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by Dan G
Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:12 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Most expensive dram?
Replies: 13
Views: 2852

I don't remember how much I paid exactly, but I was recently in Sweden and there is a chain of Brit-style pubs called Bishops Arms that has a pretty good whisky selection, and prices are by the centilitre. Drinking wiht some friends in Boras, I had 3 cl (so about a normal shot in Canada) of Highland...
by Dan G
Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:39 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Good whisky shop in Calgary please
Replies: 7
Views: 4524

The Macalllan Travel series is pretty common here in Edmonton still. I've been in a few stores where it is sort of on clearance. It doesn't surprise me that the Derrick has a good selection - it is part of the big chain that is pretty much taking over all the stores in the province. So much for priv...
by Dan G
Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:36 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Good whisky shop in Calgary please
Replies: 7
Views: 4524

There are several good liquor stores in Edmonton. If you are looking for cheap, try Great Canadian Liquor Store first (3 or 4 of them in town). Selection isn't great, but if they have it, it will be the best price. Next would be Sobey's Western Cellars (again, several in town). For selection, Chatea...
by Dan G
Wed Apr 25, 2007 6:51 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Beer in a whisky cask
Replies: 37
Views: 9310

I don't mind the Innis and Gunn at first, but one bottle is enough at a time. I think part of the problem with it is the barrels they use - I didn't like the whisky (a Wm. Grant blend) that they had been used for previously. I was told by a local rep, who was pouring 'the sequence', that Grants Ale ...
by Dan G
Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:57 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: What does whisky taste like when it has 'gone bad'?
Replies: 15
Views: 16938

I doubt if it was 'corked'. I've had corked wine (to various levels, only one or two fortunately that were undrinkable) and this tasted nothing the same. And the only time the bottle has been upright at all times since I bought it - except for the occassional tipping to pour :D
by Dan G
Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:21 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: What does whisky taste like when it has 'gone bad'?
Replies: 15
Views: 16938

The other is your palate. Geln Breton, on the scale of whiskies is not a heavy whisky and for you to drink wine and then have Ardbeg and expect to taste a lighter whisky afterwards never works, IMHO. Especially a peated whisky, it's my rule never to go backwards on the peating scale when tasting wh...
by Dan G
Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:27 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: What does whisky taste like when it has 'gone bad'?
Replies: 15
Views: 16938

What does whisky taste like when it has 'gone bad'?

I've looked through a lot of threads here about how long a bottle will last after opening, but never seen anything that actually says what the result will be of keeping an open bottle for too long. I have (now had) a bottle of Glen Breton that had been open for more than 2 years - probably closer to...
by Dan G
Fri Apr 20, 2007 6:09 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 3 people you DON'T want to hav a dram with?
Replies: 50
Views: 6717

mxyzptlk wrote:Any member of the Westboro Babtist Church

I'd actually love to sit down with the Phelps family, let them try to explain why they are so messed up...
by Dan G
Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:42 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 3 people you DON'T want to hav a dram with?
Replies: 50
Views: 6717

Robert Mugabe, Dick Cheney, and Larry King. Though it would be an interesting group...I just don't think I could keep anything in my stomach!
by Dan G
Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:39 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 3 people you'd like to have a dram with....
Replies: 156
Views: 20855

Hard to pick a definitive 3.

Anthony Braxton with:

a) Noam Chomsky and Stephen Colbert.

b) Ornette Coleman and Evan Parker.


Dead ones: Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, and Lester Bowie.
by Dan G
Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:33 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 3 people you'd like to have a dram with....
Replies: 156
Views: 20855

BruceCrichton wrote:
bjorn wrote:lots of good picks, here's mine:

Living: Nick Cave, Shane MacGowan (can't believe nobody wants to drink with Shane), and Tom Waits


I prefer my singers to be either stunningly beautiful or, if they are not, then at least hit the right notes. 8)

Waits and McGowan meet both those criteria.
by Dan G
Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:08 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: What is a more remarkable human achievement?
Replies: 56
Views: 11010

I believe the greatest achievement in human history was Shane MacGowan getting kicked out of the Pogues for being a drunk. Shane's back with the Pogues - has been for a few years. They do a few gigs every year around St. Pat's day. Saw a tv report about them again this year, and Shane looked and so...
by Dan G
Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:03 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Do you have a bottle/s you are not drinking because....
Replies: 33
Views: 5558

I voted for 'I drink them'. I'm still new enough to whisky, having only started drinking it 3 years ago, that I don't see the point in buying rare malts when there are so many common ones I still need to try. And I also don't have money to invest in it. I almost voted for 'waiting for the right time...
by Dan G
Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:57 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: How do you Display your collection?
Replies: 87
Views: 31788

If I started displaying whisky in cabinets or on shelves as some people here discuss, I think my wife might wonder about me being a bit too obsessed with it. She might also notice how many bottles I have and start questioning my expenditures! As it is, with bottles behind closed doors, no thought ab...
by Dan G
Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:31 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: When having a few (or more) drams, do you usually...
Replies: 36
Views: 7456

It really depends on the situation. If I'm drinking whisky with friends, I usually choose something the we all enjoy, and as most of my friends aren't really whisky drinkers, that would probably be a Highland whisky like a Balvenie, Dalwhinnie, etc. So I would stick to one, because not worth having ...
by Dan G
Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:08 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Type of glass?
Replies: 112
Views: 64149

There's no other category! First one or two pours of a new-to-me whisky go into a Glencairn glass, a souvenir from the Edinburgh Tattoo. As this is supposed to be the ultimate 'tasting' glass, I use it first. Next I might use a Reidel single malt glass, but not always. I use both of these as a tasti...
by Dan G
Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:56 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: How do you Display your collection?
Replies: 87
Views: 31788

Not really wherever I can find room, but close: 3 or 4 open bottles in the bottom of the china cabinet in the dining room. Usually still in their boxes/cans. No glass in door, so they can't be seen. Convenient because that's where I keep my whisky glasses as well. The rest is on a shelf in my baseme...
by Dan G
Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:02 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: How powerful is whisky advertising?
Replies: 19
Views: 5323

I quite often see ads for Canadian whiskys such as Crown Royal, and assume they probably work for the person who just wants to have a bottle in the house for a shot after work or when friends drop by. And, though it might sound cynical, people who buy it to mix and people who drink rye and coke in b...
by Dan G
Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:00 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Pay by the glass or by the bottle?
Replies: 20
Views: 4880

I'd say 90% of my whisky drinking is at home. The only bar I drink it in is the faculty club at the university (I get in on my wife's membership...) where they have about 6-8 single malts at any one time. House standards are typical: Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, but they also always have a Macallan an...
by Dan G
Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:51 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: How long does it take you to finish a bottle?
Replies: 31
Views: 12409

Even at the longest time period of the pole - 3 weeks - that would be 17 bottles a year. A bit much for me. I'm probably more in the 6-8 bottle range, which would also be about 6-8 weeks per bottle. But I tend to drink less whisky in the summer, when I switch to beer, so maybe if I had only 1 bottle...
by Dan G
Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:35 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Your First Bottle of Malt
Replies: 27
Views: 5913

I tried a lot of different malts while on vacation in Edinburgh, either in pubs or as minis (would buy about 3 or 4 a day at The Whisky Shop and drink them in my hotel). When I came home, for my first purchase of a full-sized bottle, I jumped right in: a Balvenie Double Wood, a Bruichladdich 15 yo, ...
by Dan G
Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:28 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: What kind are you? Before you Answer read what I wrote.
Replies: 32
Views: 6556

I seldom get drunk, but when I do the sequence is usually happy and jovial, mellow and quiet, then sleep. The first stage can last a while, the second is hard to control without it leading to sleep very quickly.
by Dan G
Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:24 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: When I say dram I really mean...
Replies: 44
Views: 13507

I don't think I've ever used the word dram! And I've never refered to a drink as a snit, but that's about what I usually pour myself. But that lasts 2 to 3 hours quite often, if I'm just at home in the evening. I usually only have 2 or 3 bottles open at a time, and seldom drink from more than one in...
by Dan G
Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:18 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Your spouse/significant other's attitude towards whiskey
Replies: 97
Views: 20863

My wife accepts my enthusiasm as long as I'm not too enthusiastic! She gets bored quickly in liquor stores when I'm pondering what to buy; prefers I not drink something pungent like Ardbeg in our rather small basement television room, and points out when she thinks I've been drinking too much (such ...
by Dan G
Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:10 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Offering a single malt to guest....
Replies: 143
Views: 28192

I seem to have 3 thpes of friends:
ones who like their whisky straight up,
ones who don't drink whisky,
ones who will drink it if I offer, but know nothing about it and are willing to defer to however I pour it for them.
by Dan G
Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:06 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: What types of spirit other than whisky do you drink?
Replies: 58
Views: 12057

None of the above! I drink a lot of wine (well, not a lot - 3 or so bottles a week) and beer. And lately I've been sipping from a really great bottle of lemoncello as an after dinner thing. And just finished bottle of an Australian eucalyptus liqueur. But no hard liquor other than whisky.
by Dan G
Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:52 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Whisky Songs
Replies: 44
Views: 6588

X - Under the Big Black Sun: what i did on my vacation for the last ten years took pictures of your town plaid perfume on my breath i mean i've been drinking scotch while touring through your town ... X - The Once Over Twice just heard the sad song by another band sung by another man he gave me the ...
by Dan G
Fri Jan 26, 2007 5:17 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Burns Night
Replies: 23
Views: 4415

I went to a Burns tribute tasting at a local store last night. A bit of poetry, some haggis, and a good variety of whiskys. Started off at the door being greeted with Macallan Fine Oak 15, Highland Park 12, and an Oban. Of the 3, the HP was my favorite. The Macallan seemed a bit light to me. Then th...
by Dan G
Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:50 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What do you guys use to clean your palette?
Replies: 34
Views: 10467

Champagne! - just kidding of course. Actually, it may be one of the best palate cleansers there is. Just before xmas, I was at a walk-about tasting at my local liquor store, and invite only event for regular customers. There were a few whiskys and about 30 wines being poured. After about every thir...
by Dan G
Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:34 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: 2 newbie questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1609

A couple of days ago I found a bottle of Longmorn in the back of the cupboard that I thought I had finished. It's been open for more than 2 years, probably sitting for at least 20 months with about 1 inch of liquid left in it. It tasted fine. The next oldest I have is a 2 year old bottle of Abunadh,...
by Dan G
Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Whsky Barrel Aged Beer Opinions
Replies: 9
Views: 2550

I've only had the Innis & Gunn, and it is OK. It's not the type of beer I'd have more than one in short time, or that you'd want on the porch on a hot summer day, as it is a bit heavy. But nice with a meal. I find that most often I split one with my wife.
by Dan G
Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:04 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Where do you most enjoy drinking your fave whisky & why?
Replies: 43
Views: 8922

At home, after my wife has gone to bed, sitting by the fire, reading a good book, some (not to mellow) jazz on quietly, and a cat on my lap.
by Dan G
Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:31 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Premium Bottlers
Replies: 6
Views: 3012

Hi Barry Were you the person who was at Willow Park on November 17? If so, hello again! To satisfy the curiosity of some people here, are you willing to disclose what the Canadian malt is that you use? I realize that it probably makes no discernable difference in the taste, but you will probably com...
by Dan G
Mon Dec 11, 2006 8:37 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1601357

Thanks for the replies while I was busy, Wendy. Yes indeed the label (see the website Wendy provided for a sample) says a blend of the identified scotch distillery and Canadian whisky though they don't name the Canadian malt distillery which provided that part of it. Glen Breton was mentioned thoug...
by Dan G
Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:56 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: How old were you when you first appreciated scotch whisky
Replies: 45
Views: 12223

I had tried scotch a few times in my 20s, and drank lots of Canadian whisky and bourbon around the same time, mostly mixed with ginger ale or water. At age 40, I went to Edinburgh for vacation and thought "when in Scotland, do as the Scots", and did quite a bit of imbibing - lots of miniat...

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