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by Muskrat Portage
Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:36 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday
Replies: 1669
Views: 170266

Re: Happy Birthday

Ganga wrote:Happy birthday Musky.... :thumbsup:

Thank you Ganga, it was not as memorable is last year at Bowmore Cottages, but still an excellent celebration.

Musky
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:38 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: What is your favorite glass to drink you drink?
Replies: 6
Views: 6931

Re: What is your favorite glass to drink you drink?

Here's something to try, get a number of different glasses, pour a sample of the same whisky into each one, then try them out. Surprisingly we tried this at a tasting and the Glencairn beat out all the others, including the snifter, (sorry Ganga, my friend but it was Whisky Science!)

Musky
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:34 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Dimple whiskey
Replies: 4
Views: 1216

Re: Dimple whiskey

I have one of these myself from around 1973, and it's not highly collectible. If it was an even older one which had the wire mesh on it, I understand is much more desirable.

Musky
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:32 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Cleansing palate before tasting.
Replies: 1
Views: 1038

Re: Cleansing palate before tasting.

Plain old water is best for cleansing the palate before and after drams. I use tap water myself as here in Northern Canada, the water is great. I would also recommend that if tasting a number of different whiskies, you start with the lightest flavoured one and end the evening with the "heavy hi...
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:25 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Canadian Spirit Whisky query
Replies: 1
Views: 793

Re: Canadian Spirit Whisky query

I drank this in copious amounts before going off to University and discovering Single Malts, I don't know the value, but if it's still sealed it won't hurt you to leave it as such. You'll probably not find another.

I've looked around and it's a pretty much extinct bottle.

Musky
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:21 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Fellow whiskey sippers..
Replies: 2
Views: 834

Re: Fellow whiskey sippers..

I certainly enjoy a dram or two in an evening and would opine that if you are going to indulge a bit more than usual, you keep a tumbler of water beside you and cleanse your palate with a few sips of water over the course of the evening. Especially if you are going to sample a number of different on...
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:16 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Need a present for my friend!
Replies: 2
Views: 834

Re: Need a present for my friend!

I would recommend the Glencairn glass myself. You can also go into a glass shop and see if they have a similar glass with a watch glass or a lid to go on top. I own several of each kind and it's entertaining to watch people try to manipulate the watch glass after a couple of drams. I have a bent sen...
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:06 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Need storing advice - new scotch collector
Replies: 3
Views: 1229

Re: Need storing advice - new scotch collector

timelinex: To respond to your question, simply put, the more air that is in contact with the whisky, the more the volatiles that make up the flavours will dissipate. In effect a half full bottle over two years will see a steady erosion of the flavours as they are absorbed into the air. One way to co...
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:47 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12288
Views: 1270037

Re: What did you drink last night?

I'd mentioned in another thread that I'd been to a tasting (which was a fund raiser for Parkinsons' Disease). For a donation of $100.00 you got a number (18) of drams, some lunch and lots of socialisation over said drams. The tasting involved; Breize from Breton, France, blah. Sadly I own one. Bains...
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:28 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1083051

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

Laphroaig 15 and another Gooderham and Worts, regretfully the same bottle I picked up last time, so now I have two. Went to a tasting last night, tried the Northern Harvest and quite frankly, with all due respect, don't waste your money on it. It's a decent Rye but not one of the best in the World. ...
by Muskrat Portage
Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:06 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Musky Pete's Tavern
Replies: 623
Views: 61909

Re: Musky Pete's Tavern

I'm waiting....
by Muskrat Portage
Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:02 am
Forum: Whisky Events
Topic: Canadian whisky tasting Edinburgh 18.2.16
Replies: 2
Views: 3415

Re: Canadian whisky tasting Edinburgh 18.2.16

Sounds like an enjoyable evening. We did a tasting one night with pretty much all 40 Creek bottlings, and found very little variance in the samples, much less other whiskies from here we subsequently have tried against the John Hall bottlings. Bottom line is most of them have the strong rye underton...
by Muskrat Portage
Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:55 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: I accidently froze my jameson
Replies: 5
Views: 1991

Re: I accidently froze my jameson

Chill filtering. Odd that it froze, what was abv? 40%? It is very probable that a half full bottle would chill sufficiently, interesting test would have been to sample the liquid below the ice block with a hydrometer to test the specific gravity & thereby to see the alcohol content. I might have...
by Muskrat Portage
Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:16 am
Forum: Whisky Events
Topic: Canadian whisky tasting Edinburgh 18.2.16
Replies: 2
Views: 3415

Re: Canadian whisky tasting Edinburgh 18.2.16

Can you acquire some Canadian Maple syrup? Seriously now. If you can and boil it down a bit more, pour the thickened syrup over shaved ice (or clean snow if you can source some). Then hand the attendees a wooden popsicle stick and let them roll a bit of the thickened syrup on the stick and eat it. H...
by Muskrat Portage
Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:02 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Need some advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1711

Re: Need some advice

Minis...a great way to explore. As far as I know, most places can get you sample bottles of the Glenmorangie range. This would allow you to not only look at the spirit (Original) but the influences of port (Quinta Ruben), sauternes (Nectar D'or) and sherry (Lasanta). If you haven't tried an Islay, ...
by Muskrat Portage
Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:01 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: A bottle was left open (no top) for roughly 24 hours...
Replies: 2
Views: 871

Re: A bottle was left open (no top) for roughly 24 hours...

I actually did a test a number of years ago with Connemara CS. One glass was left out open and one was left out with plastic wrap over it. 24 hours later, I poured a dram and did a taste test with a Judge observing. The open glass showed a lot of flavour loss, while the covered dram and control dram...
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:15 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Need some advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1711

Re: Need some advice

Off the top of my head, Glenmorangie makes a decent whisky as does Glendronach. Edradour CS is similar to A'Bunadh but sometimes difficult to source unless you are in Edinburgh. (I know a place, eh jmrl!) If you want something I like, Kilchoman has some pretty decent bottlings as does Bunnahabhain. ...
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:00 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Where does whisky flavor come from?
Replies: 1
Views: 763

Re: Where does whisky flavor come from?

You might be surprised at my response. Yes the cask has an impact, however, if you ever have the opportunity, sample some "New Make" at a distillery whose product you are familiar with. You will find that some of the flavours and notes of the matured whisky are already present in the new s...
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:56 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: A bottle was left open (no top) for roughly 24 hours...
Replies: 2
Views: 871

Re: A bottle was left open (no top) for roughly 24 hours...

There will have been a certain amount of volatiles that have escaped overnight, but the narrowness of the neck would have delayed the complete loss. The whisky is still quite drinkable but may have lost a bit of it's flavour cogeners. In some cases, it might just be an improvement. To really check, ...
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Whisky Events
Topic: Canadian whisky tasting Edinburgh 18.2.16
Replies: 2
Views: 3415

Re: Canadian whisky tasting Edinburgh 18.2.16

I hope you have a good turnout. There's really nothing wrong with any Canadian whisky, it's just that it's so commonplace and accessible over here that we sometimes neglect it over a new shiny whisky from afar. We forget that what we have in plenty, our friends across the pond would kill for!

Musky
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:44 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1083051

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

I too have acquired a couple of bottles of Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye. It remains to be seen if batch two holds a candle to batch one. Also found a Gooderham and Worts release (a nod to the Toronto Distillery District) and the above noted Breizh Blended Whisky from Breton. It looked lonely on ...
by Muskrat Portage
Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Would appreciate some suggestions!7 Months 7 Whiskys! Weddin
Replies: 1
Views: 581

Re: Would appreciate some suggestions!7 Months 7 Whiskys! We

Okay, you are onto a great start already. If you want to cheat a little, just keep buying different batches of Aberlour A'Bunadh, (yes they do 4-5 batches a year). Now, you have an Ardbeg and an Aberlour, I would propose either a Kilchoman, Bunnahabhain or a Bowmore to round out Islay. All three off...
by Muskrat Portage
Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Japanese Whisky in Canada
Replies: 2
Views: 807

Re: Japanese Whisky in Canada

Noah; Your best bet is Calgary, although if you are close to the Sask/Man border the MLCC has Yamazaki from time to time and will bring it in to an MLCC store for you if you ask the manager nicely if it is in the system. Check the MLCC website to see what they have /may have in stock. You can email ...
by Muskrat Portage
Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: seeking similarities for birthday present suggestions
Replies: 1
Views: 490

Re: seeking similarities for birthday present suggestions

Glenfiddich Cask Strength if you can find one or a Johnny Walker Green Label would be my recommendations. I found the last time I had the Glenfiddich CS, it was a sweet whisky markedly unique in that aspect to me. The JW Green is a vatting of single malts to my recollection. Post what you decide, pl...
by Muskrat Portage
Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Burns Night 2016
Replies: 2
Views: 2888

Re: Burns Night 2016

Nice to "see" you Ganga, sadly at one time this thread would have elicited a large number of responses. I guess many of us have moved on to greener pastures.

Musky
by Muskrat Portage
Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Recommendations (novice here)
Replies: 3
Views: 3307

Re: Recommendations (novice here)

Looking at the selection and based on years that are important to him, I would lean towards the Oban DE 1990. The 21 would probably be a fine dram but you want something for his retirement that will have special meaning for him. SO I would opt for the DE. Must be nice to have this selection to choos...
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:09 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Burns Night 2016
Replies: 2
Views: 2888

Re: Burns Night 2016

Personally, I will be opening my Royal Mile Whiskies' acquired Edradour 2000 Signatory Ibisco Decanter.
Picked it up in May 2015 and looking forward to a taste of it tomorrow.

Musky
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:06 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Burns Night 2016
Replies: 2
Views: 2888

Burns Night 2016

A simple query: What whisky will you be celebrating the 257th anniversary of the birth of "The Bard" Robbie Burns with on January 25th?
by Muskrat Portage
Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:02 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Musky Pete's Tavern
Replies: 623
Views: 61909

Re: Musky Pete's Tavern

Hmmm, me, 6 'bots and 43 visitors mostly looking at the index page. Pretty lonely in here, time for a Kilchoman 10 y.o. blue box, Victoria, to drown my loneliness.
Musky
(And pay up the outstanding rent too!)
by Muskrat Portage
Fri Jan 22, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Seeking help to I.D a Canadian Whisky
Replies: 1
Views: 618

Re: Seeking help to I.D a Canadian Whisky

I recommend looking up Davin. He is the person I know with the most experience on Canadian whiskies. Jut search for Davin Canadian whisky. Hey! I heard that! You are probably right, 'though, I really don't profess to be an expert on Canadian whisky, just drink the stuff when I can't find Laphroaig....
by Muskrat Portage
Fri Jan 22, 2016 8:09 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Ringing Out the Old
Replies: 0
Views: 4259

Re: Ringing Out the Old

Drat! I missed it, went to the BESL Hall for New Years(like a VFW) with Mrs Musky.
Maybe next year.

Musky
by Muskrat Portage
Fri Jan 22, 2016 8:06 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Sweet Whiskies
Replies: 41
Views: 31443

Re: Sweet Whiskies

I've acquired a batch 38 recently so should give it a try. Maybe the cut is going a little too wide if there are Sulphur notes showing up. I'm also looking forward to trying a newer batch of Edradour, which I always used to enjoy ... I hear the soapiness is gone in the product, which would signify ...
by Muskrat Portage
Fri Jan 22, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Musky Pete's Tavern
Replies: 623
Views: 61909

Re: Musky Pete's Tavern

Wee young Ganga; Hope you are able to attend a Burns function this weekend. Just finished an Ardbeg Corryvreckan, now off to bed. To build up my strength to dram tomorrow at Our Burns dinner.

Musky
by Muskrat Portage
Sat Sep 19, 2015 4:59 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1702354

Re: What are you drinking now?

Dark Storm Talisker, paired with fresh Pickerel. Nice but pickerel is too mild a flavour. Switched to dark chocolate pairing, that was the ticket!

Musky
by Muskrat Portage
Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What is 'malt'?
Replies: 2
Views: 1673

Re: What is 'malt'?

Ivan: Ganga is an exceptionally well versed source of information about whisky and the link is excellent. To build on his reply, to malt barley, first it is soaked in water for a predetermined length of time and laid out on a floor to germinate, where temperature is closely monitored. Once the barle...

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