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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #660 on: April 01, 2015, 07:12:14 am »
Glenmorangie is a great intro Scotch. The first one I really liked was Macallan Fine Oak 10.

I've been rather fond of Dewar's 12 lately. It's $21/750ml, well-rounded, and nice finish. It' my new "house" Scotch when I'm not having a single malt or bourbon.
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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #661 on: April 01, 2015, 10:08:05 am »
Buy a bunch of miniatures or go to a bar.
Better, attend a whiskey tasting, if possible.

Can't go wrong with a Macallan...

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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #662 on: April 02, 2015, 08:48:55 am »
https://www.masterofmalt.com/samples/

these guys (amongst others, they just came to mind first) do a variety of tasting packs so you can try out a bunch of drams at your own pace/ in your own bedroom. worth a look-in if you've got limited choices in your area!

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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #663 on: April 02, 2015, 12:24:04 pm »
Can only recommend them...

(Some of their regular prices of regular/full bottles are a bit over the top, though.)

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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #664 on: April 02, 2015, 04:50:11 pm »
@FOXY they look interesting. Partial to a G&T and a Vodka/Dry Vermouth.

However, this is an all time favourite:

http://www.suntory.com/whisky/index.html#%2Fwhisky%2Fen%2Fhibiki%2F




actually had another dram of this last night, no ice cube, just some water and i liked it a lot more than my first dram.

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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #665 on: April 02, 2015, 04:55:34 pm »
Glenmorangie is a great intro Scotch. The first one I really liked was Macallan Fine Oak 10.

I've been rather fond of Dewar's 12 lately. It's $21/750ml, well-rounded, and nice finish. It' my new "house" Scotch when I'm not having a single malt or bourbon.
yeah, i REALLY like the glenmorangie 12's esp the double matured ones.  glenmorangie 18 is one of my favs.  if im at a bar and no bourbons are there that i like, my go to bar scotch is Macallan 12

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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #666 on: April 02, 2015, 05:55:35 pm »
@FOXY they look interesting. Partial to a G&T and a Vodka/Dry Vermouth.

However, this is an all time favourite:

http://www.suntory.com/whisky/index.html#%2Fwhisky%2Fen%2Fhibiki%2F



actually had another dram of this last night, no ice cube, just some water and i liked it a lot more than my first dram.

Happy to hear--I found a trove of these at a suburban liquor store and will be re-stocking. And also getting a few bottles of AleSmith Speedway :)
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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #667 on: April 04, 2015, 09:40:50 pm »
Picked up some Whistle Pig, Mitchers Rye and Larceny(for guests) from BQE liquors. I feel like I saved 20%. Thanks again @bubbapest for telling me about that place.

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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #668 on: April 06, 2015, 03:25:01 pm »
Favorites right now. For people living in California at least, Costco has Yoichi 15 for $100 USD and Lagavulin 16 at $55 USD (when on sale).




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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #669 on: April 07, 2015, 03:33:20 pm »
Picked up some Whistle Pig, Mitchers Rye and Larceny(for guests) from BQE liquors. I feel like I saved 20%. Thanks again @bubbapest for telling me about that place.

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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #670 on: April 12, 2015, 12:13:59 pm »
Went to a house party tonight , this was my drink to bring .

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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #671 on: April 13, 2015, 05:20:57 pm »
Just got a bottle of Laphroaig Select.  Anybody ever try it?  I have yet to crack open the bottle.

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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #672 on: April 13, 2015, 07:15:21 pm »
My quarter cask was very smooth and peaty/smoky on the end to me .

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With stocks of older whisky becoming more scarce and valuable, many whisky producers in Scotland have begun to supplement their offerings with non-age statement releases that are less focused on the age of whisky in the bottle and more on a specific flavor profile or character. Laphroaig has been a leader in this space, first with their extremely popular Laphroaig Quarter Cask release and then with a series of whiskies that explore the impact of different finishing casks on single malt whisky, including Laphroaig PX Cask, Laphroaig QA Cask, and Laphroaig Triple Wood. Now, Laphroaig has made the next logical step with Laphroaig Select Whisky.

Laphroaig Select Single Malt Whisky is a non-age statement release that brings together many of Laphroaig’s popular releases like Quarter Cask, PX Cask, Triple Wood, and Laphroaig 10 Year into a blend that’s finished in new American oak casks. Select may have the distinction of using the most finishing barrels in a single malt release and feels a lot like a “greatest hits” mix on paper.

Laphroaig Select Single Malt Whisky (80 Proof / 40% ABV, $55) – with all of those finishing barrels in the mix, you’d expect the nose of Laphroaig Select to be heavy oak, but it’s actually Laphroaig’s signature peat that’s the first thing out of the glass. Underneath the peat is indeed oak, but it’s accompanied by honey, vanilla, salt, and iodine. There’s also a hint of dried dark fruit in the mix. The nose of Laphroaig Select is highly aromatic with some really nice complexity and surprising balance. By all accounts this should be an oak-forward nose, but it isn’t.

All the oak in the equation is much more apparent on the entry, which is an odd, muddled mix of flavors with vanilla, caramel, honey, peat, oak, blackberry, peanut, ginger, salt, and pepper all there from the start. There’s absolutely no real integration here, no sequencing of flavors, no balance – you just get it all, at once, a complete cacophony. The midpalate sees an increase of peat, oak, black pepper, and ginger spice. The midpalate still suffers from poor integration of flavors but it’s slightly less messy than the entry. The finish is fairly long and slightly dry with black pepper and peat lingering on the palate. It’s in the finish that the younger malt shows itself with some heat and dryness, but even with all the wood in the mix, the finish isn’t painfully dry.

While we appreciate what Laphroaig is trying to do with this release, Laphroaig Select Single Malt Whisky is a rare strike out for a brand that rarely misses. Each piece of this blend – the PX, Quarter Cask, and 10 year – are really strong products, but together they just don’t work. Laphroaig did such an amazing job with last year’s Laphroaig Cairdeas Release – Port Wood Edition with a whisky that truly brought the brand’s signature flavor profile into a new space, it would have been a better move to elevate that to a permanent offering than try to force an odd “greatest hits” release.

 
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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #673 on: April 14, 2015, 11:21:02 am »
so it turns out i like the hibiki 12- any other japanese recommendations (not peaty)

i wasn't the biggest fan of the yamazaki 12 but i could re-try.  looking to expand horizon tho

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Re: Hard Drinkers, Lets Drink Hard (Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails)
« Reply #674 on: April 14, 2015, 06:43:41 pm »
nikka 17 is my favorite Japanese scotch I've been lucky enough to try.  Delicious!