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by Crispy Critter
Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:08 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10890
Views: 1335588

Most of my recent purchases have been bourbons and ryes, including two complete sets of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (my wallet hurts!)

That being said, I split a Highland Park 12 with my brother-in-law recently - mmmmm, it was even better than I remembered it.
by Crispy Critter
Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:03 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10890
Views: 1335588

Re: Hello

The Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whisky, barrel proof. Tastes like ambrosia. Better than the Sazerac 18YR, by far. I'd agree that the Handy is outstanding, but I'd disagree that it's better than the 18yo - just different. The Handy is an elemental, in-your-face rye - take the "baby Saz...
by Crispy Critter
Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:37 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Like Sherried Whiskies => Like Sherry ?
Replies: 21
Views: 6309

I'm going to have to try some sherry sometime - I certainly like sherried whiskies like the Glendronach 15 I had last year, or the various A'Bunadh batches I've tried.

How well does it keep once the bottle is opened?
by Crispy Critter
Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:34 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2207494

Started with Wild Turkey Rare Breed, then Rittenhouse Rye (the BIB version), then moved on to Old Potrero, and finished with Powers Gold Label. The Potrero is the newer 90-proof version; I haven't tried other expressions. As it's the only whiskey made from 100% malted rye, it is very different from ...
by Crispy Critter
Fri Jan 20, 2006 3:59 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Macallan 12 or Aberlour 15
Replies: 27
Views: 17431

Not to take this thread in a different direction, but Aberlour 10 is really cheap...Is it worth the price? Is the 15 better? Well, I haven't tried the 15, but the 10 is well worth buying - and it's one of the best buys I can find right now (except for an out-of-the-way liquor store that has Ardbeg ...
by Crispy Critter
Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:18 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2207494

All the talk of Glenrothes pushed me to open my 1974 OB, one word, GGRREEAATT! Oh, yes indeed! I'd consider it to be the very best Speysider I've had. I wish now I had gone ahead and bought a second bottle to stash away, even though it's about as expensive a bottle as I'm willing to consider buying...
by Crispy Critter
Sun Jan 15, 2006 5:26 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Naming of whiskies
Replies: 3
Views: 1854

Naming of whiskies

One thing I was just thinking about, was how whiskies from different countries are named. American whiskies tend to be named after people or families - Jack Daniel's, Elmer T. Lee, George T. Stagg, Van Winkle, Booker's, Baker's - though there are exceptions like Sazerac (historical association with ...
by Crispy Critter
Sun Jan 15, 2006 5:11 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2207494

I began the night with the Sazerac 6yo (really 7yo) rye, then followed it with the 18yo version. Both are quite nice - IMO, the Jr. has more bang for the buck, while the Sr. has a deeper, richer flavor to it.

Now I'm having some Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel... mmmmmmmm.
by Crispy Critter
Sat Jan 14, 2006 7:23 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whiskies with most "wood" in the taste?
Replies: 12
Views: 4981

It could be some type of sensitivity, to the tannins or to something else. The only whisky that has given me a headache was a Whisky Galore bottling of Glen Garioch (15yo, if I remember right). Lovely on the nose, lovely to the palate, but it it gave me a headache every time I drank it.
by Crispy Critter
Sat Jan 14, 2006 7:16 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: What am I thinking of buying?
Replies: 45
Views: 14147

Hmmm - it sounds like your tastes tend to run towards the older whiskies. FWIW, I like Ardbeg 10's aggressive character, but not every night.

Unfortunately, it sometimes seems like there's an exponential relationship between whisky age and price. :shock:
by Crispy Critter
Sat Jan 14, 2006 7:12 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2207494

Still drinking Glenfiddich Caoron Reserve, my earlier comments on this whisky were harsh but it's a very drinkable dram and is quickly becoming a favourite of mine I've noticed that sometimes that a dram that seems harsh on the first pour from the bottle can mellow out a few days or weeks after it ...
by Crispy Critter
Sat Jan 14, 2006 7:07 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1531786

Now I have to put this Stagg up against my current favorite malt, Laphroaig 10yo CS, and see which one comes out on top. It would be very hard for me to say one was "better" than the other - they are both wonderful pours, yet they are so completely different from one another that it's lik...
by Crispy Critter
Fri Jan 13, 2006 6:12 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Single Malts in the Movies
Replies: 307
Views: 117508

In Family Man, a movie made a couple of years ago starring Nicholas Cage. He opens up his drawer and out comes a well placed Glenlivet 12 Year old, the movement of the drawer miraculously rolls the Glenlivet round and round until it stops with the label right in front of the camera. Movie magic or ...
by Crispy Critter
Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:47 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whiskies with most "wood" in the taste?
Replies: 12
Views: 4981

The new casks that are used for bourbon tend to translate into a spiciness that I don't often find in Scotches. Even then, sometimes that spiciness comes from rye in the mash; the high-rye-content Old Grand-Dad 114, for instance, has an intensely hot cinnamon note to it. Yet Old Rip Van Winkle 15/10...
by Crispy Critter
Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:15 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: My first purchases - recommendations?
Replies: 32
Views: 11196

Re: recommendations

Connemara is supposed to use peat but I couldn’t taste or smell it. I actually smelt roses in the nose. Interesting... I know that the standard NAS Connemara isn't as intensely peaty as, let's say, Ardbeg 10 or Laphroaig QC, but I found it was definitely there. The CS version seems peatier to me, a...
by Crispy Critter
Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:02 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Different likings?
Replies: 12
Views: 3165

I'm also among the "constantly changing tastes" group. Some nights, I might go with an Islay, other nights, a bourbon, still others, a Speyside, and next I might go with Irish whiskey, or a Kentucky rye, or a Canadian whisky. Fairly often, I might switch styles more than once in a single n...
by Crispy Critter
Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:56 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: What am I thinking of buying?
Replies: 45
Views: 14147

One possible answer would be a Highland Park - it strikes a solid middle ground between the peat of Islay and the sherry of Speyside. Another answer would be... Ardbeg Uigeadail. Some of its vatting was aged in sherry casks, and the interplay between the peat and the sherry is fascinating. Lagavulin...
by Crispy Critter
Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:52 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1531786

Last night, I finished off the last of my Pappy Van Winkle 15yo, and had a pour of George T. Stagg 2004 release as well. Pretty soon, I'll be ready to open something new... for now, I need to finish off some bottles.
by Crispy Critter
Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:46 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2207494

I'm drinking "cheap but good" tonight - first, a pour of Ancient Ancient Age 10yo, then Old Fitzgerald BIB, and now Rittenhouse Rye BIB. re: Forty Creek I've found that I love both the Barrel Select and the Three Grain - and they are quite inexpensive here, too. If I wasn't having my last ...
by Crispy Critter
Sat Jan 07, 2006 3:20 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Going to Japan, any recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 7669

Well, I've had Suntory Yamazaki 12yo single malt, and I found it to be quite a nice dram. To me it was most like an unsherried Speysider. Very good, and inexpensive too. I've seen the 18yo on the shelf, too, but it's quite a lot more expensive, so I haven't tried it - for about the same price I coul...
by Crispy Critter
Sat Jan 07, 2006 3:14 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10890
Views: 1335588

Latest additions:

Redbreast 12
Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel (gold wax seal)

Now I need to empty some bottles...
by Crispy Critter
Sat Jan 07, 2006 3:06 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2207494

I'm following up a hearty meal at a Polish smorgasbord (accompanied by a bottle of Zywiec beer) with some '04 George T. Stagg.
by Crispy Critter
Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:45 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2207494

I started out with Powers Gold Label - mmmmmmmmm. A nice, honeyed dram with some of that pot-still tang to it. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Black Bush, but for a lot less money. I'll drink to that! :) Then, I switched to brandy... first, Pierre Ferrand Reserve Cognac, then Domaine Le Basque 1982/...
by Crispy Critter
Mon Jan 02, 2006 3:45 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Time to fess up!
Replies: 14
Views: 2289

I didn't vote in the poll because none of the options really fit for me - I was up very late, but I had three drams total, albeit a bit generous. Still, I wasn't anywhere near the most plastered I've ever been. :)
by Crispy Critter
Mon Jan 02, 2006 3:39 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Sazerac Rye - 6yo vs. 18yo
Replies: 4
Views: 5251

Sazerac Rye - 6yo vs. 18yo

I just finished up a dram of the new Sazerac "Jr." and am now in the midst of a pour of the 18yo for comparison. For a young age, the 6yo is superb, but the extra aging of the 18 polishes out the rough edges. Either version is well worth buying, IMO. They both share that lovely spicy-flora...
by Crispy Critter
Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:46 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Compass Box Spice Tree vs. Glengoyne Scottish Oak
Replies: 22
Views: 9534

I think the price point seem to be the big sticking issue for the Compass Box products. IMO, the Chicago prices for Asyla and Eleuthera are quite reasonable (especially since Ardbeg 10 goes for $48 here now, when it used to be $30 :shock:, and JW Black is up to $28 now). Hedonism is rather pricy, bu...
by Crispy Critter
Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:30 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10890
Views: 1335588

Latest additions: a bottle of the new Sazerac 6yo rye to complement the 18yo version that I already have, and a bottle of Compass Box Eleuthera.

Tomorrow I may end up doing a mini-vertical of Sazerac...
by Crispy Critter
Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:22 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Caol Ila, 12, 15, 15 Signatory?
Replies: 18
Views: 11780

A 1990/12 from Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection was one of the most unpleasant bottles I've ever had, all harsh ashtray flavors. That doesn't mean the bottle you're looking at isn't a good one, but if you can't get a sample or a specific recommendation, and can't afford to be daring, you mig...
by Crispy Critter
Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:14 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1531786

Armagnac Du Montal 1991 (15yr old): Suprised about this one. Was expecting something more like Cognac. Nothing like. Far more personality IMO - more flavours bursting from everywhere. A bit rough (or rustic) though, and I'd like to see this stuff in 20 or 25yrs. A wonderful thing to try though! Kee...
by Crispy Critter
Fri Dec 30, 2005 4:12 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Compass Box Spice Tree vs. Glengoyne Scottish Oak
Replies: 22
Views: 9534

My Glaser experience has been: Orangerie ($30, 375 ml bottle) Eleuthera ($40) Peat Monster ($40) Asyla ($30) Hedonism ($60) Prices in USD. Peat Monster was OK, but I'd rather have Laphroaig QC or 10CS for a few dollars more. Eleuthera was superb. Subtly smoky, a bit of spice, very nice. At $30, Asyl...
by Crispy Critter
Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:46 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: venturing into "bourbonista"-hood
Replies: 5
Views: 3942

Other good ones to try: Weller Antique 7/107 Old Fitzgerald BIB Old Grand-Dad 114 (red-hot spicy!) Elijah Craig 12 I've also heard good things about the Weller Reserve and 12yo, but haven't tried either of them yet. Then, there's the William Larue Weller barrel-strength bottling (another one of the ...
by Crispy Critter
Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:36 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Balvenie Single Barrel
Replies: 10
Views: 5383

Balvenie Single Barrel

I picked up one earlier this month, and brought it up to the family Christmas gathering with my sister and brother-in-law, along with a bottle of Ardbeg 10 to give to Jeff as a present (it was very well-appreciated). Well, Jeff and I shared some of the Balvenie as well, and it is quite a nice dram. ...
by Crispy Critter
Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:11 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2207494

Tonight, it's a wheater night for me... first, Weller Antique 7/107, then some of my trusty Old Fitzgerald BIB. I may follow this up with some Bernheim Straight Wheat, to continue on the wheat theme...
by Crispy Critter
Sat Dec 24, 2005 7:08 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2207494

Please, tell me more about the Sazerac 18yo, as I'm swooping in on a bottle tomorrow and need some validation on the $65US price tag. I'm not sure if the new Saz bottling will makes its way here anytime soon and this is the only one I've seen anywhere. In a word, wonderful. Each sip seems different...
by Crispy Critter
Fri Dec 23, 2005 7:02 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2207494

I began with a pour of Sazerac 18yo rye, and now I'm finishing with Forty Creek Barrel Select. I'm really going to miss the Saz when it's gone - fortunately, I have one extra bottle in reserve. Also, a NAS Sazerac is just now being released; word on the street is that it's about 6yo. I'm looking for...

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