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by hpulley
Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:22 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Lagulvin vs Laphroig
Replies: 32
Views: 4120

Re: Lagulvin vs Laphroig

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Harry
by hpulley
Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:55 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: WHAT WHISK(E)Y DID YOU GET FOR CHRISTMAS?
Replies: 14
Views: 1679

Re: WHAT WHISK(E)Y DID YOU GET FOR CHRISTMAS?

Agreed, with the old finished Glenmos I actually preferred the portwood but now I like Lasanta. We don't have the Nectar D'Or here yet.

Harry
by hpulley
Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:52 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Lagulvin vs Laphroig
Replies: 32
Views: 4120

Re: Lagulvin vs Laphroig

I private ordered from Glenmorangie (Ardbeg) through the LCBO. You have to order by the case (And it is cheaper to get more as the shipping is pretty much flat rate, $150 for 1 case or 10) and it takes months but it does work. I've bought other Ardbegs and other bottlings through private ordering as...
by hpulley
Sat Jan 05, 2008 3:03 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: By appointment...
Replies: 7
Views: 922

Re: By appointment...

Canada remains a federation under the monarchy and part of the commonwealth but I don't believe Crown Royal has that sort of approval. It was supposedly created in honour of the royals when they visited Canada but if they had royal approval I'm sure they'd trumpet it. See: http://www.crownroyal.ca/a...
by hpulley
Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: WHAT WHISK(E)Y DID YOU GET FOR CHRISTMAS?
Replies: 14
Views: 1679

Re: WHAT WHISK(E)Y DID YOU GET FOR CHRISTMAS?

Glenmorangie Lasanta. Actually quite good. Like the Artisan cask, 46% UCF really helps it.

Harry
by hpulley
Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Lagulvin vs Laphroig
Replies: 32
Views: 4120

Re: Lagulvin vs Laphroig

To the original post I'm not that fond of the Laphroaig QC. I liked the first half bottle but now something about it doesn't seem that good. I prefer the 10yo CS and the 15yo is also nice for a smoother version of it but sadly neither is available here, just the 5yo QC for $64 (which originally was ...
by hpulley
Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What about Forty Creek?
Replies: 5
Views: 2607

Re: What about Forty Creek?

My favorite Canadian whisky and like CanuckleHead above it is the only one I buy though my wife is the one who drinks it mostly. Also like above, I toured the distillery this September after having been on Islay in August and the stillroom was not as grand a sight as I'd hoped for (should have seen ...
by hpulley
Sat Jan 05, 2008 1:20 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Where to visit on Islay
Replies: 12
Views: 1148

Re: Where to visit on Islay

I was there this past August for too short a trip (just 4 days but I'll be back), still fun though! Here are my experiences as a first timer: I toured three distilleries: Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Bruichladdich. Only Ardbeg was running at that time (silent season) and Ardbeg is my favorite malt so it wa...
by hpulley
Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:17 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Found an 1986 or older bottle of Suntory Whisky
Replies: 12
Views: 1250

Re: Found an 1986 or older bottle of Suntory Whisky

Tokyo is a hot place so I guess that explains the ice. When the Japanese do something, it sure takes time! Made sushi yesterday and by the time you wash the rice 3 times, let it soak for an hour, cook the rice, let it sit, spread it out and fan it cool by hand, add the rice vinegar/sake/sugar/salt a...
by hpulley
Sun Dec 23, 2007 12:28 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1049890

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

A couple of Japanese whiskies. Yoichi 12yo and Yamazaki 12yo. I wanted (and tasted again, thankfully) the 18yo Yamazaki but someone bought the last bottle right before me! Drat! Ah well, there should be a new shipment in sometime in the new year, if I'm not in Tokyo myself before then. In the LCBO t...
by hpulley
Sun Dec 23, 2007 12:22 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Found an 1986 or older bottle of Suntory Whisky
Replies: 12
Views: 1250

Re: Found an 1986 or older bottle of Suntory Whisky

Hmm, a big rock of ice like the one on the Yamazaki page? See the link below but you have to wait for the stuff to animate in before you'll see the mount Fuji shaped rock of ice they have in the glass: http://www.suntory.co.jp/whisky/yamazaki/ I really enjoy Suntory Yamazaki whisky but both there an...
by hpulley
Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:32 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Ardbed 10 yr or Ardbeg Uigeagail or 1979 Suggestion
Replies: 21
Views: 6652

Re: Ardbed 10 yr or Ardbeg Uigeagail or 1979 Suggestion

Perhaps it has changed? I just mentioned in another post that I quite enjoyed the first five bottles of Uigeadail I had but the 6th isn't as good. I'm not sure if I'm just off on it right now or if it is worse. Right now I much prefer TEN, ASY, AAT and ANBeist to Uigeadail.

Harry
by hpulley
Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:31 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Changing tastes
Replies: 14
Views: 1515

Re: Changing tastes

I always love peaty whisky but my taste for sherry matured whiskies certainly ebbs and flows. Sometimes I love them, sometimes I can't stand them. Finishes I'm definitely off of, perhaps for good. In heavy sherry I think I find the rubbery notes more than I used to. I've never been a Macallan fan so...
by hpulley
Sun Nov 18, 2007 8:48 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1635996

Re: What are you drinking now?

Just a little Islay afternoon here... (no, not actually _there_ unfortunately but vicariously there through a few drams). 25yo Caol Ila '78 59.4%. See my notes in the CI 25yo thread, excellent stuff. Next, the last of my Ardbeg Very Young 6yo. Still a funky note in it that never went away but an int...
by hpulley
Sun Nov 18, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Water VS No Water
Replies: 13
Views: 1341

Re: Water VS No Water

99% of the time, neat even at cask strength. Very few are better with water IMO. With time and experience even CS is fine neat.

Harry
by hpulley
Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:32 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Caol Ila 25yo
Replies: 13
Views: 4241

Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Some Caol Ila's are very peaty, others are not so peaty. The 25yo 1978 59.4% is a nice one, quite peaty, mossy, oily, smoky, seaweedy, really iodiney and dry on the palate, very dangerously smooth for the high alcohol content. No need at all for water, just a little heat in the finish to let you kno...
by hpulley
Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:54 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1635996

Re: What are you drinking now?

Two 9yo Ardbegs tonight. First, 1991 9yo Murray McDavid 46% bottled February 2000. A nice young single cask Ardbeg which I've been neglecting since I got Almost There since the latter is obviously better but this single cask still has some unique notes going for it. Then, the last dram of the 2nd bo...
by hpulley
Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:05 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1635996

Re: What are you drinking now?

The penultimate dram of my second bottle of Ardbeg Almost There... Harry SNAP!!! The penultimate dram of my FIRST Almost Grown...I was in Battersea Oddbins earlier , and noted they have more, so I decided to have a little reminder ...next time will definitely purchase! Get it while it's there to be...
by hpulley
Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:29 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12285
Views: 1235537

Re: What did you drink last night?

Sounds like quite a tasting night there, Pete! Last night was Caol Ila for me. First half Caol Ila, Compass Box The Peat Monster which I really enjoy. Caol Ila plus Ardmore, peat and smoke, smooth but powerful, lovely stuff. Next DTC Auld Reekie. Not as good as Peat Monster yesterday, something a bi...
by hpulley
Sun Nov 04, 2007 2:29 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1635996

Re: What are you drinking now?

The penultimate dram of my second bottle of Ardbeg Almost There. Now that's some lovely peat and while cask strength it is not at all overpowering neat. Mmm, lovely Ardbeg sweetness and a garden centre in the finish. Distilled many years from the '70s there is somehow some of the peat of that time i...
by hpulley
Sun Nov 04, 2007 1:48 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1635996

Re: What are you drinking now?

Ardbeg Beist, first dram of the night it seems really peaty though that will likely be but a memory once I pour some Almost There later. Lovely stuff after a few nights of Bunnahabhain which I also enjoy greatly but in a different way.

Harry
by hpulley
Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:59 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1049890

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

I was just complaining in July of finishing my last bottle of Bunnahabhain (a rum finished Dun Bheagan). Today I picked up a couple of bottles of the 18yo OB. Along with recent purchases of the 12yo OB and the 9yo CS Sig I now have a lot of Bunnahabhain in the house, which is a good thing. In fact, ...
by hpulley
Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:58 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Sig Bunny 1978 cask 2584 anyone?
Replies: 2
Views: 662

Sig Bunny 1978 cask 2584 anyone?

Signatory Bunnahabhain 1978 53.2% OVAL cask number 2584 refill butt 29 y.o. Anyone heard of, seen or tasted this one?

Thanks,
Harry
by hpulley
Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:03 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Lagavulin 12 Yrs
Replies: 28
Views: 5663

Re: Lagavulin 12 Yrs

I love the first couple of the releases but then had a few that were one dimensional, just peaty cask strength whiskies without much more going for them. As well, the cost here shot up from $75/bottle to $120 which is too much considering I get get my preferred Ardbegs for less. I wish the 16yo was ...
by hpulley
Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:01 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1635996

Re: What are you drinking now?

At this moment, my final dram of my only Brora, a 1972 30yo Brorageddon by Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask. It is oversherried for sure but it has still been an enjoyable bottling.

Harry
by hpulley
Sun Oct 28, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: age of CR's XR and Wiser's 150 annivesary red letter bottle
Replies: 12
Views: 5255

Re: age of CR's XR and Wiser's 150 annivesary red letter bottle

if wisers has an 18 year old bottle of whisky for $40 candian, why would they make a $150 bottle and the whisky is less than 18 years old? that doesn't make sense. It makes perfect sense. If Diageo can sell Crown Royal XR for such a high price, then why not Wiser's? As seen above it is easy to reme...
by hpulley
Sun Oct 28, 2007 12:38 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: age of CR's XR and Wiser's 150 annivesary red letter bottle
Replies: 12
Views: 5255

Re: age of CR's XR and Wiser's 150 annivesary red letter bottle

Who knows? May vary batch to batch. XR could be 5yo, could be 10yo, probably somewhere around 8-12yo (yes, expensive whisky for such an age even if it contains whisky from Diageo's favorite thing, a burnt down, dismantled distillery in Waterloo Ontario near where I work). Seems to be a strange tradi...
by hpulley
Sun Oct 28, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Bowmore 'Darkest'
Replies: 9
Views: 3518

Re: Bowmore 'Darkest'

I used to love Bowmore Darkest but even with the old packaging the bottles were highly variable, from best whisky ever to undrinkable, the worst variation I've ever seen in the industry. I haven't tried any of the new Bowmores yet (had a couple of chances but haven't jumped).

Harry
by hpulley
Sat Oct 27, 2007 11:04 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1049890

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

6 bottles of Bunnahabhain 12yo (2 18yo coming soon, probably Monday), and one each of Bruichladdich 3D3 and Yellow Submarine WMDII. All very good light (or medium in the case of 3D3) peated Islays. Just a hint of wine noticed in the finish of Yellow Submarine but otherwise very good. The first opene...
by hpulley
Sat Oct 27, 2007 11:01 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1635996

Re: What are you drinking now?

Some Laphroaig 10yo 40%. Once a huge monster, now a nice apertif peated Islay but I am enjoying it today. Not as good as the CS overall but a good malt for the right moment. Edit: now onto Lagavulin 16yo 43%. Another former monster now just a nice Islay dram though this one is much peatier than the ...
by hpulley
Sat Oct 27, 2007 6:18 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Islay Trip
Replies: 55
Views: 4566

Re: Islay Trip

Thanks for the trip reports! Great stuff. Can't wait to go back again myself, must try and do it next year.

Speaking of stopovers did you know you can fly the long way around to Japan through the UK on BA? Ardbeg followed by Nikka Yoichi would be quite a trip ;)

Harry
by hpulley
Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:45 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Airport security and whisky
Replies: 68
Views: 9192

Re: Airport security and whisky

Someone said there was a plan to use liquid/gels to make something bad happen on a plane so we are in the current situation where an attempt at a compromise has lead to complete silliness. The attempt at using shoes for bad things plus the foot and mouth scare has led to lots of extra shoe security ...
by hpulley
Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: COMPLETIONIST MADNESS !!!!!
Replies: 15
Views: 1919

Re: COMPLETIONIST MADNESS !!!!!

Great story! But you forgot to tell us how the dram was in the end!

Harry
by hpulley
Sun Oct 21, 2007 1:42 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bladnoch Flora and Fauna 10 Yr Old
Replies: 12
Views: 2797

Re: Bladnoch Flora and Fauna 10 Yr Old

Those bottlings are Raymonds but to be clear, they are old casks not his new make. I don't believe any of his new output has been released for official sale yet but I could be wrong. I'm sure some has been sampled at the distillery (But not by me, unfortunately, still need to make the trip, so far s...
by hpulley
Sun Oct 21, 2007 1:35 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live Toronto 2007
Replies: 50
Views: 10523

Re: Whisky Live Toronto 2007

I was unable to make it but I hope the rest had a great time.

Harry

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