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by tuddy24
Wed May 19, 2010 1:10 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Buffalo Trace Bottlings
Replies: 1
Views: 1041

Re: Buffalo Trace Bottlings

No one knows the answer to this? I don't believe it! :shock:
by tuddy24
Mon May 17, 2010 3:58 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Buffalo Trace Bottlings
Replies: 1
Views: 1041

Buffalo Trace Bottlings

Hi Everyone, I've been playing around with different Bourbons and Canadian whiskeys to find the best base for making Manhattan's. Based on recommendations from countless people I'm sorry I didn't try Buffalo Trace to begin with because it is so great for the price. Anyway, my question is this. I not...
by tuddy24
Sun May 09, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Favorite Bourbon?
Replies: 28
Views: 7225

Re: Favorite Bourbon?

Whiskey exploration, formerly known as drinking, is a funny thing. One of the first Bourbons I tried was Wild Turkey 101 and it was just too much - I had to mix it. I knocked around and had Makers Mark, the Canadian Crown Royal and a couple of others and finally Old Grandad 100 blew my socks off. B...
by tuddy24
Sun May 09, 2010 9:50 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Favorite Bourbon?
Replies: 28
Views: 7225

Re: Favorite Bourbon?

Thanks for your comments Megawatt. I was in Binny's today and the gentleman working was kind enough to let me sample a few Bourbons and a Canadian whiskey. My favorite was the Bulleit Bourbon. It wasn't over the top and it seemed well balanced, didn't leave a funky taste afterwards that a lot of Bo...
by tuddy24
Sun May 09, 2010 3:47 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Favorite Bourbon?
Replies: 28
Views: 7225

Re: Favorite Bourbon?

Not many bourbons available around here but I'm loving Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 year old from the Buffalo Trace distillery. It's quite sweet and tastes of almonds. Other ones I've been impressed with are Knob Creek, Jim Beam Black, and to a lesser extent Maker's Mark. Woodford Reserve isn't bad ...
by tuddy24
Sat May 08, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Favorite Bourbon?
Replies: 28
Views: 7225

Favorite Bourbon?

Hi Everyone, After speaking with a Binny's associate last night, I've been interested in trying something new. Bourbon to be exact. I've tried Knob Creek and Jefferson's Repeal and didn't like either. The Binny's guy said that he didn't like those either but recommended Four Roses and Buffalo Trace....
by tuddy24
Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:09 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: My Ardbeg 10 review
Replies: 6
Views: 4354

Re: My Ardbeg 10 review

So much going on here, I'll have to revisit again on another day. Don't you just love this aspect of the whisky? :wink: This is one I ALWAYS try to maintain sufficient stocks of in the cabinet. You're right, I love the "even-ness" of this whisky. When not a single thing sticks out you can...
by tuddy24
Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:05 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: My Ardbeg 10 review
Replies: 6
Views: 4354

Re: My Ardbeg 10 review

Nice notes Pete. :thumbsup: Looking forward to the next one (maybe Laga 16 or Laga 12 CS). Lagavulin...hint hint? I've been leaning toward trying the 16 but I've heard in a few places that it just isn't what it used to be due to high demand. That's really the only thing that scares me. The 12 on th...
by tuddy24
Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:02 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: My Ardbeg 10 review
Replies: 6
Views: 4354

My Ardbeg 10 review

Hi Everyone, So I ended up fetching the Ardbeg 10 and wanted to give my general impressions of it. Once again I popped the cork, poured a dram, let it sit for 10 minutes and this is what i got. color: Pale straw. I love Islay so far, so little on the surface yet so much is there waiting to dazzle. n...
by tuddy24
Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Compass Box "Peat Monster"
Replies: 6
Views: 2591

Re: Compass Box "Peat Monster"

I stood in the Scotch aisle of my local Binny's agonizing over which to pick: Caol Ila 12 or "Peat Monster". Well as I'm sure you're all aware, I went with the Caol Ila and don't regret it! It's much less peaty and smoky than I thought and loved the balance. Maybe one of these days when I'...
by tuddy24
Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: My Caol Ila 12 review
Replies: 8
Views: 9476

Re: My Caol Ila 12 review

All,

Once again I thank you for your comments and suggestions. I'm going to pick myself up something nice this weekend, still not sure exactly what, but I'm looking forward to it!

-Pete
by tuddy24
Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:01 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: My Caol Ila 12 review
Replies: 8
Views: 9476

My Caol Ila 12 review

So after making a decision based on all the responses to my "Islay." post, I went a head and picked up the Caol Ila 12. I popped the cork, poured a dram, and let it sit for 10 minutes. These are my impressions: Color: Pale straw, doesn't look like much. I hate flashy appearances anyway so ...
by tuddy24
Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:30 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Compass Box "Peat Monster"
Replies: 6
Views: 2591

Re: Compass Box "Peat Monster"

This John Glaser seems like a first-rate and stand-up kind of guy. I liked his response to the gentlemen who indicated a problem with his bottle and urging him to return the bottle at John's expense. I remember having an issue with a Balvenie DW I bought and was basically blown off by their support ...
by tuddy24
Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:04 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Compass Box "Peat Monster"
Replies: 6
Views: 2591

Compass Box "Peat Monster"

Hi all, After jogging around the Compass Box website and watching their videos, this company appears to be making high quality and craft Scotch. I didn't realize it but the Peat Monster is bottled at 46% ABV and is non chill filtered. The gentlemen in the videos said that 2 Islays and 1 Speysider go...
by tuddy24
Sat Apr 10, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: A little worried
Replies: 2
Views: 1103

Re: A little worried

Thanks for all your input, I taste buds are back to normal and I don't know why they were off to begin with. It might've been stress and diet, who knows! But thanks anyways.
by tuddy24
Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:13 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: A little worried
Replies: 2
Views: 1103

A little worried

Hi Everyone, I'm a bit worried. For the last few days, every single malt or blend I've tasted doesn't seem right. I know it isn't my malts and blends because this just happened in the last 2 days. They all taste bitter, lacking in flavor, and well...just "off". I'm not sick, I feel OK. I h...
by tuddy24
Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:25 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Islay.
Replies: 12
Views: 2261

Re: Islay.

Funny how it works, isn't it? At first I found Highland Park 12 quite peaty, and Lagavulin was utterly intolerable. Now I love Lagavulin, and in Highland Park I have to try hard to detect the peat. So true. I had the last ounce of my HP12 last night and kept thinking how sweet it was. The peat was ...
by tuddy24
Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:36 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Islay.
Replies: 12
Views: 2261

Re: Islay.

Everyone, Thank you so much for all your suggestions, I ran some numbers and Caol Ila and Talisker led the pack for recommendation counts. The Lagavulin 16 was next and I don't think I've ever heard anything "bad" about it except for the price. I can see why there is so much love for Islay...
by tuddy24
Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:26 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Islay.
Replies: 12
Views: 2261

Islay.

Hi Everyone, This post will completely conflict with my previous post asking which is the best SM under $100 to celebrate. After picking up a Bowmore 12 a month back, I'm finding that I like the peaty smokiness as it's starting to become addictive. What I'm looking to find is an Islay malt that has ...
by tuddy24
Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:00 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Favorite Single Malt under $100
Replies: 12
Views: 15976

Re: Favorite Single Malt under $100

Hi Everyone, What a great amount of responses! After looking at everyone's comments there seems to be a breakdown of two different types of whiskey drinkers. One one hand we have the Islay lovers and on the other we have the non-Islay lovers. Me, personally, I like a Scotch that walks a fine line su...
by tuddy24
Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:29 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Favorite Single Malt under $100
Replies: 12
Views: 15976

Favorite Single Malt under $100

The title is somewhat self explanatory but let me provide some detail so we're all on relatively the same page. In my neck of the woods a Macallan 12, Highland Park 12, and Glenfiddich 15 goes for approximately $40 so please take this into account. My $100 is a suburb of Chicago $100 :) What I'm loo...
by tuddy24
Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:18 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Balvenie Doublewood Disappointing
Replies: 10
Views: 3268

Re: Balvenie Doublewood Disappointing

If I'm not mistaken, the Balvenie did change the packaging text to change from "a second maturation in sherry oak" to "a further few months in sherry casks". Some of us have wondered what exactly this means...is the finishing period shorter now...this might explain your vatting....
by tuddy24
Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:31 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Balvenie Doublewood Disappointing
Replies: 10
Views: 3268

Balvenie Doublewood Disappointing

Hi all, What a bummer. I hear a lot of good things about this SM and decided to pick it up while I was at the local wine and spirits store. Before I blast this scotch, let me tell you what's been good to me and why. Glenlivet 12 / $27 - My first SM. Light and fresh, complex and just delicious. I'm g...
by tuddy24
Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:22 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Impromptu Tasting Shenanigans
Replies: 5
Views: 1535

Re: Impromptu Tasting Shenanigans

So, I'd like to start by saying I didn't mean to get drunk (my current state, as you will tell from my writing)!!! My friend just brought around a bottle of Bunnahabin 18 YO that he was (rightly) proud of. As a prize for bringing such a tasty object to me, I made dinner - my home made Spaghetti and...
by tuddy24
Sun Jul 26, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation
Replies: 46
Views: 5973

Re: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation

My biggest problem with Teachers is the overwhealming Ardmore sweet smoke. It just doesn't have much balancing the sweetness. Mind you this is my first and only bottle of Teachers so other batches might be better balanced. To me, there is a lot of sweet peat that is kind of rough after a few drams....
by tuddy24
Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:02 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation
Replies: 46
Views: 5973

Re: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation

Liechtenstein, If you're used to single malts the JWR will most likely be too thin for you. It has such a smokey kick with some sweetness to back it up though and it's a lot of fun to drink. It's extremely smokey as a matter of fact and I love it, try finding a cheap blend that has this kind of smok...
by tuddy24
Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:04 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation
Replies: 46
Views: 5973

Re: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation

So I picked up a bottle of Red and am nosing and sipping it as I type. The best way to describe red is a less complex and bold Black label. The smoke and peat are still there but the fiery spiritiness of Black along with the lime-iness is gone. It's like I remember it with my friend and compared to ...
by tuddy24
Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:39 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation
Replies: 46
Views: 5973

Re: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation

but to even suggest putting it in the same class as Teacher's seems absurd. Well it's a matter of taste really (and batch variation). My last bottle of JWR and Teachers were opened together. Now the JWR is long gone and the Teachers isn't even half gone. This bottle of Teachers is actually more spi...
by tuddy24
Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:37 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation
Replies: 46
Views: 5973

Re: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation

So I've just opened a fresh bottle of Red. My previous impressions are consistent with what's in my glass. Good flavor profile, but watered down and spirity. It's not bad, but mediocre would be a fair assessment I think. I certainly have no qualms about drinking it, but I'd rather have (pay for) so...
by tuddy24
Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:33 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation
Replies: 46
Views: 5973

Re: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation

I had it five years ago and it was rough poison, and then I had it in May of this year bracing myself for the worst and to my surprise I enjoyed it. I am unsure if it has improved or my appreciation of scotch has, which was the contributing factor for enjoying it. Certainly five years ago i was not...
by tuddy24
Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:39 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation
Replies: 46
Views: 5973

Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation

Hi Everyone, So I'm at my buddy's house last night sitting around and shooting the breeze about the best Linux distribution is and ended up getting out the Teacher's Highland Cream I brought him as a gift. We both liked it quite a bit, he made a snow cone out of it which made me cringe and I dropped...
by tuddy24
Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:06 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: ...Cognac?
Replies: 22
Views: 7639

Re: ...Cognac?

See this is exactly why I love all you guys/girls. Where else could have have people so emotional when it comes to their drink of choice that they would range from calling you a traitor to recommending a whiskey finished in Cognac, to offering some advice? Thanks for all the responses I loved them a...
by tuddy24
Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:26 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: ...Cognac?
Replies: 22
Views: 7639

...Cognac?

Sorry everyone I know this does not belong here but try searching for a recommended beginner list of Brandy, good luck. I know the people here are very well versed in their spirits and in general. I'm looking to expand my horizons and Brandy has piqued my interest. Can anyone point me in the right d...
by tuddy24
Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:49 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: ATTN: Glenfiddich 15 year fans
Replies: 3
Views: 3194

ATTN: Glenfiddich 15 year fans

My apologies for most likely placing this post in the wrong place but since this is the first room I visit at Whisky Magazine this is where the post is going. I was at Binny's today in Willowbrook, IL(Rt. 83) and they have a great deal for folks who like Glenfiddich Solera 15 year, a Glencairn glass...
by tuddy24
Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:51 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Cigar/Scotch Pairing
Replies: 11
Views: 16406

Cigar/Scotch Pairing

Hi Everyone, Can anyone recommend a good cigar for pairing with Johnny Walker Black? A great while back I had a Glenlivet 12 with a cigar but can't remember which one. What I do remember was how well they went together. The cigar made the fruity flavors of the scotch come though really nicely. The J...

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