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by andrewfenton
Sun Jan 29, 2006 2:45 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1231056

Lochside's distinctive character is present in every one I've tried - you could always pick it out, even in the more heavily sherried examples. In terms of quality I've not had a bad one yet, although the cheap G&M bottling is perhaps only for truly dedicated Lochside fans (in other words, it's ...
by andrewfenton
Sun Jan 29, 2006 2:11 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1231056

What did I drunk last night? Too much would be the safe answer. In no particular order: Talisker Distillers Ed. : Outstanding as always. Gloriously integrated sherry, with that earthy undertone and glimmers of older whisky. Caol Ila 18: My favourite reasonably priced Islay now (38 euros in Luxembour...
by andrewfenton
Fri Jan 20, 2006 6:57 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Talisker 1992 Distillers Edition
Replies: 5
Views: 2922

If you like Takisker, you'll like the DE (the 90/91/92 that is, earlier ones were apparently not as good). Personally, I prefer it to the 18.
by andrewfenton
Mon Jan 02, 2006 6:18 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Laphroaig CS - twice as much water?
Replies: 11
Views: 5990

Half water is just a pub thing here, so people can drink whisky over several hours without getting seriously sozzled.
by andrewfenton
Fri Dec 23, 2005 10:12 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1627791

Yeah - I like them too. Still cheap, but you can get a handle on the bottle, unlike a 50ml mini. There's also been quite a few 200ml bottlings recently, including some interesting Signatory ones.
by andrewfenton
Fri Dec 23, 2005 8:25 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1627791

Might be a different 87? There was an 87/02 I think.
by andrewfenton
Fri Dec 23, 2005 7:54 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1627791

Just opened a 100ml of Glenrothes 87/05, and I'm impressed. It's like a Scapa 14 in the initial mouth feel, with the apple smoothness of the nose coming through. It rapidly becomes warm and orange/peppery (sherried pepper, if that makes sense, like a Talisker DE). The contrast is beautifully balance...
by andrewfenton
Fri Dec 16, 2005 9:04 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Ever make your own vattings?
Replies: 20
Views: 7388

A'Bunadh + Ardbeg10.

An abomination to be sure, but it certainly tastes good.....
by andrewfenton
Fri Dec 16, 2005 9:03 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1627791

Just opened a Glencadam 89/05 58% Sig. Got it on a recommendation, and it's really living up the billing. Rich, gorgeous ultra-sherry, and perfect on a winter's day. Like an older, more refined A'Bunadh, but still with plenty kick of its own. Terrific value at £37 for a 16yr cask strength - now I ju...
by andrewfenton
Thu Dec 15, 2005 3:28 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Trusting Your Own Palate
Replies: 27
Views: 7975

I like using the maltmaniacs list - because there's so many of them you can find one who has similar tastes to you. In my case that's generally Serge Valentin, who I tend to trust because of his excellent guidance on Clynelish and Lochside :-)
by andrewfenton
Sat Dec 10, 2005 12:19 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1045682

The 175th is OK, but I'd rather drink the DE or even the 10.
by andrewfenton
Tue Nov 29, 2005 5:06 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1231056

Cold 'n crappy weather in Edinburgh at the moment. A'Bunadh and Uigedail taste better than ever, while Talisker truly is the nectar of the gods (1992 distillers is fantastic btw).
by andrewfenton
Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:00 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Which whisky to buy next
Replies: 16
Views: 3458

Clynelish is one of my favourites as well - if you can get hold of it, I'd suggest a next step of Lochside. The common good bottlings are the Murray McDavid 1981/2000, and the Douglas Laing 14 and 22yr (the younger DL is probably superior, and certainly far cheaper).
by andrewfenton
Thu Nov 24, 2005 4:55 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1231056

Degenerate into drinking? Surely an oxymoron?

I prefer "accede into drinking". Or "elevate into drinking".
by andrewfenton
Thu Nov 24, 2005 2:28 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Bowmore Darkest
Replies: 11
Views: 6308

Cheers, I was actually going to post for opinions on the Bowmore 17, since it's £32 in RMW atm - and I get 10% discount on top :D
by andrewfenton
Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:38 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bargains?
Replies: 118
Views: 36157

Definitely a fair comment, although I'd apply it more to the likes of Ardbeg very young and Octomore. Personally I like a bit of variety, and you'll find me drinking Lochside, Clynelish or Mortlach as much as the Islay peat monsters. However, Uigedail is indeed the very best thing since sliced bread...
by andrewfenton
Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:08 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bargains?
Replies: 118
Views: 36157

Arrgh, I already went way over my budget on deals this month. Now Uigedail is on special? Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh..............

Argh.


ps Talisker 10 for £20 at Tesco now (normally £27ish elsewhere).
by andrewfenton
Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:05 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1231056

"My last dram (Sunday) was an Ardbeg, followed by another Ardbeg. I rounded it off with an Ardbeg to keep them company. It only seemed right. "

Quite right. Why deviate from the best?
by andrewfenton
Sat Nov 19, 2005 9:59 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1045682

A'Bunadh is the premium anti-cold medicine - don't treat the cold bugs, just annihilate them with 62% of Speyside's best :-)
by andrewfenton
Fri Nov 18, 2005 11:38 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1045682

Some old favourites were on special offer, so I couldn't resist: Ardbeg 10, 2 * Laphraoig 10CS, Clynelish 14.

Strange it's been so long since I had any of these, but I'm always forcing myself to try new bottlings :-)
by andrewfenton
Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:56 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1627791

Yeah, the CC range are pretty unimpressive usually. Some nice exceptions though (Lochside 14yr, Dailuaine 27yr).
by andrewfenton
Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:25 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Aberlour 15
Replies: 18
Views: 7523

For anyone bothered, Aberlour 15 is half-price at the moment in Sainsburys (£12.50)

ps so is Bowmore Darkest.
by andrewfenton
Thu Oct 13, 2005 1:12 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Aberlour 15
Replies: 18
Views: 7523

Can't go wrong with an Aberlour :-)


ps shame there wasn't a similar performance at the weekend :-(
by andrewfenton
Sun Oct 09, 2005 11:03 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1045682

Picked up a Bowmore Darkest, since the supermarket had it at half price. Always helps :-)
by andrewfenton
Thu Sep 29, 2005 10:57 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1045682

Glenfarclas 21. Been meaning to buy a bottle of this for a while, but it's never in stock. By UK standards it's a good price, at £38 (same as the 17yr for some reason) - and of course my normal 10% discount makes it rather good value :-) Also put on order for next week two cheap bottlings that have ...
by andrewfenton
Sat Sep 24, 2005 1:45 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1231056

Yeah - apparently they have very, very few 70s sherried casks left, so it's likely Uigedail won't last much longer :-(
by andrewfenton
Tue Sep 13, 2005 1:26 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1231056

Bowmore 6yr 62% (RMW bottling): Exactly what you'd expect - Bowmore sea fresh/saltiness beautifully balanced over peat, with the extra kick of 62%. Caol Ila 18yr: A bit more in the style of Lagavulin 16, same well-integrated peat, although less intense. Personally I think the CI is a better dram tha...
by andrewfenton
Thu Sep 08, 2005 2:17 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Scapa 14 & Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Replies: 21
Views: 8696

The standard 10 seems to vary a lot. Some are indeed like a watered down 10CS, some are much smokier and very different.

Anyway, I would never buy the standard 10 anymore - it's usually a good whisky, but the 10CS/15/QC bottlings are only fractionally more expensive and much better imo.
by andrewfenton
Thu Sep 08, 2005 1:57 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1627791

HP12 bottles are horribly inconsistent - my last one was really nice, but some are just harsh and horrible. Perhaps whoever does the vatting is sampling too much of his own product......
by andrewfenton
Mon Aug 29, 2005 7:06 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: HP 25yo vs. HP 18yo
Replies: 15
Views: 6313

Yeah, have to agree - the current Talisker 10 is truly something special. While the 18 is good, I'd rather buy the distiller's edition (1990 or 91 only) for the same price.
by andrewfenton
Sat Aug 27, 2005 12:42 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1231056

Hehe, that's exactly what I find. The compromise is to find the superb drinkable ones that are cheap and readily available (Talisker 10, Pulteney 12, Ardbeg 10) and then down as much as you like :-)
by andrewfenton
Sat Aug 27, 2005 12:27 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1231056

Had a few samples in the shop yesterday. Balblair 16 is one I've been meaning to try, mainly because it's absurdly cheap for a 16yr old, but also because I really like coastal whiskies from the NE - Highland Park, Scapa, Pulteney, Clynelish/Brora, Dalmore, Teaninich, Lochside (only exception is Glen...
by andrewfenton
Fri Aug 26, 2005 7:00 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Best of The Wood Finishes??
Replies: 32
Views: 7931

I second Tom's recommendation of the Chieftain's Caol Ila Medoc (the 14yr 1990 that is, dunno about the newer ones). After that, there was a port finished Laphraoig which was gorgeous.

These are exceptions though, most are rubbish :-(
by andrewfenton
Fri Aug 26, 2005 6:56 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1045682

Oops, overdid it: Laphroaig 15 - £27 in Oddbins, which is £5 off. The 10 cask strength is at the same price, which is an even better bargain, but I already have some. Pulteney 12 - £ 17.50 in Oddbins. Again £5 off, and a great whisky to drink anytime (and when it's this cheap, you can have as much a...
by andrewfenton
Thu Aug 25, 2005 1:38 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Decisions decisions!
Replies: 31
Views: 5644

Yeah, the 18yr is about 52 pounds in Britain, which is pretty expensive (most 18yr olds cost about 2/3 of that).

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