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Post  Storm on Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:20 pm

Alright. Im a huge whisky fan. I just got a bottle from my father, that he had on the shelf for some time. Its a William Grant's 12 year old.
Well, those are normal, but this has a different shape than Ive seen on others. It was in a black tin box. Cask Selection series. (Bourbon casks). Its triangle, with a smooth edge and getting bigger towards the end, wiithout any fancy cuts in the glass.
Anyone got an idea about this one? I cant find a price of this one on any site so far. I was rude enough to ask here because I know there are some here from Scotland!
Anyone else here interested in Scotch?

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Post  Kev Bailey on Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:29 pm

Nah Storm, that one's no good! Send it to me for safe disposal. Wink

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Post  Storm on Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:42 pm

Some photos ( though bad quality) might help.




Also contacted the company for more information. Please feel free to discuss other whiskys here too Wink

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Post  Guest on Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:38 pm

Did someone say Scotch o'clock? Another 2 hours and I'm off shift Very Happy
Nothing difficult about the world of Scotch, other than the price of a good peaty Malt.

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Post  BONSAI_OUTLAW on Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:48 pm

Never had that one, but I do have a question myself. How do you have it and have not yet tried it? I would have had to have a sip or three right after it was given to me.

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Post  Storm on Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:54 pm

I could choose one bottle I wanted, if I promised to keep it.
I was given a few special bottles some years ago, and I didnt manage to keep them for over a month. So , I have learned from bonsai... Patience!
I do save some of my bottles. And some I drink. Im not a huge collector or anything, just dont like to throw something down, if I cant get my hands on another.

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Post  Storm on Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:01 pm

Well, I gotta agree to some extend there Will!
The import prices here are redicilous.. So I have to buy it expensive at the monopoly we have here.
A bottle of 16 y.o Lagavulin would very easilly cost about 120 $.
Im really looking forward to summer now.. Sitting outside with a good book when the sun sets, with a nice glass of whisky by my side. Im almost shedding a tear here. Hehe. My favourite just atm must be Caol Ila.

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Post  fiona on Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:09 pm

Storm, your whisky is a blended scotch whisky. There's some stuff about William Grant and Sons products HERE and I have sent you some info in a PM which might explain more about the recent legislation that sets out the legal definitions of single malt, blended malt etc etc.

It's all a matter of taste of course but I'm okay with you sending that one to Kev rather than me.

Have you tried Black Bottle? One of our favorite non-Single Malts but hey, why have milk when you could have cream? Go for the Single Malts. Laughing

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Post  Storm on Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:21 pm

Hi Fiona. Thanks for the information. Wink
Not to be cocky or something but I actually know a great deal about whisky. The different regions of Scotland, blended, singlecasks, single malts, age limits. etc =) And after tasting whisky from other countries, bourbon as one example, I must say, theres nothing like scottish. Im planning to take a trip going around visiting destilleries and buying destillery bottlings too. Only have to save up the cash. And in my line of work, that aint easy!
Ive been reading like a madman about if for some time, got some books, and been to the pubs trying the kinds I havent been able to get that easily.
Im not the biggest fan of blended myself, but since that was the bottle I didnt have more knowledge about when I was at my parents house, I went for that one. Most for collection. Ive drunk some bottles of Grants, but thats a long time ago. And I wont miss it in the near future.
I think the most interesting whisky's are from the islands. Nothing like peat, malt and salty air and smoke. I buy bottles for collecting, and try them at pubs. If I like them, I get another one I can drink. Next up I think will be a Dalmore or Ardbeg.

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Post  fiona on Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:49 pm

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Ardbeggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg. thumbs up

Another hot tip for those who haven't already encountered it LIES HEREIN

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Post  Storm on Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:59 pm

For Peat's sake Fiona!
Or shall I say like the song? "Give Peat a chance". Razz

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Post  Loke Emil on Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:54 am

Storm wrote:Well, I gotta agree to some extend there Will!
The import prices here are redicilous.. So I have to buy it expensive at the monopoly we have here.
A bottle of 16 y.o Lagavulin would very easilly cost about 120 $.
Im really looking forward to summer now.. Sitting outside with a good book when the sun sets, with a nice glass of whisky by my side. Im almost shedding a tear here. Hehe. My favourite just atm must be Caol Ila.

Well, Storm I'm sure we can figure out some sort of great deal...a true win-win situation. All you have to do is to invite me for a sip of that Grant's while taking me on a local yamadori trip for some quality sylvestris and some trout fly fishing Basketball

In return I'll bring you an excellent whisky for any mood you are able to experience...I sincerely hope that you are not that emotionally experienced...on the other hand, whisky is not that expensive in good old Denmark.

BTW: I have taken a fancy in MacAllan single malts, lately. However I never miss an oportunity to enjoy the smoked single malts from the Scottish islands.

regards from Loke Emil

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Post  Guest on Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:56 am

Smokehead sounds right up my street Fi. Got to try a bottle.

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Post  fiona on Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:14 am

You'll not regret it.

If I had known all you conny soors earlier I might have saved you some of our special Bruichladdich Octomore - until recently the world's peatiest whisky. And not available in the shops.

Talk about nectar.

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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:16 am

Actually, the Scotch I prefer was neck deep in the single malt/blended malt debate. But I still prefer it. It's a nice 1well aged Cardhu. Still waiting for them to hit the US with their brand since it went off market about 8 years back.


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Post  Guest on Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:28 am

Taking onboard a couple of glasses of Bowmore this very night Fi. Winding down after a particularly busy hostel shift. Cheers cheers

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Post  fiona on Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:33 am

17-year old? I only like a few Bogh Mhor.

Best deal around in the supermarkets these days up here is still Ardbeg 10yer old.

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Post  Guest on Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:45 am

12 year old Fi. Would love to do the trail one day. Its on my wish list.

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Post  fiona on Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:52 am


Come on over to my place...












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Post  Guest on Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:59 am

There is absolutely no way I can repeat what I just thought when I saw that lot.

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Post  fiona on Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:10 am

I should point out that it is actually HimIndoors who is the connoisseur. I am merely the "research assistant".

And I'm going to put in a nice wee plug for our favourite whisky shop - in the interest of those others who may wish to do the same research, you understand.

Loch Fyne Whiskies

It's so good that a certain Mr T Tickle felt it necessary to phone us at the very moment that he was standing in the shop with wallet in hand and thank us for alerting him to this shop.

Storm, they deliver overseas I believe.


Wonder how the owners got all those moths out of their shop after TT had left.

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Whisky galore

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This should have been first, but thats Whiskey for you!

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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:56 am

fiona wrote:I should point out that it is actually HimIndoors who is the connoisseur. I am merely the "research assistant".
Loch Fyne Whiskies

A good Scotch education is like a good bonsai education, there are those who would wish to impress everyone with their status as "experts", then there are those of us content to know we're just beginning to scratch the surface as we continue in the life-long quest for knowledge.

( As for bonsai,I might add, that there are many here who produce wonderful bonsai that continue to strive to improve their craft. So far, I only know of two who were more impressed with their bonsai prowess than anyone else. Fortunately for us, both strangely enough, have faded away!"

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I'm with you Fi... I'm quite content just being the research assistant, ever searching for perfection in bonsai and scotch!

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Post  Ravi Kiran on Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:22 am

Well its great to see how far this thread has gone in such a short span of time.... I used to collect miniature liquor bottles.... all sorts including scotch an yes it did include Grant but the regular 8 year old one if I remember correct. After being at this for over a decade and some 200 bottles later one fine day I decided that I was done with it and donated my entire collection (saving a 5 pack assorted cognacs) to a relative who was only too glad to take them and yes in all those years I had not opened even a single one of them. Liquor is an annual or a bi annual ritual for me these days for no particular reason and when I do get a chance and the right group of friends, Scotch tops the list...

And BTW Storm were those pics taken before or after the glass of scotch lol!

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