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Post #1 by PredsFan77 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:47 pm

Sad day boys. Just poured out the last of my Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2012 (#18/4062). I will miss it deeply.


Fortunately I have three more bottles in my bunker.

Also I landed a 18 year old wheater and a 17 year old rye today. Both for below MSRP. Passed on a 17 year old bourbon that I might go back for. Good day.
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Post #2 by Craig » Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:29 am

After all your praise, I went out and got myself a bottle of Four Roses Single Barrel. It's OK, but a little boozy. Nice sweet aftertaste though.

I also got myself a bottle of Nikka Pure Malt Black, which is pretty good for a blended whisky, but it's still blended which isn't really my style. Nice and balanced though, it's an interesting dram.

Over the weekend I had a glass of Hudson Baby Bourbon. I was pretty drunk when I had it, but it was great. There are still a few bottles left in the LCBO, I might have to swing out and pick one up tomorrow.
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Post #3 by PredsFan77 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:27 pm

drinking the arbeg ukulele. think it was a big step going from the HP18 to this. wow. certainly smokey, very long finish. I'm amazed it's a 110 proof whisky. very little burn.
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Post #4 by AD » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:55 am

We've got another one boys!

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Post #5 by PredsFan77 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:27 pm

yeah, except I've got enough bourbon to kill a large animal and I don't plan on buying any more scotch except for minis.

So bourbon > scotch
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Post #6 by AD » Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:32 pm

I may be swayed to try a bourbon.

Mainly because you go on and on about it so much.

Lets say I have 100$ to spend on a bottle. (which may buy you a 60$ bottle in the US) What should I go for?
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Post #7 by Craig » Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:19 pm

Hudson baby bourbon is pretty ok.
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Post #8 by AD » Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:23 pm

Thats a resounding recommendation!
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Post #9 by habfan4 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:32 pm

Banana wrote:I may be swayed to try a bourbon.

Mainly because you go on and on about it so much.

Lets say I have 100$ to spend on a bottle. (which may buy you a 60$ bottle in the US) What should I go for?


Bookers or George T. Stagg or Basil Hayden (in that order).
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Post #10 by PredsFan77 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:33 pm

some say the natural transition from bourbon > scotch and scotch > bourbon is rum. But, I digress:

It's going to depend if you want something spicy or sweet. Spicy is going to be the higher rye's like Four Roses

Sweet is going to be a wheaters like Weller Antique and your Pappy's.

So why not do both? Get a four roses (small batch, single barrel, yellow in that order) and a weller (12/antique/special reserve in that order)
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Post #11 by Not » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:41 pm

Had my first taste of Lagavulin (12) this weekend. Not sure I'm a big fan - somewhat too peaty and smokey. Much preferred the Aberlour 16 that was also tasted.
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Post #12 by AD » Sat May 11, 2013 9:04 pm

Caol Ila.

Good good stuff. Great value for money.
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Post #13 by j c petit » Fri May 17, 2013 10:32 pm

Picked up a bottle of Highland Park 12 year old on sale in Vermont this week. Only paid $40 so I'm pleased.
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Post #14 by AD » Sun May 19, 2013 9:41 am

I was at a Bowmore tasting y'day. Its already my (or near my) favourite house so I was sold and thrilled.
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Post #16 by Jedrik » Sat May 25, 2013 4:19 pm

I picked up a Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban and Glenlivet 18 on the way back from Punta Cana. So far only opened the Quinta, which is lovely.

And what's the verdict on how scotches sustain their character and freshness after they're opened? Some claim it'll stay as good as the day you opened it forever, but I wasn't sure. I have like seven bottles on the go right now (at least one's over a year old now), but I don't want to keep popping them if there's any risk of decline at all.
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Post #17 by AD » Sun May 26, 2013 9:42 am

Not only do I not find decline, but I feel that the opening (and subsequent loss of a few percentage points of alcohol that naturally comes with opened aged bottles) make them even more drinkable.

There is fun in opening a new bottle, but I've never felt that a dram from an old bottle is lesser. (Though I admit that my scotch intake rarelt allows me to drink from bottles opened a long time ago..)
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Post #18 by Jedrik » Sun May 26, 2013 10:54 am

Yeah, ordinarily my scotch wouldn't last either, as I drink it fairly regularly, but Duty free stops tend to result in two more litres added to the collection, plus I usually have an everyday bottle in the rotation to space things out like you do. The rate of accumulation this past year has soundly outstripped my consumption. One of those good problems.
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Post #19 by AD » Sun May 26, 2013 3:49 pm

I envy you. I don't nearly cross enough borders for my liking.
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Post #20 by Jedrik » Sun May 26, 2013 4:12 pm

Plus the in-laws are scattered abroad, and if they figure they'll show up without a bottle tucked under the arm, then they can get fucking real.
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Post #21 by AD » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:14 pm

So I just did a bit of a razia at the SAQ downtowm.

I decided to go with bottles that I would feel like drinking anytime anywhere.

Newly added to my stock:

- Talisker 10
- Tobermory 10
- Aberlour 16
- Aberfeldy 20
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Post #22 by Craig » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:22 pm

Aberfeldy 21? That's interesting to me, never tried it. You should come to Toronto and bring it with you.
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Post #23 by AD » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:24 pm

Craig wrote:Aberfeldy 21? That's interesting to me, never tried it. You should come to Toronto and bring it with you.


Yeah.

I found it for a great price. Like, 85$ I think.

The Aberlour 16 was 90$

Talisker was about 75$ and the Tobermory was 60ish.
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Post #24 by PredsFan77 » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:33 pm

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Post #25 by AD » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:11 pm

It's a good starter scotch. The 30 year old is out of this world. The 12 yo is, as usual, promising but underdeveloped.

Still ok though emirate fellas.
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Post #26 by Twitter bArt » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:21 am

had an Oban 14 last night
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Post #27 by AD » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:31 am

Artie wrote:had an Oban 14 last night


I find it lacks oomph and its too bitter (without the corresponding peat, salt or acidity that could save it).

I know a lot of guys that swear by Oban. I'm meh on it.

I had a bottle a few months ago and finished it off though.
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Post #28 by Twitter bArt » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:36 am

Banana wrote:I find it lacks oomph and its too bitter (without the corresponding peat, salt or acidity that could save it).

I know a lot of guys that swear by Oban. I'm meh on it.

I had a bottle a few months ago and finished it off though.


it does have a bite to it without the peaty taste (which I don't particularly like)
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...as serious as a poutine shortage in Chicoutimi during a curling bonspiel...



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Post #29 by AD » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:40 am

Banana wrote:I find it lacks oomph and its too bitter (without the corresponding peat, salt or acidity that could save it).


Or all 3 like of those in a nice balance, like my favourite scotch, Bowmore.

I'm finding Caol Ila is also very nice in that sense.
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Post #30 by Craig » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:56 am

I like Oban and dislike Caol Ila. :squint:
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Post #31 by AD » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:59 am

We've never seen eye to eye on these things.

I'm not a fan of Laphroig or Ardberg either, Craig. And I remember you liking them.
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Post #32 by habfan4 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:06 am

Banana wrote:We've never seen eye to eye on these things.

I'm not a fan of Laphroig or Ardberg either, Craig. And I remember you liking them.


:facepalm: What's next? You don't like Lagavulin?

I'm going to have to side with Craig on this one.
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Post #33 by AD » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:11 am

habfan4 wrote: :facepalm: What's next? You don't like Lagavulin?

I'm going to have to side with Craig on this one.


Lagavulin's fine, still not my cup of tea. I like peat, but I like it in moderation. 35ppm is good enough for me. Or else it has to be well rounded like Bowmore. Laphroaig is fine if you like to chew on woodburnt shoe leather. I'd expect that from Craig.. but you, '4?
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Post #34 by habfan4 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:21 am

Banana wrote:Lagavulin's fine, still not my cup of tea. I like peat, but I like it in moderation. 35ppm is good enough for me. Or else it has to be well rounded like Bowmore. Laphroaig is fine if you like to chew on woodburnt shoe leather. I'd expect that from Craig.. but you, '4?


Try the Laphroaig 18 you mong or the Ardbeg Uigeadail (if you can find it)

I find the 10 year old Ardbeg and the 10 year old Laphroaig to be perfectly serviceable whiskies.
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Post #35 by AD » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:23 am

habfan4 wrote:Try the Laphroaig 18 you mong or the Ardbeg Uigeadail (if you can find it)

I find the 10 year old Ardbeg and the 10 year old Laphroaig to be perfectly serviceable whiskies.


I've had my share of Lahroaig 18. On of my friend's has a neverending supply. Its serviceable.

At that price point though, there's much better imo.

I am not a fan of the Southern Islay distilleries. Sue me.
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Post #36 by Twitter bArt » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:38 am

Craig wrote:I like Oban and dislike Caol Ila. :squint:


there is hope for you
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OOOH yeah life goes on, long after the thrill of Vinny is gone



It's too bad all the people that could really run the Habs are busy doing talk radio, writing blogs or posting on message boards.



Now, Lajoie is an imbecile, a cretin and a plagiarist, who to use author Dany Laferrière's deliciously withering expression, "lives beyond his intellectual means."



...as serious as a poutine shortage in Chicoutimi during a curling bonspiel...



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Post #37 by Craig » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:39 pm

I like them fine, but I prefer Lagavulin. The 16 is a staple in my cabinet.
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Post #38 by AD » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:43 pm

Craig wrote:I like them fine, but I prefer Lagavulin. The 16 is a staple in my cabinet.


Buy them up/Drink them up now. Everything put in barrel post 2005 from Lagavulin has a sharp reduction in peatiness. (they've finally updated their distilling methods to post war standards ... :rollseyessarcastically: )
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Post #39 by AD » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:59 am

Banana wrote:So I just did a bit of a razia at the SAQ downtowm.

I decided to go with bottles that I would feel like drinking anytime anywhere.

Newly added to my stock:

- Talisker 10
- Tobermory 10
- Aberlour 16
- Aberfeldy 20



- Talisker 10 (Good stuff. Reminds me of Caol Ila, Bowmore and Laphroig. Nice kick)

- Tobermory 10 (Crap. Soft mellow crap. Weird nose. Plastic aroma)

- Aberlour 16 (Good, well rounded, sweet)

- Aberfeldy 20 (Very good. Caramel tones. Long lingering taste)
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Post #40 by Craig » Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:09 pm

Caramel tones, at a glance, got turned into Camel Toes by my brain.
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Post #41 by Craig » Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:59 am

If any of you are real peat monsters and you have money to burn, this bad boy is supposed to be twice as peaty as Ardbeg:

http://lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product/searchResults.do?ITEM_NAME=330357&ITEM_NUMBER=330357&language=EN
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Post #42 by habfan4 » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:32 am

Craig wrote:If any of you are real peat monsters and you have money to burn, this bad boy is supposed to be twice as peaty as Ardbeg:

http://lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product/searchResults.do?ITEM_NAME=330357&ITEM_NUMBER=330357&language=EN


I tried that in Edinburgh or it might have been the Octomore 4.2, can't remember. You're thankful for the peat given its cask strength whisky and the abv really needs something to mellow it out.
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Post #43 by AD » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:58 pm

I've just had enough scotch to drown a small cat.




Tobermory and Aberfeldy so far but I may hit the good old Talikser soon



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Post #44 by AD » Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:36 pm

Hoooooo waaaaah!
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Post #45 by Murphy » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:18 am

Got a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue as a gift.
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Post #46 by AD » Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:49 pm

Its worth more to sell than to taste. But as a gft that's cool.
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Post #47 by habfan4 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:57 am

onefatsurfer wrote:Had a bunch of lagavulin yesterday. Love that shit.


Not surprising. In terms of price point to quality, Lagavulin 16 might be the best whisky.
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Post #48 by AD » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:12 am

I had another couple of glasses last night. My own stash so some Tobermory and some Caol Ila.

I really dislike the Tobermory, I should stop drinking it.

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