And Lagavulin is my favourite, though I have Singleton (a Speyside) in my hand right now.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: thedevilissix on 08 Apr 2015, 06:15
I knowww :oops:
In my defence it is sparing if at all!
My friend had a two-weeks-late Burns Night party at hers this year and I think (!) I remember trying Lagavulin '16 (neat) and actually quite liking it. Going against type is occasionally good!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Active Madness on 12 Apr 2015, 05:38
I was given a bottle of the Lagavulin 12 for my birthday last year. It was definitely smooth, quite lovely.



I've got to admit I have a real thing for Laphroaig Quarter cask. I bought myself a bottle two years ago as a break-up present. There's just something about the smokiness I enjoy.

Other than that, I don't know much about Scotch, to be honest. I've had Chivas and recently bought myself a bottle of "Monkey Shoulder". No idea what that's going to be like.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 12 Apr 2015, 06:01
I'm really loving the trend of reusing whiskey barrels to age beer. The only downside is it almost ruins non-barrel aged beer for me.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Patrick on 12 Apr 2015, 13:47
Been telling y'all, Lag 12 is the tits
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: thedevilissix on 13 Apr 2015, 10:02
I'm really loving the trend of reusing whiskey barrels to age beer. The only downside is it almost ruins non-barrel aged beer for me.

Ohh yeah. Definite case in point for me is Brewdog's Paradox (Isle of Arran) beer which I believe is brewed in Jura barrels. (Being that they're a Scottish company, I wouldn't expect any less!)
It's 15% proof too, so in honesty I don't think it'd be wise to drink any other beer after that...!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 13 Apr 2015, 16:07
Drinking a glass of Lagavulin 16 in my backyard, on a beautiful spring evening. Fuck lots of things in my life, but this...this is good.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 02 May 2015, 04:39
Just got major league paid for a painting. Going into town now for scotch and cigars.

One's priorities are truly well constructed, one feels.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 02 May 2015, 09:54
Can you write them off as a business expense if they help you paint your next painting?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 03 May 2015, 01:30
'Help' is a big word. 'Hinderance' might be more accurate.

Anyway. A Port Charlotte was bought. It's old and from an independant bottler so it was horribly expensive. Haven't opened it yet but I drank some in the store and it is manna from heaven for those enamoured of Islay.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 03 May 2015, 05:37
Can I have some?
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: BeoPuppy on 03 May 2015, 05:39
Sure. Come on over.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Thrillho on 03 May 2015, 07:11
Puppy has good taste in wine ;)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 29 Dec 2015, 17:18
(http://www.laphroaig.com/images/whiskies/tripleWood.png)

Laphraoigs Triple Wood (http://www.laphroaig.com/whiskies/triple-wood.aspx). Bought a bottle for my dad for Xmas, and it's so good. Drinking some now.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: sitnspin on 29 Dec 2015, 17:50
Is it better than the Lapgroaig 10 Year Old? I was not a fan of that one.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 29 Dec 2015, 17:58
I've only tried the 10 year old once, a few years ago, and I remember liking it. But this one was so much better.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: pwhodges on 30 Dec 2015, 00:07
I've just been given a bottle of Glen Moray, which is apparently a peaty Speyside.  This will be a new experience for me.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 30 Dec 2015, 07:50
Laphroaig Triple Wood has become my favourite for drinking, if my store has it available. 

Edit:  added Triple Wood for clarity. 
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Thrillho on 31 Dec 2015, 08:48
Laphroaig is everywhere I go and I never, ever like it.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: sitnspin on 31 Dec 2015, 09:32
I've been drinking Glenmorangie lately and am finding it quite enjoyable.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Thrillho on 31 Dec 2015, 10:41
I drank a Japanese whisky around Christmas called Hakushu I think, and it was divine.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 31 Dec 2015, 13:03
Laphroaig is everywhere I go and I never, ever like it.
Triple Wood is so much better than regular (10 year) Laphroaig.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Grognard on 03 Jan 2016, 19:34
I have been gifted...

(http://www.luckphotography.com/wp-content/gallery/2011-02feb/2011-02_midnightmoonapplepie_moonshine_byluckphotography_01.jpg)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 04 Jan 2016, 03:03
Nice. I've always wanted to try that.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Grognard on 04 Jan 2016, 20:02
warm.
smooth.
yummy.
the 70 proof sneaks up on ya.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Skewbrow on 31 Dec 2016, 14:16
Honoring the beginning of a new year with a freshly opened bottle of Laphroaig Lore. Softer than regular Laphroaig, but I will be enjoying this purchase investment to my happiness.

Sláinte! And a Happy New Year! (fifteen minutes into it in my time zone)
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: celticgeek on 31 Dec 2016, 14:57
Oh yeah.  Laphroaig anything is really good stuff.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: pwhodges on 31 Dec 2016, 15:26
Having just poured the last from a bottle of Caol Ila 12yo my choice for the New Year will be whether to open the Laphroaig Select or the Lagavulin Limited Edition next :-D
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Method of Madness on 04 Jan 2017, 20:17
(http://bunnahabhain.com/images/uploads/products/product-Ceobanach.png)

So fucking good, and very reasonably priced!
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: sitnspin on 05 Jan 2017, 12:15
Glenfiddich is always a good choice for me. It tends to be my go to.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Skewbrow on 16 Jan 2017, 10:25
So fucking good, and very reasonably priced!

Bunnahabhain? So you be westering home? It's ok, but when I tried it out my favorite was still Talisker, and ... I think Islay can offer better ones :-)

But, degustibus non est disputandum.
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: Tova on 16 Jan 2017, 17:57
I am a big fan of Talisker myself. That's my default choice.

At  the moment, though, I am gradually working my way through a lovely bottle of Nikka Whisky From the Barrel (http://www.nikka.com/eng/products/blended/fromthebarrel.html).
Title: Re: Whisk(e)ys
Post by: LeeC on 06 Feb 2017, 09:24
First night in Paris I had the most amazing steak I've ever had and tried Lagavulin 16 with it.  It paired nicely with the steak and has now become my drink of choice.