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Post  landerloos on Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:25 am

I visited this place and sampled some
whiskey

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  fiona on Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:43 am

Oh dear!!! People, People, PEOPLE!!!

Spelling lesson time:

Whisky = Scottish spelling
Whiskey = Irish (and others) spelling

My favourite distillery visits are Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Bruichladdich (lots of phlegm needed for saying that last one) mostly because they are not as commercialised as many of the other distillery tours. But then Islay (pronounced Eye-lah) is so wonderfully laid back and relaxed in general.

Overheard (allegedly) during tour at Bruichladdich:
Tourist: why does it take so long to produce a bottle of whisky? Can it not be done quicker?
Guide: well you see, all good things take a lot of time. You need patience
Tourist: ah so it's a bit...like... manyana
Guide: well, maybe, but over here we don't have anything with that sense of urgency

Overheard (actually, by myself) during tour at Laphroaig:
Guide: You need to take your time with whisky - there's no need to be rushin'
Tourist: but I am not Russian, I am German

Some favourite Islay pics:






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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  Storm on Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:33 am

Great so see so much enthusiasm here!
Theres a commercial you gotta see:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yolUoethgHU

Hmm, dunno how to get the picture, not the link here...

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  Storm on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:39 am

Btw, nice collection there Fiona. And good pictures from the tour.

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

Post  Guest on Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:00 pm

Added the "E" just for you and cos I knew it would get picked up Fi Very Happy

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Post  landerloos on Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:02 pm

will baddeley wrote:Added the "E" just for you and cos I knew it would get picked up Fi Very Happy

Yes me to, I know how she hates it with an E

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Post  Storm on Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:12 pm

Hehe.
Btw Ravi, the picture was before! But I didnt open it. And I wont cause I can stick to a promise. Wink
The one opened atm is a Whyte and Mackay special. Its a blended. Its not what I prefer, but I had to try it out.

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  Ravi Kiran on Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:22 pm

Hi Storm,

Hope you liked the W&M ... for second opinions you can always ship a bottle to me.... Very Happy And I have seen a lot of Whisky connoisseurs fret over the blended ones and prefer single malts.... well I guess from my limited tasting... I have discovered great whiskeys in both blends (the best one today was a Johnny Walker Blue Label) and single malts (Glenfiddich is mah fave)

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Post  Storm on Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:40 pm

Hehe, you can get a mini of the W&M, Ravi, that doesnt cost much. Here the price would be at about 5$. Thats less than the shipping!
Today I got myself 2 new bottles. A Laphroaigh quarter cask at 48% and a Glengoyne Burnfoot.
An interesting note is that Glengoyne was actually called Burnfoot untill 1907 if I remember correctly.
Not gonna open them any time soon though.

Edit: The Glenfiddich is a nice one! Which one is it? The only one I can remember the taste of is the green 12 y.o. An overwhelming smell of pear too. I like pears. Razz

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  Storm on Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:23 pm

I'll just kick this thread further and ask, is there anybody here who have tasted some of the Japanese whisky? Yamazaki for instance?
I've read that they got quite a high rating at tastings, even above some famous scottish kinds. Most of the market for whisky is in the east, so
it isn't so strange that they have started making many kinds. Or are there any other foreign kinds anyone would like me to consider?
It's just so fun to compare! And no, im not an alcoholic. Razz
Just have to finish off this one with a story of an old friend of mine, which is now diseased, who was drinking every day.
He came to the doctor, and didnt have a single beer that day, to have a check up.
And the doctor noticed that he wasn't all in shape, and asked, "do you have a problem with alcohol?"
And he replied, "Not as long as I have money..."
Yeye, I know I have a dry humour..

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  Tony on Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:54 pm

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

somebodies gonna get hurt real bad Suspect

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  Harleyrider on Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:47 pm

I'll hold yer coat!

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  fiona on Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:11 pm

It won't be worth him taking it off. All over in a matter of seconds.

I'm not planning violence - I'm just going to throw some apostrophes at him as he seems to have mislaid his.

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Post  Guest on Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:05 pm

You could have something here Fi. I see a fledgeling martial art thing developing. How about Punchtuation? You saw it here first folks. Cool

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  fiona on Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:33 pm

Kung Fullstop?

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  Storm on Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:50 pm

So, wanted to bring this one back to life again.
Anyone tasted a good one lately?

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  will baddeley on Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:33 pm

I did partake of a nice bottle of Singleton malt that was on offer at the supermarket. £19.00 rather than £30.00. Tasted even better at that price. Very Happy

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  AlainK on Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:44 pm

Among those that are easily available here, Cardhu is my favourite.

But real malt whisky is like true Bordeaux wine: there are about ten times more bottles (and probably even more) of the true stuff that is sold worldwide than is really produced Smile

A good whisky from the isles, with its "savage" taste at first (peat and smoky flavour) and rounded and flowery flavour when it's down the thoat is something that I'm sure can't be bought over here.

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  drgonzo on Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:36 am

I remember this very obscure brand called Knockando.. If you EVER see this stuff immediately purchase it and enjoy. It was simply the smoothest most mild single malt speyside I ever encountered. And I've never seen it again, like a beautiful woman in a dream..and I awoke and suddenly ....she was gone.

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  Jay Gaydosh on Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:34 pm

Standard joke running through the highland games here in the U.S.:

How much scotch can a Scotsman drink?

Any GIVEN amount!

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  fiona on Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:21 pm

drgonzo wrote:I remember this very obscure brand called Knockando.. If you EVER see this stuff immediately purchase it and enjoy. It was simply the smoothest most mild single malt speyside I ever encountered. And I've never seen it again, like a beautiful woman in a dream..and I awoke and suddenly ....she was gone.
Fear ye not, drgonzo; we are both still here.

QED:

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  Storm on Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:37 pm

Have you tasted it Fiona?
Ofcourse, they dont have that one here in Norway... What a surprise..
Bought myself some other bottles though. Some are quite nice. Latest one I opened was an Oban 14. It was okay, but none have
reached up to Lagavulin and Caol Ila, which are my favourites. Must say they are very different too, to Oban . Not really compareable.

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  drgonzo on Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:46 pm

OH FIONA!

Thats the stuff! Oh to live in the Northlands where the single malt flows like....well...single malt!

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Post  Storm on Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:17 pm

Btw, I have a bottle of Glenfiddich Special Reserve. 12 y.o. It has a dark bottle with some red coloring on the front. Do you think Fiona, that this might be a destillery edition? Ive looked around, but cant find the right one in any shops online. I think it was bought many years ago, maybe at a tax free shop, which was a limited offer. Its a gift from my father.

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Re: The difficult world of scotch.

Post  Tony on Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:48 pm

Jay Gaydosh wrote:Standard joke running through the highland games here in the U.S.: How much scotch can a Scotsman drink? Any GIVEN amount!

Jay... I'm gonna use that one bounce

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