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#181 ChrisTaylor

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:36 AM

Revisit time.

 

Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or. Sweet. Caramel. Stone fruit. Soft fruit. Syrupy texture. Like something that could be served with ice cream. 


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#182 ChrisTaylor

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:36 AM

Revisit time.

 

Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or. Sweet. Caramel. Stone fruit. Soft fruit. Syrupy texture. Like something that could be served with ice cream. 


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Posted 22 July 2014 - 03:52 AM

Revisiting Ardbeg Uigeadail. Intense heat. Sweetness under all that: sherry. Apricot. Cooked apple. Dry smoke that lingers. A magnificent whisky. 


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#184 Hassouni

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 07:03 AM

Yep, pretty good. How old is your bottle? Apparently the more recent bottlings have suffered.



#185 ChrisTaylor

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 01:17 AM

Yep, pretty good. How old is your bottle? Apparently the more recent bottlings have suffered.

 

This was a mini. I have no idea how old the bottle was. 


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#186 Hassouni

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 08:50 AM

damn, you can get minis of Uigeadail? I need to move to Melbourne already...



#187 ChrisTaylor

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:23 PM

They're not widely avaliable. My go-to bottle-o tends to pick up a few oddities, tho'. 


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#188 Hassouni

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 09:38 PM

bottle-o? Of course the Oz word has an o  :laugh:  I would call it a boozeria, but nobody else I know does that.

 

Back to topic...the boozerias here only sell minis of really bog-standard stuff, except Total Wine, which has loads of minis of Barbadian rums I've never heard of. But no single malts at all.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:29 AM



bottle-o? Of course the Oz word has an o  :laugh:  I would call it a boozeria, but nobody else I know does that.

 

Back to topic...the boozerias here only sell minis of really bog-standard stuff, except Total Wine, which has loads of minis of Barbadian rums I've never heard of. But no single malts at all.

 

Most bottle-os, including large chains, carry a very limited range of minis. Whisk(e)y-wise, barring sample or gift packs, you might get Glenfiddich 12, Chivas, Johnnie Walker (only the Red and Black variants), Jack (standard) and Jim (standard). If you're lucky you might find stores that have brought in a few different ones--and I think this is the case with the Ardbeg--as some kind of promotional thing through their suppliers or as a result of breaking up some gift packs. Nick's is happy to break up gift packs in that way as I guess there's enough people that'll pick up a $5-7 bottle of this-or-that to justify it.

 

EDIT

Anyway. A new addition to my collection: Springbank 12 cask strength. My first Springbank purchase, excluding a Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling (which was, incidentally, my first taste of Springbank). It's not as complex as the SMWS bottling, obviously, but it was approximately half the price! Despite its reputation I think it's an approachable dram. It's just so ... balanced. Salt. Smoke. Bitterness, almost of the sort you'd associate with salad vegetables like radicchio. A bit of sweetness lurking back there. Prickly mouthfeel. A bit of oiliness that then surprises you by ending cleanly, almost crisply. I'm led to believe Springbank's various expressions can vary hugely from batch to batch and even bottle to bottle but this is just ... friendly.

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Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Much more restrained than the classic. Dry smoke and iodine and salt without the hospital-on-fire.


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#190 Hassouni

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 08:32 AM

Springbank is great. I have their 10 and have tried their 15, as well as a couple of their Hazelburn and Longrow bottlings. They're all quite different, but consistently very high quality. And they stick to the no-coloring, no chill-filtration ethos. And they're one of the last remaining truly independent distilleries. (Like, who is else there? Kilchoman? No longer Bruichladdich, and?) 



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:34 PM

Springbank is great. I have their 10 and have tried their 15, as well as a couple of their Hazelburn and Longrow bottlings. They're all quite different, but consistently very high quality. And they stick to the no-coloring, no chill-filtration ethos. And they're one of the last remaining truly independent distilleries. (Like, who is else there? Kilchoman? No longer Bruichladdich, and?) 

 

Genfarclas always comes to mind for me when talking about the last of the independent dinosaurs.


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#192 Hassouni

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 11:15 PM

Genfarclas always comes to mind for me when talking about the last of the independent dinosaurs.

 

This is a very good resource on the matter:

http://www.whisky-em...WhoOwnsWhat.htm

 

(I still haven't tried Glenfarclas, I suspect I'd love it)



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Posted 25 July 2014 - 01:33 AM

This is a very good resource on the matter:

http://www.whisky-em...WhoOwnsWhat.htm

 

(I still haven't tried Glenfarclas, I suspect I'd love it)

 

I've enjoyed most Glenfarclas expressions I've tried. Not so much the entry-level one but the 15, 21 and 25 are very good. Every so often I contemplate picking up a bottle of the 30 or 40 year old expression as they're reasonably priced, so far as whisky of that age goes.


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#194 Rafa

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 10:01 AM

I suspect you would, Hassouni. One of the most consistent and delicious of the heavily sherried malts. 


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 02:34 PM

This is a very good resource on the matter:

http://www.whisky-em...WhoOwnsWhat.htm

 

(I still haven't tried Glenfarclas, I suspect I'd love it)

 

Excellent. Should have thought of Springbank as well.


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Posted 26 July 2014 - 01:37 AM

Updated thoughts on the Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Honey. Smoke. Iodine. Salt. A certain oiliness. 


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Posted 26 July 2014 - 03:43 AM

Revisit.

 

Auchentoshan Triple Wood (2011). Sherry. A bite to it, even with a bit of water. Big on the sherry. Glace cherry. Rich.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:20 AM

This had me laughing.  I was just drinking Quarter Cask a few nights ago.  It is somewhat more restrained, but I do so love the hospital-on-fire.

 

 


Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Much more restrained than the classic. Dry smoke and iodine and salt without the hospital-on-fire.

 

 


 

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 02:04 AM

Glenkichnie 12. Nose of alcohol, stone fruits. Honey. Palate: fruity, floral. Pepper. Finish: licking an oak barrel.


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