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Old Dec 1st 2017, 9:07 pm   #46
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I was inspired to crack the Glenfiddich 15 Solera Reserve open. A considerable improvement over the standard 12 year.
Plenty of room for improvement on that one.
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It certainly seems to be going down well here
There's more to snobbery than cheese and wine.
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There's more to snobbery than cheese and wine.
I'm sure Oink would share a glass with you.
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Plenty of room for improvement on that one.
It won't win any awards for flavours but it is very pleasant and easy drinking. Definitely a more dangerous whisky than most of my usuals.

I have had this bottle for years and have never gotten around to opening it as I don't rate the 12 year Glenfiddich.
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It won't win any awards for flavours but it is very pleasant and easy drinking. Definitely a more dangerous whisky than most of my usuals.

I have had this bottle for years and have never gotten around to opening it as I don't rate the 12 year Glenfiddich.
I meant the Glenfiddich 12...it's one of my least favourite malts.
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I meant the Glenfiddich 12...it's one of my least favourite malts.
I would say that it is the Southern Comfort of single malts, but that may get me into trouble....
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There is a wonderful Whisky shop in Lincoln in the UK, it's not too far from the Cathedral. Prices have a considerable range, with, the last time I was there. the more expensive ones costing some £300 a bottle.
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There is a wonderful Whisky shop in Lincoln in the UK, it's not too far from the Cathedral. Prices have a considerable range, with, the last time I was there. the more expensive ones costing some £300 a bottle.
I assume you were last there in 1947?
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Inspired by this thread, I just had a quick look to check what I have on the shelf. Some, embarrassingly, that I'd forgotten about so will have to bring back to the front.

Balvenie (one bottle nearly gone, another one on standby)
Glenfarclas
Glenfiddich
Highland Park
Talisker
Ardbeg (this is rather special and rather lovely - a single-cask bottling for the Scotch Whisky Society)
Johnnie Walker black label
Teacher's

and, away from the Scotch
Glen Breton (Nova Scotia single malt - I was prepared to be unimpressed when I was given this a while ago but it's really very good)
Jameson
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25 year old McCallan is my favorite. The "cooking" whisky I drink pretty much every day would be the one with the best air miles

I probably buy more Johnny Walker red or Grouse than anything.

I once visited the Laphroaig distillery and can confirm that the local peat tastes more like peat than the whisky, although, it is a close contest.

Bottom line, I'd drink any whisky through someone else's sweaty sock.

I'll take Oban, Dalwhinnie, Talisker or even the Welsh attempt, Penderyn, before I'd even consider spitting out anything American/Canadian.

It's all shite.
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If I'm going Irish is has to be Powers BTW
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Have you tried Johnnie Walker Green label? I had the same impression of blended whiskies until a friend introduced me to it a few years ago. It changed my perception of blended whisky - although admittedly it is more expensive than most single malts that I buy.
No I havent tried the green label....a few people have told me about the blue label, but I dont think its something I will ever be able to afford.

Id be interested in trying the green label though.
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Are you joking? It's about as peaty as they get !!
It is pretty peaty, but not harsh, I have had others that are way more peaty....I had one at a friends house the other week... i think it was called Ledaig....that blows you peat sensors to hell!! it was a "PEATCON 1" rating... Peat attack imminent!!

Laphroaig is like a "PEATCON 5" in comparison... lol
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Irish I would do for Tullamore Dew....very smooth to say its a blend....
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Irish I would do for Tullamore Dew....very smooth to say its a blend....
Until recently it was hard to find an Irish whiskey that wasn't a blend. The volume of spirit from Coffey stills swallowed up all the output of pot stills into the blended output of the big distilleries - the combination of triple-distilled high-alcohol continous still output, malt and mixed-grain pot still distillates giving whiskey the smooth and mild flavours that help it sell so well.

Nowadays there are a bunch of small distilleries opening up across Ireland that are selling (or will be selling when it matures enough) product as single-distillery whiskey, and there's even one (Connemara) who use peated barley malt to produce a peaty, smoky single-malt Irish whiskey (I've never tried it but it's on my to-taste list!)
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