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by rthomson
Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:12 am
Forum: Whisky Events
Topic: SMWSA Extravaganza
Replies: 9
Views: 1562

Re: SMWSA Extravaganza

Lawrence, I'm so sorry; I've been fully remiss in reviewing all the forums here. Well, no, I did not attend the November Extravaganza. I'm not currently listed for the Seattle April 2011 Extravaganza but I could be persuaded if you would like to meet for a dram.

Cheers!
Ron
by rthomson
Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:31 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Whisky recommendation for Celtic FC friendly
Replies: 4
Views: 904

Re: Whisky recommendation for Celtic FC friendly

I read a poll today that revealed that the majority of us Americans believe the USA team will win the World Cup - what a surprise :roll:

Let's start with seeing how they do Saturday morning (well, morning on the U.S. west coast that is) against England.

Ron
by rthomson
Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Whisky recommendation for Celtic FC friendly
Replies: 4
Views: 904

Re: Whisky recommendation for Celtic FC friendly

Scottie, I have no personal experience with Buckfast but, coincidentally, first heard about it last week as I was reading a Craig Ferguson book. Think I'll stay away from that one. We don't have Old Inverness here so I won't be able to go for that bit of authenticity. I'll likely have a few pints of...
by rthomson
Sat Jun 05, 2010 6:27 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Whisky recommendation for Celtic FC friendly
Replies: 4
Views: 904

Whisky recommendation for Celtic FC friendly

Trying not to inflame any Celtic-Rangers rivalry, if that's possible, I'm looking for suggestions for a celebratory dram to note the Celtic FC friendly with Seattle Sounders FC. Sounders FC are struggling this year so I'm not hopeful for the home crowd. They'll be here mid-July, after the World Cup....
by rthomson
Sat Jun 05, 2010 6:07 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1048092

Re: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.

Glenfarclas 105 received as a gift. Feels like Christmas :D

Ron
by rthomson
Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:30 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1632627

Re: What are you drinking now?

Edgefield Distillery Hogshead, 46%. From Troutdale (outside of Portland), Oregon. This is a decent dram. Not terribly complex but it's bottled at a young age. Barley, grass, malty sweetness, and perhaps some astringency on the nose. The maltiness comes through on the palate. Some alcohol and astring...
by rthomson
Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:41 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?
Replies: 192
Views: 22822

Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Currently have five: a cask strength Rosebank; two Port Ellens; Ardbeg 17 yo, 40%; and a hand filled non-sherried Aberlour. I've had hand-filled Aberlours in the past and tend to open them once I know I'll be heading back there and can get another. Non-sherried Aberlours are fantastic!

Cheers,
Ron
by rthomson
Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:22 am
Forum: Whisky Events
Topic: SMWSA Extravaganza
Replies: 9
Views: 1562

Re: SMWSA Extravaganza

I've enjoyed all of the SMWS Extravaganzas I've attended (3) in Seattle. The SMWSA typically has four or five bottles to sample. Many other bottlers are there including Speyside distilleries, Islays, islands, blends, Irish, and Japanese whisky. The buffet has been very well prepared. It is restricte...
by rthomson
Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Who Have You Met From The Forum?
Replies: 259
Views: 76156

Re: Who Have You Met From The Forum?

Quite an overdue note but I met Wave and Willie JJ at the Bow Bar on the last night of my most recent trip to Scotland last September. Always hard to see a holiday end but sharing a few drams with new friends makes it so much easier. We enjoyed a few drams and pints. Mr.Tattie Heid was there as well...
by rthomson
Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:38 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1632627

Re: What are you drinking now?

A couple of samples courtesy of a friend: SMWS 49.10, St. Magdalene 26yo, 59.1% This is the first single cask St. Magdalene I've tried. Some grassiness with honey on the nose. The oak comes through on the palate but it doesn't overpower the honey. The alcohol bite isn't as strong as I would expect f...
by rthomson
Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:58 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1632627

Re: What are you drinking now?

I've put down a dram of SMWS Glen Grant and SMWS Isle of Arran. Will finish the night with an SMWS Caol Isla 19yo; very oily and peaty, a terrific dram.

Heading to the Seattle Cask Ale Festival tomorrow night, here's to happy drinking!

Cheers,
Ron
by rthomson
Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:05 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT
Replies: 33
Views: 7520

Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

I have the SMWS 1.139, a 14yo single cask Glenfarclas. It pours at 55.4% ABV. The nose truly does have indications of kid's treats like HoHo's or Ring Dings; that is, chocolate, bready treats with a cheap cream filling. But still, those memories are very pleasant. It's not as distinctive on the pala...
by rthomson
Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:00 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1632627

Re: What are you drinking now?

I'm putting down one of the last drams from my bottle of Alberta Premium 25 yo. I held on to it for a while before I opened it but now I'm down to my last 3 or 4 drams. It's a rye whisky and there's an astringency that's oddly pleasant. Possibly, that's from the rye. There's also oakiness and a mute...
by rthomson
Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:35 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Rosebank news - in a way
Replies: 1
Views: 725

Re: Rosebank news - in a way

Well, that could be some good news. The couple of Rosebanks I've purchased have been beautiful whiskies; I've sipped them and wondered if anything like them will be distilled again. I don't know enough about distilling to know if purchasing some of the primary equipment could continue its tradition....
by rthomson
Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:25 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1048092

Re: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.

Received delivery of SMWS #1.139, a 14yo Glenfarclas.

Ron
by rthomson
Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky Shops San Diego
Replies: 0
Views: 753

Re: Whisky Shops San Diego

First, I want to clearly qualify my response. I've only been to San Diego twice and don't know the city all that well. Additionally, the first time I went the state-run liquor stores in Washington had a particularly poor selection so I was easily impressed when I saw anything approaching "varie...
by rthomson
Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:54 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1048092

Re: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.

I decided to make the plunge and ordered the SMWSA 26yo Port Ellen. Hopefully it's not yet sold out. Not cheap but I haven't bought much whisky in the last year or two.

Ron
by rthomson
Sat Nov 01, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1048092

Re: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.

Two SMWS bottlings: 2.70, a 21yo Glenlivet; 25.45, a 16yo Rosebank.

First purchase in quite some time.

Cheers,
Ron
by rthomson
Sat May 24, 2008 6:03 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1233732

Re: What did you drink last night?

No whisky last night but I finally opened the Graham's 20yo tawny Port that's been sitting around for a year and a half. Very nice.

Cheers,
Ron
by rthomson
Sat May 17, 2008 7:26 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1233732

Re: What did you drink last night?

Cracked a bottle of Unibroue La Fin Due Monde while enjoying my grilled lamb Glendronach 12 Johnnie Walker Green Label The Glenlivet 15 :mrgreen: I ended many evenings at a neighborhood pub with a bottle of La Fin du Monde. Fortunately I lived across the street and could stumble my way home. It's b...
by rthomson
Sat May 17, 2008 7:17 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1233732

Re: What did you drink last night?

Started with a dram of Edgefield Distillery Hogshead, 46% abv. A pleasant whiskey from Oregon, USA. A little minty and spicy on the nose with some salt and bread thrown in. Actually, it made me think of the Fenway Franks I used to get when I was a kid - Red Sox fans know what I'm talking about. Foll...
by rthomson
Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:14 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Does Anyone Laugh While They Drink
Replies: 21
Views: 1942

Re: Does Anyone Laugh While They Drink

I don't laugh when I drink. I seldom laugh at all, but I do think whisky is too serious a business to spoil with laughter. Besides which, the serotonin that the brain releases with laughter actually reduces the stimulation produced by nerve endings - including taste buds. But doesn't serotonin assi...
by rthomson
Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:03 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Percentage of alcohol
Replies: 12
Views: 1275

Re: Percentage of alcohol

A hydrometer does have measurement error from several sources including callibration error, parallax/angle of view error, error due to the scale of change in specific gravity:alcohol content being based on averages. There are instruments such as infrared ethanol sensors that are more exact but I don...
by rthomson
Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:12 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: SMWS
Replies: 34
Views: 3506

Re: SMWS

Much appreciated :thumbsup:

Ron
by rthomson
Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:07 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: SMWS
Replies: 34
Views: 3506

Re: SMWS

Ron, I've been thinking of joining the SMWSA as well. There aren't SMWS bars anywhere in the U.S. are there? I did read about The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza, which sounds worth attending. But the biggest benifit in which I'm looking for is the variety of rare single malts availabl...
by rthomson
Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:43 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky Aroma Kit
Replies: 4
Views: 957

Re: Whisky Aroma Kit

Sure. At least many people will have an idea of what you're talking about if you reference coca cola, as opposed to some of the esoteric comparisons that we often come across in whisky reviews.
by rthomson
Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Is it me, or is the SMWS getting expensive in its bottlings?
Replies: 5
Views: 811

Re: Is it me, or is the SMWS getting expensive in its bottlings?

I can't speak directly about an increase in the cost of the bottles as I've been a member for less than two years. Is £70 the price of a renewal membership? If so, that is steep. In the U.S. the annual renewal is U.S.$35. The cost of initial membership has increased dramatically to U.S.$199, up from...
by rthomson
Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:10 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: SMWS
Replies: 34
Views: 3506

Re: SMWS

I've been fully satisfied and will renew when my annual membership expires early next year. As Nick stated, their bottlings are of high quality and they offer a wide variety. I have purchased bottles from distilleries I likely would not have access to otherwise, including a stunning Rosebank.

Ron
by rthomson
Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:32 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1048092

Re: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.

Blew my holiday whisky budget today: (2) Laphroaig 30yo Does that "(2)" indicate that you bought two bottles? :o I don't suppose your holiday whisky budget includes any gifts for me. :lol: I tried a small pour of Laphroaig 30yo at the end of a whisky festival but didn't have the taste bud...
by rthomson
Sat Nov 03, 2007 6:17 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: My evening will comprise .....
Replies: 68
Views: 6374

Re: My evening will comprise .....

If all goes as planned my better half will arrive on time (a necessity for tonight's schedule) at the airport where I'll meet her to rush off to dinner. We'll then just make it in time to attend a Craig Ferguson stand-up performance. Upon returning home I hope to have the dram of Nadurra that I didn...
by rthomson
Sat Nov 03, 2007 6:07 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1233732

Re: What did you drink last night?

I finally opened my Aberlour hand-fill from my 2006 visit to Speyside. It's a 14 yo first-fill bourbon cask, #6491, at 58.6%. It has a honey character that gives it a smooth richness. I have to confess that while I'm a fan of a'bunadh I find that the sherry finish can cause the dram to occasionally ...
by rthomson
Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:40 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1048092

Re: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.

Just bought a Connemara Single Malt Peated Whiskey, enough peat to make it interesting and an altogether pleasant whisk(e)y. That is an enjoyable whiskey and I was hoping to purchase another bottle during my vacation. I never came across it and I have not yet found it at any store, restaurant, or b...
by rthomson
Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:34 pm
Forum: Whisky Events
Topic: Scotch Malt Whisky Extravaganza..any advice?
Replies: 2
Views: 1211

Re: Scotch Malt Whisky Extravaganza..any advice?

Jdiddy, Sorry that I didn't respond before the actual event. I've been on vacation and didn't catch your post in time. Did you attend? If so, what was your reaction to it? I've been to two tastings in Seattle, though I won't be attending the one scheduled for this evening. I've found that the expres...
by rthomson
Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:36 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: have you ever lost a botle of whisky?
Replies: 22
Views: 1789

Re: have you ever lost a botle of whisky?

I haven't yet lost a bottle but did have a couple of unfortunate events fall upon a Macallan 18yo. First, I offered generously poured drams to three friends and then watched them shoot it straight down the next moment. Second, I left for a vacation and upon returning my Macallan 18yo tasted strangel...
by rthomson
Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:22 pm
Forum: Whisky Events
Topic: Victoria Whisky Festival
Replies: 206
Views: 45493

Re: Victoria Whisky Festival

Ahhh, I'm afraid that I can't attend this time; my work schedule will prevent it. Anyone thinking of attending should make their best effort to do so. The venue, the whiskies, the programs, and the friends met and made are all first rate. I'll miss it but I'll keep my hopes up for 2009. Cheers, Ron ...

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