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by Nock
Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:59 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Which to buy: Brora or Port Ellen??
Replies: 12
Views: 3986

Which to buy: Brora or Port Ellen??

So I have the opportunity to purchase one of these two new 2007 OB releases. The only problem is I can't afford both. So which would you buy (if you were me) and why? So you know my taste: My favorite two single malts that I have ever tried are: Laphroaig 30yo and a Brora Old Malt Cask (DL) 21yo fro...
by Nock
Wed May 16, 2007 10:49 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Strange bottle happenings
Replies: 9
Views: 1936

Strange bottle happenings

So I am wondering if this has happened to anyone else . . . I have recently had some bottles that have seemed slightly off :x First offender: Ardbeg 10yo I bought a few of these from the last shipment that made it to Washington State. The first one had a bitter finish that I don't recall in any of m...
by Nock
Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:28 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Ardbeg Airidh Nam Beist . . . worth it?
Replies: 19
Views: 4394

Ardbeg Airidh Nam Beist . . . worth it?

So my local store here in Seattle just got in another shipment of the Nam Beist from Ardbeg. And again it is $109.50 (which is the same price as at Binnys) That is about 57 pounds or 83 Euros That is a hefty price for this stuff in my opinion. And while I have been a huge fan of Ardbeg in the past ....
by Nock
Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:12 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1233269

Last night was an all Laphroaig night :D

I started with the 30yo
then moved on to the 15yo
(which was very bland in comparison)
and ended with the Quarter Cask

30 yo was definitely the best
hands down
no question

Nock
by Nock
Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:09 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Why do we ignore/not drink Strathisla 12 OB 43%???
Replies: 26
Views: 7087

Not available here in Washington State :(
by Nock
Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:19 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: When I say dram I really mean...
Replies: 44
Views: 11683

I would have to say the jigger is the closest to what I pour. Usually if I am tasting two or three single malts in a sitting I will pour a pony of each. But that is rare and usually I just want to enjoy a malt in the evening. Then I will pour around 5 cl so a big jigger But not enough to be a snit N...
by Nock
Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:21 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Is a new Ardbeg 17 coming?
Replies: 10
Views: 3179

What is really coming is the new 10yo that is to say the 10yo that has been in production since Ardbeg started back up again in 1998. Just remember that since Ardbeg wasn't operating during the mid 90's that means that ALL of the 10yo they have been releasing for the past 8 years has had older stuff...
by Nock
Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:10 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1631843

Well I just killed a bottle of Glenmorangie 10yo I must have had it open for quite some time (over a year) because that bit was a bit off. The nose was dead with bitter oak :( But I couldn't let it go to waste so over the rocks and down the hatch :lol: And then to cleanse my palate Ardbeg 10yo 8) Nock
by Nock
Thu Feb 08, 2007 8:17 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Aberlour A'bunadh, Glenfarclas 105 or Macallan Cask Strength
Replies: 8
Views: 6276

I have recently tried the Glenfarclas 105 I have a current Aberlour a'bundh #16 and had the several bottles of Macallan cs prior to the change to the new bottles (about 2 years ago). I would have to rate the Glenfarclas 105 at the top for me. The the Macallan (granted it is not the most current rele...
by Nock
Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:48 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1631843

Tonight I am sitting down with three OB Ardbegs Ardbeg 10yo nose - really sweet, almost sickeningly sweet peat and salt. taste - peat explosion with waves of smoke, salt, peat, and pepper. finish - the peat lingers the longest, with a slightly bitter salt flavor. Ardbeg 17yo nose - slight sherry wit...
by Nock
Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:12 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1233269

Last night started with Old Pulteney 12yo - starting to grow on me . . . still not there yet :? followed by Laphroaig 15yo - Now that is more like it. When I try this after something not from Islay I really like and appreciate it. There is just a wonderful complex interplay of peat, smoke, oak, and ...
by Nock
Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:29 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky/Cigars ???
Replies: 112
Views: 11673

That was how I got into drinking single malts :lol: I wanted to drink something with my cigar and I personally dislike the combination of beer and a cigar (I know . . . call me crazy) These days I don't smoke that many cigars But my favorite combination was this past birthday I had a Cohiba Siglo II...
by Nock
Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:20 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What if....
Replies: 35
Views: 3803

I was just thinking of this question not that long ago.
But more sort of a "what three whiskies do I always
want to have an open bottle of."

Laphroaig 10yo cask strength
Ardbeg 10yo
Highland Park 12yo

Those three just keep me happy :D
by Nock
Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:11 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1631843

Tonight was Chivas Regal 12yo . . . :?
I have not tried it in 12yo.
Good to know I wasn't missing much.

Seriously, it is not a bad blend. But is it a blend and that dang grain alcohol just does not agree with my taste buds.

Oh, well
I tried

Nock
by Nock
Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:06 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist
Replies: 24
Views: 5858

Where I live I was able to pick up the Laphroaig 30yo for $215 You can get the 15yo Laphroaig for $61 In contrast Lagavulin 30yo is $499 and the standard 16yo is $62 They released the Ardbeg AnB (16yo) for $110 The previous shipment of Ardbeg 10yo that Washington state received(which was early of 20...
by Nock
Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:25 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Good Bourbon?
Replies: 28
Views: 5436

Having lived in Nashville for a number of years and having friends from Louisville, KY let me just say that I have a number of friends who have a vested interest in getting my mind off this "highfalutin single malt scotch kick". So I have tried a number of the bourbons mentioned. And I wou...
by Nock
Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:09 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Will whisky be younger in the future?
Replies: 24
Views: 4719

Let me just talk briefly about Clear Creek Distillery's McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt It is currently aged for only 3 years :shock: and the taste is astounding. The taste is somewhere between the oiliness of Caol Illa and peaty smokey sweetness of Ardbeg (or is it closer to Laphroaig?) here is what ...
by Nock
Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:47 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Abunadh: how do you drink it?
Replies: 46
Views: 7782

Well after hearing all the praise for this expression I picked up a bottle of batch #16. Well . . . I really don't care for it neat. I am actually with les taylor on this on But where he likes one ice cube I like 3 :shock: :oops: I think I just don't care for (or understand) this malt. HOWEVER, I ha...
by Nock
Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:37 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Peaty/sweet whiskies
Replies: 31
Views: 7753

Now you may not want to spend the $$$
BUT
Laphroaig 30yo really combines sherry and peat in a way that is beyond words. It really makes the 15yo look two dimensional. 8)

Still there is the price . . .
by Nock
Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:23 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1047685

Well I just picked up two of the last bottles of Laphroaig Quarter Cask in the State of Washington. Man this stuff is so hard to get here. It comes in as a special order and sells out quick (I missed getting some of the last shipment). BUT I got it this time :D Probably won't see it again for anothe...
by Nock
Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:33 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1233269

Last night after I typed out my little argument for "Laphroaig" as the best Islay Distillery over in the Polls section I thought it would be prudent to compare yet again. So I had the standard Laphroaig 10yo vs. Ardbeg 10yo Now here is what is crazy. Without exception every time I have don...
by Nock
Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:22 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Are you a Malt Snob?
Replies: 65
Views: 11485

I personally really don't care for the flavor of grain alcohol. Blends just really do not do it for me. And I have tried to like them believe me. It would be so much easier on the pocket book. My friend Scott really likes the taste of blends and finds single malts are much too heavy and abrasive. He...
by Nock
Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:06 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: So, Is Lagavulin 16 considered to be..........
Replies: 37
Views: 12463

Here in Washington State the price for Lagavulin 16yo is $62 which is about 31 GBP or about 48 Euro My experience is that everything is more expensive in California except for the whisky which just happens to be cheaper then almost anywhere else in the US But then I haven't actually visited all the ...
by Nock
Mon Jan 22, 2007 10:54 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Time to try the best islay afordable stuff!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 3625

all in all I have to go with Laphroaig 10yo cs
by Nock
Mon Jan 22, 2007 10:45 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Best Islay Distillery
Replies: 48
Views: 13393

Re: Best Islay Distillery

I appreciate the arguments and opinions of Admiral, Oliver, and Ardbeg311. And taking the original question: What is the Best Islay Distillery in terms of quality of product and prestige. In short what would be for you the best representative of Islay's style, quality and singularity? To meet the gi...
by Nock
Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:41 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Cask Strength - To Dilute or Not to Dilute...
Replies: 24
Views: 4253

It would be very, very rare for me to add water to a CS malt. In the last six months, I can think of only two casks (out of about 40 different whiskies) that I felt were in need of water. I am right with Admiral on this one. 6 months to a year ago I was all into half and half for a cask strength wh...
by Nock
Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:33 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Best afordable peaty Islay competition. Act. 4: Mature malt
Replies: 14
Views: 2672

I haven't tried a bottle of the Ardbeg 'Airigh Nam Beist' but they were selling here in Seattle (if you were lucky enough to buy one before it sold out) for about $110 a bottle :shock: Don't really consider that affordable considering I just picked up a bottle of Brora OMC for $115 and I don't belie...
by Nock
Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Best afordable peaty Islay competition. Act. 3: Cask Strengh
Replies: 17
Views: 3128

REALLY hard call.

They are all so great . . . but the Laphroaig has just enough of that certain special something that does it for me.

Laphroaig 10yo cs by a nose
Ardbeg Uigeadail and Lagavulin 12yo cs tie for second

Nock
by Nock
Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:20 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Best afordable peaty Islay competition. Act. 2: Ten years
Replies: 20
Views: 3969

No contest in favor of Ardbeg.

Now if Laphroaig were to start non chill-filtering the standard 10yo
and up the ABV to 46% . . . now that would be a contest
I would love to see :wink:

Nock
by Nock
Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Best afordable peaty Islay competition. Act. 1: Young malt
Replies: 23
Views: 3874

I got to go with the Still Young. Not as affordable as the QC but better in my opinion.


Nock
by Nock
Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:15 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: 5-6 weeks makes a big difference
Replies: 10
Views: 2552

For me I have found that standard Laphroaig 10yo will develop a slightly bitter finish after it has been opened for a few months (no matter the liquid level). It isn't enough for me to put it off I have just had the privilege of opening and trying enough bottles of the stuff. But that is just my tas...
by Nock
Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:09 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1233269

Had some Old Pulteney 12yo (43%)

:? I am liking this less and less.

It just leaves me wanting to crack open my next bottle of Uigeadail :twisted:
by Nock
Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:40 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1233269

Last night some friends and I went out. I had: Clynelish 14yo (OB) - First time with this malt, and I wasn't that impressed. Longmorn 15yo (OB) - First time for me and I really liked it. I have passed on getting a bottle on a couple of occasions and now I am kicking myself. Glenfarclas 105 (cask str...
by Nock
Tue Jan 16, 2007 9:07 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: What did you get for X-mas ?
Replies: 70
Views: 8921

I was given a bottle of Old Pulteney 12yo (43%)
and treated myself to a bottle of
21yo Brora (OMC) from 1981.

Nice :D
by Nock
Tue Jan 16, 2007 9:00 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: The definitive Sherry monster
Replies: 13
Views: 3615

Just had Glenfarclas 105 tonight for the first time.

I have a bottle of Macallan 10cs and Aberlour A'Bunadh No.16
and I have to say that the the Glenfarclas wins my vote.

I really like the last dram I had of Glenfarclas 12yo and 17yo
This just put me over the edge

Nock

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