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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #300 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.
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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #301 on: 06 Feb 2020, 00:49 »

It suddenly struck me that I hadn't posted or checked this thread in a long while. Now I realise that's because no-one's posted in a long while. Times being as they are, I figure it's time for a revival.

Thanks to Christmas, I currently have three bottles to work my way through. In no particular order:
  • Craigellachie 13 Year Old
  • Talisker Storm
  • Auchentoshan Three Wood

I'm not a big drinker, so it's going to take awhile to get through it all.

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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #302 on: 06 Feb 2020, 08:00 »

I have three bottles waiting to be opened.  A Jura, which is a common but pleasant tipple, often sold at a discount.  An Old Pulteney 12yo, which I've never had before.  And another first for me: Aberlour A'bunadh, a whisky bottled at cask-strength (61% in this case), which is something I've never had.

Some people seem to see drinking cask strength as a measure of the hairs on their chest; but others say they are only sold like that for poseurs, and that it should be diluted to the normal 40% for drinking (the bottle says to add a dash of water).  Since that involves using local water (or bottled mineral water, I guess) rather than the water at the distillery which is often credited with giving the whisky much of its character, that seems like a net loss to me - but I can't begrudge an otherwise generous gift!
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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #303 on: 06 Feb 2020, 10:38 »

Anything over 45% in a whisky is vanity points. It's akin to those ridiculously high scoville scale hot sauces. 
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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #304 on: 06 Feb 2020, 14:00 »

Got a bottle of Dalwhinnie around Christmas. That one is something. I guess it's just different from what I'm used to, and I just love the honey notes.
I have to restrain myself from getting the bottle, I'd drink it way too fast.
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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #305 on: 07 Feb 2020, 12:41 »

I'm ending my edition of a Dry January with this fine bottle of Laphroaig Lore. This is much smoother than their regular 10 year old (which is still a very fine single malt). The prize (99€/bottle) no longer makes me blink, but it does mean that I intend to cherish it rather than consume it. Also, I will double check what this does to my sleep hygiene. Last year I started suspecting that there may be a correlation between less than ideal nights and consecutive 2-finger evenings.
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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #306 on: 07 Feb 2020, 13:15 »

The prize (99€/bottle) no longer makes me blink, but it does mean that I intend to cherish it rather than consume it.


Funny thing how much things like that can change. A decade back I was like "why would I ever spend more than 25€ on a bottle of Whiskey? There price increase can't be a quality increase.", but these days I know better.
I haven't arrived at the 100€ barrier yet, there's plenty of good stuff in the 50€ range.


Also, I will double check what this does to my sleep hygiene. Last year I started suspecting that there may be a correlation between less than ideal nights and consecutive 2-finger evenings.

I pretty much have been there. You don't need a hangover to have a bad night, and following day.
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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #307 on: 07 Feb 2020, 13:57 »

I haven't had the Laphroiag Lore yet, but I'll check to see if one of the local bars does on their half-off nights.  I've had their 10, their 15, and the Quarter Cask.  The 10 is alright, IMO.  I much prefer the Ardbeg 10 at that price-point.  The 15 is a great one that I'd keep at home at all times if I could afford to, and the Quarter Cask is only for when I'm in the mood to as one bartender put it to me as "giving rough prison sex to an oak tree that's slapping you with its branches as it comes".
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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #308 on: 07 Feb 2020, 21:18 »

I have not had the Laphroaig Lore, either.  I do drink Laphroaig, though, preferring the Triple Wood.  However, Triple Wood has not been available for the last few months at my liquor store.  (I may have to try somewhere else.)  So I am drinking Select right now and I like it.  I have not seen any Lore at my liquor store, so again I may have to try elsewhere. 

I have tried the Quarter Cask, and it is pretty tough, all right.
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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #309 on: 08 Feb 2020, 09:33 »

Dunno, I like the quarter Cask. In low doses.
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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #310 on: 08 Feb 2020, 11:08 »

Heh.  I never said that I didn't like it.
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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #311 on: 08 Feb 2020, 22:57 »

Anyone else tried The MacCallan 12 Year Old? I've only had one glass so far, but it was really enjoyable. Bit spendy, though, so I will be taking my time with the bottle. 
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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #312 on: 09 Feb 2020, 10:39 »

Anything over 45% in a whisky is vanity points. It's akin to those ridiculously high scoville scale hot sauces. 
Sounds like someone's never had Booker's. It's like 63% and it's quite good. Also, I've rather liked the cask strength scotches I've had.
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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #313 on: 09 Feb 2020, 11:00 »

I'm not saying they can't be good, it just feels like often they're doing it for bragging rights rather than to make it as good as possible.
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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #314 on: 10 Feb 2020, 14:55 »

I once had the ... joy of ... I actually forgot. Some Bourbon between 120 and 140 proof. I was surprised how much you could still taste.
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Re: Whisk(e)ys
« Reply #315 on: 10 Feb 2020, 20:27 »

It might have been Booker's!
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